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December 01, 2019

Where to volunteer in Philadelphia this month

Three local organizations are looking for a little help

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The holiday season is a popular to time to volunteer, as many people look for a way to spread some holiday cheer. 

There are various ways to volunteer during December, including preparing meals for people with life-threatening illnesses, buying toys for hospitalized children or sending holiday cards to people who are homeless.

Here, you’ll find three deserving groups in need of volunteers this month that will welcome you and your desire to give back. 

DONATE TOYS TO HOSPITALIZED CHILDREN

Where to volunteer: Child Life, Education and Creative Arts Therapy, 3401 Civic Center Blvd.

What you can do: Organize a toy drive to be given to children at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia via Child Life, Education and Creative Arts Therapy. Various items are requested, including toys, craft supplies, books and electronics. This wish list includes specific items. Holiday donations must be dropped off at the hospital by Dec. 18.

How to get involved: Contact Matt Piontkowski at PiontkowskiM@email.chop.edu to select a drop-off date and time. 

PREPARE MEALS FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE SICK

Where to volunteer: MANNA, 420 N. 20th St.

What you can do: MANNA, which provides medically-appropriate meals to people battling life-threatening illnesses, including cancer, renal disease and HIV/AIDS. Volunteers are needed to help cook, package and deliver meals. They also can assist with events, community outreach and office work. 

How to get involved: Prospective volunteers should complete this application and then complete an orientation. The next orientations are Dec. 9, Dec. 16 and Dec. 30. Anyone with questions can email Taylor Perkins at TPerkins@mannapa.org.

SEND HOLIDAY CARDS TO THE HOMELESS

Where to volunteer: Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission, 302 N. 13th St.

What you can do: The Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission provides meals three meals each day to anyone in need, including people who are homeless. Volunteers can write holiday cards that will be distributed to people who are homeless on Christmas Day. Other volunteers are needed to help at the organization's Sunday Breakfast Farm, which produces some of the food used for daily meals. 

How to get involved: Holiday cards need to be postmarked by Dec. 15 or dropped off at the Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission by Dec. 20. Individuals interested in volunteering at the Sunday Breakfast Farm can sign up here. People with questions can email volunteer @sundaybreakfast.org.

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