We are passionate about giving back to others and offering kindness into our community.  The holiday season brings out the spirit of giving and many local charities have great opportunities to help those in need through volunteering, donating, and gift programs. Explore some of the different ways you can give back in Boston this holiday season.


Greater Boston Food Bank

At the GBFB, you can help provide nourishment to hundreds of people in need. Volunteers help out by sorting, inspecting, and packaging food which has been donated. Contact GBFB at 617.427.5200 or email info@gbfb.org.

Animal Rescue League of Boston

The Animal Rescue League of Boston is the only animal welfare organization in Massachusetts that has an emergency rescue services team dedicated to assisting domestic animals and wildlife in distress. Regularly scheduled volunteers are needed to help with yard cleanup, dog walking, and pet food organizing. (10 Chandler St., Boston; dchaplic@arlboston.org  for more information)

Zoo New England

“Zoodopt’’ an animal to help raise money for this nonprofit that oversees Franklin Park Zoo in Boston and Stone Zoo in Stoneham. The zoos spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to feed their animals, and this adoption program helps alleviate costs to provide food and care. Packages range from $25 to $250 to sponsor a gorilla, bald eagle, giraffe, lion, zebra, otter, or other animal of your choice. (Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Rd., Boston; 617-989-2076 to order a package)

Cradles to Crayons

This organization provides children through age 12 who are living in homeless or low-income situations with the items they need to thrive—at home, at school, and at play—free of charge. Added bonus: Anyone age 5 and above can volunteer at the Giving Factory, making this a great organization to volunteer for with your family. (155 North Beacon St., Brighton; Information on volunteering here.

Habitat for Humanity Boston

Habitat for Humanity builds simple, low-cost homes by forming partnerships with low-income families in need of decent and affordable housing. Volunteers help on construction sites or in the organization’s ReStore, which sells donated furniture, appliances, and home improvement items at a low cost to help fund the construction of Habitat homes. (240 Commercial St., Boston; volunteers@habitatboston.org for more information)

Find more volunteering opportunities here.