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

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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 Tyler and Longview has compiled a list of East Texas nonprofits, charities, and businesses accepting donations throughout this “month of giving.” 

East Texas Center for Independent Living (ETCIL) 

ETCIL provides training, resources, and information toward promoting independent living for persons with significant disabilities and their families in communities throughout Northeast Texas. ETCIL’s mission is to help people with disabilities achieve greater independence, self-sufficiency, and full participation in their communities. 

Ways to get involved (learn more here): 

    1. Make a monetary donation
    2. Volunteer your time 

East Texas Human Needs Network (ETHNN)

ETHNN is a network of individuals and organizations working together for strengthened programs, connection, and improved awareness of services that meet essential human needs. 

Ways to get involved: 

    1. Become a 903HELP partner
    2. Make a donation

CASA For Kids of East Texas, Inc. 

The mission of CASA For Kids of East Texas, Inc. is to support abused and neglected children by providing court-appointed trained community volunteers who advocate for loving, safe, and permanent outcomes. 

Ways to get involved (learn more here): 

    1. Volunteer your time
    2. Make a monetary donation

Longview Dream Center

The Longview Dream Center is focused on providing hunger relief, free clothing, and community service projects for individuals in need in Longview and the Greater East Texas region. 

Ways to get involved (learn more here): 

    1. Make a monetary donation 
    2. Donate items: gently used clothing, household goods, furniture, and appliances
    3. Volunteer your time
    4. Partner your business or organization with Longview Dream Center 

East Texas Food Bank

The East Texas Food Bank exists to fight hunger and feed hope in East Texas. Since October 1988, the East Texas Food Bank, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, has provided food to over 200 partner agencies and food programs, in an effort to feed children, the working poor, and seniors throughout 26 counties in East Texas. 

Ways to get involved (learn more here): 

    1. Make a monetary donation
    2. Donate food 
    3. Become an advocate
    4. Volunteer your time

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