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Give Locally - 7 Reasons the Elderly Need You

The local community benefits when its residents give to others. Those residents make their community a better place to work and live, especially when helping older adults. Here are several reasons people over 65 years of age need your help:

  1. Almost half of older women (45%) age 75+ live alone. Source
  2. About 28% (12.1 million) of noninstitutionalized older persons live alone (8.4 million women, 3.7 million men). Source
  3. More than one in five (21%) Americans age 65 and older do not drive. Source Non-drivers have a decreased ability to participate in the community and the economy. Source
  4. Hunger threatens over 9 million older adults. Source
  5. 1 million homebound seniors are malnourished. Source
  6. The high suicide rates of the elderly. Source
  7. 87% of Americans receiving long-term care at home get care from unpaid family and friends. Source

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The Holiday Volunteer Guide
Bring Cheer to the Elderly

The holidays represent the season of giving: making family connections, sharing meals, and creating memories. However, the holidays would not be the same if people did not extend the good cheer beyond personal ties and seek ways to create joy for others, and volunteering in one's local community is a wonderful way to give back and increase another's well-being plus form new friendships. The act of generously giving your time is the fastest way to put smiles on another person's face no matter the age, but since 28% of our seniors live alone, they especially will enjoy the attention.

If you've ever been a recipient of random acts of kindness, you know the pleasure, but when you turn the tables from receiving to giving, the feelings of joy and satisfaction double. What you receive through giving is miraculous and immediate. You won't have to wait long to experience its value. It begins when you touch the other person's life through kindness.

Holiday Volunteering Opportunities in 50 of the U.S.'s Largest Cities

Albuquerque, NM

First United Methodist Church
Donations are needed for Christmas food baskets.

Joy Junction
Dec 22, 2015 from 6:00:00 PM to 7:00:00 PM (date passed), Dec 25, 2015 from 2:00:00 PM to 4:00:00 PM (date passed)
Volunteers are needed to work at the Pre-Christmas meal. To volunteer, please call 505-463-4818.
Volunteers are needed to work at the Traditional Christmas dinner. To volunteer, please call 505-463-4818.

Meals on Wheels
Donations of books, scarves, socks, slippers, toiletries, small games and puzzles, crossword books, mugs, holiday treats, pet supplies and small kitchen items are needed. The gifts will be hand delivered with meals during the December holidays by the delivery drivers.

Project Share Inc.
Donations are needed for the Christmas food drive.

St. Martin's Hospitality Center
Dec 24, 2015 from 7:30:00 AM to 11:00:00 AM (date passed), Jan 1, 2016 from 7:30:00 AM to 11:00:00 AM (date passed)
We are in need of 10-15 volunteers to help serve lunch to our clients.
We are in need of 10-15 volunteers to help serve lunch, on New Year's Day, to our clients.

The Storehouse
Donations are needed for Christmas food baskets.

Arlington, TX

Arlington Charities
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Donations are needed for Christmas food baskets.

Atlanta, GA

Atlanta Community Food Bank
Dec 12, 2015 from 6:00:00 PM to 8:00:00 PM (date passed), Dec 31, 2015 from 8:00:00 PM to 1:00:00 AM (date passed)
Cool Yule with Sweet Lu: "Sweet Lu" Olutosin is an internationally acclaimed jazz artist whose recent CD "Sweet Lou's Blue's" enjoyed a 12 week top 20 ranking on the 2015 National Jazz Charts. Donate online or bring a non-perishable food item to donate at the door to receive $5 off of the regular admission of $15.
Rat Pack New Year's Eve: Ticket prices and packages vary. Bring 5 canned goods and receive $2,000 in poker chips.

HOPE Through Divine Intervention, Inc
Donations are needed for their Hope for the Holidays food program.

Hosea Helps
During the Christmas holiday season seniors call and tell them what they need, and they place the products in the hands of their volunteers to show them that someone is here that cares about them.

Meals on Wheels
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Dec 24, 2015 (date passed)
Volunteer to purchase any of the suggested gifts to be given as a present to a senior citizen. Suggested holiday gifts: bath towel set, throw blanket, hats, gloves, scarves, puzzle/word search books (large print). All gifts may be dropped off at Meals On Wheels Atlanta between December 1st - December 14th and will be delivered the week of Christmas. .
Theres a need for drivers for approximately 2 hours.
Drivers are needed to deliver meals on Christmas Eve day.

Austin, TX

Blue and Brown Santa
Donations are needed to provide food and gifts for area senior citizens.

Jingle Bell 5K
Dec 19, 2015 from 8:00:00 AM to 12:00:00 PM (date passed)
Portion of the proceeds will be going to the "Warming Hearts For Christmas" and donating warm coats to low-income senior citizens in our community.

Meals on Wheels
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Dec 19, 2015 (date passed), Dec 25, 2015 at 10:15:00 AM (date passed)
Share the Love: Come by and stuff a Subaru with holiday gifts for their clients at Central Kitchen and they'll have collection boxes at all of the delivery pick-up locations, as well!
Volunteers are needed to deliver special gifts to senior clients.
Volunteers are needed to deliver meals on Christmas Day.

Montopolis Recreation Center
Donations are needed for a free holiday dinner.

Salvation Army
Donations are needed for a free Christmas dinner.

Baltimore, MD

First Baptist Church Soup Kitchen
Donations are needed for Christmas food baskets and toiletries, gloves, socks, ski caps and hats.

Food Link Maryland
Basic needs for the holidays.

GEDCO
Dec 10, 2015 (date passed), Dec 15, 2015 (date passed), Dec 24, 2015 (date passed)
Volunteers are needed to decorate.
Need adult gifts such as: Christmas stockings, socks, gloves and hats Toiletries such as cologne, perfume, toilet paper, tampons/maxi pads, soap, deodorant, shampoo, and conditioner Household products such as laundry detergent, dishwashing liquid, pillows, pillow cases (full size), sheets (full size), blankets, and pots & pans
Holiday Card Writing Party: Residents make cards out to friends and family. We need cards, envelopes, stamps, and snacks.
Gift Wrapping Party: We need gift wrapping paper, bows, tags, tape, and gift boxes.
Christmas Eve brunch: We need food (cooked mainly), servers, and volunteers to set-up and clean-up.

Helping Up Mission
Volunteers are needed for serving and cleaning up after the Christmas dinner.

Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland
Donation needs: Shelf stable food items: can goods, soup, peanut butter, protein bars, etc. Also, handmade scarves for a man or woman, small flashlights, tissues, dish washing liquid, paper towels, toilet paper, and etc.

Boston, MA

Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly
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Dec 25, 2015 (date passed)
Donations are needed for the Christmas gift program.
Bakers are needed to bake turkeys and other holiday food items.
Volunteers provide companionship while delivering nutritious holiday meals.
Volunteers provide transportation for those elderly friends able to attend holiday celebrations.

Open Pantry Community Services
Volunteers are needed to drive on Christmas day.

Charlotte, NC

Charlotte Rescue Mission
Dec 24, 2015 (date passed), Dec 25, 2015 (date passed)
Home made deserts are needed for the Christmas meal.
Pre-Holiday Helpers are needed to prep the Christmas Community meal.

Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina
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Holding a food drive for the holidays? Decorate your box and enter the contest! Entering is easy, just email them the photo!
Food Lion Feeds: Holidays Without Hunger Purchase a pre-packaged box of food for $5 or make a cash donation at the register of your local Food Lion store. All donations will come straight to the Food Bank
Feed the Hungry with Kroger: Look for pre-packaged boxes at your local Kroger to help provide food this holiday season.
Monetary donations are needed for holiday meals.

Loaves and Fishes Center
Order holiday gift cards to support Loaves and Fishes.

Second Harvest Food Bank
The community is encourage to come out and donated canned goods or funds - $1 = 7 pounds of food. If you can't make it to the food drive, donations can be made at all Harris Teeter Stores through the end of November.

St Matthew Catholic Church
Donations are needed for Christmas food baskets.

The Cathedral of Saint Patrick
Dec 25, 2015 from 12:00:00 PM to 3:00:00 PM (date passed)
Volunteers are needed to serve Christmas dinner.

Chicago, IL

Eleeo Senior Care Partners
Dec 20, 2015 (date passed)
Help serve a Christmas meal and visit with seniors at their annual holiday party. There will be dancing and a band! Children welcome to accompany their parents.

Englewood Corps and Red Shield Center of the Salvation Army
Donations are needed for Christmas food baskets.

Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly
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Dec 25, 2015 (date passed)
Elder Holiday Gift Program: Commit to providing personalized gifts to our elders during the holiday season. From warm new gloves to delicious candy to gift cards to their favorite stores, when elders open their beautifully wrapped gifts they know they are remembered and cherished.
Elder Holiday Gift Program: volunteers are needed to deliver gifts.
For elders living in Nursing Homes, Little Brothers volunteers make special visits on or before the holiday to wish these elders well and provide food and mementos. Nursing Home Visits are an opportunity for volunteers to bring joy, flowers and a reminder of friendship.
Volunteers are needed for the Christmas Day party.
For seniors who are not able to come out, volunteers offer home delivered meals with the full feast, and trimmings, complete with a lovely plant.

Meals on Wheels
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Holiday Card Drive: Holiday cards can be created or purchased. The card can include a personal holiday greeting such as "Thinking of you during the holiday season," "Happy Holidays," or "Season's Greetings." Greetings should be non-denominational out of respect for our meal recipients. Once cards are hand-signed, they can be dropped off or mailed to the MOWC office, located at 1111 N. Wells Street, Suite 307, Chicago, IL 60610. No envelopes are necessary. The deadline to submit cards is Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015.
Donations are needed for the Holiday Meals Program.
Holiday cards can be created or purchased. The card can include a personal holiday greeting such as "Thinking of you during the holiday season," "Happy Holidays," or "Season's Greetings." Greetings should be non-denominational out of respect for our meal recipients. Once cards are hand-signed, they can be dropped off or mailed to the MOWC office, located at 1111 N. Wells Street, Suite 307, Chicago, IL 60610. No envelopes are necessary. The deadline to submit cards is Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015. The cards will be included with holiday meals distributed to our homebound seniors.

St James Cathedral
Donations are needed for the Christmas Basket Community Outreach Program.

Cleveland, OH

Greater Cleveland Food Bank
Volunteers are needed for providing those in need with a great holiday feast.

Salvation Army
Adopt A Senior-- Senior care packs are needed for our elderly neighbors to help them keep afloat and remain independent. A list of needed items will be provide so you can fill a tote!

Volunteers of America
Donate Christmas baskets. In the spirit of the holiday season, help make Christmas a little brighter by donating Christmas gifts, or food baskets for senior citizens.

Colorado Springs, CO

Salvation Army
By donating non-perishable food, frozen turkeys, sponsoring a food box, or hosting a food barrel at your business, your generosity will help us make sure no senior citizien goes without a meal during Christmas.

Salvation Armyh
Adopt A Senior-- Senior care packs are needed for our elderly neighbors to help them keep afloat and remain independent. A list of needed items will be provide so you can fill a tote!

Spring Rescue Mission
Dec 24, 2015 (date passed)
Christmas Outreach Event: volunteers are needed.

Volunteers of America
Dec 25, 2015 (date passed)
Volunteers are needed to deliver meals.

Columbus, OH

Bethlehem on Broad Street
Dec 12, 2015 from 9:00:00 AM to 4:00:00 PM (date passed)
Food boxes with gift certificates for perishable foods will be given out.

Community Kitchen
Dec 23, 2015 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM (date passed)
A Christmas party that includes a meal and presents for all attending.

Hands on Central Ohio
Season of Caring: Donate gifts that will be delivered on Christmas Day to your neighbors who may be elderly, medically challenged or home bound and receive Meals-on-Wheels. Donation ideas include calendars, puzzle books, note cards and stamps, personal care items like toothpaste, deodorant, shaving cream, soap, socks, lotions, cologne and mugs.

Inner City Ministries
Dec 24, 2015 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM (date passed)
Serving Christmas meals.

LifeCare Alliance
Dec 25, 2015 (date passed)
Deliver holiday cheer and hot, nutritious meals on Christmas Day to your neighbors who may be elderly, medically challenged or home bound and receive Meals-on-Wheels.

Martin Janis 50+ Center
Dec 16, 2015 from 9:00:00 AM to 12:00:00 PM (date passed)
Help the Martin Janis 50+ Center throw a holiday party for all to enjoy. Volunteers will assist with setup, seating guests, serving lunch and sharing smiles.

Mid-Ohio Food Bank
Dec 10, 2015 at 6:30:00 PM (date passed), Dec 19, 2015 (date passed)
Yoga for a Cause: Every Sunday in December, visit Land Grant Brewing Company for a yoga class at 11am. Modo Yoga Columbus asks participants to donate $5 donation or 3 non-perishable food items. These classes are open to all skill levels so bring friends and family along to work out for a great cause.
A Holiday Gathering: Come join Taylor Riggs, creator of Simply Taylor, and Sarah Crock, owner of Columbus Nutrition Company, for A Holiday Gathering in the greenhouse at Folsom and Pine Farm. Cozy up around the table with some new friends while they prepare a holiday-inspired meal using local ingredients. All proceeds benefit Mid-Ohio Foodbank.
The 2015 Figgy Fest Annual Punk/ Rock Holiday Party is Saturday, December 19th at Ace of Cups. Come prepared for a prize drawing and plenty of entertainment to last through the night. The cover is $5 and benefits Mid-Ohio Foodbank.

St. Stephen's Community House
Dec 19, 2015 (date passed)
Volunteers will help sort, distribute and load food items.

Dallas, TX

Dallas Christmas Cheer
Christmas Cheer provides a food box that has enough food for the holiday meal and beyond.

Highland Park United Methodist Church
Dec 25, 2015 (date passed)
Organize a holiday gift bag drive that will be delivered by Meals on Wheels volunteers.
Volunteers are needed to drive Meals on Wheels routes on Christmas Day.

North Texas Food Bank
Fight hunger the next time you shop at Whole Foods Market. 100% of donations given at the register between December 1-15 will benefit the North Texas Food Bank. Participating locations include the 9 Dallas Area Whole Foods Markets.
Join us as Scrooge returns to the Wyly Theatre, where the audience will be surrounded by magical ghosts flying above, scary ghosts bursting out of the floor and snow falling on everyone, bringing this timeless story to vivid new life. At the end of the show, actors will collect donations to benefit the North Texas Food Bank! Last year, show patrons provided access to more than 225,000 meals for hungry children, families and seniors in our community.

VNA Meals on Wheels
Power of Pie: Buy a pie and support Meals on Wheels.

Denver, CO

Denver Rescue Mission
Donations of frozen turkeys (over 12 lbs) are needed.

TLC Meals on Wheels
12 Days of Christmas - Imagine the 3600 wrapped presents we deliver to our clients on the twelve weekdays prior to Christmas. Where do they come from? Who donates them? Who wraps them? Volunteers! It may be your best way to reach out to our clients.

Volunteers of America
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Dec 12, 2015 (date passed), Dec 12, 2015 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM (date passed), Dec 14, 2015 (date passed), Dec 21, 2015 (date passed)
Basket of Joy: Help assembly and deliver beautiful fruit baskets. These baskets are given to seniors who might not otherwise receive a gift or visits from family during the holidays. VOA will deliver 5,280 baskets this year.
Basket of Joy is an annual project of The Denver Post, Albertsons, and Volunteers of America to bring holiday fruit baskets to limited income seniors in the Denver area. Thanks to the help of over 1,000 volunteers and valuable community partners, Basket of Joy provides 5,280 nutritious baskets to seniors every year. Volunteers get the chance to deliver these beautiful baskets right to the recipients door and see the joy these gifts bring. Delivering is a great holiday project for the whole family!
Basket of Joy: Help assembly and deliver beautiful fruit baskets. These baskets are given to seniors who might not otherwise receive a gift or visits from family during the holidays. VOA will be deliver 5,280 baskets this year.
Basket of Joy is an annual project of The Denver Post, Albertsons, and Volunteers of America to bring holiday fruit baskets to limited income seniors in the Denver area. Volunteers get the chance to deliver these beautiful baskets to right to the recipients door and see the joy these gifts bring.
Christmas Dinner Baskets: Volunteers needed to help clients sign-up for baskets on Dec. 14th.
Christmas Dinner Baskets: Volunteers needed to distribute baskets (and gifts) on Dec. 21st.

Detroit, MI

Bridging Communities Inc.
Dec 25, 2015 (date passed)
Volunteers are needed to deliver meals to senior citizens on Christmas Day.

Focus: Hope
Dec 19, 2015 (date passed)
Deliver boxes to homebound senior citizens using your own vehicle.
Help distribute boxes in the warehouse to volunteers who will deliver boxes.

Salvation Army
Volunteers are needed for the Senior Christmas dinner.

The Senior Alliance
Dec 25, 2015 (date passed)
Volunteers are needed to deliver meals to senior citizens on Christmas Day.

El Paso, TX

El Paso Central SDA Church
Donations are needed for Christmas meals and food baskets.

Lulac Project Amistad
Dec 17, 2015 (date passed)
Project Amistad is looking for volunteers to serve meals to our clients at our Annual Holiday Event .

Open Arms
Dec 12, 2015 (date passed)
Donations are needed for the holiday food distribution.

Opportunity Center
Donations are needed for Christmas food baskets.

Sacred Heart Church
Donations are needed for holiday gift baskets.

Fort Worth, TX

Meals on Wheels
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Purchase your Meals On Wheels Christmas tree ornament for only $10. This beautiful ornament is the perfect way to let your holiday guests know that you support Meals On Wheels, Inc. of Tarrant County. Each ornament is packaged in an attractive holiday box. They also make great hostess gifts and stocking stuffers. Proceeds from the sale of these ornaments support the Home-Delivered Meals program, which provides nutritious meals to the homebound elderly and disabled residents of Tarrant County.
Donations are needed so that each client can receive a Christmas gift.

Tarrant Area Food Bank
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From now until Saturday, Dec. 26, Cane Rosso in Fort Worth will donate $3 for every order of their Festivus pizza. Cane Rosso is also collecting non-perishable food items for the foodbank.
Through the Holiday Card Service, you can send a unique holiday card to your loved ones and help families in need at the same time. Provide your holiday card mailing list and a monetary donation and they will send hand-addressed cards first class to your family, friends and colleagues.

Fresno, CA

Community Services Employment Training
Provide social interaction and assistance to Tulare County senior citizens who might otherwise be lonely and neglected at the holidays.

Fresno Mission
Donations are needed for holiday food baskets. HOLIDAY FOOD NEEDS INSTANT MASHED POTATOES CANNED YAMS/CRANBERRY SAUCE CANNED VEGETABLES PREBAKED PUMPKIN AND APPLE PIES WHIPPED TOPPING STOVETOP STUFFING MARSHMALLOWS GRAVY MIX COFFEE/COCOA/TEA

Salvation Army
Volunteers are needed for holiday meal preparation. Preparation Dates & Times (3-4 hour shifts) December 15th to 19th--6 AM-2 PM December 22nd to 24th--10 AM-2 PM December 25th--4 AM-8 AM
Christmas meal delivery volunteers are needed. Christmas Meal Delivery (Drivers) Christmas Day--December 25, 2014 Shift 1: 8:00am Shift 2: 8:30am Shift 3: 9:00am

Houston, TX

Houston Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity
Donations are needed to provide holiday meals.

Interfaith Ministries Meals on Wheels
For every $5 you give or help fundraiser, IM's Meals on Wheels can provide one senior with a holiday meal.

Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston
Donations are needed to help fill the holiday stockings of its 4,000-plus Meals on Wheels seniors. For many of these seniors it will be the only gift they get this season. Something as simple as a new pair of socks can go a long way toward bringing a smile to the face of IM's clients. Other items appreciated by our seniors include scarves, hats, gloves and throw blankets. IM also likes to add one fun item to its senior gift bags. Popular items include crossword puzzle books, jigsaw puzzles and Sudoku books. A holiday card is also welcome.

Volunteer Houston
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The Holiday Project organizes visits to people in nursing homes, hospitals and other residential institutions. This gives volunteers an opportunity to contribute to others.
Donations of holiday cards are needed to give to senior citizens who are alone at the holidays.
Donations are need for the 4,000 gifts that Interfaith Ministries distributes during the holiday season to all the seniors in our Meals on Wheels program.

Volunteers of America
Many seniors do not have family members to celebrate with them during the holidays. Hope for the Holidays is designed to provide clients with direct support and festive cheer for the holiday season. Your participation will ensure the residents have a joyful Christmas.

Indianapolis, IN

Salvation Army
Gift of warmth: Volunteers are needed for packing and delivering small gift packages to older adults and others who are homebound or in the hospital due to physical limitations as part of the Gift of Warmth ministry.
Serving the seniors is a ministry that is carried out with a luncheon during the Christmas season. Guests come by special invitation through the local Salvation Army corps in their community.

The Creek
Baskets of Hope Collection Drive-thru - November 14-15 Just come through our convenient drive-thru and say hello to our students as they collect the tote out of your car before or after services.

United Way
Donations are needed to provide Christmas gifts and food for senior citizens and families.

Jacksonville, FL

BEAM
Donations are needed for Christmas food baskets.

Mandarin Food Bank
Monetary donations are needed so that turkeys can be purchased for Christmas baskets.

St. Vincent de Paul Outreach Ministry
Donations are needed for Christmas food baskets.

UCOM UrbanServ, Inc
Christmas Food Bags: Each bag costs only $30 and includes all of the fixings for a traditional holiday meal, including meat and dessert!

Waste Not Want Not
Donations are needed for Christmas food baskets.

Kansas City, MO

Harvesters Community Food Network
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KC Improv Co. Happy Hour for Harvesters - Laugh, and share the love! Every Happy Hour show in December will support Harvesters. A portion of every ticket sold will be donated to Harvesters.
Holiday Fixin's - You can either host a food drive virtually, host a traditional food drive at your organization or place of business, or host a food drive and volunteer effort to pack Holiday Boxes. How does this food drive work? Simply host a food drive for the specific food items contained in the Holiday Box. These items include: Stuffing Mix Canned Sweet Potatoes Cranberry Sauce Green Beans (2 cans in each box) Gravy Mix Corn Bread Mix Instant Mashed Potatoes Cream of Mushroom Soup (1 can in each box)
Harvesters' Recipes for Hope - This tribute program gives supporters like you the opportunity to help solve hunger while honoring your family member, friend or co-worker. During this season of sharing, you can send special greetings to loved ones or colleagues featuring a recipe from a Kansas City restaurant and give the honor recipient a delicious new addition to their own table.
Check-Out Hunger: The holiday campaign is the largest annual fundraiser for Harvesters, which feeds the hungry through its network of more than 620 nonprofit agencies. The public can help this holiday season by scanning $1, $5, $10 or $20 Check-Out Hunger donation coupons for Harvesters and adding them to their grocery bills.

Phoenix Family
Phoenix Family's Adopt A Senior programs provide older adults living in low-income housing with a Christmas they cannot afford for themselves. Each sponsor receives information about the senior that they are helping along with an individualized wish list. And every gift brought in goes directly to the senior that you have adopted.

Salvation Army
Donations are needed for Christmas meals.

Vineyard Church
Dec 11, 2015 at 4:00:00 PM (date passed)
Volunteers are needed to assemble Christmas meals.

Las Vegas, NV

Catholic Charities
COMFORT A HOMEBOUND SENIOR: Holiday gifts Towel sets Slippers & Robes Pajamas Microwave ovens Toiletry items Winter warmth items

Hope Link
Donations are needed for home delivered items for seniors and special Christmas food boxes.

Las Vegas Rescue Mission
The annual food drive provides meals for thousands of families, individuals and senior citizens during the holiday season and into the new year. Suggested donations include instant potatoes, canned vegetables, canned/instant soups, rice, pasta, ramen noodles, and any nonperishables.

Three Square
Any monetary gift made before midnight on December 31 will double in value, thanks to the Holiday Match Challenge from our friends at Barrick Gold, Boyd Gaming, Crovetti Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, IGT, L.L. Bradford, CPA's, Towbin Automotive Group, and UnitedHealthcare.

Long Beach, CA

AMMA - MA Center LA
Dec 13, 2015 at 12:00:00 PM (date passed)
Second Annual Holiday Luncheon for the senior Citizens (around 100 people). We need lots of help in the following areas: entertainment, decor, menu planning, cooking, serving and cleanup.

Meals on Wheels
Dec 25, 2015 at 7:30:00 AM (date passed)
Volunteers are needed to pack and deliver meals to senior citizens and the homebound.

Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles Regional Food Bank
The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank offers Holiday Tribute cards that you can send to friends, family, and colleagues. We offer hard copy versions and e-cards.

Second Harvest Food Bank
Until December 20th, you can receive a discount at Aristocrats Boutique by bringing in cans for Second Harvest! Here's how it works: 5 cans = 15% off, 10 cans = 20% off, 15 cans = 25% off.

St Vincent Meals on Wheels
#Deliver Love - Set your Fundraising Goal, Gather Your Friends & Pledge to #DeliverLove. With St. Vincent Meals on Wheels Holiday Triple Match $78.50 delivers 1 month of daily meals to a senior in need.

The Foodbank of Southern California
The Brown Bag Network Program for Seniors - Donations are needed for the holidays. The Foodbank provides free nutritious food to feed over 2,500 low-income seniors at 22 volunteer staffed Brown Bag distribution sites and free weekly delivery to 72 low-income homebound/shut-in seniors in Los Angeles County.

Louisville, KY

Bethlehem Baptist Church
Donations are needed for free Christmas meal.

Eastern Area Community Ministries
Holiday gift/food drive volunteer opportunities.

Highlands Community Ministries
Donations are needed for Christmas holiday assistance.

Home Instead Senior Care
Home Instead Senior Care partners with local non-profit and community organizations to identify seniors who might not otherwise receive gifts this holiday season.Volunteers collect, wrap, and deliver gifts to participating senior citizens.

Life Span Resources
The project serves approximately 500 individuals from local long-term care facilities and homebound care management clients in Clark, Floyd, Harrison and Scott Counties. Angels are available for adoption on-line through Facebook or from a link on our website at www.lifespanresources.org Angels are also available at LifeSpan's administrative office or can be mailed, emailed, or faxed. Most Angels request items such as a sweat suit, gown/pajamas, socks, underwear, candy, toiletries (lotion, powder, deodorant, Kleenex), books and music.

Neighborhood House
Donations are needed for holiday meals.

Plymouth Community Renewal Center
Donations are needed for Christmas meals and perishable and nonperishable food, personal care (such as soap or cleaning supplies) and household goods that will make the holiday brighter for senior citizens in need.

Memphis, TN

Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association
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Holiday Cards MIFA Holiday Cards are unique gifts that honor your loved ones while supporting MIFA! This year's card features a custom design by Memphis artist and MIFA Meals on Wheels volunteer Martha Kelly. Send us a list of your friends, family members, or associates, and we will mail each of them a card with a hand-written, personalized message. The requested donation per card is $10. Discounts available for bulk business orders over 50 cards. For more information, contact Jim Seacat at (901) 529-4544 or jseacat@mifa.org. Volunteers are needed to prepare MIFA Holiday Cards for mailing from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, November 30 - December 3, December 7 - 10 and 14 - 17; Saturday, December 19; and Monday and Tuesday, December 21 and 22. To volunteer, contact Carlos Royston at (901) 529-4521 or croyston@mifa.org.
MIFA Meals on Wheels Looking for a volunteer project between Christmas and New Year's? Deliver MIFA Meals on Wheels! We need volunteers between Christmas Day and New Year's Day to deliver meals to our homebound senior clients. Many of our regular volunteers are unavailable during the holidays, and we could use the extra help. A great family opportunity! To reserve a route, contact Angela Scott at (901) 529-4513 or ascott@mifa.org.
Volunteers are needed to address and mail holiday cards.
Donations are needed for Holiday care packages that will be delivered on Christmas Day. If you are interested in donating, please assemble the following items in an 11" x 14" decorative gift bag: blanket, stationery, postage stamps, calendar, winter cap, sweater, tee shirt, socks (regular or non-skid), mittens or gloves, puzzles/crossword puzzles/dominos, lotion, flashlight, lap robe, hygiene products. Please, no candy.
Care Packages for Seniors Volunteers deliver care packages to seniors with their meals on their birthdays and on Christmas Day. If you are interested in donating, please assemble the following items in an 11" x 14" decorative gift bag: blanket, stationery, postage stamps, calendar, winter cap, sweater, tee shirt, socks (regular or non-skid), mittens or gloves, puzzles/crossword puzzles/dominos, lotion, flashlight, lap robe, hygiene products. Click here for a printable list. No candy, please. Deadline for Christmas Day delivery is December 21. To donate, contact Ellen Whitten at (901) 529-4507 or ewhitten@mifa.org.
We need volunteers between Christmas Day and New Year's Day to deliver meals to our homebound senior clients. Many of our regular volunteers are unavailable during the holidays, and we could use the extra help. A great family opportunity!

Neighborhood Christian Centers, Inc.
Donations are needed for 10,000 Christmas Meal Baskets for senior citizens, individuals and families.
Volunteers are needed to load and deliver baskets to distribution sites.

Mesa, AZ

American Meadows
We are a assisted living and memory facility. Looking for individuals to bring our seniors happy memories, companionship, join in with arts and crafts. Especially this time of the year Christmas time could use some extra help to keep them busy. I am the Activities Director, need some fresh ideas and friendly faces. They love music and conversation.

East Valley Adult Resources
Dec 11, 2015 (date passed)
East Valley Adult Resources & the East Valley Pops Orchestra will be hosting a fundraiser dinner & holiday concert to benefit programs of East Valley Adult Resources.

The Society of St Vincent de Paul
Volunteers are needed, at the holidays, to prepare meals, serve meals, and work on clean up after the meals.

United Food Bank
We're asking for frozen turkeys, nonperishable staples, and cash donations to help feed hungry people in our service area.

Miami, FL

Feeding South Florida
Dec 19, 2015 (date passed)
Holiday-Sort-Athon - Join us for our annual holiday sort-a-thon for 12 hours of fun, giving back, and community spirit...all for the sake of making spirits bright for the 785,040 individuals, senior citizens and families throughout South Florida struggling to put food on the table.

Homestead Soup Kitchen
Donations are needed for the free Christmas dinner.

Jewish Community Services of South Florida
Project Nechama: A $36 donation will provide a kosher turkey to a person in need.

Milwaukee, WI

Community Projects for Seniors
More info
Dec 25, 2015 (date passed)
Donations are needed to fill care packages. Items needed include: hand soap, kitchen towels, lotion, sunscreen, hand sanitizer, hair products, denture cream, pill containers, toothbrushes, toothpaste, first aid products, cleaning supplies, bath towels, wash cloths, toilet paper, paper towels and kleenex
Volunteers are needed to deliver meals to seniors on Christmas Day.

Hunger Task Force
Rexnord Turkey Ticker Challenge: Rexnord Rexnord will be matching every turkey donation made to Hunger Task Force.

Milwaukee Rescue Mission
More info
This Christmas, make the season more memorable by shopping through our 2015 Christmas Gift Catalog online. Your gift of food, shelter and other resources can make a real difference to a senior citizen, individual and family.
Two performances of Handel's Messiah, by the Milwaukee Area Messiah Community Choir and Orchestra, will benefit the Milwaukee Rescue Mission.
Share our special coffee blend, "Mission Joe," from Stone Creek Coffee. One-pound bags ($10) and MRM mugs ($5) are sold in our visitor's lobby, Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Milwaukee Rescue Mission who provides assistance to senior citizens, individuals and families.

Second Harvest Food Bank
Host a food/fund drive.

Minneapolis, MN

Gifts for Seniors
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Transport gift barrels from Gifts for Seniors operations center in NE Minneapolis to our Community Partner host sites in November and/or retrieve the gift barrels from host sites the first week of January.
Host a gift barrel: Gifts for Seniors places our signature blue gift barrels throughout the Twin Cities to make it easy for anyone to donate the gifts most requested by seniors and the agencies who serve them.

Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly
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Dec 17, 2015 from 9:00:00 AM to 11:00:00 AM (date passed), Dec 19, 2015 (date passed), Dec 25, 2015 (date passed), Dec 25, 2015 from 12:00:00 PM to 2:00:00 PM (date passed)
Volunteers are needed to wrap Christmas gifts.
Pre-Holiday Planning/Preparations: Tasks would include gathering supplies and make phone calls to our elders and volunteers.
Volunteers are needed for Cards, Crafts and Coffee.
Spread some holiday cheer! Promote friendship and wellness by making a holiday visit to a homebound elder, bringing flowers, treats and friendly conversation.
There are many volunteer opportunities to fill for this dinner. To volunteer, please, contact Georgia Afton at gafton@littlebrothersmn.org or 612.746.0732.
Volunteers are needed to work at the Christmas dinner.

Nashville, TN

Catholic Charities
Young Professional Society Christmas Wishes sorting and wrapping program: Christmas Wishes is a massive undertaking that, by December 25th, will provide Christmas to approximately 1200 neighbors in need, especially lower income children and elders. Families, church organizations, businesses, and other groups join forces to "adopt" a Christmas Wishes recipient and provide gifts which, in their own way, will bring Christmas cheer. Volunteers are needed to sort and wrap the Christmas gifts.

Fifty Forward
Dec 25, 2015 (date passed)
Start a new family tradition by bringing holiday cheer to homebound older adults in the form of a wonderful holiday meal. On Christmas Day, FiftyForward Meals on Wheels will be delivering meals to homebound older adults in Nashville.

Home Instead Senior Care
Home Instead Senior Care partners with local non-profit and community organizations to identify seniors who might not otherwise receive gifts this holiday season. The company then works with local businesses and retail stores to help facilitate the purchase and distribution of gifts by placing trees and ornaments within their various locations. Each senior's gift requests are written on a Be a Santa to a Senior tree ornament.

Second Harvest Food Bank
Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee is partnering with The Phoenix Club of Nashville to offer our supporters an opportunity to order holiday greeting cards for friends and family, while providing meals to those in need. The Phoenix Club's Holiday Card Program is great for both corporations and individuals. Cards start at $1.40 per card and are printed on high-quality, heavy card stock. You will find a great selection of Holiday, Seasonal and Christmas designs, including customizable photo cards for family and friends.

New Orleans, LA

Bridge House
Christmas dinner is delivered to homebound senior citizens.

Catholic Charities
Donations are needed for the holiday food basket and gift drive.

Salvation Army
More info
Dec 25, 2015 (date passed)
Angels for Christmas: Every year The Salvation Army of Greater New Orleans helps thousands of needy children and seniors. We're looking for volunteers to help man our table at Lakeside Mall.
Mr. Bingle Silver Bells is a program designed to help provide Christmas assistance to seniors ages 65 and up.
The Salvation Army of Greater New Orleans is looking for volunteers to help with our Christmas Day lunch. Volunteers will be doing minor food prep, serving, and cleaning after the lunch.

New York, NY

Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement House
Dec 17, 2015 from 10:00:00 AM to 2:00:00 PM (date passed)
Volunteers are needed for the Seniors Christmas Party. Volunteers are needed to prepare and serve food and help clean up.

Citymeals on Wheels
More info
Dec 13, 2015 (date passed)
Citarella - a top destination for gourmet groceries and fine prepared foods - will kick off their annual Round-Up with Citymeals. Every time you shop at Citarella through December 31st, you can make a donation to us at checkout. Participating locations include all New York City and Hamptons stores.
The Citymeals Young Professionals Committee invites you to join its annual holiday card making party. Get creative for a good cause while enjoying a lunch buffet, sweet treats and wine. Admission is $25 for adults and $10 suggested for children.

Jewish Home Lifecare/Sarah Neuman Center
Caroling groups are needed to entertain senior residents.

Project FIND
Dec 25, 2015 from 9:30:00 AM to 2:00:00 PM (date passed)
Project FIND will celebrate with a Christmas full course traditional meal with seniors who are alone and these that are Homebound. Volunteers are need to: gift bag packers, deliver meals, decorate and serve.

Visiting Neighbors
Brighten the holidays for a lonely senior (and yourself). We're looking for a few good elves to deliver gifts to homebound, isolated, and lonely senior citizens during the month of December.

Oakland, CA

LITA of Contra Costa (Love is the Answer)
Dec 19, 2015 at 2:15:00 PM (date passed)
Join in a 15 year tradition visiting seniors living full time in nursing facilities. Join LITA Carolers as they bring handmade Holiday Cards to give out.

Alameda County Community Food Bank
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Virtual Food Drive: We can stretch every $1 you donate into $6 worth of food with the Food Bank's bulk purchasing power and ultra-efficient distribution network. Grab a virtual shopping cart and start shopping. Sign up a group and create teams to promote some friendly competition for a great cause or sign up as an individual and challenge your friends and neighbors to match your shopping prowess.
Holiday Food and Fund Drives: Help us meet increased demand this holiday season! Start a traditional barrel drive at your work, school or organization and keep our shelves stocked with much-needed non-perishable staples like cereal, canned meat and fish, and pasta. For every $1 you donate we can distribute $6 worth of food to children, seniors and families in need.

St. Vincent De Paul Of Contra Costa County
Dec 13, 2015 from 9:00:00 AM to 12:00:00 PM (date passed)
Volunteers are needed to help prepare bags of holiday food and hygiene items for senior citizens and families in need. Please be prepared to carry boxes of food, organize food, etc.

Oklahoma City, OK

Christian Service Center
Donations are needed for Christmas food boxes.

Salvation Army
Volunteers are needed to wrap Silver Bell gifts that will be distributed to senior cititzens.

St Patrick's Catholic Church
Donations are needed for Christmas food baskets.

The Christmas Connection
A local non-profit organization dedicated to serving low income families and senior citizens in central Oklahoma. The Christmas Connection provides a pleasant, welcoming atmosphere where clients are treated with dignity and respect and can shop for clothing, household items and basic necessities. The store is stocked and staffed by hundreds of caring volunteers.

Omaha, NE

Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging
22nd Annual Foster Grandparent's Program and Senior Companion's Program Poinsettia sale.

Food Bank for the Heartland
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Holiday Greeting Cards - Purchase holiday cards from Food Bank for the Heartland to send to your friends, family, teachers, colleagues and clients to wish them a happy holiday while helping to put food on the tables of those in need. For a requested donation of just $10 per card, Food Bank for the Heartland will hand address and personalize a card to everyone on your list. Prefer to send your own cards? Order a pack of 4 cards for $25.
Whole Foods Market is making it easy to help this holiday season with their Feed 4 More donation program. Feed 4 More is a Whole Foods Market initiative that invites shoppers to donate money to help stock the pantries of senior citizens and families in need.

FoodBank for the Heartland
Purchase holiday cards from Food Bank for the Heartland to send to your friends, family, teachers, colleagues and clients to wish them a happy holiday while helping to put food on the tables of those in need. For a requested donation of just $10 per card, Food Bank for the Heartland will hand address and personalize a card to everyone on your list. Prefer to send your own cards? Order a pack of 4 cards for $25.

Home Instead Senior Care
Home Instead Senior Care partners with local non-profit and community organizations to identify seniors who might not otherwise receive gifts this holiday season. The company then works with local businesses and retail stores to help facilitate the purchase and distribution of gifts by placing trees and ornaments within their various locations. Each senior's gift requests are written on a Be a Santa to a Senior tree ornament.

Open Door Mission
Dec 15, 2015 from 10:00:00 AM to 12:00:00 AM (date passed)
Enjoy a meal out at participating Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers restaurants while supporting the Heartland's hungry senior citizens and families. 15% of the whole day's proceeds will be donated to Open Door Mission.

Philadelphia, PA

Aging at Home - Senior Community Services
Holiday Donation Requests: Food Baskets, gifts for seniors, turkeys/hams and holiday door decorations.
Holiday Volunteer Opportunity: Volunteers are needed during the holiday season to deliver meals from 10 a.m. to noon.

Crossroads Elder Advocacy Solutions and Services
Shoe-Boxes for Seniors: Each year Crossroads Elder Advocacy throughout Bucks, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton Counties and Philadelphia spread holiday cheer to lonely or financially-challenged seniors targeting Seniors living in Assisted Living Communities, Nursing Home Communities and Senior Apartment Complexes through the Shoe-boxes for senior program. Crossroads works with local businesses and retail stores to help facilitate donations or purchase and distribution of gifts by placing trees with tags with items we are looking to fill the shoe-boxes with within various locations.

ElderNet
Holiday Donation Requests: Canned goods, food baskets, games, gifts for children, teens and seniors, personal care items, small toys, stocking stuffers, turkeys/hams, and gift cards for grocery stores to purchase holiday meals.
Drive and escort elderly or disabled clients to various stores to do their holiday shopping. A current driver's license and insurance is mandatory, as well as background checks and references.

Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly
Dec 25, 2015 (date passed)
At Christmas, Little Brothers provides a volunteer with a fruit basket, a plant and a gift, to share the joy of the giving season.
Little Brothers needs volunteers to deliver meal and gifts to seniors on Christmas day.

SHARE Food Program
Help pack holiday meal boxes for senior citizens and families in need this holiday.

Phoenix, AZ

Resurrection Street Ministry
Drivers are needed to pick up food from donation locations.

Salvation Army
More info
Dec 25, 2015 from 9:30:00 AM to 11:30:00 AM (date passed)
Volunteers are needed to deliver Christmas dinners to senior citizens and home bound individuals.
Volunteers are needed to deliver Christmas dinner to homebound senior citizens.

St. Vincent de Paul
Donate canned foods at your Safeway or Albertsons locations. If you can't make it to a store, you can donate online today. Your dollars will support our food bank, as we fill food boxes for senior citizens and families in need.

The Society of St Vincent de Paul
Volunteers are needed at the Arizona Balloon Classic. St. Vincent de Paul will receive proceeds from this special event, including a drive to collect peanut butter and gently-used shoes and will continue to help senior citizens and families in need.

Vineyard Church
WEEKEND KIOSK WORKERS -- This service area takes place on the 3 weekends preceding the outreach. Your duties will be to hand out the Turkey Tags & Bags, and register those who would like to donate. (To sign up for these positions, email LeAnn Keylor lkeylor@vcfnp.com) Turkey Baggers/Handlers -- This is where the action happens. You will be handing out the Turkey and all its trimmings to those waiting in that long line.

Portland, OR

Meals on Wheels People
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Volunteer to deliver hot meals to the homebound elderly for the holidays.
Best Tables in Town - Donors make a $2,000 or $3,000 gift to Meals on Wheels People and receive an exclusive, chef special dinner for six, complete with wine pairings and gratuity at one of Portland's finest restaurants. This has been a tradition for more than a dozen years.

Salvation Army
Dec 21, 2015 from 8:30:00 AM to 3:00:00 PM (date passed)
2015 Reindeer Run - Volunteers driving their own vehicles are needed to help pick-up toy donations around the Portland Metro area.

Store to Door
Volunteers are needed to make deliveries to home bound senior citizens at the holidays and all year long.

YWCA of Greater Portland
Help make this holiday season bright for seniors in need! Using the wishlists on our website (www.ywcapdx.org) create hope boxes for a senior. Fill a box yourself or host a collection at your office or place of worship, then drop off new, unwrapped gifts off at one of our three collection centers.

Raleigh, NC

Helping Hand Mission
Donations are needed for the holiday meal.
Volunteers are needed to prepare, serve and clean up the holiday meal.

Hillcrest Raleigh
We are looking for individuals who may want to adopt residents, and provide a few essential gift items to them this year. Examples of their needs range from socks, to hats, blankets, and toiletries.
Volunteers are needed to assist with the Christmas party.

Meals on Wheels
As joyous as the holiday season may be for some, for others it is the loneliest time of year. It is for this reason that each year, Meals on Wheels strives to provide each meal recipient with a holiday gift. We ask that you consider a donation of an inexpensive (under $20) item that can be given as a gift to a needy Durham senior. Suggestions include: Bath robe Socks or slippers Large print puzzle books Gloves, mittens, scarves or hats Postage stamps and/or stationery Long underwear Blankets or throw covers

Sacramento, CA

Cathedral of Praise and Worship Center
Donations are needed for the Christmas dinner.

Meals on Wheels
Donations are needed for gifts for senior citizens. Gift Items: Personal gift items for seniors Raffle items for seniors Gift cards and gift certificates Quilts and blankets Flashlights and nightlights Cards and board games

Sacramento Loaves and Fishes
Volunteers are needed to prepare and serve Christmas dinner.

San Antonio, TX

Food Bank Serving Southwest Texas
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Holiday Gift Cards - Send holiday cheer this year while fighting hunger with your purchase of our specially designed holiday cards. Every $10 worth of cards purchased provides the gift of 65 meals to senior citizens and families in need in our community.
Christmas at the Caverns - Fill your nights with the joy of the season with Natural Bridge Caverns. For every guest at Christmas at the Caverns, Natural Bridge Caverns will donate $2 to the Food Bank, and every guest who brings two cans of food to donate to the Food Bank will get a $2 gift card to use for food, beverage or retail items at the park.
The San Antonio Food Bank is teaming up with Fox 29 and Wells Fargo to fill 10,000 holiday boxes this December. Pick up boxes printed with the list of items needed at your local Wells Fargo branch, Fox 29 Studio, or the San Antonio Food Bank.

San Antonio Food Bank
Holiday cards: Send holiday cheer this year while fighting hunger with your purchase of our specially designed holiday cards. Every $10 worth of cards purchased provides the gift of 65 meals to those in need in our community.

United Way
Dec 19, 2015 from 11:00:00 AM to 4:00:00 PM (date passed)
The H-E-B Feast of Sharing is an annual community event held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center that provides holiday meals to hungry, lonely, elderly, or indigent individuals and families.

San Diego, CA

Elder Help
Please consider making a contribution to Holiday Angels to make the holidays special for our seniors. The support we receive in the form of gifts cards goes directly to help our seniors purchase groceries, medications, clothing and basic needs items.

Feeding America
Feeding America relies on the support of volunteers during the holiday season to sort product and distribute it to our distribution partners and clients.
Through Feeding America, you can provide four meals for every $1 donated. Whether making a one-time gift or pledging your support on a monthly basis, you can make a tangible impact in our community.

Meals on Wheels
Coastal Communities Concert Band - The 21st Annual Holiday Concert supporting Meals on Wheels.

San Francisco, CA

Catholic Charities
Dec 21, 2015 from 1:30:00 PM to 4:30:00 PM (date passed), Dec 22, 2015 from 9:00:00 AM to 2:00:00 PM (date passed)
Fund a Christmas dinner: A $10 donation will provide a Christmas dinner to a senior citizen or other client.
We need your support in delivering a Christmas meal to seniors in need. Volunteers will be paired with a staff member to deliver a frozen turkey along with meal fixings to the seniors home. Please note that seniors live both walking and driving distance from the program location.
Join OMI Senior Center in hosting a festive Christmas luncheon! Duties include: Event set-up, serve food, lead activities, take pictures, engage with seniors and clean-up.

GLIDE
Dec 24, 2015 (date passed)
For over 20 years, Joe Betz and San Francisco's iconic House of Prime Rib restaurant have sponsored a holiday meal, the Prime Rib Luncheon on Christmas Eve. Volunteers are needed to serve the meals.

Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly
Dec 25, 2015 from 10:00:00 AM to 11:30:00 AM (date passed)
Join us on Christmas Day to visit an isolated elder in San Francisco. Meet us to choose an elder and pick up a gift bag and a rose before going out to visit someone in their home who might otherwise spend the holiday alone. Friends, family and small groups are more than welcome to visit together and spread the holiday cheer to our elderly!

Project Open Hand
Join us as a volunteer this holiday season at one of our Senior Dining Rooms in San Francisco. You'll help greet seniors, serve meals, and engage seniors in conversation and celebration. Volunteer duties include serving food and helping with clean up before and after lunch. We also encourage you to sit and enjoy a meal alongside our guests.

Tel Hi Neighborhood Center
Support your neighborhood nonprofit, including their senior citizen programs, and purchase your tree at TEL HI's Christmas Tree Lot located in our garden!

San Jose, CA

Heart of the Valley, SERVICES FOR SENIORS, Inc.
Do you like to string lights, decorate homes inside and out, drive through Holiday traffic and enjoy the shopping frenzy? Would you like to visit someone whose family is gone or far away during the holiday season? Heart of the Valley and its' many delightful seniors are in need of handy men, drivers, decorators, shoppers, organizers to support this season of giving to others and bringing a smile to a seniors face and warmth to their homes.

Live Oak Adult Day Center
Items needed include socks, sweaters, sweats, hats, gloves, scarves, to give to our seniors as stocking stuffers and personal gifts from Mr. & Mrs. Santa when they come to visit each of our four centers. Also we need nutritious, non-perishable foods including, tuna, peanut butter, low-sugar snacks, 100 percent fruit juices, canned fruit, low-sodium canned vegetables, grocery and retail gift cards are welcome.

Loaves and Fishes Family Kitchen
We offer holiday meals to all in need with a special emphasis on families, seniors and the homeless. Current needs include financial support, frozen turkeys, 5-lb canned hams and new, unopened bottled salad dressings.

Meals on Wheels
Gobble Wobble Virtual Race: Run or walk the day/time of YOUR choice anytime during the month of November. A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to Meals on Wheels.

Seattle, WA

Beacon Avenue Food Bank
Dec 23, 2015 (date passed)
Donations are needed for the holiday food give away for senior citizens and anyone else in need.

Blessed Sacrament Church Food Bank
Dec 20, 2015 (date passed)
Volunteers are needed to work at the Christmas meal for senior citizens and those in need.

Community Lunch on Capital Hill
Provides a free Christmas Day and New Year's Day dinner for senior citizens and anyone who would like to join; Dec. 25, 2015 and Jan. 1, 2016.

Food Bank at St Mary's
Provides holiday food for Seattle residents in need; Dec. 15, 17 and 19, 2015.

Greater Maple Valley Community Center
Hosts the Annual Rotary Christmas Dinner for seniors, ages 50 and older.

Senior Services Meals on Wheels
Dec 19, 2015 from 12:00:00 PM to 6:00:00 PM (date passed)
Senior Services' Meals on Wheels will launch its' inaugural holiday fundraiser. We are asking you to help us halt hunger for homebound seniors in our community, by inviting and encouraging customers at each store location to add a meal purchase to their grocery bill at checkout. Stores are: Grocery Outlet Stores in Skyway, Renton Highlands, Burien, Aurora and Bellevue Uwajimaya in Renton

Tulsa, OK

Areawide Aging Agency, Inc
Christmas Cheer for the Elderly: Donations of food and personal hygiene items are needed.

Salvation Army
More info
Volunteers are needed to deliver gifts to homebound senior citizens.
Gifts are needed for senior citizens.

Tuscon, AZ

KQTH
We challenged the Tucson community to fill an entire Meridian Mayflower Moving Systems truck with non-perishable food items and make cash donations to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.

Salvation Army
Volunteers are needed for the Christmas dinner.
Many senior citizens and the very low income can also receive help and companionship during the Christmas season.
Volunteers are needed to offer free Christmas meals to the elderly in need in congregate settings and through home delivery.

St Mary's Food Bank Alliance
Your support of the Holiday Fund Drive will help to end hunger now for local senior citizens, children and their families who do not have enough food. Every $1 you share will provide 7 meals for neighbors in need. Imagine all the joy you can bring this holiday season!
We're asking YOU to help "Bring Hope to the Table" through monetary or non-perishable food item donations at any Fry's Food Store across the state. From Nov. 8 - Jan. 2 we will be collecting donations that will go directly to the local food banks and The Salvation Army. There are three easy to donate... Make a monetary donation at any register using the $1 or $5 scan cards Scan a $10 Gobble Give card at any register to provide a turkey for a family Drop non-perishable food items into the donation bins at all locations

St Thomas the Apostle Church
Donations are needed for the food drive.

Virginia Beach, VA

Atlantic Bay
Each year, Atlantic Bay hosts Senior Wish List trees and donation baskets. If you're interested in granting the wish of senior in your area, visit on of the Atlantic Bay offices to join in!

Virginia Peninsula Foodbank
If you can not volunteer at the Foodbank facility or at an event, another great way to volunteer is to coordinate a food drive at your church, local grocery store, school, business, in your neighborhood to collect food that is needed for the thousands of seniors, children and low-income working families who struggle to put food on the tables for their families.

Washington DC

Cornerstones
Brighten the holidays for our home-bound senior citizens by delivering gifts. Volunteer to deliver gifts and visit with three to four home-bound elderly.

Feeding America
Hunger hurts more during the holidays. Your gift will help to secure and distribute meals through the Feeding America network of food banks. Your gift will help give hope - and holiday meals.

Temple Micah
Dec 25, 2015 (date passed)
Please be one of over 1,000 volunteers who will be serving meals to seniors, preparing food and throwing holiday parties.

The Holiday Project
The organization arranges visits to people in nursing homes in Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia, and Delaware. Volunteers provide attention, conversation and companionship during the holiday season.

Washington DC Jewish Community Center
For the holidays, volunteers serve Christmas lunch to seniors and visit with a homebound patients who don't have family in the area.

Wichita, KS

Catholic Dioces of Wichita
The Gift of Friendship - Donations are needed for holiday distribution.

Our Daily Bread Food Pantry
Donations are needed for holiday food distribution.

The Go-To Volunteer Guide

We've compiled volunteer ideas for a variety of ways to offer a hand, an ear, or skills to the elderly. Even giving a few hours a week, will make a difference between a recipient's feelings of sadness to anticipation and hope.

The most meaningful thing a volunteer can do is spend time with another by sharing life's experiences, teaching a skill, sharing a meal, offering a ride, and helping where needed.

Help an Elderly Friend or Neighbor

  • Do chores
    You don't need to be a skilled professional to do things around the house like raking leaves, shovel snow, change a light bulb, or sweep a patio. Offer to help your elderly neighbor with some work around the house. They are sure to have projects that they need help with but don't have the physical ability to do anymore.
  • Offer transportation
    Many elderly people no longer drive which keeps them isolated and alone. Make it a weekly ritual to run an errand and bring them along so they have a chance to get out. Take them to visit a friend or see a movie.
  • Help a family caregiver
    Give respite to a family caregiver by giving them some time away from an elderly loved one.

Volunteer at a Senior Care Facility

  • Find local facilities
    You'll be surprised at how many nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and adult day centers are in your area that would love some additional help.
  • Provide exercise programs
    Exercise programs are a fun way to stay active for people of all ages.
  • Create and design social events
    Examples include music, crafts, dancing, games, parties, pet therapy, trips, cooking, gardening or reminiscing
  • Coordinate educational sessions
    Sessions can teach a new skill, review a topic of interest, or stimulate their brains.
  • Serve meals or snacks
    Meal or snack time is a great time to help the facility and have some social time with residents.

General Ways to Help

  • Create a gift basket
    Gift baskets are especially nice around the holidays when the gift basket may be the only gift the senior receives. However, these baskets can spread cheer all year long. Ideas include snuggies, socks or slippers, specialty food items, wireless headphones, hair salon gift certificates, electronic picture frames, and reading items (books, lights, magnifiers, puzzles, etc). Be sure to include a hand written note or card.
  • Visit with seniors
    Plan ahead with a phone call to select the best time to visit. Learn how the person wants to spend time with you: reading a book, playing a board game, learning to use technology, watching a video, or sharing a baked treat. Anyone of these will brighten a resident's day.
  • Bring your well-behaved dog for pet therapy
    For many older seniors, they've been without a pet for years and yearn for the loving attention.
  • Teach technology
    Help the adult learn how to Skype with a family member or to send an email to a friend.
  • Listen and learn from the residents
    You'll find facilities filled with stories of veterans, former teachers, homemakers, and social workers. Listen to them and learn about all the things they did. Record it for them and send it to their family for a keepsake.

Where to Find More Volunteer Opportunities

  • Elder Helpers - They match volunteers with local elders in need. Sign up to help in ways that align with your interests and skills.
  • AARP's Create the Good - Connects you with volunteer opportunities to share your life experiences, skills and passions in your community.
  • Senior Companions - For volunteers who are 55+ to sign up to help with daily tasks in the home.
  • Volunteers of America - Services and programs promote health and independence for the elderly.
  • Programs for the Elderly - A website the lists ideas to help the elderly in your community.
  • Meals on Wheels - Donate or volunteer to deliver meals.
  • Volunteer Match - Find a cause that lights you up. Sign up with a nonprofit that needs you.
  • Volunteer Nation - Helps teens and young adults find places to volunteer.
  • Doing Good Together - A program that connects meaningful, memorable ways to weave compassion into your family's routines.
  • The United Way - find an opportunity near you.


The Immense Benefits of Giving

Volunteering raises self-assurance and confidence. You'll quickly boost self-esteem and life satisfaction. When doing good deeds for others, especially the elderly, the immediate result is a natural sense of accomplishment, one that builds pride and identity. The better a person feels about oneself, the better the chances are you'll have a more positive view of life and your goals. Giving of your time and energy:

  • Creates a sense of purpose and direction
  • Gains a renewed meaning and intention for life
  • Minimizes worries and concerns when the focus is on the other person
  • Lessens isolation and depression
  • Sustains connection and engagement

Through relationships, you'll develop a support system that will help you maneuver effortlessly through the hard times. When we live in a supportive environment, our stress diminishes. Volunteers are known to have better moods and less anxiety.

Giving to others keeps you in better shape especially if your volunteer work takes you outside. Studies of volunteering show that the individuals who get involved have a lower mortality rate than the ones who do not. Volunteering has positive impacts on chronic pain and conditions.