We recently donated some money to help two 2nd grade teachers provide their underprivileged students with holiday gift bags to keep them busy during their two-week break. The money went toward books, crayons, coloring books, mittens, toys, snacks and more. Making this donation felt so great that we wanted to do more, so we came up with a list of five ways to give back in Minneapolis during the holiday season:
Volunteer with Second Harvest Heartland
Volunteer positions fill up very quickly during the holidays, but Second Harvest Heartland’s calendar still has some openings. Whether you help sort and pack food, deliver food to elementary schools or work on a grocery assembly line, your help will affect countless hungry children throughout the Twin Cities.
Serve Breakfast and Dinner with the Salvation Army
The Salvation Army Harbor light Center in Minneapolis serves breakfast for the residents staying in the shelter. After breakfast, volunteers make sandwiches and assemble lunches for the following day. Again, these opportunities fill up quickly but there are still some positions to fill. Visit the website for volunteer opportunitie.
You can also serve Christmas dinner for the Salvation Army. Here are the time slots available.
Give Hats for the Holidays
Minneapolis-based agency Zeus Jones has a great campaign going on right now (and every holiday season). When you donate $20 or more to the Children’s Cancer Research fund (http://www.childrenscancer.org/) through Zeus Jones’ site, you’ll receive an adorable Scandinavian-inspired winter beanie hat. Conversely, you could look at it this way: buy a loved one a hat and $20 is donated to a great cause. Anybody would be happy to receive a meaningful gift like this during the holidays.
Give to the Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery
The Crisis Nursery is in need of toys, kitchen items, winter accessories, wrapping paper and more to give to kids suffering from child abuse. Here’s a comprehensive list of items they could use.
Give to People Serving People
Volunteer positions to serve holidays meals are completely full for People Serving People, but they are still looking for some toys to be donated to the cause. Take a look at their Target registry to see what you can help with.
What will you be doing to give back this holiday season? If you’re in the Twin Cities area, are there any opportunities we missed? We’d love to know!
Happy holidays from your friends at PredictiveTalent.