I can’t imagine anything I’d rather do less than fight the crowds at the mall to get a deal on something I don’t need anyway. If you feel the same, here are some ideas for giving back locally today and for the rest of the year.
DC Central Kitchen: Prepare and distribute meals for the homeless.
Food & Friends: Prepare and deliver meals to people living with HIV/AIDS and cancer.
Greater DC Cares: Help restore a park, work at a homeless shelter, help out at an animal adoption center, and more.
So Others Might Eat: Cook and serve food, tutor children, provide a holiday basket for a low-income senior.
If you prefer to spend your time outdoors, consider volunteering at a community garden. DC Urban Gardeners is a great resource for finding community gardens, school gardens, and other outdoor projects in the DC area.
Another local blog, 14th & You has put together a list of DC-area volunteer opportunities as well. Definitely worth checking out.
Lastly, you can search for volunteer opportunities by location and the type of volunteering you’d like to do over at Volunteer Match.