Giving Tuesday promotes volunteering and giving through social media

Make a Difference: 12 Places to Volunteer this Holiday Season

November 29, 2016

EBG encourages its employees, after celebrating Thanksgiving with family and loved ones, to celebrate a day of giving back on #GivingTuesday. According to its mission statement, “#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.”

#GivingTuesday is a great way to head into the busy holiday season because it serves as a reminder of how important it is to help those who are less fortunate, advocate for great causes and give back to the communities in which we live, work and travel. 

Discover a sampling of volunteer opportunities in our four cities that will take you through the holidays and into 2017: 

Do good wherever you are

NEW YORK

Donate to a red bucket for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids
When you attend a Broadway show during the fall season, you can expect the cast members and staff to share with you the message of BCEFA -- and the red buckets. By donating money or purchasing an autographed item from the Broadway show and distributing those funds in the famed red buckets, you are contributing to adults and children who are receiving lifesaving medications, health care, nutritious meals, counseling, and emergency financial assistance from BCEFA. broadwaycares.org

Deliver food and facilitate conversation for Citymeals on Wheels
Citymeals on Wheels “provides a continuous lifeline of nourishing meals and vital companionship to our homebound elderly neighbors.” This season, spread joy, conversation, and nourishment to the elderly across the city. citymeals.org

Serve breakfast or lunch at St. John’s Bread and Life
In New York City, St. John’s offers several varied options for those wishing to serve the hungry in the boroughs: the in-house soup kitchen, food pantry, resource center, and mobile soup kitchen. Depending on pressing needs, St. John’s will help you choose a volunteering pathway which aligns with your passions and skillset. breadandlife.org

LAS VEGAS

Package meals and stuff backpacks for schoolchildren through Three Square
Three Square helps provide food for school children who, without their help, go to sleep hungry each night. By offering your time, you may repackage food at the organization’s warehouse, fill backpacks with weekend food, and package meals for kids in school programs. threesquare.nationbuilder.com

Provide care to patients at the Department of Veterans Affairs
As a volunteer, you will help staff at the Department of Veterans Affairs provide important medical functions, ensuring that each suffering veteran maintains an enjoyable stay and receives positive, encouraging interaction throughout their hospital tenure. lasvegas.va.gov

Spend time with the women of S.A.F.E. House
S.A.F.E. House empowers battered women and their loved ones to escape the cycle of domestic violence. The organization teaches women, both adults and teenagers, how to recognize the signs of abuse in dating situations and educates these women with how to protect themselves from the throes of violence and abuse. Complete a volunteering application, choosing whether to serve through childcare, education, court advocacy, data entry, and more. safehousenv.org

ORLANDO

Make a difference through a chosen project with HandsOn Orlando
With over 300 organizations, HandsOn Orlando has a special mission: connecting you to the project best-suited for your abilities and passions. “The opposite of a volunteer referral service, we identify, plan, manage and lead hands-on, community-based volunteer projects that you can join. Our calendar-based projects are free to join and open to the general public.” handsonorlando.com

Find a shift to serve Second Harvest Food Bank
With over 29,000 volunteers serving Second Harvest Food Bank last year alone, the mission and reach of the food and redistribution non-profit has only expanded. In other words, volunteers are always needed. Sign up for a shift with Second Harvest to help sort the food bank’s massive warehouse of supplies. feedhopenow.org

Strengthen community with United Way Central Florida 
United Way seeks to “create positive lasting change in our community by helping children succeed in school; promoting family financial stability and independence; and improving people's health.” Connect with United Way’s volunteer coordinators to discover how you can join the organization’s efforts. uwcf.org

SOUTH FLORIDA

Donate canned food to the Feeding South Florida
Feeding South Florida supplies food to 25 percent of Florida’s food insecure population. This holiday, drop off canned, nonperishable foods to an agency of Feeding South Florida, utilizing your funds to help your hungry brothers and sisters in Florida. feedingsouthflorida.org

Shop online through Amazon.com in support of HandsOn Miami
By completing your holiday shopping through HandsOn Miami’s online Amazon portal, 0.5 percent of all of your purchases will automatically go toward the mission of HandsOn: to inspire, equip, and mobilize people to take action to create positive change in the Miami-Dade County community. Visit the organization’s online calendar to find a program which matches with your intensions. handsonmiami.org

Enrich the lives of homeless individuals through Miami Rescue Mission
Volunteers are afforded the opportunity to create compassionate, meaningful connections with those individuals currently homeless or at risk. Through the Miami Rescue Mission, find opportunities to serve a meal, tutor a student, and work with youth, among other unique services. miamirescuemission.com