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Five ways you can give back during the holiday season

Jaymi Butler



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As we enter the holiday season, many of us are looking for ways to help our friends and neighbors during what has been an especially challenging year. Whether you’re looking to get involved as a volunteer on a permanent basis or you only have a few minutes here and there, The Catalyst can help you find the perfect opportunity to give back through our Impact Connector.

Here are five ways you can contribute this week:

  • Work with Reach St. Pete to help the homeless. Reach St. Pete, an organization dedicated to outreach to the city’s homeless population, has a number of opportunities available in the upcoming weeks. Volunteers can sign up to distribute holiday meals, hygiene products and gifts to those living in community motels or in Williams Park. To find available slots for motel outreach, click here. To find available slots for Williams Park outreach, click here. Volunteers must wear masks and gloves.
  • Help families through Metropolitan Ministries: Individual and group volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks, including assembling food boxes, preparing meals and distributing food at locations around St. Petersburg. Masks must be worn and temperature checks will be required for all volunteers. To find opportunities, click here
  • Get back to nature – and give back – at Sweetwater Organic Community Farm: Volunteers are needed Sundays from 9 a.m. to noon and can assist with everything from planting to harvesting to carpentry projects on the farm, which is 100 percent volunteer run and supported. To sign up, click here. 
  • Prepare a new home at Florida Resurrection House: 100 Women Who Care St. Petersburg, a local philanthropic organization, is seeking donations to help furnish and prepare an apartment for a single mother and her daughter who will be moving onto the campus of Florida Resurrection House in December. Donations can be delivered Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Tuesday, Dec. 2. Call (727) 823-4742 or email to coordinate curbside dropoff. 
  • Serve as a greeter with the United Way’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program: Greeters don’t need tax knowledge for this volunteer role. Instead, they are responsible for welcoming taxpayers, verifying that they have all required documents and information and ensuring that they fill out the necessary intake forms. For more information, click here

If your organization is looking for volunteers, click here to submit your opportunity. We’ll be sure to share it with our readers.

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