Holiday Volunteering-Lee County

The holidays are one of the most popular times 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 volunteer that fill up quickly, consider alternative ways you can make a difference this holiday season.

* Partner Agencies


*The Salvation Army has met their quota for volunteers on Thanksgiving Day however they have a few seasonal openings to help with Christmas dinner, Christmas distribution and food packing. To learn more or sign up visit  posted 11/16/18

*Community Cooperative has met their quota for volunteers on Thanksgiving Day however for other opportunities to volunteer please visit   posted 11/16/18

*The Harry Chapin Food Bank does not prepare, serve, or distribute food to individual families. Volunteers can schedule a day to help with normal day to day operations and many other areas including special events. To learn more or sign up to volunteer visit   posted 11/16/18

39th Annual Turkey Trot 5K/Run Walk
Volunteers needed to help with advance packet pick-ups and on race day November 22nd; registration, photography, set-up/clean-up and water stop. This is a great way for kids to pick up those needed volunteer hours. To volunteer please contact: posted 11/12/18

*Meals of Hope-Holidays Without Hunger  FORT MYERS EVENT SOLD OUT
Join Meals of Hope to feed our neighbors! Over 1,200 spirited volunteers will package more than 500,000 meals in two hours in both Lee and Collier County! Come tackle a serious problem while having some serious fun! A great opportunity for friends, family, church communities, clubs, teams, neighbors, businesses or other groups to strengthen their bond and give back this holiday season while having a fun, festive time! So gather your team mates and join us at the Lee Civic Center in Fort Myers in the fight against hunger!  Pre-Registration is required for all volunteers  updated 10/2/18

Feeding the 5000: Thanksgiving Outreach
Take a stand in the fight against hunger in our community. We need your help to prep, cook, package and deliver Thanksgiving meals to families across Lee County. The venue will be held at Lamb of God Church in Fort Myers.  Volunteer registration opens November 1st.  posted 10/29/18

*The Heights Foundation/The Heights Center
Seeking organizations and individuals to participate in the Bountiful Blessings Thanksgiving Outreach program. Volunteers are needed at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 16 to set up and at 9 a.m. on Nov. 17 for the outreach event.  Donations for the outreach can be dropped off from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday until Nov. 15 at The Heights Center. The greatest need is for donated turkeys and rice or monetary donations to purchase those items. Additional food items needed include chickens, stuffing, canned yams, cranberry sauce, boxed potatoes, canned vegetables and canned gravy. Organizations and individuals interested in participating can contact Melissa Barlow at (239) 482-7706 or All donations are tax deductible. posted 10/25/18

*Goodwill Industries of SW Florida 12th Annual Festival of Trees
Help ring in the holidays Nov. 27-Dec. 2 among 25 extravagantly decorated holiday trees valued up to $9,800. Trees will be raffled and the proceeds used to fund Goodwill programs that help individuals with disabilities and disadvantages in Southwest Florida become more independent. Volunteers help decorate the SBDAC venue, watch over the trees and help the public with raffle tickets and voting for their favorite trees. Click:  FOT Volunteer Registration to learn more and support Goodwill’s mission. Groups should call 239-995-2106 ext 2213 or Email updated 11/02/2018

*The Salvation Army
It’s easy to schedule time to ring the bell this year. Just go to, enter you city or zip code and you’re half way there. Find your location and time/date and you can schedule direct. Questions? Call 239-278-1551 Kettle Department. posted 9/11/18

Oma’s Heart, Inc.- Christmas Special Event
At Oma’s Heart, volunteers gather each year to provide Christmas gifts for children, but equally as important, they spend time with each and every family that comes to Oma’s Heart to encourage them and pray with them as they navigate through a tough time. Join them this December 8th at the Christmas Toy Store. This is a one day event, and a 4 hour training session is required. Children 14-17 may volunteer with a parent chaperone. Court ordered service is accepted. Contact Audrey McFalls (239) 989-6718 updated 8/16/18


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