Holiday Volunteer Opportunities

Join us this holiday season from November to January as we spread joy and the spirit of Christmas to the families at Catholic Charities! This year we have multiple ways for you to get involved. Whether you donate your time, talent, or treasure, you will make a difference in the lives of the people we serve. Click on the options below to learn more about how you can support our programs this holiday season.

We thank you in advance for your generosity and desire to serve our clients. 

In-Person Holiday Projects

Socially Distanced Holiday Projects

Join Catholic Charities and Parish Partners to distribute turkeys for Thanksgiving dinner! Now more than ever we need volunteers to assist our operations as more and more people in our community begin to rely upon local food donation centers to feed their families.

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Join Catholic Charities and Parish Partners to distribute turkeys for Thanksgiving dinner! Now more than ever we need volunteers to assist our operations as more and more people in our community begin to rely upon local food donation centers to feed their families.

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Join Catholic Charities and Parish Partners to distribute turkeys for Thanksgiving dinner! Now more than ever we need volunteers to assist our operations as more and more people in our community begin to rely upon local food donation centers to feed their families.

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Support Montgomery County Family Center by helping with their pantry organization, and making and distributing food packages.

Food distribution

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Thanksgiving Food Support

Join us at the SHARE Warehouse to assist with the food bagging and distribution! While maintaining safety precautions and social distancing, volunteers will help prepare and distribute thousands of free food packages for our neighbors! Please note, your temperature will be checked when you arrive at the SHARE Warehouse (3222 Hubbard Road Landover, MD 20785).

Bagging, Boxing, and Unpacking

FOOD DISTRIBUTION

Food Bagging

Join Catholic Charities at their Spanish Catholic Center location in DC to assist with the weekly food distribution taking place every other Wednesday. Volunteers who are screened and cleared can help in one out of the two roles:

  • Help assemble grocery packages for pick up.
  • Distribute the food packages (Spanish and English speaker preferred)

  Wednesday: Food Distribution! 

Grab a group of friends, dress up in your best Santa hats, and help us bring some cheer to the residents of our shelters by singing classic Christmas carols! Come with festive attire, the lyrics to your favorite carols, and anything else you’ll need to ring in the holidays.  

We respectfully ask that all volunteers provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination upon arrival by showing either their vaccination card or a photo of their vaccination card. Dress for the weather as most caroling will be outside.  

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The holidays should be not only a time of plenty, but a time of joy and togetherness. Brighten the holidays for underserved people in our community and help them express their own holiday spirit by bringing art supplies for an arts and crafts event. All volunteers must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination by showing either their vaccination card or a photo of their vaccination card.

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Everyone who’s ever cheered on Washington’s football team in the NFL playoffs knows how sports can bring people together during the long winter months. Bring your favorite packaged snacks to share and help us set up our facility for a day of sports fandom, then settle in to watch some football. We are especially looking for volunteers to host these parties in January. 

 All volunteers must present proof of COVID-19 vaccination upon arrival by showing either their COVID-19 vaccination card or a photo of their vaccination card.  

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The holidays and the new year are a good time for a fresh start, and that can include freshening up the places where we live and work. Join us to help get Catholic Charities shelters looking like new. Activities may include sweeping floors, wiping down surfaces in common areas, and gathering trash in outdoor spaces. All volunteers must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination upon arrival by showing either their vaccination card or a photo of their vaccination card. 

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The Saint Maria’s Meals Program was created in order to meet the needs of individuals and families by providing a warm and nutritious meal.

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Do you have a flexible schedule? Do you want to serve as Catholic Charities’ first line of defense for newly emerging volunteer needs? Sign up today as an on-call volunteer! Examples of frequent on-call requests include translation and food distribution help. Click the link below for more information and to sign up!

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Join us this holiday season and help clean, sort, and organize toys and puzzles at Community Companions! 

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Come stand in solidarity by assisting in keeping this place clean for the people accessing our services! Volunteers will clean up inside, organize the food pantry and the supply room. Cleaning supplies will be provided.

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Come stand in solidarity by assisting on keeping this place clean for the people accessing our services! Volunteers will clean up outside and organize the food pantry. Cleaning supplies will be provided.

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Join Catholic Charities at their Spanish Catholic Center location in DC to assist with the weekly food distribution. Now more than ever we need volunteers to assist our operations as more and more people in our community begin to rely upon local food donation centers to feed their families.

Volunteers who are screened and cleared will assist staff to hand bagged food to clients who are in line.

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Each year we provide coats, hats, gloves, and scarves to members of our local community. New and gently used coats that are clean and in good condition are being collected from November 2021 until December 2021. 

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Spread holiday cheer to some of our most marginalized neighbors with a Party in a Box! Volunteers will create holiday decorations and drop them off at a program site to help our programs make their spaces merry and bright for the holiday season. Suggested decorations include garlands, wreaths, plastic lights, red and green disposable tablecloths, candy canes, or any other creative ideas you may have. We do ask that you refrain from bringing glass items, sharp objects, candles, or any food containing nuts.  

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For many of us, enjoying homemade treats such as pumpkin pie and gingerbread cookies are some of our best holiday memories. By dropping off baked goods at one of our shelters, you can spread holiday joy to some of the most vulnerable people in our community. For the health and safety of our clients, we ask that each baked good be individually packaged.  

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Preparing gift bags for our neighbors who are residents in a Catholic Charities shelter is a wonderful way to bring the holiday spirit and help them through the months ahead. Suggested items include warm clothing (hats, gloves, scarves, etc.), toiletries, individually packaged treats, and small games such as sudoku or crossword puzzles.   

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Dorothy Day Place, a transitional housing program in Rockville, MD, is seeking volunteers to prepare and drop off dinner for approximately 25 guests every day of the week. Read more and sign up for a shift below! 

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Looking for a way to gain experience or get more deeply involved in service? Consider joining Catholic Charities for a year in one of these Year of Service volunteer positions. If applying to Cap Corps, be sure to share that you are interested in serving with Catholic Charities!

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To learn about alternative ways you can support our clients who have been impacted by the public health emergency, click the following link:

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