Monday, November 22, 2010

How You Can Help this Holiday Season

The Holidays are a great time to give back to your community. Many local non-profits and community agencies are offering special ways to serve during the November and December Holidays:
Some of the volunteer opportunities that I would likely to highlight include:

Tuesday, Wednesday, November 23rd & 24thPrep Work for the 5th Annual Turkey Trot - Volunteers are needed at the Pacers Running Store in Clarendon to help stuff registration packets and prepare materials for the Turkey Trot fundraising run.

Thursday, November 25thTurkey Trot Race Day Volunteers - If you are a runner, consider getting up early on Thanksgiving to run or walk in this fun community event in north Arlington.  If you are not into running, then you can support the runners by helping to set up or hand out water, etc.

Thursday, November 25thPut the GIVING in Thanksgiving - The Holiday Project is a group that organizes visits to nursing homes around the holidays.  They will be visiting a nursing home in the Pentagon City area on Thanksgiving Day from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm.

Saturday, December 11thYMCA Arlington Breakfast With Santa - Come out to the YMCA (only 4 blocks from Clarendon metro!) and celebrate with Santa and families of Arlington. This is a family oriented event with a pancake breakfast and photos with Santa.

Friday, December 17thProject Christmas Angel with OAR -
Project Christmas Angel, led by a local non-profit Offender Aid and Restoration (OAR), is an annual event that helps provide gifts for the children of incarcerated parents. At the wrapping party, we will hand-pick gifts based upon ideas from parents, wrap them, and prepare them to be delivered. There will also be refreshments and lots of holiday music! CVN has helped out at this event for a few years now and it's always been a lot of fun.

Saturday, December 25th - Holiday Project Visiting Nursing Homes - The Holiday Project will be bringing a group to Potomac Center in Crystal City from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm on Christmas Day.  Come along to spread some cheer to elderly residents that may not have family visiting.  More details on their website:

Throughout December:

Secret Santas Needed - Donate gift cards to the Department of Human Services for distribution to kids in foster care, elderly residents, and families in need.  Please deliver, mail, or bring to CVN's December Meetup.  Gift cards needed by 12/18/10.

Santa's Elves at Ballston Common Mall - This is a fun way to help kids and benefit a local service club.  Sign up with your friends or significant other to dress as elves and help Santa at the mall.  There are two hour time slots available every weekend starting on day after Thanksgiving to December 24th with the exemption of the last week in December.  Details on shifts are available here:

There are two different nonprofits that are staffing the holiday gift wrap tables at Barnes & Noble locations around northern Virginia.  

Holiday Gift Wrapping to Benefit the Literacy Council
There are three hour time slots available at the Clarendon location on Sunday December 19th.  There are also three hour time slots available at the Pentagon area location on Saturday December 11th, Sunday December 12th, evening of Tuesday December 14th, evening of Friday December 17th, Saturday December 18th, Sunday December 19th, and the evening of Thursday December 23rd.

Gift Wrapping for The Reading Connection
There are three hour evening time slots still available at the Clarendon location on: December 23rd and Christmas Eve.  There are many other shifts available at other locations and during the day time:

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