As the holiday season approaches, opportunities to volunteer are everywhere. Volunteering isn’t just a way to give back to the community, it can also be a great way to build your resume and create important connections.
“We instill the power of giving back to our students in TeenQuest and Summer Youth Initiative,” says James Avery, director of talent development for Flint & Genesee Education & Talent. “We hope that those students continue to value that work even after our programs.”
For those looking to get into giving back again, here are some of the places you can look for to volunteer in the community.
Food Bank of Eastern Michigan
Millions of pounds of food pass through the Food Bank each year that must be inspected, sorted, and packaged before it can be delivered. Volunteering at the Food Bank, you can help prepare food that will stock shelves of neighborhood pantries and help ease the worry of families facing hunger. Volunteers must be 12 or older and those under 18 need to be accompanied by an adult chaperone. For more information, visit the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan’s website.
Catholic Charities of Genesee and Shiawassee Counties
Through Catholic Charities, you can volunteer at two local soup kitchens: North End Soup Kitchen and The Center for Hope Soup Kitchen. Volunteers are always welcome 365 a year. For more information, click here.
The Disability Network
The Disability Network is hosting a free and inclusive holiday party on December 6 at The Dort Mall and is looking for volunteers for the event. Opportunities include door attendant, food and beverage service, tray assistance, craft table, and clean-up crew. Volunteers must be 16 or older. For more information, click here.
Genesee County Habitat for Humanity ReStore
The ReStore offers new or gently used household items priced at least 50% below retail with proceeds supporting Genesee Habitat’s mission of providing decent, affordable housing in Genesee County. The ReStore is looking for volunteers 16 or older to help move donations, clean, and price goods. For more information, click here.
To find more places to volunteer, visit the United Way of Genesee County’s volunteer landing page at GeneseeServes.org.