Are you and your family planning to volunteer or make donations to your favorite non-profits over the holidays? You’re not alone. At this time of year non-profits have crowds of volunteers and take in more money and donations of food than at any other time. Attention drops a little once holiday decorations are packed away.
So use the expertise that you have and “donate” time to a non-profit at all times of year. St. Vincent De Paul in the Phoenix area can use volunteers in facilities for the disabled, five free dining rooms, thrift stores, food pantries, and a homeless shelter. All these places could especially use more help right after the Christmas season and also during the summer.
For example, you can share those do-it-yourself skills that keep your own house in shape to spiff up someone else’s home. The Fresh Perspectives program at St. Vincent De Paul transforms homes and apartments, sometimes in a single day.
At the non-profit’s Urban Farms gardens – three acres in area -- volunteers will help grow 50,000 pounds of vegetables this year for the society’s five dining rooms that serve 4,200 meals a year and for food boxes given to other clients. Besides helping out when you volunteer at Urban Farms, you can learn all about organic gardening and even hydroponic gardening.
- Tucson Habitat for Humanity needs volunteers to help build new houses and repair old ones.
- Thrift stores run by non-profits need donations of all kinds. In the Phoenix area, you can shop for appliances and furniture at St. Vincent de Paul. St. Vincent has thrift stores and food programs in Prescott, Flagstaff, Cottonwood Bullhead City, Kingman and Lake Havasu.
- And you can donate building supplies at Habitat for Humanity ReStores or Stardust Building stores in Phoenix and shop for them as well.