Ready to Give This Holiday Season?

It’s Mid-November already!

For the marketing world this means the holiday season is in full swing. Tinsel, glitter, and an endless supply of holiday bobbles have arrived at store shelves and Carols are playing over loud speakers all across America.

For those who want to look beyond the commercial aspect and find deeper meaning, it is also that wonderful time of year when the spirit of generosity and giving has the opportunity to take center stage.

We’re here to help you find ways to make your days ahead more meaningful.

Each year, we post an online Holiday Volunteering Guide to make the search for giving back a little easier. The 2018 Holiday Guide is now available.  Individuals can register to volunteer directly online or they can download the guide.

View the Online Holiday Guide | Download the Guide

Listed in the guide, are a variety of holiday related opportunities available throughout the county for those looking to jump in and support their community this month and beyond.

Among those who will be welcoming volunteers for a Thanksgiving meal, will be Volunteer Center staff of Community Connection Mariposa Wellness Center. The Mariposa Center provides mental health classes and activities that promote recovery and a healthy lifestyle.

Working in partnership with the City of Watsonville, South County Mental Health, Front Street Inc, and community volunteers, they annually prepare a free Thanksgiving Meal open to all mental health clients and their families at the Veteran’s Hall in Watsonville (215 East Beach St). For the last several years over 300 individuals from across the county have attended this meal.

This year’s Thanksgiving Meal with take place on Weds. November 21st from 12- 2PM. Organizers could use just a few more volunteers to provide support between 9:30- 3:30 PM. Volunteers can help with food prep, serving lunch, or clean-up.

VOLUNTEER OR DONATE: Those interested in donating or volunteering with the Thanksgiving Meal can contact Jodie Wells at 831-768-8132 x 309 or email

In partnership with the mental health community and fellow volunteers, you can help make this day special. We love to see fresh faces come forward each year to help generate a fabulous meal and a warm welcoming atmosphere.

Beyond Thanksgiving events, the Holiday Volunteer Guide has opportunities running through Dec 31st ranging from wrapping gifts, preparing meals, to make the holiday brighter for isolated seniors. This guide will be updated throughout the season as new opportunities arise.

Community members interested in learning more about Holiday Volunteering can additionally call the Volunteer Center with any questions at 831-427-5070.

This post has been updated from Nov 1, 2018.

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