Holiday Greetings!

If you are still looking for holiday volunteer opportunities, check out last week’s post: the spirit of giving. Volunteer Victoria will be closed the week of December 26th, and reopening January 3rd.

Dr. Seuss wrote: And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more. 

Volunteer Victoria would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for the many gifts you have given our community this year. The gifts of caring, respect, tolerance, inspiration, and knowledge are infinitely powerful and abundant. Your individual and collective work has made a positive difference for individuals and families, not just in this holiday season, but for the months and years to come.

Best wishes for a holiday season and new year filled with good health, much happiness, and a little bit more of everything you need to bring joy and peace to those around you.

‘Tis the Season…

It seems hard to believe that the holiday season is almost upon us.  Each year, around this time, we notice an increase in phone calls from people wanting to know how they can volunteer.  The holidays are all about giving, so it is a natural time to think about helping others.  If you’ve been thinking about doing some volunteer work in preparation for, or during, the holidays we encourage you to start applying for positions now.

Did you know you can search for holiday volunteer opportunities under the position type called “Christmas Events” on our online database?  You might like to help Gorge Road Hospital decorate for Christmas, or wrap presents for shoppers at the mall on behalf of Burnside Gorge Community Association.  Perhaps you would like to pack food hampers for needy families, or sort and display donated toys at the Salvation Army.  Many volunteers every holiday season are also needed to gather donations into the Salvation Army’s red kettles. This year Point Ellice House needs help with their Christmas craft sale and tea.  Be sure to contact one of these agencies (or others, as they add volunteer positions into this category) as soon as possible to lend a hand.

“What about helping in a soup kitchen?”, you may ask. We know serving meals to our city’s homeless population is a popular activity that many families and individuals wish to do around this time of year.  However, since these types of volunteer positions need to be filled year round, we already have many dedicated volunteers who devote their time in this capacity each month of the year.  The reality is – and we are so fortunate to have this “problem” – that agencies who provide meals to the homeless usually already have the help they need for the holidays.

But, as I mentioned above, there are many other ways to give.  The non-profit organizations we work with need your skills during the holidays, and they need them every other month of the year too.  It is important to remember that the “spirit of giving” does not only have to be saved for the holidays.  You can give the gift of your time anytime of the year.  Check our database often to browse what’s available in the 31 other volunteer position type categories and call us if you need any help along the way.

In the meantime let us know:  What are your plans for holiday volunteering?

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