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How do you find Christmas volunteer opportunities?

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Some ways to find Christmas volunteer opportunities include contacting online charity clearinghouses such as Volunteer Match, Points of Light and Charity Navigator. In addition, local chapters of the Salvation Army and civic associations such as Lions Clubs and Elks lodges gather information about volunteering. Also, contact local chambers of commerce, city halls, churches and schools for more opportunities.

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National clearinghouses offer an easy way to get an idea of the scope and kinds of volunteer opportunities available because they offer more complete listings of seasonal jobs for volunteers. For instance, if a person has phone reception experience, one possibility is taking pledges during fund drives, while people with clerical experience can help out with stuffing envelopes.

Local organizations such as churches and police precincts often need volunteers to launder, mend and fold clothes for holiday clothing drives as well as to sort donations and pack baskets for food drives. City missions also need volunteers to serve holiday meals.

Crafter/volunteers help support fundraisers such as school carnivals by donating time and materials to make vendables such as ornaments, tree-skirts and Christmas stockings. Further, Rotary Clubs and similar service organizations need people to crochet blankets, mittens and hats to donate to needy families. In addition, city and county governments and other local organizations need volunteers to read holiday stories at libraries, chaperone school holiday parties and work public events.

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