December is a busy time for everyone: parties, holiday prep, traveling, etc. It can get overwhelming but that’s no reason to stop wondering about how you could help others. Around this time of year, many non-profits focusing on services for those in need are very busy. Organizations are inundated with people looking to give back and volunteer. These organizations are grateful to have reliable, committed volunteers who desire to better the lives of others. This year, YUL.Buzz encourages you to not only think about how you can give some of your time during the holidays but also year-round. It’s a great way to gain experience and to meet tons of interesting people. Here are 5 ways to volunteer around Montreal.
Every year during the holidays, Operation Red Nose provides more than 76,000 safe rides to people who are unable to drive home. By becoming a volunteer, you can work at the call center, drive or tag along with a driver.
This integrated health and social services center is looking for volunteers willing to assist social workers in organizing some parties for senior citizens staying in over the holidays. This is a great way to help out while celebrating too.
This non-profit charitable organization whose mission is to promote and support the interests, objectives and goals of the Women’s Centre of Montreal is looking for volunteers to help out with arranging and distributing over 700 holiday baskets. Come with a few friends and get to work for an awesome cause.
This foundation produces smiles and a welcome distraction at a time when sick children and their families need it most. Be a part of the movement by wrapping some Christmas gifts in the organization’s annual Christmas fundraiser.
This holiday festival takes place in two Plateau parks and is home to some amazing shows for all ages. Each year, they are looking for cheery peeps willing to help out with security, show prep or whatever skills you’ve got that could be beneficial.
If none of these activities fit into your schedule or aren’t in your area, please be mindful of these resources for volunteers: