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Written by:  CP
Date: August 1, 2014

Looking for a way to give back to the community and help others? We've compiled a list of volunteer and community service opportunities for Triangle families, teens and older youth. Some are have opportunities specifically tied to a particular holiday (i.e., Thanksgiving or Christmas) while others are year-round operations. For those with young children, volunteering as a family is a fun and easy way to start. Older children can often volunteer on their own. Find one that fits your interests and availability!


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Veterans Day/Military Support
Thanksgiving
Christmas/Holidays
Animal Shelters
Hospitals
National Organizations with Local Opportunities
Locally Founded Programs
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Veterans Day/Military Support

A Million Thanks
PO Box 17853, Santiago Blvd. #107-355, Villa Park, CA 92861
www.amillionthanks.org
-Send a letter to a deployed soldier, sending them good wishes and thanks.
-For all ages.
-Year-round opportunities.
-Mail letters to address listed above.

Operation Gratitude
16444 Refugio Road, Encino, CA 91436
1-262-674-7281
www.operationgratitude.com
-Write letters to the troops or ship wish list donations to the Holiday Drive.
-For all ages.
-Donated items accepted only from Sept. 15 – Dec. 5. Letters accepted year-round.
-Ship all wish list items to address listed above, with a donation form that is available online.

Operation Gratitude Recycling Program
16444 Refugio Road, Encino, CA 91436
1-262-674-7281
www.grcrecycling.com or www.operationgratitude.com
-Collect cell phones, ship them for free to GRC Recycling, and receive one hour of community service for every five phones collected.
-For students of all ages.
-Year-round opportunities.
-Students can enroll at www.grcrecycling.com/earnhours or email info@grcrecycling.com with any questions.

United States Veterans Corps
PO Box 5693, Cary, NC 27512
919-771-4264
www.myusvc.com
-Past projects have included hurricane clean up, Toys for Lil Troops toy drive and care package drives.
-For all ages.
-Year-round opportunities.
-Sign up online for upcoming volunteer opportunities.

Thanksgiving

Annual Chatham Hunger Walk
Chatham OutReach Alliance, Inc. (CORA)
PO Box 1326, Pittsboro, NC 27312
919-542-5020 or 919-545-3030
www.corafoodpantry.org
-Early November
-The Hunger Walk raises money for CORA's mission to provide emergency food assistance in Chatham County.
-For all ages.
-For information on how to put together a team, email hungerwalk@corafoodpantry.org.

Annual Thanksgiving Community Dinner
Durham Rescue Mission, Men's Division
1201 E. Main St., Durham, NC
919-688-9641
www.durhamrescuemission.org
-Thanksgiving Day.
-Help set up the event, cook and serve meals, run the game booths and more.
-For all ages.
-Prospective volunteers can sign up online.

Gobbles to Go Delivery
Raleigh Rescue Mission
www.raleighrescue.org
314 E. Hargett St., Raleigh, NC 27601
919-828-9014
-Thanksgiving Day.
-Spend time on Thanksgiving delivering meals and briefly visiting with recipients.
-For all ages.
-Contact Holly Cook at hollyc@raleighrescue.org or the main office number.

Helping Hand Mission
623 Rock Quarry Road, Raleigh, NC 27610
919-829-8048
www.helpinghandmission.org
-Register to donate a basket, volunteer with basket distribution or help at holiday dinners.
-For all ages.
-Call 919-829-8048 the first week in November to get involved.

Thanksgiving Dinners Program
Durham Social Services, 700 W. Main St., Durham, NC 27702
919-613-5105
www.thevolunteercenter.org
-Get matched with a family in need to provide them with a meal for Thanksgiving.
-For all ages.
-Sign up mid-October to mid-November.
-Call 919-613-5101 to sponsor a family.

Christmas/Holidays

Christmas Toy Give-A-Way
Durham Rescue Mission, Men's Division
1201 E. Main St., Durham, NC
919-688-9641
www.durhamrescuemission.org
-Help serve a traditional Christmas meal, give away toys and groceries, or help with games and activities.
-For all ages.
-Email volunteer@DurhamRescueMission.com to get involved.

Genesis Home Gift Wrapping
300 N. Queen St., PO Box 25426, Durham, NC 27702
919-683-5878
www.genesishome.org
-Usually early December.
-Help wrap gifts to raise awareness and support for Genesis Home, a non-profit dedicated to helping families overcome homelessness.
-For all ages.
-Prospective volunteers can sign up online.

Helping Hand Mission
623 Rock Quarry Road, Raleigh, NC 27610
919-829-8048
www.helpinghandmission.org
-Donate a gift, help wrap gifts, or serve at the Christmas feast.
-For all ages.
-Call 919-829-8048 to get involved.

Holiday Groceries to Go
Raleigh Rescue Missions
314 E. Hargett St., Raleigh, NC 27601
919-828-9014
www.raleighrescue.org
-Provide families with groceries to share with their loved ones over the holiday weekend.
-Deliver filled grocery bags.
-For all ages.
-Contact Holly Cook at hollyc@raleighrescue.org or call the main phone number to get involved.

HUGs for the Holidays
Ronald McDonald House-Durham
506 Alexander Ave., Durham, NC 27705
919-281-1064
www.ronaldhousedurham.org
-Late November to late December; weekends, flexible shifts.
-Ages 14+, younger may volunteer with parent.
-Prospective volunteers can sign up online or contact Lindsey Hege at Lindsay@ronaldhousedurham.org.

Light-A-Luminary Community Lighting
101 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27517
919-913-2040
www.rmh-chapelhill.org
-Sat., Dec. 8, 2012.
-Get your neighborhood involved in lighting luminaries to benefit the Ronald McDonald House.
-For all ages.
-Contact Elizabeth Hullender at elizabeth.hullender@rmh-chapelhill.org to get involved.

Meals on Wheels Senior Santa Program
2522 Ross Road, Durham, NC 27703
919-667-9424; volunteer hotline 919-667-9426
www.mowdurham.org
-Donate items or help wrap gifts.
-For all ages.
-Year-round opportunities are also available.
-Prospective volunteers can sign up online.

Raleigh Jingle Bell Run/Walk
Saint Mary's School, 900 Hillsborough St., Raleigh, NC 27603
919-250-0433
www.jinglebellrunraleigh.kintera.org
-Dec. 1, 2012.
-Get in the holiday spirit and join thousands of runners and walkers to support the Arthritis Foundation.
-For all ages.
-Register online.

Share Your Christmas
Durham Social Services, 700 W. Main St., Durham, NC 27702
919-613-5105
www.thevolunteercenter.org
-November-December
-Sponsor a family or donate gifts to disadvantaged Durham residents.
-For all ages.
-Parents can call 919-613-5101 to find out more information on family involvement.

Animal Shelters

Orange County Animal Services
1601 Eubanks Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
919-942-7387
www.co.orange.nc.us/animalservices
-Volunteer positions include kennel assistants, dog walkers, cat socializers and more.
-Ages 13+ (13-15 with adult supervision).
-Year-round opportunities.
-Print volunteer applications online or contact Sarah Fallin at 919-942-7387.

Paw Prints Animal Rescue
PO Box 1472, Garner, NC 27529
919-772-9107
www.pawprintsrescue.org
-Assist with animal care in foster homes or in adoptions of animals at local retail stores operated by PetSmart, Inc.
-Ages 14+
-Year-round opportunities.
-Find a volunteer release form online.

SAFE Haven for Cats (SHFC)
8471-101 Garvey Dr., Raleigh, NC 27616
919-872-7233
www.safehavenforcats.org
-Offer tender, loving care at this no-kill shelter for cats.
-Ages 16+
-Year-round opportunities.
-Prospective volunteers can fill out a volunteer application online.

Second Chance Pet Adoptions
6003 Chapel Hill Road, Suite 133, Raleigh, NC 27607
919-851-8404
www.secondchanenc.org
-All types of volunteer positions available for animal lovers.
-Ages 16+; 12- to 15-year-olds permitted if accompanied by a parent or guardian.
-Year-round opportunities.
-Prospective volunteers can sign up online.

Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) of Wake County
200 Petfinder Lane, Raleigh, NC 27603
919-772-2326
www.spcawake.org
-Kids can volunteer with the teen program (ages 15-17), on adult/youth teams (ages 7-17), or by creating their own community service project to support SPCA of Wake County.
-Ages 7+
-Year-round opportunities.
-Sign up for a New Volunteer Orientation online.

Wake County Animal Center
820 Beacon Lake Dr., Raleigh, NC 27610
919-212-7387
http://www.wakegov.com/pets/volunteer/Pages/default.aspx
-Volunteers must commit to a minimum of six hours per month, for a minimum of six months.
-Ages 16+
-Year-round opportunities.
-Complete a volunteer application online.

Hospitals

Durham Regional Hospital
3643 N. Roxboro Road, Durham, NC 27704
919-470-4150
www.durhamregional.org
-Opportunities for students to interact with health care professionals and learn in a medical environment.
-Ages 14-18.
-Summer programs only.
-Junior volunteer applications for the summer can be found online and are accepted beginning April 1 each year and due in early May.

Rex Healthcare
4420 Lake Boone Trail, Raleigh, NC 27607
919-784-3165
www.rexhealth.com
-The VolunTEEN program gives teens the opportunity to work in many positions that contribute to the care of patients and guests
-Ages 14+
-After-school and summer programs available (no longer accepting applications for 2011-2012 school year).
-Contact a volunteer coordinator at volunteer.services@rexhealth.com. Deadline to apply to the 2012 Summer Program is Feb. 27, 2012.

UNC Healthcare
101 Manning Dr., Chapel Hill, NC 27514
919-966-4793
www.unchealthcare.org
-Volunteer opportunities available at the gift shop, information desk, or with flower and mail delivery.
-Ages 14+
-After-school and summer programs available (no longer accepting applications for 2011-2012 school year).
-Find the application process online or contact Jodie Skoff at 919-966-4793. Summer 2012 applicants can apply starting in January 2012.

WakeMed
3000 New Bern Ave., Raleigh, NC 27610; 919-350-8293 (Raleigh Campus)
1900 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary, NC 27518; 919-350-2363 (Cary Hospital)
www.wakemed.org
-Junior Volunteer Programs available at the Raleigh Campus or Cary Hospital.
-Ages 14-18.
-Year-round opportunities.
-Find an application form online; students can apply anytime during the year.

National Organizations with Local Opportunities

4-H
Wake County Extension Office, 512 Brick Haven Dr., Suite 220, Raleigh, NC 27695 (main office)
919-250-1100
www.nc4h.org
-Join the largest youth organization in the United States, by joining a group in your county. 4-H is administered by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
-Ages 5-19.
-Year-round opportunities.
-Find local groups and enrollment forms online.

Girls on the Run
1415 W. Highway 54, Suite 211, Durham, NC 27707
919-401-6307
www.gotrtriangle.org
-Help at special events, including 5K races and local events.
-For all ages.
-Year-round opportunities.
-Contact Danielle Irwin at danielle@gotrtriangle.org to get involved.

Habitat for Humanity – Chapel Hill
88 Vilcom Center Dr. #L110, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
919-932-7077
www.orangehabitat.org
-Help out at construction shifts on Fridays and Saturdays.
-Ages 16+
-Year-round opportunities.
-Prospective volunteers can sign up online.

Habitat for Humanity – Durham
215 N. Church St., Durham, NC 27701
919-682-0516
www.durhamhabitat.org
-Special off-site activities available for children younger than 14.
-Year-round opportunities.
-Contact Alice at ajacoby@durhamhabitat.org to find the best opportunities to volunteer with children.

Habitat for Humanity – Raleigh
2420 Raleigh Blvd., Raleigh, NC 27604
919-833-1999
www.habitatwake.org
-Work on construction or deconstruction sites.
-Ages 16+
-Year-round opportunities.
-Prospective volunteers can sign up online.

Raleigh Rescue Mission
314 E. Hargett St., Raleigh, NC 27601
919-828-9014
www.raleighrescue.org
-Get a group together to pack lunches-to-go or Sunday sack lunches.
-For all ages.
-Year-round opportunities.
-Prospective volunteers can sign up online beginning January 2012 for general volunteer opportunities, until then contact Holly Cook for holiday volunteer opportunities at hollyc@raleighrescue.org.

Ronald McDonald House – Chapel Hill
101 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27517
919-913-2040
www.rmh-chapelhill.org
-For students interested in earning service-learning hours.
-Year-round opportunities.
-Prospective volunteers can sign up online.

Ronald McDonald House – Durham
506 Alexander Ave., Durham, NC 27705
919-286-9305
www.ronaldhousedurham.org
-Group and Individual opportunities
-Year-round opportunities
-Prospective volunteers can sign up online.

Special Olympics Project UNIFY
2200 Gateway Centre Blvd., Ste. 201, Morrisville, NC 27560
919-719-7662
www.sonc.net
-A youth leadership program that get students involved in fostering respect for people with disabilities by using programs of Special Olympics.
-Middle and high school students.
-Year-round opportunities.
-Contact Keith Fishburne at 919-719-7622 ext. 102.

Stuffed Animals for Emergencies (SAFE), Inc.
Raleigh, NC
www.stuffedanimalsforemergencies.org
-Donate gently-used or new stuffed animals that will go directly to children in need. Animals must be from a smoke free home, between 6-18 inches, have no rips, tears or stains, and not be battery operated or holiday related.
-For all ages.
-Year-round opportunities.
-Email Brandi Byers at brandi_byers@yahoo.com to schedule a drop off time and location.

YMCA of the Triangle
801 Corporate Center Dr., Suite 200, Raleigh, NC 27607
919-719-9622
www.ymcatriangle.org
-Volunteer at one of the multiple Triangle YMCA locations in areas including aquatics, wellness, family programs and special events.
-For all ages.
-Year-round opportunities.
-Prospective volunteers can find an application online.

Locally Founded Programs

Blue Ribbon Youth Leadership Institute
Lincoln Center, 750 Merritt Mill Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
919-918-2170
www2.chccs.k12.nc.us/yli
-Offers various services projects and information on school service clubs to teens.
-Directed to Chapel-Hill Carrboro city school high school students.
-Year-round opportunities.
-Contact Lorie Clark at yli@chccs.k12.nc.us.

Cary Teen Council
919-460-4965
www.caryteencouncil.com
-Participating teens get involved in events that focus in community awareness, educational leadership, fundraising, and more.
-Applications are accepted in June of each year.
-Contact Cindi at cindi.king@townofcary.org for more information.

Food Bank of Central and Eastern Carolina
3808 Tarheel Drive, Raleigh, NC 27609
919-875-0707
www.foodbankcenc.org
-Teens ages 12-17 can volunteer with a parent or guardian during normal volunteer hours; Tues-Sat., 9 a.m.-12 p.m. or 1-4 p.m., and Wed. 6-8 p.m..
-Kids 5-11 years of age can volunteer during Kids Day programs only; every 2nd and 4th Saturday from 2-4 p.m.
-Year-round opportunities.
-Email RalVolCoord@foodbankcenc.org to get involved.

Inter-Faith Food Shuttle
1001 Blair Drive, PO Box 14638, Raleigh, NC 27620
919-250-0043
www.foodshuttle.org
-Assist at community gardens, teaching farms, and other programs.
-For all ages.
-Year-round opportunities.
-Prospective volunteers can sign up online.

Kramden Institute
4915 Prospectus Dr., Suite J, Durham, NC 27713
919-293-1239
www.kramden.org
-Be a part of collecting and refurbishing computers to give to less-advantaged students.
-Ages 12+
-Year-round opportunities.
-Prospective volunteers can sign up online.

North Carolina Botanical Garden
100 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
919-962-0522
www.ncbg.unc.edu
-Community service opportunities for high school students interested in horticulture and conservation.
-Ages 14-17.
-Year-round opportunities.
-Prospective volunteers can find an application online.

Student Action Board
Durham Social Services, 700 W. Main St., Durham, NC 27702
919-613-5105
www.thevolunteercenter.org
-Teens from the Triangle area who are dedicated to volunteer work.
-Ages 12-18.
-Applications are available in late summer and early fall.
-Call 919-684-9690 to find out more about the application process.

Sign up as a volunteer on the following sites, and search for more opportunities!

Volunteer Center of Durham
www.thevolunteercenter.org

Activate Good
www.activategood.org

The Volunteer Family
www.thevolunteerfamily.org

Volunteer Match
www.volunteermatch.org

This listing was originally published in Oct. 25, 2011; updated on May 14, 2012, with summer volunteer positions and Oct. 31, 2012, with Thanksgiving updates.




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