There’s no denying it – 2020 has been challenging for everyone. Now more than ever, there are people in Summit County who could use a helping hand. If you have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, you might be looking for ways to pay it forward and volunteer in Breckenridge. Fortunately, there are several ways you can donate your time, talent, and gently used goods to those in need. Plus, volunteering does more than benefit the community. It can reduce stress, combat depression, and help provide a sense of purpose for the volunteer. Sounds like a win-win to us! Here are a few ways you can volunteer in Breckenridge this Thanksgiving.
Volunteer in Breckenridge for Thanksgiving
Donate furniture to Summit Advocates
Summit Advocates is our local abuse shelter that provides services and support to survivors of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and stalking. The organization is always in need of furniture to support its clients. Their rule of thumb: if it is used in your home, it is needed at the shelter. If you’re selling your home in Breckenridge or upgrading your furniture this season, consider donating gently used items to Summit Advocates. For more information about donating goods to the shelter, please contact Vi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donate a Thanksgiving Pie
Fancy yourself a baker? Use your passion and pastry skills to provide a Breckenridge family with a Thanksgiving pie. Father Dyer United Methodist Church is in need of pie donations for its Thanksgiving Community Dinner on Thursday, November 26th. This year, due to COVID restrictions, the community dinner will be grab-and-go style. Simply sign up for an available slot and bring a pie to the church between 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Masks and social distancing will be required, and the church will not be able to return any pie dishes. You can find more information in the most recent Father Dyer newsletter.
Donate to the Breckenridge Food Pantry
The Family & Intercultural Resource Center (FIRC) is always in need of donations for its food pantries in Breckenridge and Silverthorne. While both locations will be closed on Thanksgiving and the day prior, families in need will be visiting the food pantry throughout the holiday season. You can drop off food donations at the Breckenridge Food Pantry on Mondays and Wednesdays before 1pm. The most requested items are cereal, pasta, canned tomatoes, peanut butter, and mac and cheese. Of course, all donated items must be unopened and not past their expiration date. You can find more information about donating to the Breckenridge Food Pantry here.
Volunteer with the Community & Senior Center
There are many opportunities to volunteer in Breckenridge at the Community & Senior Center and with Summit County Senior Citizens. One meaningful way you can help is by dropping off healthy meals to seniors who are unable to leave their houses. Not only will your homebound neighbors appreciate a warm meal during the holiday season, which can be an especially lonely time for many, seeing a friendly face provides valuable socialization. Volunteers are also needed in the office, for medical transportation, and as kitchen aides. You can find more information about volunteering here.
Will you be volunteering in Breckenridge this Thanksgiving?
Volunteering or donating is such a fantastic way to give back to a place that gives us so much. If you’re a Summit County resident looking for ways to pay it forward this Thanksgiving, the ideas above are a great place to start. At Dwell Summit, we are so thankful to live in a beautiful community that thrives on neighbors helping neighbors. If you have any other ideas for ways to volunteer in Breckenridge, feel free to connect with us on social media and spread the word. From our families to yours, we hope you have a healthy and happy Thanksgiving!