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Family Volunteer Day 2007, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Blossom International’s photostream

Between September 2014 and September 2015, over 62 million people volunteered through or for an organization at least once in the United States. That’s one in four adult Americans! The holidays, in particular, are a time when many want to give back.

Pittsburgh Cares is a nonprofit that seeks to create an enduring culture of volunteerism and community involvement in our city. They do this by acting as a liaison between volunteers of all ages, nonprofits, and businesses. They make it easy to volunteer by matching volunteers with volunteer opportunities, and in doing so, they help to meet the most critical needs of the Pittsburgh community.

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2012 Thanksgiving Volunteer Packing Day, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Direct Relief’s photostream

As the holiday season approaches, Pittsburgh Cares has been fielding a tremendous number of inquiries from both families with young children and youth groups who seek volunteer opportunities to enable children to experience the joy of helping others. In fact, even after doubling the number of Family Volunteer Days in the Toys for Tots warehouse, they filled all 100 slots in the space of an hour of posting the information!

Not wanting to have to turn any young volunteers away, they are seeking agencies and organizations that are hosting family and/or youth friendly volunteer events. If you are holding such an event, or know of any, please consider posting these opportunities on their volunteer-matching website. Once they’ve gathered a list of opportunities, they have plans to distribute a Family Friendly Volunteer Guide. (If you need assistance in posting an opportunity, you can contact Samira Gabriel at sgabriel@pittsburghcares.org.)

And, of course, if you’re looking to volunteer, you can also find numerous opportunities at Pittsburgh Cares!

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Abington Day of Service group, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Penn State’s photostream