As the old saying goes, ’tis better to give than to receive, and with the Christmas season now in full swing, opportunities to give back to your community through holiday volunteering are abundant.
Here’s five ways to get out and do a little good this month.
Help Vancouver celebrate New Year’s Eve and register as a volunteer. A number of positions need to be filled, including:
Volunteers must be at least 16 years old and commit to volunteering past midnight.
If you are outgoing, energetic, enjoy interacting with crowds and have basic cash or credit handling skills, this is the right volunteering opportunity for you. The minimum age requirement is 16 years old and shifts vary depending on event (although they are typically between 4 to 6 hours long)
If you are interested there is an opportunity to contribute in a variety of ways.
The Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau (LMCB) was originally established in 1930 as the Christmas Exchange. Today it serves as a centralized, year-round toy warehouse for toys to be gathered, sorted, stored and shipped to Christmas Bureaus and Community agencies, across the entire metro Vancouver area. As a registered non-profit organization, the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau relies on volunteers and a number of fundraising events throughout the year
For more than 130 years, The Salvation Army has helped vulnerable people in communities across Canada. Last year, they helped over 1.8 million people. The annual Christmas Kettle campaign always needs volunteers to collect donations outside many of Vancouver’s busy shops and services. Other volunteer opportunities also include store support, packing food hampers, and assisting seniors.
AIDS Vancouver opened its doors in 1983, as the first AIDS service organization in Canada and in response to the growing need for community health organizations to support vulnerable individuals. Today, more than 7,000 people from all over the world are annually accessing some form of service provided by AIDS Vancouver. And from grocery delivery, to the helpline, there are a number of ways to get involved.