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By: Syd Schertzer

December is considered the month of giving. Mostly, because it’s the beginning of the holiday season, but sometimes giving does not always include money. In fact, to some, it means volunteering at a food pantry, a shelter, or taking part in another good deed.

Unfortunately, not everyone has the luxury of spending the holidays in a heated home surrounded by their loved ones. There are things that you can do to help make the holidays a little more enjoyable for those less fortunate.

Here are some of our favorite volunteer opportunities:

  • Animal Shelters
  • Homeless Shelters (serve food, set up cots, or donate items)
  • Feed My Starving Children
  • Salvation Army (bell ringer or donations)
  • Illinois Food Banks
  • Toy Drives
  • Canned Food Drives
  • Start a Meal Train for those in need
  • Volunteer at a Church (prepare meals or offer additional holiday support)

These can be fun activities that you and your spouse, significant other, or family can enjoy together. Volunteering can be a family bonding experience while giving back to the community at the same time.

International Volunteer Day was created in efforts to unit the world in helping others out. This is a time especially important for being grateful for what you have, who you have, and where you are, as well as giving back to those in need.

Although International Volunteer Day took place on December 5th this year, we want to continue celebrating it all month long! How will you celebrate?!