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Ways to Volunteer this Holiday Season


The holidays are a fun and exciting time for college students – mostly. There’s holiday parties, cookies, final care packages sent from home, and preparation for Fall finals. But it’s also a wonderful time of year to volunteer. There are so many simple ways that college students can volunteer both at school or back home when winter break begins. This list is just a small sampling of ways to get involved, should you have questions please visit our office in the Learning Commons to learn more or find different opportunities that are interesting to you.

10 Easy Ways to Volunteer this Season!

Bold represents easy ways to volunteer without leaving campus.

  • Ring bells for Salvation Army.
  • Check with local non-profits on donation needs – animal shelters, homeless shelters, and food banks are typically looking for donations this time of year like canned food, clothing, or other necessities.
  • Participate in the Waypoint Wonderland event on campus – take an ornament from the tree display in the Student Development Office, purchase a gift, and deliver it back to Student Development by December 8 at 4:30pm.
  • Bag supplies for Willis Dady Homeless Shelter & Community Engagement MLK Jr. Day event on Reading Day from 10am-10pm on December 10th in Lower Gage.
  • Deck the Halls! – help a loved one who might be physically unable to decorate their residence for the holidays, or go caroling at local nursing or retirement homes.
  • Share this blog post with your own friends on Facebook or Twitter.
  • Donate to organizations when shopping online – it’s easily done through Amazon Smile, just select a nonprofit organization and they’ll do the rest.
  • Help an organization of your choosing with any volunteer need they might have – some have clerical jobs that need to be completed before year’s end, others need help distributing food, or just an extra hand in the office.
  • Drop off some baked goods or lunches to non-profits in your area (be cautious of common food allergies like nuts).
  • Offer to babysit family or friends’ children so they can shop for their families or run errands.
  • Bonus: Do small, random acts of kindness for your friends, family, roommate, or anyone else you might encounter – something as small as a kind note, a smile, or snack can go a long way this time of year.



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