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November 16, 2017

10 Ways to Volunteer to Make the Holidays Special for Your Neighbors

The holiday season can be the most wonderful time of the year for many, but we need your help in making that a reality for all in our community.

Looking for holiday activities with the kids while they're out of school? Want to make an impact with your friends during the holidays? Sign up for a holiday volunteer opportunity with us or one of our agency partners! Below are 10 different ways you get involved to make a difference in the lives of your neighbors this holiday season.

Click a link below to get more information or to sign up for a particular opportunity!

1. Best way to help veterans

Holiday Food Box Distribution - VA Medical Center with Freestore Foodbank

November 20 | Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45220


2. Best volunteer opportunity for young professionals at a brewery

LINC Giving Tuesday with United Way of Greater Cincinnati

November 28 | Taft's Brewpourium, Spring Grove Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45232


3. Best way to get your retail therapy fix without the guilt (tie)

Sponsor a Needy Child or Family for the Holidays! with Child Focus, Inc.

November 13 - December 8 | Cincinnati-Batavia Pike, Cincinnati, OH 45244


Be Santa's Helper! Provide Gifts for Low Income Children with Children, Inc.

November 2 - December 16 | Madison Ave, Covington, KY 41011


4. Best opportunity on the streetcar line

Christmas Tree Sale at Findlay Market with Caracole, Inc.

November 24 - December 17 | Findlay Market, Cincinnati, OH 45202


5. Best way to feel like an elf in Santa’s workshop (tie)

Gift Distributors Needed - Adopt A Family Program with Freestore Foodbank

December 4 - December 9 | Liberty Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202


Holiday Drive Volunteers with Brighton Center, Inc.

December 1 - December 19 | Central Ave, Newport, KY 41071


6. Best way to re-gift last year’s presents

Holiday Drive Collections with Brighton Center, Inc.

October 19  - December 19 | Central Ave, Newport, KY 41071

Brighton Center accepts used toys, as well as a variety of new items for their holiday drives.


7. Best opportunity for groups

Christmas Operations Volunteers with Freestore Foodbank

December 20 - 22 | Liberty Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202


8. Best way to show off a special talent

Love Your Neighbor Campaign with The Salvation Army of Greater Cincinnati

November 17 - December 23 | Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky


9. Best opportunity for teens & families

Check Out Hunger: Adopt a Kroger Store Near You! with Freestore Foodbank

November 16 - January 2 | Kroger stores in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.


10. Best way to help out in the new year

Tax Preparer with United Way of Greater Cincinnati

January 30 - April 15 | Various Locations in Southwest Ohio, Northern Kentucky and Indiana


Ready to help, or just want to learn more? Click the links above, then the Sign Up button to connect directly with the volunteer coordinator. They can share next steps and answer any questions you may have. 

Want to keep looking? View more holiday opportunities, or find ways to get involved year-round at Here, you can find a personalized list of recommendations based on the causes you care about, your skill set, and desired location. You can even receive alerts as new opportunities are added.