Volunteering in Lakeland, FL for the 2021 holiday

Photo via @talbot_house_ministries

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 Lakeland to give your time to. Whether you’re a lover of the arts, an outdoorsy type, or a holiday enthusiast, there’s a nearby volunteer opportunity for you. Here are 28 Lakeland organizations to show a little love to this holiday season:

If the holidays are your favorite time of the year

  • Parker Street Ministries | Buy a toy through the Amazon wish list and help Parker Street Ministries donate over 2,800 toys to kids in the community. The ministry also needs volunteers to help with setup, work store shifts, and wrap gifts. 
  • Heartland for Children | Participate in the annual Rudolph Round-up and donate a gift. Gifts go to children who have experienced abuse or neglect.
  • Salvation Army | Ring a bell and collect donations.
  • VISTE | Deliver Thanksgiving meals to the elderly this holiday.

Natural-born teachers + mentors

 If you want to be there for abuse victims

  • Peace River Center | Volunteer to help people who are survivors of abuse.
  • Peace River Thrift Shoppe | Donate clothes, accessories, books, art, and home items and help serve clients of Peace River Center.  
  • YFA | Volunteer at events throughout the year and help support kids in crisis situations. 

If you want to stay in your home

  • Homemakers of Hope | Answer calls and emails to support the mission to provide furniture to families in need + schedule a pickup to donate your own gently used furniture.
  • Sevita | Open up your home and make a difference in a foster child or adult’s life.

If you’re on a tight schedule

The artsy types

  • Lakeland Community Theatre | The theatre needs lots of volunteers and help put on plays, including help with set and prop design, making costumes, and selling concessions + tickets.
  • Imperial Symphony Orchestra | Volunteer at performances to ensure that audience members have an enjoyable and exciting experience. 

If you’re interested in healthcare

  • Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine | Volunteer as a community or clinical volunteer to help provide better quality healthcare for free to those in need.
  • Talbot House Ministries | Talbot House is seeking nurses, doctors, and dentists to volunteer their time and serve the community. 
  • Lakeland Regional Health | Serve in one of the many volunteer opportunities available including the pet therapy program, flower delivery, or in the teen volunteer summer program.  

The outdoorsy types

  • Se7en Wetlands | Spend your weekend interacting with the public and monitoring trails as a Weekend Wayfinder. Or, be a Hike Guide and lead hikers safely through a marked trail. 

If you’re passionate about supporting local minority groups

The handymen + women

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