Top 7 Places Where Can Soldiers Volunteer During the Holidays

In today’s post I want to share the top 7 places where Soldiers can volunteer during the holiday season.  Since the holiday season is right around the corner, it’s a good time to think about what you are grateful for and think about ways to give back.  One of the best ways to give back is to volunteer your time to help others in need.  It doesn’t have to be a huge time commitment either.  Even volunteering for an hour or two can have a big impact and make a difference.

Listed below I want to share a few places where Soldiers can volunteer.  This is by no means a complete list, but it is a good starting point.

1.  Your Local Church – I’m not sure if you are religious or not, but if you do go to church on a regular basis, this is a great place to volunteer.  Most churches have several volunteer projects going on at a time.  They often host soup kitchens, spend time with people in the hospital, have fundraisers and much more.  If you belong to a church, ask one of the staff members what volunteer opportunities are available.  I’m sure you will be pleasantly surprised.

2. Cook/Groceries – If you have friends who are veterans, or just know someone in need, you could invite them over to your house for dinner.  If you don’t feel comfortable doing that you could take someone in need out to eat or buy someone them some groceries.

3. Veteran’s Homes – Most communities have a veteran’s home or veteran’s community.  You could visit this location to see if they have any volunteer opportunities available.  For example, you might be able to visit the home and just “hang out” with a veteran.  Or, you could come in and provide group entertainment.  Or, maybe you could take someone out to lunch.

4. Soup Kitchens – Every community has a soup kitchen.  And in today’s economy, most of these soup kitchens need volunteers to help prepare food, do dishes, clean up, etc.  You could spend a day at the soup kitchen and have a tremendous impact in your local community.

5.  Schools – If you have children in school, you could volunteer at the school.  There are countless opportunities such as the Booster’s Club.  I suggest you start out with looking for volunteer opportunities in activities that you kids already participate in.

6. Salvation Army – One of the coolest volunteer opportunities I can think of is with the Salvation Army.  You could dress up as Santa Claus and “ring the bell” and collect money for people in need.  There is normally a Santa Claus at just about every mall in American. Contact the Salvation Army to learn more.

7. Your Local VFW, AMVETS or American Legion – All of these veteran’s organizations need volunteers, especially during the holiday season.  Contact your local chapter to learn more.  There are normally opportunities to cook, help with holiday parties, and more.

Final Thoughts

Volunteering is a good thing.  It’s a great way to give back to your local community.  I think the best thing you can do is start locally. See if there is a way you can help people that you know.  I think that is the best option.  If that option isn’t available, look in your neighborhood or local community for opportunities.  Whether you can volunteer one hour, or even a few days, I think it is important to give back and help your community and friends/family.

What are your thoughts?  Leave a comment and let us know.

8 thoughts on “Top 7 Places Where Can Soldiers Volunteer During the Holidays”

  1. It is such an inspiration to civilians to see a soldier volunteering and giving back. I know some believe that wearing that uniform is giving back in and of itself, and in a way it is, but volunteering your time takes it a step further. It shows that your commitment to the citizens of this country goes beyond combat, but dealing with issues here at home that plague people day to day. It’s also good for the soldier, especially those without family or who can’t be with family for the holidays. Keeps them from getting depressed and spending the holidays alone. Reminding them that they have value in all forms and are appreciated and needed.

  2. It means so much that those who are serving our country are also giving back by volunteering. All civilians need to take strong notice of this.

    I am proud i am an American where the traditional values are still alive. I bow my head to you Chuck, Justin, Candice and the rest who after helping us stay free, still find the time and patience to help out others who are in need.

    God bless you all.

  3. It is always great to see people, particularly those in positions such as our U.S. Soldiers, offering their time to volunteer for those who are less fortunate. Our family has gone out and volunteered at Nursing Homes and Hospitals singing during the holidays. My husband, a U.S. Veteran, enjoys doing this especially when we find other Vets in these places.

    I have a handicapped sister, who is my best friend by all accounts, and the Special Olympics has a very special place in my heart. I found this YouTube Video I wanted to share with you:

  4. Also, visit They have some great ideas for volunteering, whether you have 15 minutes, a couple of hours, or a lot of time to volunteer! I think it is a good resource which can tie you into your local scene and find out where to volunteer right around you.

  5. What a great reminder, Chuck to serve those less fortunate during the Holidays. So often we forget to take care of those who can’t. We are caught up in our own lives and our own priorities that we neglect to care for those who are less fortunate. I think that it is important for Soldiers to volunteer outside of their required duty…it just speaks volumes to their character and the values of the Army.

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