Baking Christmas cookies at YWCA is just one of many ways to give back.

The old adage states that it's better to give than receive. That being the case, we thought we'd offer up a ways you can give the gift of your time by volunteering this holiday season.

Sing your heart out Bring some holiday cheer to adults with developmental disabilities or chronic illness by caroling at one of Full Life Care's adult day health care centers. A little Christmas entertainment is perfect for those who may be feeling isolated this holiday season. Various dates, 11am & 3pm.

Make Christmas meals for the homeless Compass Housing Alliance is looking for help preparing warm Christmas dishes for the homeless population it serves. There’s also an option to make a holiday meal basket for a family (personalization encouraged). Dec 25.

Help distribute foodbank donations North Helpline collects food all year long, but—with an influx of holiday donations—even more volunteer assistance is required during December. Help give out food to the needy families, sort donations, and use your muscle unloading all the donation trucks. Wed & Sat, 9:30am-1:30pm; Thur 4pm-7pm.

Prepare Santa’s treats Share some holiday fun by hositng a cookie decorating party at a homeless shelter. Just set up a time and bring all the supplies, and you've got a delicious way to give back. Various times.

Put in 12 hours of work at Interlaken Park The Friends of Interlaken-Boren Park received a huge donation of wood chips from Matt’s Tree Service, and they’re itching to put them to use. The organization seeks volunteers to help clear invasive plants, plant native trees, and spread huge piles of fresh mulch over the course of three December Saturdays (weather permitting). They’ll provide a hot beverages to keep the workers warm. If you happen to have thermal gardening gloves, that's a plus. Dec 14, 21, and 28, 9am-1pm.

Be a holiday donation helper with the YWCA The YWCA’s Adopt-a-Family program needs volunteers to greet donors, then check-in and transport their presents and other holiday donations. Festive holiday gear is encouraged, so it’s the closest you'll get to being one of Santa’s elves.  Thru Dec 20, various time slots.

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