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Be A Santa To A Senior
Have the opportunity to give a holiday gift to a senior? Visit participating locations that carry gift requests for seniors.
Clark County Veterans Assistance Centers
Donate funds to services that assist Veterans and their families in obtaining resources for their daily needs or sign up to volunteer at future events.
Korey’s Toy Drive
Taking new, unwrapped toys; new youth and adult winter coats, gloves, socks, and hats with donations through November 16th – December 14th.
Clark County Food Bank
The Clark County Food Bank has various volunteer opportunities. From Fresh Alliance, which provides sorting services for fresh food, to Food Pantry Helper. There are many ways to get involved.
Council for the Homeless
The Council for the Homeless critically needs volunteers during the winter months when shelters have increased demand. There are also other opportunities to be engaged with the Council for the Homeless.
The Clark County Sheriff’s Office partners with the community to give less fortunate families a great Christmas! Santa’s Posse distributes toys and food to families in need. This year, Santa’s Posse needs help on delivery day, December 18th, 2022 starting at 8 am.
Kelso High School Food Donation
The Kelso High School Associated Student Body is asking for donations! Until Dec. 21st, donations of nonperishable food and money can be dropped off at the Student Body office. Donations will help Kelso students and families in need. Contact Nancy Baldwin at 360-501-1993 for more information.
Walk & Knock
Fight hunger with Walk & Knock, the largest food drive of the year in Cowlitz County! Walk & Knock will collect food until December 14th, 2022. There are food barrels accepting drop-off donations at Fred Meyer on Ocean Beach Highway, two Walmart locations in Longview, and Grocery Outlet on Ocean Beach Highway.
Janus Youth Programs
Join the Cowlitz County Street Outreach team to work with street youth to learn crisis prevention and referral services in the downtown Portland area. Volunteers have to at least be 18 years old and clear a background check.
Longview Public Library hosts a tutoring program for adults who need to improve on basic educational goals that help to achieve their professional goals. Project READ also helps these adults to meet their personal goals in learning new skills. If you find that you have the care to tutor, apply for Project READ with Longview Public Library.
FISH of Cowlitz County
FISH of Cowlitz County needs volunteers to answer the phones for people requesting food. Volunteers will work three-hour shifts once or twice a month to handle requests. FISH of Cowlitz County helps community members in need to receive food and fulfill other emergency needs. Email [email protected] to apply
Toys for Tots
Consider providing toys to children in need this holiday season. The Marine Corps League #1119 will do the final pick-up for toys on December 17, 2022.
For those that have a hard time making it to the drop-off locations, the Toys for Tots Coordinator is available by phone: Bonnie Holden 360-339-3446 and she is able to pick
up the toys.
The Forgotten Children’s Fund
Each year the Forgotten Children’s Fund collects gifts for children. The Forgotten Children’s Fund helps families in need that do not meet the typical requirements for assistance from public organizations. The Fund helps these families to have a great Christmas experience. Gifts can be donated to either the Centralia or Chehalis Les Schwab Locations. Items will be delivered between December 23rd and 24th.
Lewis County Animal Shelter
Consider volunteering at the Lewis County Animal Shelter. Volunteers have to be at least 14 years old and attend an orientation. Anyone interested can apply onsite at the Shelter or contact the shelter at 315-376-8349.
South Pacific County Humane Society
The shelter animals with the SPCHS are in need of toys, food, and supplies. Consider donating to the animals of SPCHS this year.
Toys for Peninsula Kids
Help the children on the Long Beach Peninsula to have gifts this holiday season! The Peninsula Firefighter’s Association is holding the toy drive on December 17th. Toys for Peninsula Kids need new unwrapped toys for this year. Donations can be dropped off at the Ocean Park Fire Station.
Peninsula Food Bank Challenge
Looking to put your dollars into a worthy cause? Consider the Peninsula Food Bank Challenge. The Loren H. Corder Foundation is matching dollar contributions to three local food banks: Chinook Food Bank, Ilwaco Food Bank, and Ocean Park Food Bank. Donations will be received until December 21st, 2022.
Shoeboxes of Joy
Shoeboxes of Joy has over 600 shoe boxes of hygiene and snacks that are provided to local elderly and/ or disabled members of the community. Shoeboxes of Joy needs volunteers to help wrap the boxes in time for the holiday season. Shoeboxes of Joy is located in the Long Beach Depot. They are open daily from 10 am – 4 pm. On Tuesday and Thursday, they are open from 10 am – 4 pm.
Long Beach Merchants Association
The LBMA helps to produce festivals that bring visitors to Long Beach and keep stores open. Are you interested in investing your time into the future of your community? Then volunteering with the LBMA will help achieve that goal! Volunteers are needed at all levels to help with upcoming festivals.
Shoeboxes of Joy
Fill out a “Shoebox of Joy” or drop off individual items by December 19, 2022. Boxes can be filled with tasty snacks, hygiene products, socks, and other items that can help those in need. Their website lists specific instructions on how to wrap the boxes before they are dropped off.
The Star Program of Wahkiakum County
Make a child smile this Christmas with a gift under the tree. The Star Program is a
need-based Christmas gift program that helps Wahkiakum families with children under the age of 17 to receive gifts for Christmas. The names of children are placed on stars that have gift requests. Trees with stars are located at The Video Store, Cathlamet Pharmacy, Scribbles, The Duck Inn, The Bank of the Pacific, and the Skamokawa Store. All gifts have to be dropped off by December 19th.
The Cathlamet Public Library needs volunteers to help the library serve the community. The library offers opportunities for clerical work, organizing books, reading to adults or children, etc. Give the application in person in order to be considered as a volunteer.