5 Volunteer Opportunities in December

Put your passion for your community into action by volunteering!  Whether you prefer to serve on a board or committee or take on an individual project, Bonfire, the volunteer portal serving the greater Itasca area, can help you find the perfect role.  New volunteer opportunities pop up almost daily.

Here are five ways you can give back in December when you volunteer with local nonprofits.

  1. Spread Some Magic
    The time of year has arrived for holiday gift giving, and that means Toys for Tots donations bins are sprinkled throughout the area. In addition to volunteer roles, like sorting and prepping, the program is looking for helpers to assist with trivia, games, a bake sale, and cookie decorating on December 10th for a Family Game Day event. Learn more
  2. Share “pasta” bilities
    Do you have a small team of friends, family, or coworkers who like to cook and are interested in giving back this holiday season? Lasagna Love has just the thing for you! Volunteers are needed to make and deliver homemade meals to local families facing an unforeseen life event. Sign up
  3. Express Gratitude with Kindness Cards
    Sometimes the smallest acts of kindness can make all the difference. Taking a moment to show local students, seniors, frontline workers and veterans that the community cares can put a bright spot in their day. Take a moment to show your support and gratitude during this busy holiday season by writing a note of encouragement! Sign up
  4. Support Patient Care
    There are numerous ways for volunteers to give back at Grand Itasca. From creating blankets and hats for pediatric patients and infants to working at the coffee bar or gift shop, volunteers play an important role in helping Grand Itasca run smoothly and making patients and families feel welcome. Inquire
  5. Ring in the New Year
    Join in the New Years activities at the Judy Garland and Children’s Discovery Museum!  Pitch in on Sunday, December 31, with event setup and takedown, arts and crafts, and various activities at the New Years Eve Noon Balloon Drop. Sign up

Explore these roles and more on Bonfire at volunteer.uwlakes.org or call 218-999-7570.

Bonfire is a platform that matches community members to volunteer opportunities with local community and nonprofit organizations serving the greater Itasca area.  If your organization is interested in posting opportunities, please call Molly Hiipakka, United Way Community Impact Coordinator, to get started. Membership is free and includes one-on-one technical support.

United Way also leads the Volunteer Coordinator Network (VCN), which brings volunteer professionals together quarterly to share ideas, discuss challenges, and work together to ignite regional volunteer action. The next network meeting is set for December 14, from 9 to 11 a.m., at the Reif Center (720 NW Conifer Dr., Grand Rapids, MN). Membership is free. To learn more and to register, visit uwlakes.org/nonprofit-resources or call 218-999-7570.