Want to step up your Chinese-food-and-a-movie-on-Christmas” tradition? This year, spend the day volunteering! Across the country (and globe!), there are hundreds of opportunities to make a difference on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and the surrounding days too. If you like to roll up your sleeves and do something hands on (or if you’ve never volunteered on Christmas and would like to give volunteering a go), there are plenty of ways to pitch in. Check out the events below, and bring extra meaning to the annual Jewish “day off.”
Glide, San Francicso
Going to be in San Francisco for the holidays? Sign up to sort toys for a holiday giveaway, cook a special prime rib luncheon on Christmas Eve, or prep and serve Christmas meals for those in need.
IKAR’s Christmas Tikkun, Los Angeles
Join one of LA’s most vibrant Jewish communities in setting up a beautiful Christmas Day breakfast for people in need at a transitional housing facility called Path.
Community Mitzvah Day, Baltimore
Plug into Jewish Volunteer Connection for an extravaganza of volunteer opps on Christmas. Advanced registration is now closed, but they are accepting walk-ins to assemble and deliver winter care packages to various service sites around the city.
JCC Days of Service, Washington DC
The J’s D25 (Day of Service, December 25) is a total service bonanza. With tons of projects, including many family friendly options, you are destined to find a great match.
Jewish Muslim Service, St. Louis
We love this interfaith initiative that brings together Jews and Muslims on Christmas to serve their shared community. Register now for the 4th annual tzedakah/sadaqah event.
Exodus Foundation, Sydney
Hey mates! If you live in Sydney, here is a great opportunity to give back on Christmas Day. You can sign up to set up a Santa station, drive donated goods to the volunteer site, and much more.
Light up a Life Tikun, London
This amazing organization offers volunteer events in the 10 days surrounding Christmas. From baking for London’s firefighters to volunteering at a home for older people with dementia, there are over 100 ways to get involved.