Exploring Holiday Volunteer Opportunities

The Christmas holidays are renowned around the world as a time for giving, with families and friends exchanging gifts to demonstrate their love for one another.

For some, however, that giving extends far beyond their usual circle of loved ones. Volunteering is becoming an increasingly popular past time for many that live in and around Richmond. It provides those with a caring nature the chance to give back to their community and help those in real need.

The satisfaction and sense of self-worth that volunteering provides is making the activity particularly popular with those in home care in Richmond VA. Its flexible working hours and social activities make it the ideal way for seniors to make new friends.

To celebrate this, we’ve drawn up a list of four of the best volunteering opportunities for seniors to take part in over the holidays, below:

Serving Meals

There are a number of charitable food organizations in the city but none quite like the FeedMore group. They take on over 250 volunteers every day to help feed those in need.

A volunteer role at a local food bank with the charity is the perfect opportunity for a senior to work alongside others in a welcoming environment.

Delivering Presents

Noah’s Children, a charity focused on bringing joy to kids in palliative and hospice care, are on the search for holiday helpers that can collect, sort, wrap, and deliver toys this Christmas.

The role is ideal for any senior that still has access to a vehicle, or that is comfortable being on their feet for large parts of the day.

Reading to Children

Passing on your knowledge can be one of the most rewarding things for any adult, so the chance to read stories and play games with children at the YMCA of Greater Richmond is sure to keep seniors engaged.

Producing Art

Charitable organization Senior Connections are running a three-month workshop at the start of 2017, with seniors taking on the leading role.

The volunteer opportunity will involve seniors that are aged 62 or over working alongside professional health students from the Virginia Commonwealth University.

Each class will provide seniors with a chance to explore their creative freedom through the medium of dance, something that is sure to cheer them up after the end of Christmas holidays.

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