Every holiday season, many families in our area take an opportunity to give back locally. From serving food to the homeless, to packing food for the needy, to visiting hospitals…there are so many chances to take some time as a family and make the world a little better. Below you’ll f ind several opportunities to connect with local charities and show your children how fortunate they are by volunteering with organizations that serve those that are in need.
Hill Country Daily Bread
One of the larger non-profits in the area, HCDB serves a LOT of needy families from our area and beyond. Volunteer as a “Family Mentor” and form a Christ-centered relationship and deliver food and other basic resources to a family in need twice a month.
Hill Country Animal League
Offering no and low cost spay/neuter services to animals since 1986, this wonderful organization works tirelessly to serve our four legged friends. They also assist with foster and adoption for cats and dogs, and have found countless new families for strays. The thrift store (which finances the clinic), is always looking for volunteers. Simply stop by the thrift store and inquire – organizing donations, helping around the store, and generally being the face of the organization for consumers is a valuable donation of your time and will have your family thankful for the life you’re providing your own pets, and bring a greater appreciation for the work of the organization
Taking it to the Streets
This organization puts in some serious work. Most every Saturday morning, these folks get together to create a sizeable banquet dinner. Later that afternoon, they load it all up and the group drives to different areas around downtown San Antonio to set up an impromptu dinner location. The homeless and needy in the area flock to their location to receive their free hot meal, served by volunteers aged 5 to 95. Review their calendar on their website and sign up your family today!
Kendall County Women’s Shelter
This is a great organization to partner up with during the holiday season. It’s extremely humbling to give of your time and energies to families going through a hugely traumatic chapter of their lives during a time that they should be wrapping presents for the tree. Whether you are providing direct client services at the shelter or indirect services through the administrative office or thrift store, every hour you contribute is making a difference in the lives of adult and child victims of domestic violence.
Boerne Community Coalition
The Boerne Community Coalition (BCC) is a 100% all-volunteer 501c3 organization that works in partnership with other local organizations including churches, schools, non-profits, local government, civic groups and businesses who all share the same vision – that children in our community should not be at risk of being hungry. What began as an effort to provide summer lunches to children eligible for the National School Lunch & School Breakfast Programs has evolved into three programs that provide yearlong support to these children and their families, with a focus on meals, access to enrichment, and help with making homes safer and more livable. The group features a long list of volunteer opportunities in a variety of capacities that will have your family giving thanks for not worrying about where the next meal comes from, and appreciating your Christmas dinner even more.
Hill Country Family Services
A tremendous group, they take families in going through a crisis. It could be a sudden death, the loss of a home, substance abuse…no matter what, if their family is struggling through a crisis, HCFS jumps in to assist. To finance the operation, they have Random Hangers Thrift Store and seek cash donations. In addition, they are always seeking volunteers to jump in and assist families through their time of crisis. Opportunities to help are endless, so contact them so that your family can truly see how blessed you are!
The AgriCultural Museum & Arts Center
Started in 1986 as the Agricultural Heritage Center, this organization has grown over the years to also include the arts with a recent partnership with Hill Country Council for the Arts. On 5 acres of City Park property, the museum hosts several events during the year including: antique tractor pulls, pumpkin festivals, quiltfest & vintage truck shows, handcrafted markets, bluegrass jams, dutch oven cooking classes, blacksmithing classes, and art classes. Volunteers are welcome to help out at events, to clean displays, or to paint and to build things needed for the museum.