When you think of Christmas, what comes to mind? Dreading the credit card statements in January? Exhausted by your massive to do and shopping list? But let’s try this. Stop for a moment and completely forget about what you can possibly buy for Aunt Ruth’s gift or what dessert you can bring to the Christmas party this weekend that will impress the neighbors. Let’s take a minute and think about what we can do to volunteer a little time and make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate in the City of Atlanta this Christmas season.
Volunteer at a local food bank or soup kitchen.
1) Atlanta Community Food Bank ~ Atlanta’s largest organization addressing hunger in Georgia is the Atlanta Community Food Bank. The ACFB distributes over 200 million pounds of food each month to non profit organizations in 38 counties in Georgia. Visit the food bank’s website www.acfb.org and check out some of their many individual and group volunteer opportunities including administrative duties, volunteering in the Product Resource Center and assisting at ACFB special events. These are just a few ways to volunteer with ACFB. Other ways to help include dropping off food donations at the bank Monday through Friday 8am – 5pm or organizing a food drive to benefit ACFB. Monetary gifts can also be given at the center or through the bank’s website.
2) The Open Door Community ~ The Open Door Community located at 910 Ponce De Leon Avenue in Atlanta serves meals to the hungry on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Volunteer opportunities to assist in preparing and serving meals are listed on the organization’s website www.theopendoorcommunity.org. The organization also needs volunteers to do sandwich making and other administrative tasks for the multi-purpose facility. Monetary donations can be made on-line through the organization’s website.
Meals on Wheels ~ Meals on Wheels is the oldest and largest organization in the country addressing the need of senior hunger. Visit the Meals on Wheels website to locate local chapters where you can sign up to deliver meals to needy seniors in your area (www.mowaa.org).
The Salvation Army Metro Atlanta Area Command ~ The Salvation Army Metro Atlanta Area Command has been addressing the needs of those in Atlanta for 119 years. The Salvation Army offers several opportunities for those interested in “doing the most good”. Opportunities include volunteering with Angel Tree toy sorting and distribution, Volunteer Can-a-thon and volunteering as a kettle bell-ringer. Visit http://www.uss.salvationarmy.org/uss/www_uss_atlanta.nsf/ to sign up for one of these opportunities.