The holidays are notorious for being a time of giving. Whether it be Christmas gifts, food or even your time, it’s called the season of giving for a reason! And what better way to give back to the Atlanta community than by volunteering your time to help those in need. Here are a few local volunteer opportunities that will make you feel like you have given the greatest gift of the year.


Atlanta Community Food Bank

The Atlanta Community Food Bank has a huge variety of volunteer opportunities that are driven by more than just giving back during the holiday season. As we all know, November and December are very food-centric months, with large gatherings, dinners and too much food to handle. But that is not the case for all of our Atlanta neighbors. Volunteering with the ACFB allows you to have a hand in providing food for these members of our community. Some volunteer opportunities include food sorting, grocery floor assistance and even meal delivery. Learn more about upcoming events and how you can lend a hand here


Books for Africa

When it comes to making a difference, there are no county lines or city limits. Books for Africa is an organization that since the late 80s has been sending reading materials and books to children in Africa, and volunteers in the Atlanta community have helped propel the cause. Their mission? End the book famine in Africa. In 30 years, the organization has sent over 20 million books to children in Africa, making a positive impact on their education and livelihood. Volunteers are needed for help with sorting and packaging the books in preparation for shipment overseas. Check out how just two hours of your time could give a child in Africa a book, here


Volunteer Day at the West End Community Urban Garden

Donating your time to improving your local community is one of the most rewarding feelings you can come by when giving back this season. And Volunteer Day at the West End Community Urban Garden is a great opportunity to do just that! On December 8, community members can help by cleaning up, organizing, and sowing seeds at the urban garden in an effort to cultivate an accessible food system for the surrounding neighborhoods. Tools will be provided. Learn more about the cleanup and how you can sign up here


SWEEAC Food Pantry and Christmas Toy Donations

Like most of us, the holidays can make each day feel as if you are always running out of time. If you’re wanting to give back this holiday season but don’t have the spare time to do it, the Southwest Ecumenical Emergency Assistance Center (SWEEAC) is always accepting donations! With a mission to serve individuals and families in the Atlanta area with food and emergency essentials, SWEEAC accepts donations year-round. Given the emphasis on food and gifts during the holidays, you can make a difference by donating to the SWEEAC food pantry or Christmas toys for their Holiday Helpers: Christmas Toy Assistance program.


Tradition rings strong during the holidays, so why not make volunteering one of your new holiday traditions? Share your volunteering experience with us on Facebook and Instagram, and keep following the blog here to stay up to date with what’s happening right here in Atlanta.

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