Happy Holidays from VM!

  • December 22, 2020

    Posted by: Kamillah El-Giadaa

    Here's to the end of 2020! We want to thank all of you for your continued support during the past year - and what a year it has been! On behalf of the board and staff here at VM, we hope everyone has a safe and wonderful holiday season, and that you are able to take time to rest and connect safely with your loved ones.

    We will be closed from December 24 to January 4 but before we take a break, we'd like to leave you with our annual list of how to get involved over the holidays. Volunteering has remained a very important part of our communities and there are still many ways you can give back, safely, over the holidays.

    Enjoy the season and we look forward to seeing what 2021 will bring!

    Warm wishes,


    Volunteer Manitoba's annual round-up of Holiday Volunteer Opportunities!

    In spite of the pandemic restrictions, there are still many ways you can give back over the season and have a meaningful volunteer experience. Check out our list of ways you can get involved and give back over the holidays!

    • Share the warmth and help by donating much-needed items for Siloam Mission. Items can be dropped off at any Red River Co-op store in Winnipeg.
    • Ask a neighbour if you can help them this season by running errands for them.
    • Bake or buy (from a local business) holiday treats and bring them to your local nursing home for sharing. You can't volunteer at a PCH right now, but you can still show your support for all the staff and residents.
    • Looking for a way to volunteer in the comfort of your own home? Help combat this pandemic by making masks for Agape Table.
    • Give the gift of life by donating blood and/or sign up to be an organ donor.
    • Make a care kit for people in need, with items like socks, deodorant, mittens, feminine hygiene products and snacks. Visit the following websites for more information on in-demand items and how to drop them off safely. 1Just City, Siloam Mission, Ndinawe/Tina's Safe Haven, Main Street Project and Rossbrook House!
    • Be a Santa to a Senior! Get paired up with a senior in your area and brighten up their holiday by filling their gift wishlist.
    • Meals on Wheels is looking for drivers to deliver delicious and nutritious meals to clients in the community. If you have a few hours a week to spare, visit www.mealswinnipeg.com to volunteer.
    • 1Just City works towards a city where all are cared for, have enough to eat, a place they belong, and feel loved. This holiday season they need the following items.
    • Organize a coat and winter clothing drive in your community and then visit the websites of the following organizations to find out how to drop-off items: Salvation Army, John Howard Society, Elizabeth Fry Society and United Way Koats for Kids.
    • Drop off thank you cards for frontline staff and volunteers at health centres, personal care homes, non-profits, charities and community centres in your neighbourhood. Phone or visit their website first, so you can make arrangements to drop-off items safely.
    • You don't have to leave your house to support Main Street Project - visit their website to learn more about their Amazon Wish List! Help the city's most vulnerable by purchasing items that are then shipped right to MSP's door.
    • The Salvation Army is looking for Kettle Bell Ringers to collect donations and interact with the community on behalf of the organization. For more information email Renzel.villegas@salvationarmy.ca or see their posting in VM's Volunteer Opportunities.


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