12-04-2017


How do you get in the holiday spirit? As many of us wrap gifts, plan parties, deck the halls and make holiday travel arrangements, there’s one more thing to add to our to-do lists: Giving back to Greater Atlanta.

 

The reality for many individuals and families throughout our region is that the holiday season only brings with it a greater weight – an additional burden on top of making ends meet. The good news is that you, regardless of your financial capacity to give, can volunteer your time to making the holidays a great season for those less fortunate.

 

Below, find a few ways to get involved this holiday season, whether you’re interested in serving holiday meals, sorting warm winter coats, donating Christmas gifts for kids or participating in a Hanukkah volunteer opportunity.

 

TOYS FOR TOTS

Date: Until December 16, 2017

Location: 6200 Fulton Industrial Blvd SW, Atlanta, GA 30336

Details: Donate or help sort toys for Toys for Tots, a U.S. Marine Corps Reserve program that collects and distributes Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the Greater Atlanta area.

Contact: To sign up to volunteer for Toys for Tots, click here. To donate toys, drop off new, unwrapped toys in the lobby at United Way of Greater Atlanta’s office (100 Edgewood Avenue NE), or click here to find a drop-off location near you.

 

FAMILIES FIRST: ADOPT A FAMILY

Date: Donations must be delivered by December 13, 2017

Location: 80 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd., Atlanta, GA 30314

Details: The Adopt-A-Family program connects sponsors with clients in need at the holiday season. Spread some holiday cheer by selecting a family and making a donation! Families First provides a detailed wish list and family profile for each of the clients. You can then ‘adopt’ a family and purchase the items on their wish list. Items must be delivered to Families First’s office with client number and group number before the holidays. Families First’s staff then delivers the gifts to the families. You can also volunteer to unload and organize items for the families.

Contact: Click here to register to adopt a family. To register to volunteer, click here. Contact adoptafamily@familiesfirst.org for questions.

 

NORTH FULTON COMMUNITY CHARITIES

Date: Ongoing November-December

Location: 1100 Northmeadow PKWY, Suite 120, Roswell, GA 30076

Details: Help local families in need with gently used coats during Warm Coat Day, and celebrate the holiday season with Christmas Family Sponsorship and Christmas Santa Shop activities.

Contact: Jacquie Tracy at holiday@nfcchelp.org or call: 678.387.4474

 

JEWISH FAMILY & CAREER SERVICES OF ATLANTA

Date: Ongoing

Location: 4549 Chamblee Dunwoody Road Atlanta, GA 30338

Details: Volunteer at JF&CS during the Hanukkah season!

Contact: Learn more about volunteering with JF&CS by clicking here. Call 770-677-9300 or go to https://www.jfcsatl.org/about/contact for questions.

 

ATLANTA HOSPITALITY HOUSE

Date: Ongoing

Location: 1815 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

Details: AHHH needs volunteers to prepare and serve dinner for guests (typically 15-20 people), provide covered-dish suppers for guests, answer telephone, greet guests, assist staff with clerical projects, clean and organize closets, cabinets, pantry, laundry rooms, assist in general house cleaning, perform basic facility maintenance, provide donations of kitchen and household products, assist with mailing projects, organize a canned food and paper goods drive, substitute as a Guest Service Coordinator, help with gardening and lawn maintenance, decorate at the holidays, create notes and gift bags for arriving guests.

Contact: To volunteer, contact volunteers@atlhhh.org or call 404.377.6333.

 

AGAPE YOUTH AND FAMILY CENTER: HOLIDAY GIFT STORE

Date: December 8 & 11 – 15, 2017

Location: Agape Youth and Family Center, 2353 Bolton Road NW Atlanta, GA 30318

Details: With the help of the community, Agape’s Holiday Gift Store provided gifts for more than 350 children from under-served families. Agape’s first floor community room is transformed into a holiday gift store staffed by volunteers for a full week for family holiday “shopping” from gift donations.

Contact: To volunteer, sign up here.

 

PEACHTREE ROAD UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: CHRISTMAS KINDNESS

Date: December 2 – 6, 2017

Location: Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, 3180 Peachtree Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30305

Details: Christmas Kindness is a PRUMC ministry that offers a dignified way for Atlantans in need to share the joy of Christmas. You can volunteer to help sort warm coats, toys and necessities, or to host, wrap gifts or provide snacks.

Contact: Click here to register to volunteer.

 

HELPING HANDS: HOLIDAY DINNER

Date: December 22 – 24, 2017

Location: Henderson’s Arena, 4330 Stacks Road, College Park, GA 30349

Details: Assist with the Holiday Dinner in the following areas: setting up the arena for the dinner, setting up tables and chairs, setting up and decorating Christmas trees, food preparation, food serving, food clean-up, face painting, arts and crafts, line organization, lost and found, game and activity organization, and many other areas.

Contact: To volunteer, sign up here.

 

MUST MINISTRIES: 17 Days of Christmas

Date: December 1 – 21, 2017

Location: MUST Donation Center, 1280 Field Parkway, Marietta, GA, 30066

Details: Volunteers will run the Toy Shop, where families in need can shop for free for Santa’s surprises! Volunteers are needed to check families in, be personal shoppers, stock the shelves, and run the check out station.

Contact: To sign up, contact volunteer@mustministries.org

 

MUST MINISTRIES: Secret Santa Event

Date: December 16, 2017

Location: MUST Donation Center, 1280 Field Parkway, Marietta, GA, 30066

Details: The Toy Shop turns into a store for children to shop for their families! This day is reserved for children only, so they can play Santa and give back to their own families.

Volunteers are needed to check children in, be personal shoppers, stock the shelves, and run the check out station.

Contact: To sign up, contact volunteer@mustministries.org.