By Megan Love | The Holiday season is a time for making merry, spending time with loved ones, and most importantly, helping those in need. If you are looking for a way to give back to your community this season, read on for a list of local volunteer opportunities.
Donate to a Dancing With Our Starts Team. Each dollar = 1 vote. Go to capabeaufort.networkforgood.com/projects to vote for your favorite team. You can become a Resource Parent. Foster Parents are desperately needed. To find out more information about becoming a foster parent, contact Erin Walker at 843-524-4350. firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also work in the Open Arms Shelter. Help kids with their homework, or plan an after school activity. To sign up to volunteer at CAPA, contact Jessica Chapman, 843-524-4350, email@example.com or go to capabeaufort.org.
Wreaths Across America: Help lay wreaths for our fallen veterans at the Beaufort National Cemetery, Saturday December 16th at 10:15 AM.
Exchange Club Giving Tree: The Exchange Club is collecting warm weather clothes to give keep Beaufort residents warm this winter. Donate any hats, scarves, mittens and warm weather gear can be dropped off at the giving tree in front of 501 Caereret Street across from the Chocolate Tree. or contact Gayle Wierzbicki at 843-812-6989 to arrange pick up.
Friends of Caroline Hospice: Be a Patient and Family Support Volunteer, Student Bereavement Volunteer, Office Assistant, Pet Therapy Volunteer, or Fundraising Assistant. To sign up to volunteer with Friends of Caroline Hospice, visit friendsofcarolinehospice.org/volunteers, or call 843-525-6257.
Hopeful Horizons: Become a volunteer Victim Advocate and work with survivors of sexual assault, child abuse and domestic violence. To learn more, visit hopefulhorizons.org or call 843-524-2256.
HELP of Beaufort: Donate usable clothing, shoes, household wares, canned goods, and funds to pay for utilities. Volunteer to be a Mobile Meals driver or work in the HELP House. Go to Helpfofbeaufort.org or call 843-525-1223 for more information.
Palmetto Animal League: Volunteer to foster dogs or cats, or get out and enjoy the fresh air and be a dog walker. To sign up, contact Mary Lynn at firstname.lastname@example.org, 843-422-3779.
Tabby House: Spend some time with the kittens and cats of the Tabby House, located next to the new Wet Willies. Call 843-255-5031 for more information.
American Red Cross of the Lowcountry: Give blood or ask them about the variety of other ways you can give back through the Red Cross. Contact Lisa Wills at Lisa.email@example.com or visit redcross.org for more information.
Family Promise of Beaufort County: These folks provide food and shelter at a variety of locations around Beaufort and Bluffton. Be a front desk greeter or stay overnight with families in a host congregation. Contact Minerva Castro-Hernandez at 843-815-4211 or Minervafamilypromise@gmail.com .
Pan-African Family Empowerment and Land Preservation Network: Donate or become a member to empower people of African descent and help protect ancestral homes in the Lowcountry. Visit panafricanfamilyempowermentnetwork.org for more information.
Lowcountry Habitat for Humanity always has something going on The ReStore location on Parris Island Gateway always has opportunities for volunteers and Lowcountry Habitat builds houses all year long. Visit www.LowcountryHabitat.org
United Way of the Lowcountry: Participate in Operation Holiday Heroes by dropping off toys at a United Way office or, if you’re a business, become a Toys for Tots drop off center. Want to do something more long-term? Become a reading tutor or become a member of the Community Impact Committee. Visit uwlowcountry.org or contact Chrystie Turner at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 843-379-3067 for more information.
Volunteer your time in a local Thrift Store: CAPA’s Closet, Cancer Thrift Store, Low Country Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Salvation Army and Friends of Caroline Hospice can all always use a helping hand in their thrift stores!
What’s your favorite way to give back to your community? Mention in the comments to give others some ideas and motivation!