The Month of Giving: Here Are 5 Local Volunteer Opportunities in Galveston

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There’s no better way to finish a year off than by giving back to your community. Whether it’s through monetary donations, offering your time, or providing services to someone, the holidays are the perfect time to lend a helping hand.

Incorporating an annual tradition of “giving back” during the holidays is something that can benefit all families. It’s a reminder to 1) be grateful for where you are and who you’re with, and 2) show love to others—whether strangers or friends and family..

Our team at Hospitality Health ER in Galveston has compiled a list of local nonprofits, charities, and businesses accepting donations throughout this “month of giving.” 

Galveston County Food Bank

Through a network of more than 80 collaborating agencies, schools and mobile host sites, the Galveston County Food Bank distributes over 500,000 pounds of food monthly for redistribution through pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other non-profit partners working together to service individuals and families struggling with hunger. 

Ways to get involved (learn more here): 

    1. Make a monetary donation
    2. Start a fundraiser
    3. Host a food drive
    4. Volunteer your time

Seeding Galveston

Changing the food culture on Galveston Island, Seeding Galveston believes everyone has a right to healthy, locally grown fruits and vegetables. Their mission is to provide fresh, organic, island-grown food to all residents and enhance life on the island by providing a new and vital food culture, as well as an economy that supports local small farmers and a renewed community spirit. 

Ways to get involved (learn more here): 

    1. Make a monetary donation
    2. Volunteer your time

CASA of Galveston County

The mission of CASA of Galveston County is to provide trained community volunteers, appointed by the court, to advocate for the best interest of children in the foster care system who have experienced abuse and neglect. Their goal is to secure safety and permanency through family reunification while increasing child abuse awareness. 

Ways to get involved (learn more here): 

    1. Be a part of “Walk a Mile In My Shoes 2021”: register or sponsor.
    2. Make a monetary donation
    3. Volunteer your time

Galveston Diaper Bank

The Galveston Diaper Bank provides diapers and wipes to local organizations involved with creating a healthier environment for low-income families in crisis and/or in need in the area. The bottom line: food stamps cannot be used for diapers and diapers can cost up to $100-$150 per month per baby. 

Ways to get involved (learn more here): 

    1. Make a monetary donation 
    2. Donate diapers and wipes
    3. Host a diaper drive
    4. Volunteer your time

SMART Family Literacy, Inc. 

SMART Family Literacy, Inc.’s mission is to deliver active, innovative, and inclusive educational programs, integrating science, math, art, reading, and technology (SMART), so that learners of all ages can achieve and thrive. SMART teaches families, teachers, and volunteers inside, outside, and online by partnering with child care centers, elementary schools, and pediatric clinics to reach thousands of children in Galveston County.  

Ways to get involved (learn more here): 

    1. Make a monetary donation
    2. Donate books 

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