30+ ways to give back in Raleigh, NC

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Maybe you already give back year-round, or maybe practicing thankfulness this holiday season has got you in the giving spirit. All we know is there are more than enough great causes in Raleigh to give your time to. Whether you’re a mental health advocate, a Raleighite to your core, or a holiday enthusiast, there’s a nearby volunteer opportunity for you. Here are 30+ organizations to show a little love to this holiday season:

🍎 If you’re a natural-born teacher or mentor

○ Empower students to reach their full potential through Wake Harvest’s youth mentorship program
○ Teach English as a Second Language (ESL) through the City of Raleigh’s Cultural Outreach and Enrichment program (temporarily not accepting volunteers)

💙 If you want to be there for abuse victims

○ Knit a newborn cap or hold a supply drive for new mothers in SAFEChild’s Moms Supporting Moms program
○ Donate goods for women escaping domestic violence situations or volunteer with InterACT 

🏠 If you want to stay in your home

○ Contact a local assisted living facility to ask about becoming a pen pal with a resident
○ Donate airline miles (and other gifts) to children participating in Eastern NC’s Make-A-Wish program
○ Give to your favorite local charity or nonprofit virtually
○ Arrange contactless pick-up of donated items via Salvation Army

💚 If you’re an advocate for mental health awareness

○ Volunteer to support administrative, educational, and outreach projects at New Leaf Behavioral Health
○ Become an instructor or facilitator of support groups through the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) chapter serving Wake County

🗓️ If you’re on a tight schedule 

○ Choose a time to donate blood through The Blood Connection
○ Be matched with a United Way of the Triangle event that works with your schedule 

🌳If you live + breathe Raleigh 

○ Donate or volunteer during various events hosted by Preservation NC
○ Join the Friends of the City of Raleigh Museum to assist with educational programming about our city.

♿ If you want to help disabled community members

○ Volunteer to read or record audiobooks for members of the NC Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.
○ Get involved with local initiatives through the NC Council on Developmental Disabilities

🎨 If you’re an artist or maker

○ Assist summer camp instructors or event support at Artspace
○ Instill the love + appreciation of art in others by helping to plan events or lead workshops at NCMA.

🐶 If you call yourself an animal lover

○ Help homeless animals feel loved through PIPs Rescue, Wake County SPCA, Wake County Animal Center, or SAFE Haven for Cats

🌳 If your an outdoorsy type

○ Participate in shore sweeps with Clean Jordan Lake
○ Become a Charter Donor at Dix Park Conservancy
○ Help keep our roads clean by participating in Keep NC Beautiful’s Adopt-a-Highway program

🏳️‍🌈 If you’re passionate about supporting local minority groups

○ Participate in outreach for Raleigh’s LGBTQ+ community through the LGBT Center of Raleigh

📚If you’re a self-proclaimed bibliophile

○ Assist with Wake County Public Libraries’ annual book sales or become an ambassador for library programming
○ Donate gently-used books to your nearest Wake County Public Library
○ Participate in child literacy programs as a tutor with Read and Feed

🦃 If the holidays are your favorite time of the year

○ Help the Food Bank of Central + Eastern North Carolina meet increased needs this year at its headquarters in Raleigh
○ Be a host for upcoming holiday dinners at Oak City Cares or bake your own holiday cookies + treats for its neighbors experiencing homelessness

🦋 If you’re a social butterfly

○ Join a volunteer organization like Junior League of Raleigh
○ Set up a giving circle through the Triangle Community Foundation
○ Get matched with your perfect volunteer opportunities through Activate Good

🔨 If you’re a handyman or woman

○ Build homes for the community through Habitat for Humanity
○ Transform the living spaces of those in need by delivering furniture with the Green Chair Project 

Don’t see anything that fits your interests? Check out VolunteerMatch – a resource that helps you find local volunteer opportunities suited to your preferences.