Holiday Help: How to Make a Difference

Holiday Help: How to Make a Difference


Holiday Help: Making a Difference

Union Mission Team

13 December 2016

The holiday season is a time for helping hands, for thinking of others, and sharing the reason for the season. Local non-profits, like Union Mission, are always grateful for the support and the generosity of Savannahians means that those who often go without are able to enjoy a holiday of hope.

Dedicated volunteers serve Thanksgiving at Union Mission.

Photograph by Roy Mosby, Union Mission Volunteer

The work done by dedicated volunteers can make real change happen in our community. The selfless support offered by church and community groups is inspiring. However, there are ways to ensure that the help you’re offering is help that will really change lives and benefit those in need.

Here are a few ways you can make a real difference this holiday season:

  • Connect with a local organization who works with the groups of people you’re interested in helping. Often there are programs already in place that would welcome extra volunteers or supplies. By joining their team, you ensure your support is really reaching those in need and is being used in ways that will help address their needs most efficiently. For those interested in helping the homeless, the Chatham Savannah Authority for the Homeless [CSAH] is happy to direct you to an organization that could use your support.
  • Volunteer before or after the holidays. While most organizations gets lots of support around the holidays, help is needed all year-round. Volunteers and donations can make just as big an impact in July as they do in December.
  • Look beyond the basics. Most people looking to offer holiday help think of serving a meal but often they have the skills to do much more good. Teachers, lawyers, artists – all have special skills that can make a real difference in the life of someone who is struggling.
  • Advocate. Help create change by using your voice to promote support for those in need. Providing a meal or a pair of socks can help a person for one day – advocacy work that helps create more affordable housing or better support programs can help many, many people and can change their lives forever.

Donations and support help every day of the year.

Photograph by Maggie Lynn, Community Outreach Coordinator

The work of ending homelessness takes places 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. There are lots of ways volunteers and donations can make a difference and we encourage everyone to get involved. The three foundations of change are volunteering, donating, and advocating. But make sure to get involved safely and responsibly – contact a local organization you trust and ask how you can join their team!