- Written by Pat Sicard, Volunteer Manager, RSVP of the Pioneer Valley
- Published: 13 December 2019
Volunteer Management guru Dr. Susan J. Ellis wrote about the countless charitable projects available during the holidays such as “organizing or volunteering for toy drives, turkey banquets, or other feel-good and help-those-in-need activities.” She suggested that volunteers could rechannel some of their seasonal holiday energy and steer toward a year-round commitment.
Although her message is over two decades old, it is still viable as we enter the 2019 holiday season. Dr. Ellis suggested taking time to remember the importance of caring all year round, the gratification of helping others, and suggests volunteers could bring meaning to this time of year while also making a year-round commitment to serve.
Volunteers assist people with disabilities, or those 60 and over, apply for public benefits that can save them money and meet their basic needs to stay safely at home for as long as possible.
One of these enduring volunteer opportunities is as a Benefits Counselor at LifePath. Volunteers assist people with disabilities, or those 60 and over, apply for public benefits that can save them money and meet their basic needs to stay safely at home for as long as possible. For example, volunteers can help with applications for services such as SNAP or Fuel Assistance. They also provide information about available resources for home repairs/home modifications, utility/phone discounts, etc. This holiday season consider gifts of your time and talent. Just a few hours weekly can say, “Happy Holidays” 365 days a year.