10 places you can give service in Utah this holiday season
Dec 7, 2023, 3:49 PM
(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
SALT LAKE CITY — Around the holiday season, many look for opportunities to serve and volunteer in their communities. We’ve compiled a list of several places you can give your time or money to help those in need this season.
The Utah Food Bank works to fight hunger statewide. According to its website, 1 in 11 individuals are at risk of missing a meal each day. 1 in 10 Utah kids are unsure of where their next meal is coming from. Those interested can donate food or money, or volunteer at a food bank for a few hours.
These vending machines provide a unique experience to purchase a gift for others including clean water, goats, meals, toys, and more for those in need. Your donations go directly to global and local charities.
The Christmas Box International works to prevent child abuse and defend children through a culture of universal diversity, inclusion, and love. It accepts monetary donations or volunteers at one of its Christmas Box House locations in Salt Lake, Ogden, and Moab. There are also lots of suggestions and opportunities for kids to help this organization.
Candy Cane Corner works to provide holiday cheer to clients of The Road Home and Volunteers of America, Utah, who are experiencing homelessness, mental illness, or substance addiction. It operates from Dec. 4 – Dec. 8, accepting donations of essential needs and gifts along with monetary donations.
According to their website, Sub for Santa is a temporary Christmas assistance program that matches sponsors with families looking for help. Sub for Santa provides gifts for children between 18 months and 16 years of age. You can sign up to be a sponsor on its website.
The Big Brothers Big Sisters program matches youth with an older mentor. The program accepts volunteer mentors, donations of used items, and monetary donations.
Meals on Wheels is a service that provides meals to the elderly or home-bound individuals. Nutritious meals are delivered Monday through Friday. The program needs volunteers to deliver meals and monetary donations.
The Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Intermountain Area (RMHC) provides families with a place to stay while a child is sick or in the hospital. The Ronald McDonald House needs a variety of items including cleaning products, food items, and gift cards. It also have many opportunities for volunteer service.
According to its website, Habitat for Humanity builds affordable homes, makes critical home repairs, and offers low-cost building materials and household items in their ReStore. The program invite people of all backgrounds, races, religions, and abilities to build houses in partnership with families in need. The program accepts monetary donations along with other item donations.
The Salt Lake City Mission works to provide meals for people experiencing homelessness. $25.74 can feed 13 people. You can give a monetary donation here.