Though we’re all probably excited for Christmas day and receiving the gifts on our wish lists, the holiday season is also about giving. Donating your time is a great way to spread holiday cheer and help those in need, and it won’t take anything out of your pocket book. These three organizations allow locals to volunteer and do everything from wrap presents to roll burritos all over Salt Lake City.
The Burrito Project
This group, made up of all volunteers, was founded by Rico Brand back in April of 2012. Rico donates tortillas, beans, rice, and their facility space. Volunteers roll burritos and pass them out to the homeless around downtown Salt Lake City. This organization feeds up to 500 homeless people every single day, and they’re always looking for more volunteers to help the cause. Click here to learn more.
The Ronald McDonald House
This wonderful organization is a nationwide effort to help families who have a loved one in the hospital feel a little more at home. The Ronald McDonald House of Salt Lake City offers a temporary home-away-from-home for families of children receiving care at nearby hospitals. They feed them and give them a relaxing place to stay so they can focus on helping their loved ones heal. The Ronald McDonald House offers a variety of volunteer options, including special holiday events and donating a meal to the residents.
Recently, our Director of Construction, Jon Southern donated his time and some supplies to help the local Ronald McDonald House (pictured below).
The Candy Cane Corner
Now in their 17th year of operation, the Candy Cane Corner offers a great way for low-income families of Utah to select new holiday gifts for their families. This organization is looking for volunteers to sort through, organize, and wrap gifts for families in need. These families can receive presents in a dignified shopping environment, and you can help make their holidays a little brighter by volunteering.
How are you getting involved in the local community this month? Let us know in the comments!