Three Ways to Give Back This Holiday Season

Catherine Bohnenstengel

During the holiday season, it’s important to consider those who aren’t as fortunate as you might be.  There are many volunteer opportunities here in Baltimore, and if you’ve got the time (or if you’re ready to make the time) to help out, your service will be appreciated by those who need some extra love and support this season.  See below for three local volunteer opportunities.

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army has been working in and around Baltimore since _____.  They have many different volunteer opportunities and they also accept donations if you don’t have the time to help out.  Even the smallest donation can help.

If you’re interested in packing Angel Tree donations, which are gifts purchased by volunteers for local children in need, visit http://salvationarmymwv.org/centralmaryland/ before December 21st.

BARCS (Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter)

BARCS is a non-profit organization that finds homes for stray animals.  The organization takes in 12,000 stray animals every year, so they are always looking for volunteers to take care of these homeless animals.  Volunteering does require some paperwork and an orientation, but it’s worth it to help these hopeless animals find a loving home.

See the BARCS website for more info: http://baltimoreanimalshelter.org/

Meals on Wheels

This organization brings nutritious food to senior citizens in need. Formed in Baltimore in 1960, Meals on Wheels has worked tirelessly to ensure that meal recipients are provided with the nutrients they need to maintain their health and well-being.

There are many different ways to help.  You can become a phone pal for an isolated senior, which only requires a few phone calls a week, but will make your pal feel more connected to the world.  Meals on Wheels also does in-person visitations with seniors.

If you drive (or know someone who does that would be willing to help you), then you might consider participating in a few other volunteer roles.  You can buy groceries for someone who is unable to shop independently or you can deliver meals and resources to the elderly persons in the program.  See the Meals on Wheels website for more information: http://www.mealsonwheelsmd.org/

 

Don’t forget to give back this holiday season.   If these three opportunities don’t appeal to you, check out Baltimore’s volunteer page: http://www.volunteercentral.net/