With all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it’s easy to lose sight of one of the best things about this time of the year — giving back to others. And your giving doesn’t have to be limited to just your family and friends. Why not sponsor a family this season, donate to a local food bank, or provide a toy for a child? United Way makes volunteering in these ways and many others fun and easy. Find the perfect opportunity to help make someone’s season a little brighter.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED:
1. 100 Neediest Cases
For more than five decades, the St. LouisPost-Dispatch has partnered with United Way in the effort to help thousands of disadvantaged families during the holidays through the 100 Neediest Cases campaign. More than 70 United Way supported agencies identify thousands of needy families seeking help. This year, 10,800 families looking for sponsors were submitted. Whether it’s a present to fulfill their needs or a monetary gift, every little bit helps. Sponsor a case.
2. Holiday Volunteering Guide
Maybe you’re looking to lend a hand at a crisis nursery, create care packages for teens or decorate a senior center. Whatever it may be, United Way’s Holiday Volunteering Guide can help point you in the right direction. The guide is updated weekly with new opportunities to help make a difference in the lives of others. Volunteer.
3. Community Christmas
United Way’s Southwest Illinois Division is able to make the holiday season a little brighter for children in need and their families through the annual donation drive, Community Christmas. Partnering with The Telegraph for the past 29 years, Community Christmas helps more than 8,000 people each year by collecting items like coats, blankets, baby care items, non-perishable food, and new toys during the holiday season. The simple act of donating a few canned goods or a pair of sparkly mittens can make all the difference for a child in need. View a list of drop-off locations.
Thank you for helping make the season brighter for so many in our community. Happy Holidays!