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This holiday season, United Way of the Ozarks is highlighting the importance of volunteering to help RESPOND. REIMAGINE. REBUILD the community.

The Covid-19 pandemic is continuing to affect our community and those most vulnerable. The importance of giving is needed now more than ever. In honor of celebrating the season of giving, United Way of the Ozarks encourages you to come together and give back to our community this holiday season.

Spread Holiday Cheer!

The holidays are a time for family, friends, loved ones, and appreciation for what we have. With increased expenses, family/social pressures, and work obligations, the holiday season can be a stressful and lonely time for many.

Everyone deserves to have a joyful holiday season. By volunteering your time to help others in need, you can make that happen! Incorporating a few hours of your day to volunteer in the community can make a huge difference in someone’s life. Donating food and toys, or helping cook a meal for a family is a great way to build relationships and spread the holiday spirit.

Help Build a Better Community

Approximately 77 million Americans—30% of the adult population—volunteer their time, talents, and energy to make a difference. (National Philanthropic Trust) With large numbers of people participating in the community, the chance for societal improvement greatly increases. When we come together as a united front, we can make drastic changes in the community – for the better!

How You Can Help

Schedule a few hours one day to volunteer somewhere in the community. Bring your friends and family and make it a bonding experience! If you don’t have time to volunteer, consider donating to local toy drives, food drives, etc. in the area. There is a variety of events, nonprofits, and activities you can help support this holiday season. So, get out there and make a difference!

Choose Your Volunteer Opportunity

The community has a number of volunteer opportunities for the holiday season. Here are a few to consider:

  • The Salvation Army
    • Bell ringing is available to all who want to help. You can sign up individually or as a group. Register online to save your place by the Red Kettle.
  • Harmony House
    • December 24: Christmas Eve Lunch for 60 at the Harmony House.
    • Contact Ashlyn Klingensmith for details.
  • Council of Churches of the Ozarks
    • December 13-17: Help sort and set up for the toy distribution.
      • Register online to be a Crosslines Christmas Volunteer.
    • December 18: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Help distribute food and toys during the holiday season.
      • Register online to be a Crosslines Christmas Volunteer.
  • Habitat for Humanity
    • Help build homes and clean up neighborhoods with Habitat for Humanity!
      • Visit the Habitat for Humanity website for more information on how to volunteer.
    • Donate to Habitat for Humanity’s Christmas Toy Drive.
      • More information can be provided here.
  • Victory Mission
    • Select from volunteer opportunities, including helping food pantries, the donation center, senior luncheon, and more.
    • Visit the Victory Mission website to volunteer.

Want to explore other volunteer opportunities? Visit Volunteer Ozark to continue exploring how you can give back this holiday season.