The holidays are a great time to help those less fortunate than yourself, and there are plenty of nonprofits in this area that could really use your help. Every year, the Volunteer Center Serving Howard County publishes a “Holiday Guide to Giving” as a resource to help volunteers find local nonprofit and public agencies in need of help and donations.
“The holiday season inspires people to want to give back,” said Mickey Gomez, executive director of the Volunteer Center. “They want to donate food to families in need or organize a collection to support a local nonprofit or volunteer. The guide makes it easy to find ways to do all of these things and more.”
This is the first year the Howard County Office on Aging has been included in the “Holiday Guide to Giving,” said Darlene Vaselaros, the office’s volunteer coordinator. “I feel it is a great way to inform people about our organization and the needs that are out there.”
If you don’t have money to donate, volunteering your time also is a good way to give back. The guide includes listings of organizations seeking volunteers. “Being a part of the ‘Holiday Guide to Giving’ provides a two-fold blessing for Neighbor Ride,” said Colleen Dumais, community outreach coordinator for Neighbor Ride. “Exposure in the guide brings new volunteers to Neighbor Ride, which, in turn, enables us to continue to give the gift of independence to the seniors we serve.”
Visit VolunteerHoward.org/HolidayGuide to view this year’s guide. Anyone unable to access the guide online can call the Volunteer Center Serving Howard County at 410-715-3176 to request a physical copy.
-Article by Mary Weeks