Holiday Volunteering

The holidays are one of the most popular time of the year to volunteer. Local agencies will often receive so many calls they are unable to accommodate all the volunteers. In addition to the traditional forms of volunteering that fill up quickly consider alternative ways you can make a difference this holiday season.

* Partner Agencies


*Meals of Hope Event Prep
Volunteers needed at the Lee County Civic Center on December 20th at 2:00pm to help set up for Holidays without Hunger event. It takes an army of volunteers to get ready for the big event on the 21st. This is a great opportunity for students in need of service hours for school and for the general public to get involved. If you need additional information call Bobbi Bird 239-596-8990 Ext. 104 or   posted 11/8/19

Estero Fire Station Toy Drive
This longstanding tradition is organized by Estero Fire Rescue to benefit people within the Estero District who may be struggling during the holidays.The collection invites donations of new sporting equipment, new toys, clothing and food. All donation s need to be unwrapped and in new condition.
Drop off a new item at your nearest Estero Fire Station, find locations at  posted 11/8/19

*Goodwill Industries-Festival of Trees
Help usher in the holidays at Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, 2301 First Street in the historic River District of Fort Myers. Opportunities include; tree assembly, decorations, children’s workshop, raffle ticket sales, tree angels, registration table and more. Register online at  Questions? Contact Susan Hegarty at 239-995-2106 ext. 2213. Posted 11/7/19

*The Salvation Army (includes Fort Myers,  Estero, Cape Coral, Bonita Springs events)
The Salvation Army Fort Myers Area Command has a number of volunteer opportunities this holiday season. Click on the link below to learn of the many different ways to volunteer this holiday season with this agency. Posted 11/7/19

*The Heights Foundation-Thanksgiving Outreach
The Heights Foundation/The Heights Center is seeking organizations and individuals to participate in the Bountiful Blessings Thanksgiving Outreach. Since 1999, the program has provided the ingredients so families in the Harlem Heights neighborhood can make a traditional Thanksgiving meal in their own homes to share with their families. The greatest need is for donated turkeys and rice or monetary donations to purchase those items. Additional food items needed include canned yams, boxed stuffing, boxed potatoes, canned vegetables and gravy, cranberry sauce, and cake mix. Donations can be dropped off Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Nov. 20. The outreach event will be held on Nov. 23. Volunteers are needed on Nov. 22-23. Contact Melissa Barlow at (239) 482-7706 or to sign up for a time slot or more information on donations. Monetary donations can be made at  Posted 10/15/19

Meals of Hope-Holidays Without Hunger
Annual meal packing event at Lee County Civic Center on December 21st. Sign up:
Currently seeking sponsors for this event 239-596-8990 ext. 104.  Updated 11/1/19 

*The Salvation Army-Bell Ringing
Sign up for bell ringing shifts in our community. Enter your zip code and find a location and shift of your choice. Individuals and groups welcome.   posted 9/23/19





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