How You Can Help During The Holidays

How You Can Help During The Holidays

With the holiday season upon us, now is the perfect time to give back to our local community.

Are you looking for a spot to volunteer or donate? Check out the list below for virtual or local events within the Greater Philadelphia Area: 

The Angel Tree program of Greater Philadelphia (ends on December 22nd) is working hard to serve families and children this holiday season. Consider making a contribution to The Salvation Army Angel Tree through this organization’s registry. 

Adopt-A-Family: The Adopt-A-Family Program serves a limited number of families who are experiencing extreme hardship during the Holiday Season. Families are selected from The Salvation Army Corps Community Centers, hospitals, and referral agencies throughout the city of Philadelphia.

American Red Cross is part of the largest and most diverse service organization in the United States. They provide food and shelter in emergencies, assist members of our armed forces and their families, teach lifesaving skills, and more. All American Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people.

Volunteer Opportunities: The American Red Cross provides a broad array of vital services to people in need in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Volunteers are a part of everything they do, and there’s a volunteer opportunity for everyone.

Project HOME provides supportive housing and other services to unhoused people in the Philly region.

Sugar, Spice, & Sprinkles – A Holiday Cookie Drive: Consider baking cooking for safe haven residents across Philadelphia. These locations include:

  • St. Columba (West Philadelphia)
  • St. Elizabeth’s Recovery Residence (Lower North Philadelphia)
  • Sacred Heart Recovery Residence (North Philadelphia)
  • Women of Change (Center City-West)
  • Cookies should be individually wrapped and ingredients should be generic, such as granulated sugar, all-purpose or bleach flour, eggs, or (optional) milk. The following should NOT be used: Plant nuts, Peanuts, or Soy. Cookies can be dropped off at 1515 Fairmount Avenue, 19130 from Wednesday, December 20 to Friday, December 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Veterans Multi-service Center (VMC) provides services, programs, opportunity and advancement to Veterans of the U.S. military and their families. You can donate money, purchase wish list items or volunteer.

VMC Amazon Wish List: The wish list list is in-kind donation to support the Veterans Multi-Service Center (VMC).

Animal Care and Control Team (ACCT) Philly is the region’s largest animal care and control service provider, serving the City of Philadelphia by contract. ACCT Philly manages the city’s animal shelter facility in North Philadelphia handling nearly 18,000 animals, from dogs and cats, to small animals, reptiles, birds and wildlife, annually. You can donate money, volunteer or foster an animal.

ACCT Amazon Wish List: The list is updated often, including the top needed items to help ACCT keep a safe and enriching environment for the animals in their care.

We hope you’re getting into the holiday spirit and find some time to give back to our community. For more local and virtual volunteer opportunities, please visit:

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