Volunteer Delaware offers ways to help others during holidays
According to a recent nationwide study by the Corporation for National and Community Service, Delaware had the highest single-year percentage increase in volunteering at 5.3 percent.
This time of year offers the opportunity to reconnect with the real meaning of the holidays. Delaware is the only state that offers a volunteer credit for high school students. Delawareans support efforts that give the next generation ways to contribute in their own communities.
Organizations throughout the state need volunteers to prepare and serve holiday meals, collect and wrap gifts, or just spread some holiday cheer. A few organizations and their websites include the following: Adopt-A-Family at dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dssc/adoptfam.html; Salvation Army Angel Trees, www.salvationarmy.org; Food Bank of Delaware, www.fbde.org; Delaware SPCA, www.delspca.org; Toys for Tots, www.toysfortots.org.
Organizations can also volunteer to help with an activity or solicit volunteers. Delaware’s State Office of Volunteerism has instructions on how to list an event on its home page at www.VolunteerDelaware.org
Those who cannot find the time to volunteer can consider giving to a local nonprofit. The United Way of Delaware offers an easy and secure way at www.uwde.org.
The State Office of Volunteerism also welcomes stories from Delawareans who will share how they help others during the holiday season on its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/volunteerdelaware. Carrie Hart is the Volunteer Services administrator of Volunteer Delaware for the State Office of Volunteerism.