Giving Back This Christmas

Why & How

Makenzie Moesly, Staff

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Getting gifts on Christmas is great, but it’s even better to help someone in need during the holidays and giving back. Below are a few local places to volunteer and benefit those who need it.


Second Harvest Food Bank– Second Harvest Food Bank is a private, nonprofit organization that distributed donated food to more than 550 feeding partners. Not only do they help feed those in need, they also help adults who graduate from their 16-week culinary training program to obtain jobs and assist them on a path toward self-sustainability.  

  • Volunteering- Volunteers have to be at least 10 years old with a chaperone who is 18 years old or older. If you are 16, you do not need a chaperone. Second Harvest hosts a “Family Night” for families with children between the ages 5-9. You are required to wear closed toe shoes and appropriate clothes. Click here if you are interested in volunteering.
  • Make a Donation- For every $10 donated, Second Harvest can provide 40 meals for people in need. You may make a one time gift by visiting the link. If you are interested in giving monthly you may click here.


Daily Bread– Daily Bread ensures that no one faces homelessness or hunger alone. They serve more than 200 individuals each day. Not only do they help feed people in need, but they also support individuals to receive healthcare, case management, employment, transitional, and social support services.

  • Volunteering- If you are interested in volunteering you must be scheduled. Volunteer opportunities include thrift store sorters, greeters, customer service assistants, clean team (doing laundry, assisting with showers, and providing our neighbors with clean clothes), dining facility servers and greeters, and much more. Click the link to see the volunteering applications.
  • Make a Donation- if you are interested in donating to help those in need click the following link.


Brevard Humane Society– The Brevard Humane Society has been finding homes for animals since 1952. They are the oldest nonprofit no-kill animal shelter and sanctuary.

  • Volunteering- each person must fill out a liability waiver prior to the start of orientation. Pre-registration is required and please wear long pants and closed toe shoes. If you are interested in volunteering click here and be sure to visit the volunteer application to see how you can help.
  • Make a Donation- you may make a general donation, in honor or in memory of a person or a pet. Click here if you would like to help a furry friend.
  • Adopt a Pet- This is the perfect Christmas gift for both the receiver and the animal who needs a loving home. Animals are vaccinated and dewormed beforehand. Adult dogs are giving heartworm tests and are spayed/neutered. Cats are tested for Feline Leukemia and Feline AIDS and are also spayed/neutered. If you are interested in providing a home for an animal click here.


Florida Wildlife Hospital and Sanctuary– Florida’s Wildlife Hospital and Sanctuary is a non-profit organization devoted to helping Florida’s wildlife in need. They have over 5,000 patients per year and are open 365 day a year. Florida Wildlife Hospital and Sanctuary aids injured and sick wildlife and migratory birds.

  • Volunteering- Volunteers must be at least 16 years old and minors are required to have parent permission. Volunteers are requested to commit at least 3 hours each time they come in. Click the link to check out times for volunteer orientation.
  • Make a Donation- People who want to donate may donated gift cards, amazon wishlist, or general donations. If you are interested in donation click here.


Habitat for Humanity– Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit, ecumenical Christian ministry committed to building decent, safe, and affordable homes for low income, hard working individuals who cannot qualify for conventional mortgage.

  • Volunteering- Individual volunteers may volunteer for construction or restore where you may help build the homes or receive and process donations. Click here for more information if you are interested in volunteering.
  • Make a Donation- You may make a charitable gift or donate supplies or materials. Click here if you are interested in helping build homes for families.