Thursday, November 19, 2015

Holiday Volunteer Opportunities in Buffalo

For most of us, Thanksgiving and Christmas are the two holidays we look forward to the most. The joy of being around the people we love and being able to give them something that will make them smile makes all the lines, frantic travel and a hit to the pocketbook worth it. But for many in Buffalo, having the option to wait in a checkout line or to run through airport security is a luxury. So often during the hectic holiday season, we become so focused on what’s going on in our lives that we miss the true spirit of the season – thankfulness and generosity.

We would encourage you to take a bit of time out of your schedule this year to volunteer with an organization that’s striving to make an impact in our forgotten community through a variety of tasks, like folding clothes, delivering a turkey or serving a meal. By taking advantage of these opportunities you’ll not only be able to be a blessing to someone else, you’ll experience a greater appreciation for the things that truly matter in your life.


Salvation Army
Accepting volunteers now through December 24th; ages 13 and up

This opportunity offers great flexibility with 2 hour shifts (minimum) manning a kettle scheduled at a day, time and location of your choice. All that is needed is a friendly smile!

Restoration Society
Thanksgiving Meal Prep
The Restoration Society, Inc. who strive to assist people with mental health conditions become successful and satisfied in environments of their choice is looking for volunteers to help with Thanksgiving meal prep. For more information, please call Michelle at 716-832-2141 ext. 230.

Cattaraugus Community Action
Turkey distribution
The food pantry of Cattaraugus Community Action is looking for volunteers to assist in packing boxes with Thanksgiving meals and giving them out to clients in need at their facility located at 25 Jefferson St., Salamanca, NY 14779.

Family Help Center
Giving Tree Volunteer
November 18th – December 8th; 3 hour shifts during mall hours

Family Help Center is helping children’s wishes come true and you can help by volunteering to man the giving tree table located at the Eastern Hills Mall. Shifts are a minimum of three hours and volunteers may work alone or bring up to 3 friends to work with them. Please contact Holly at 822-0919 to sign up or get more information.

Weinberg Campus
Serving Thanksgiving Dinner to Seniors
November 21st (set up), November 22nd & 26th from 11:45 AM – 3:00 PM

Weinberg Campus is seeking 5 – 6 volunteers to help set up for Thanksgiving dinner on November 21st and 10 – 15 volunteers to help assist serving on November 22nd and November 26th. Volunteers are asked to wear a white top and black bottoms. Any questions can be directed to Eric Fitzpatrick at 639-3311 ext. 2509.

Restoration Society
Thanksgiving Serving
November 26th from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

The Restoration Society, Inc. is in need of volunteers to help serving meals at 327 Elm Street, Buffalo, NY 14203 on Thanksgiving day. For more information, please call Michelle at 716-832-2141 ext. 230.


Food Bank of WNY
Food 2 Families
December 4th from 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM

The Food Bank of WNY is asking for donations at their annual outdoor food drive to help support local families in need.

Food donations for the event will be accepted at the following locations:

3980 Maple Road, Amherst, NY 14226
2101 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14207
4777 Transit Road, Depew, NY 14043
6150 South Park Blvd., Hamburg, NY 14075
5827 S Transit Road, Lockport, NY 14094
7200 Niagara Falls Blvd., Niagara Falls, NY 14304

B Team Buffalo
City of Light
December 5 from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

City of Light offers a unique opportunity for teams of volunteers to help decorate a neighborhood in the city so that it shines for the holidays as a nod to the turn of the previous century, when Buffalo was called the "City of Light." In addition to decorating, B Team Buffalo will host a winter carnival that includes gifts from Santa for the children, games, prizes, crafts and more before gathering residents and volunteers for the tree-lighting ceremony.

The Salvation Army
Gift Wrapping at Orvis in the Eastern Hills Mall
December 12th and December 19th from noon – 4:00 PM

Help raise money for the Salvation Army by wrapping Christmas gifts at Orvis in Eastern Hills Mall located at 7575 Transit Road, Williamsville, NY, 14221.

Buffalo Zoo
Breakfast with Santa
December 12th, 13th, 19th & 20th from 8:30 AM – 12:20 PM

The Buffalo Zoo is seeking “elves” to help Santa pass out treats and provide assistance with crafts during their Breakfast with Santa events.

The Salvation Army
Sponsored Family Gifts
December 17th, December 18th and December 21st from 8:30am – 3:30pm

Assist with loading and unloading cars with Christmas gifts at 960 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14202.

Buffalo City Mission
Hambone Express Telephone Reservationists
December 7th - 11th and 14th -18th between the hours of 9:30 AM -12:00 PM and 12:30 PM-3:30 PM

The city mission is accepting volunteers for December 7th-14th and 14th – 18th to receive Christmas meal phone reservations from those in need in our community.

Delivery Teams
December 25th from 8:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Start a new tradition this year by spending your Christmas morning with friends and family delivering meals to the Buffalo community. 135 delivery teams are needed to help provide 4,000 meals and there are many shifts available between 8:00 AM and 11:30 AM.