Thanksgiving is a time for food, friends, football and family! But most importantly, it’s a time set aside to reflect on all that we’re thankful for. Out of that thankful spirit often comes a desire to serve those less fortunate, right in our own communities. While the holidays hold fond memories for many, it can also be a time where those around us feel lonely and burdened. Below you’ll find just a few organizations that work to lend a helping hand to those in Chicagoland. This holiday season, get out and about and serve!
Outreach Community Ministries: This organization provides tutoring, mentoring opportunities, and more throughout the year, but at Christmas time they have a special need! The Christmas Store is a special one-day event held each December for families living near the Outreach Community Center in Carol Stream. Qualifying families can affordably shop for Christmas gifts for their children – at a savings of 75% off retail price. They always need volunteers to help before and during the event.
Willow Creek Community Church Care Center: The Care Center located in South Barrington has a full choice food pantry, a children’s clothing boutique, a dental care area, car services and more! They seek to provide these needs for those within the community in a dignified way that provides hope to those they serve. They’re always looking for volunteers!
Homeless Shelter Directory: There are many places that are open throughout the year around Chicagoland which seek to feed the hungry. Providing a hot and helathy meal provides nutrition and sustenance to those who often don’t have the means to feed themselves. Search the Homeless Shelter Directory to find a place to serve close to you!
Meals on Wheels: Their website states that Meals on Wheels has been guided by a single goal since they began: “to support senior neighbors extend their independence and health as they age.” Visit their website to find opportunities to serve the elderly in your community this holiday season!