The holidays will soon be in full swing. We often forget the true meaning behind the holiday season – giving. Throughout the month of December, the YPA Board of Directors will be giving back to the Sudbury community. Here’s a list of ways you and your friends can give back this holiday season:
1. Volunteer at the Elgin St. Mission
The Mission’s purpose is to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of men, women and children who are homeless or in need of hope. The Elgin St. Mission is always looking for volunteers to help serve dinner service throughout the week and weekends. The YPA Board of Directors will be volunteering at the Mission on December 4th!
Click here for the Volunteer Application.
Not able to volunteer your time? The Mission also accepts donations! Visit their website to learn more.
2. Adopt a Family
The Adopt a Family programs allow agencies, companies, group or families to adopt a family that have demonstrated a need. The families often come in all shapes and sizes, and once the family has been chosen the group will be provided with a list of 10-12 ‘wish items.” The group can then work together to create a memorable Christmas for the family!
Various organizations throughout the community offer this program for families within the community.
3. Make a Shoebox
The Shoebox Project for Women, supported by Dream, collects and distributes gift-filled Shoeboxes to women impacted by homelessness in communities across Canada and the US. Each thoughtfully created and decorated Shoebox is filled with items valued at $50 that can enhance self-esteem and reduce feelings of isolation for women in need.
Visit their website for more information about the Shoebox Project.
4. Volunteer for Safe Ride Home
Safe Ride Home Sudbury is a not-for-profit, volunteer-driven organization, dedicated to the fight against impaired driving. It is a confidential service in which clients are driven home in their own vehicle by a team of volunteers. Safe Ride Home operates throughout the holiday season on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays throughout November and December. Gather a group of friends and help others get home safely this holiday season!
Visit their website for more information about Safe Ride Home, including how you can volunteer.
5. Be a Santa to a Senior
This season, Sudbury seniors who are alone or impoverished will receive some holiday cheer through the Be a Santa to a Senior Program! Participating retail locations will display ‘Be a Santa to a Senior’ Christmas trees from November 13th to December 18th, that feature ornaments with seniors’ first names and their gift requests. Volunteers can pick ornaments from the trees, buy the items listed and return them unwrapped (and with the ornament attached) to the store. As simple as that!
Visit their website for more information about Be a Santa to a Senior.
6. Volunteer at the Sudbury Food Bank
The Sudbury Food Bank is constantly seeking both volunteers and donations, especially during the holiday season. Throughout the holiday season, the Sudbury Food Bank hosts their annual Edgar Burton Food Drive. Each year, hundreds of local businesses, their staff, and their customers come together from all across Greater Sudbury to raise food and money to help our hungry neighbours.
Visit their website for more information about the Edgar Burton Food Drive and the Sudbury Food Bank.
Why are the holidays the season of giving? Because it’s the time of the year when we reflect upon all that we are thankful and grateful for. Let’s use this holiday season to give back as much as we can. Even if it’s volunteering a few hours one evening, or getting together with coworkers to Adopt a Family. Together, let’s make a difference in our community.