We are only a few days away from Thanksgiving, which is a wonderful day for visiting family, enjoying delicious food, and taking some time away from the work desk.  For some, however, this is a very difficult time of year.  Luckily, there are hundreds of ways to give back to make the holiday season a little brighter for those who are struggling.

Perhaps you volunteer to help cook and serve a holiday meal within your community.  Perhaps you prefer to make a monetary donation to the charitable cause of your choice.  Regardless of what your preference is, there are so many ways to give back, and we have outlined just a few ideas!

1. Help the Homeless Stay Warm

As the temperatures plummet, those who don’t have a stable roof over their heads face a very dangerous and trying time.  New Bedford Homelessness Advocates is a small organization that does a great job of making sure every donation gets to where it is most needed.  They are always looking for socks, underwear, jackets, and other winter clothing items.  You can also make a monetary donation through their Facebook page.

2. Help a Family With Holiday Gift Giving

Many organizations do toy drives this time of year in an attempt to ensure that all children receive a gift to make their holiday season special.  If you are looking for a Toy Drive to participate in, check out United Way of Greater New Bedford, who will be accepting donations until December 12th.

3. Help Put Food on the Table

Everyone celebrates the holiday season differently, but one thing all celebrations have in common is good food!  There are many opportunities to help prepare or serve meals, but you can also donate food items to a variety of organizations in the area.  In the past we at Civic Support have been proud to host food drives for Catholic Social Services, located in New Bedford.


Lastly, if you have any room to donate financially, please consider participating in our crowdfunding campaign, “A Voice for Nonprofits“.  We are more than halfway to our goal, and each dollar goes to assisting small nonprofits succeed in their missions!