1. Meals On Wheels
Cobb County’s Meals on Wheels aims to address the issue of senior hunger and isolation. Their goal is to serve seniors in County County to ensure no senior is left hungry. The rate of seniors is growing exponentially, and the number of seniors in the country is expected to double in the next three or four decades. Meals on Wheels delivers over 50,000 meals every year to serve the health and wellbeing of our seniors. When you become a volunteer, you’ll most likely be delivering meals and greeting the homebound seniors in your local community. Typically, volunteers will pick up meals at a designated central location and go through a predetermined route to deliver them directly to the homes of seniors in your area. You can also volunteer in the kitchen to prepare hot and nutritious meals for seniors. These meals are packaged individually and handed off to delivery volunteers.
2. SafePath Children’s Advocacy Center, Inc
SafePath Children’s Advocacy Center is a non-profit organization in Marietta, GA, that strives to end child abuse in the community. Their action plan consists of providing professional help to children in alleged child abuse cases. The center brings professionals from mental health, medical, legal systems, law enforcement, and child protection services to talk with the child separately. Furthermore, SafePath offers events to educate and raise money for the cause. The holidays are the perfect time to help kids in need. Providing these victims with a celebratory time and receiving the proper care can significantly impact their lives. Volunteers can help by being on-site, project, or special event volunteers. The tasks may consist of organizing play therapy rooms, providing language interpretation, seasonal decorating, assisting with professional training, and more.
3. Friends of East Cobb Park
Friends of East Cobb Park is a non-profit organization that manages the wellbeing of East Cobb Park. Since 1998, the park has been a beautiful and safe place for children and adults to play, exercise, and enjoy the outdoors. This is a community asset that brings people together and provides a sense of connectedness in the neighborhood. During the Holidays, the Friends of East Cobb Park are looking for volunteers to help with special events such as the East Cobb Wine and Vine Market, Holiday Lights Celebration, and Sunday Funday. Particularly, the Holiday Lights Celebration is an evening of live music, school choir performances, the lighting of a 40-foot Christmas tree, and appearances from Santa Clause and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
4. Hope for Christmas
Hope for Christmas is an annual event on December 11th, where food and toys are provided to over 10,000 people in Northwest Atlanta. Many families in need come to the Christmas party to enjoy a day of fun activities and visit Santa. This is a safe and fun environment for many families to celebrate the holidays. This year, the event is expected to serve over 2,500 families. That means at least 15,000 toys and 7,500 gifts for the Secret Santa Shop will be provided. Besides monetary and gift donations, the non-profit organization is looking for volunteers. Every year, they have thousands of volunteer opportunities on-site. They are hosting eight different churches in the northwest GA area, including the North Metro Church located in Marietta, GA.
5. Hands-On Atlanta
Hands-On Atlanta is a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the community in Atlanta through Youth Development, Family Support, and Education. They have shaped the future of Atlanta by partnering with other organizations that align with their values, such as Americorps, Hands-on Hunger, Civic Leadership Program, Discovery, and others. Volunteers can choose from dozens of events based on the cause, location, and date. Every day, volunteers in Atlanta are doing their part to uplift the community, such as helping families in poverty, tutoring, and mentoring children, and cleaning Atlanta’s environment. There will be many events that involve food pantry distributions, environmental cleanups, clothing giveaways, senior food deliveries, and much more during the holidays.
6. Cobb Christmas, Inc.
Cobb Christmas is a charity that is dedicated to helping low-income families during the holiday season. During their annual holiday distribution, qualifying families will receive toys and food for their entire family. Their goal is to help every family enjoy a wonderful Christmas and spread the holiday spirit. Typically, hundreds of volunteers in Cobb County help to sort and select toys and food for individual families. The event can provide at least three toys to each family. Children that range from infants through fifteen years old receive toys. Many toys include legos, sports equipment, kid puzzles, barbie dolls, educational toys, play kitchens, and remote control toys. The event is held in Marietta, GA, from December 8-10th from 9 am to 4 pm.
7. Food for the Hungry
Everywhere in the world, people are starving. Food for the hungry is a charity that is taking action towards ending poverty. The organization aims to provide life-changing resources such as food, clean water, medical aid, vocational training, and fair educational opportunities to boys and girls. On Wednesday, December 1st, 2021, from 5:15 pm to 10:30 pm EST, there will be a night of Christmas celebration and live musical performances. The guest artists include Mac Powell, Cain, Casting Crowns, Dante Bowl, and Jordan St. Cyr. Volunteers will help facilitate the event, such as checking in guests, patrolling the event, set-up, cleanup, food vendors, and more.
8. Pebble Tossers
The goal of Pebble Tossers is to equip and empower youth to lead through service. Currently, they have over 1,175 registered members, 46,909 hours served, and over $1,294,250 of volunteer value. The beauty of the organization is that it allows the youth to help their community and find their passion area where they enjoy serving the most. This allows them to discover a purpose and special meaning. Some causes include homelessness, the environment, US troops and veterans, arts and culture, citizenship and social justice, the elderly, animals and wildlife, hunger and food drivers, etc. For the holidays, there are many service events available for volunteers to join, such as decorating a Thanksgiving Wreath, Meal Brigade for Ronald McDonald House, preparing meals for homeless shelters, and others.