Local Ways To Give Back This Holiday Season

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(Photo by: Nichole Jaworski/CBS CLT)

(Photo by: Nichole Jaworski/CBS CLT)

(CBS Charlotte) — In Charlotte and beyond, there is an endless need for volunteers to help the less fortunate — and the need increases during the holidays. With so many great organizations to choose from, residents can rest assured that their time and/or monetary donations are going to a great cause with our picks. Here’s a list of charity drives and organizations that are currently in need of assistance.

Hope Haven

Hope Haven is a facility that assists people who have struggled with addictions in the past, but are currently in the recovery process. Hope Haven has 206 housing units, and they are in dire need of assistance during the holiday season. For more info, click here.

Charlotte Rescue Mission

Charlotte Rescue Mission is  a shelter designed specifically to assist homeless individuals who are battling addiction. While Christmas Day volunteer opportunities are currently full, the facility offers plenty of other volunteer opportunities throughout the holiday season. For more info, please click here.

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army has been helping local families in need with Christmas donations for over a century. In 2012, a record number of Mecklenburg County residents registered for Christmas assistance through the agency. Angel trees have been placed throughout the city. Click here for locations.

Urban Ministries

Urban Ministries is the only day facility that assists Charlotte’s Homeless population. The facility is a place where homeless individuals can obtain a locker, shower, receive mail, eat a meal, and escape from the cold. Their soup kitchen is opened daily from 11:15am to 12:15pm, and nearly 400 people attend each day. The soup kitchen will be opened on Christmas Day, and volunteers are needed to help serve and donate items such as drinks, food, or holiday cookies. For more info, click here

Doing My Part

This organization provides assistance to local homeless individuals on a weekly basis, in addition to hosting various volunteer opportunities with different causes throughout the community. For more info, click here.

Looking to volunteer at Soup Kitchen’s in our area? Click here.

Related Article: How To Help The Needy Throughout The Year In Charlotte

-Nichole Jaworski, CBS Charlotte

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