Give Back: Where to Volunteer This Holiday

Make someone’s season brighter by giving back this holiday.

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Everyone knows that the holidays are about the feels. What better way to feel good than to give back this holiday season. We have gathered just a few places you can volunteer this year to help make someone else’s season a little brighter - and maybe your own too in the process.


rockCANroll - This organization collaborates with rock concerts, schools, corporations, and private individuals to collect healthy non-perishable food (for people and pets) and basic necessities for distribution to local agencies and into the hands of children, seniors and families who live with hunger and in poverty. Help Out While You ROCK OUT! Want to help? There are many volunteer opportunities available at rockCANroll. Click here to find out more.


Island Harvest - The largest hunger relief organization on Long Island. They say that they rely on over 40,000 hours of annual service that volunteers provide to help in their mission to end hunger and reduce food waste. Looking for a rewarding team building experience?  Island Harvest has projects for small and large groups whether you are affiliated with a community organization, school, or corporation. Contact the Volunteer and Community Relations Coordinator, Shannon Karafian, at or call 631-873-4775.


The INN - The INN provides a broad variety of essential services to assist those challenged by hunger, homelessness and profound poverty. Volunteers are a fundamental part of their success. Thanks to their dedication, passion and commitment to the mission, The INN is able to meet the needs of thousands of needy Long Islanders. All volunteer applicants must register in advance for opportunities using their volunteer application form.


L.I. Against Domestic Violence - This charity has been a source for prevention, support and healing for  abuse victims on Long Island since 1976. You can volunteer your time and energy to combat domestic violence as well. Click here to learn about all the opportunities they have available.


Lighthouse Mission - The Lighthouse Mission helps to feed the hungry and help the homeless. They are commitmented to feeding the poor, but their goal is to empower people to overcome poverty and live purpose-filled lives. Click here to discover the many ways to help.


Long Island Crisis Center - Long Island Crisis Center provides 24/7, free, high quality, confidential and non-judgmental programs and services to support and empower Long Islanders at critical times in their lives. Their motto is any problem. Any time. Anyone. Click here to learn how to become a volunteer.


Maureen’s Haven - They assist with providing homeless men and women with supportive services, access to case management and programs, and a safe place to stay during the winter months. Fill out their online form to apply to volunteer.