Big Sunday Holiday Volunteering and Giving Opportunities List
Every fall Big Sunday distributes a Holiday Volunteering and Giving Opportunities List to its army of volunteers. The list details what our participating nonprofits, schools and other groups need in terms of donations, supplies and people power from early November through Jan.1.
Big Sunday began compiling a holiday “wish list” from our nonprofits and other agencies because of the tremendous need in our community and because our volunteers were eager to find ways to give back during the holiday season. We decided to play the role of matchmaker.
“Every year after Big Sunday was over I would continue to get calls from people seeking our help,” said David Levinson, executive director of Big Sunday. “It was clear that people had great needs and that other people were eager to help.”
Opportunities include buying Christmas presents for needy children, teenagers and adults, as well as feeding the hungry at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Volunteers can take a group of family and friends to sing songs at a nursing home during Hanukkah or organize their office or school to assemble holiday gift baskets for poor families.
They can also help prepare care packages for soldiers overseas; donate much-needed dry and canned goods to local food pantries facing dire shortages; or help collect toiletries, blankets, clothing, school and art supplies.
The truth is — just like on Big Sunday Weekend — there’s something for everyone. Whether you have a little time or a lot, whether you’re single or have a family, whether you’re part of an office, a school, fraternity, sorority, civic group, a church, mosque or a synagogue, there are plenty of projects big and small for you to choose from.
Click Here to see the full 2012 list (more than 150 ways, and counting!) to help this holiday season.