In the spirit of giving and being thankful, families across the world take the time during the holiday season to share their wealth with others. Whether that wealth is extra time, extra money, or a small gift, for those less fortunate it can make a huge difference. Sometimes what seems like a small thing to some, feels life-changing to someone else.
If you’re feeling thankful this season or you’re in need of a reminder of your own blessings, consider donating your time to some of our favorite organizations in Chesapeake.
Toys for Tots is a wonderful program that distributes toys to children from disadvantaged families in the Chesapeake community. Whether you have the time to donate your time at their local warehouse, assist with meals, or assist in transportation and storage of toys, you’ll be helping out your community when you volunteer here. Run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, Toys for Tots partners with local businesses like 92.9 The Wave, ESPN 94.1, and the Tidewater Division Mid-Eastern Region National Model Railroad Association.
Chesapeake Care Clinic provides dental and medical care to adults who don’t qualify for medical insurance. With an entirely volunteer staff, Chesapeake Care Clinic is always looking for more
qualified practitioners. Whether you’re a medical provider, dental provider, pharmacist or other health care professional, they’d be happy to have you. There are also volunteer opportunities for those who don’t have a health care background.
Volunteers of America in Chesapeake is always looking for volunteers. If you have time to spare this season, consider signing up for one of their volunteer programs. They have three main programs at Bailey’s Crossroads Community Shelter, Residential Program Center, and Loudon Emergency Homeless Shelter. You can also search for other volunteer opportunities in Maryland, DC and other areas of Virginia like Portsmouth and Suffolk.
The Chesapeake Humane Society is a safe-haven for abandoned and mistreated pets. With thousands of pets being abandoned every year, many of them will not be adopted and will either be transferred to a rescue group of humanely euthanized. Spending your time or money at a please like Humane Society could mean saving a life. Volunteering your time, donating money, or adopting a pet instead of buying a puppy, could be one life-changing for you and your family.
The City of Chesapeake Police Department Animal Services Unit can use your particular talents to help an abandoned pet find a new home. With opportunities including being an adoption counselor, kennel assistant, office assistant, taking care of the pets, being a shelter media technician or volunteer driver could help save the lives of hundreds of animals.
The Salvation Army is open to volunteers and donators year round. Around the holiday season, though, they look for Christmas Assistance volunteers to help set up the Christmas Depot warehouse and distribution. This program helps families having a tough time this holiday season, get presents for their children between the ages of 0 and 11. You could also help fill over 13,000 stockings for children ages 6-14, which will likely be the difference between feeling loved and feeling left out this holiday season.
Not everyone has time to donate their time, and that’s completely understandable. If you’re not able to volunteer, consider donating to any one, or all, of these charitable organizations. A small donation for you may be nothing, but for someone else could be what helps them get through the holiday season this year.
At Cavalier Ford Chesapeake Square, we strive to help our community and donate to those in need. For any additional information please contact us today. If you are in the market for a new vehicle, stop by the dealership to take a test drive or view our current inventory page.