This holiday season take some time to give back to your community and find out how volunteering can benefit you and your family! It’s easy to get caught up in the pie baking, turkey stuffing, and cookie baking, but helping others is time better spent in our book.

Reach out to someone in need and set an example for your friends and family by helping others, there are plenty of ways to get involved and have fun.

Check out why we think it’s important to get involved this holiday season and a few places that you can donate your time to!

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    Make Memories with Your Friends and Family

    It’s easy to get stressed with all of the craziness that surrounds Thanksgiving and Christmas, oh and black Friday. Black Friday is extra crazy.

    Take some time to plan a day where your entire family comes together to help out your community. Get in some family bonding time while helping others and you’ll be happy you did.

    The Community Foodbank of New Jersey is a nice place to start. With a location in Egg Harbor City and plenty of volunteer opportunities, this is a place that you can give your services to all year round!

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    Teach Your Kids Responsibility

    Guess who wants a puppy this Christmas? Yep, your son, your son who leaves his toys sprinkled around the house and who forgets to brush his teeth.

    Volunteering at an animal shelter can show your kids the responsibility of taking care of an animal.

    The Animal Welfare Association located in Voorhees has both on site volunteer opportunities and off site outreach events which are perfect to get you and your family involved.

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    Meet New People

    Maybe you’re new to the area, what a great way to get to know your local community and make some great friends along the way.

    Better yet, helping out at the New Jersey State Veterans Memorial Home or a local senior citizen assisted living center allows you to brighten peoples day by meeting not only fellow volunteers but the people at the facilities as well.

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