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5 of the Best Ways to Volunteer This Holiday Season

November 26, 2014
5 of the Best Ways to Volunteer This Holiday Season
Animal shelters are often in need of both volunteers and donations. Joe Raedle/Getty Images
One of the easiest ways to help out this season is donating a warm winter coat. Spencer Platt/Getty Images
College-bound high school students need help with SAT prep and college applications. Joe Raedle/Getty Images
At this time of year, some organizations are swamped with helping hands, while others are in desperate need of assistance.

Undoubtedly, this time of year is when many people give back to their community. But before you show up at your local homeless shelter with a soup ladle in hand, keep in mind that many food banks, soup kitchens and other food-based charities have already filled their volunteer shifts for Thanksgiving and the weekends leading up to Christmas. But just because you can’t dish out a plateful of turkey and mashed potatoes doesn’t mean that there aren’t other deserving organizations in need of your help. Here are some groups that would appreciate an extra hand: