Volunteering is a great way to give back during the holiday season. That’s why at Packey Webb Ford, we have created a list of opportunities to volunteer in Downers Grove, IL this Thanksgiving. From visiting hospice patients to hosting international students, there’s something for everyone.
According to Volunteer Match, one of the best opportunities to volunteer is to visit hospice patients in your community. Friendly visitors are needed to comfort and support hospice patients in the area, providing a helping hand to those in need. Many hospice patients have a prognosis of six months or less, which means visiting is especially important during the holidays. There is no hospice experience necessary; however, there is an orientation and training.
Next, you can volunteer at the Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital at the Daisey Basket Gift Shop. Volunteers provide customer service, help with purchasing, deliver flowers, and answer telephones, among other things. You can join the hospital team to help at virtually any time during the holidays.
The Citizens’ Climate Lobby is looking for volunteers to help slow the effects of climate change. You can write letters and op-ed pieces, meet with Congressional leaders and the local media, and help educate the community about climate change.
The National Court Appointed Special Advocates Association is also looking for people to make a difference in the lives of children. These volunteers help to provide support for children who have been removed from their homes due to neglect or abuse.
Finally, you can also host an international high school exchange student to help promote intercultural relations. Students age 15-18 from Europe, Japan, South America, and Asia need host families to provide support and to help them learn English.
If you’re looking to volunteer and give back this holiday season, consider one of these local opportunities in the area. At Packey Webb Ford, we are proud to serve the Downers Grove community.