Looking for something meaningful to do this Christmas? Give back to the community by volunteering during the holidays in Miami. There’s no shortage of activities you can participate in and it’s a great way to help the city grow after all the challenges faced throughout the year.  You can also be of great help to special needs citizens and those that don’t live in ideal conditions by taking part in workshops and other events organized by different volunteer groups.

Visit with Seniors @ the Palace

Share a day with senior citizens at the Palace nursing home in Kendall. Join in on different activities, tell personal stories, and share refreshments with the nursing home’s lovely residents. Register for this special opportunity Dec 9 that runs 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

Pisgah Pantry

Give a helping hand this holiday by volunteering at the Mt. Pisgah Church in Miami Gardens. Volunteers will be in charge of sorting food, serving clients, and cleaning up the distribution and storage areas. Due to safety measures, those who volunteer are required to wear long pants, t-shirts, and closed-toe shoes. Sign up in advance for the event that starts on noon December 12th. 

Vizcaya Adventure

If you feel a little adventurous this holiday season and you also want to make a difference, then this volunteering event is just for you. On Dec 16, help preserve one of the few hardwood hammock forests left in Biscayne Bay by cleaning the area around the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens of any invasive plants. By doing so, you will also get to visit an area of Vizcaya that’s usually forbidden to visitors. Up for some exploring this holiday season? Then sign up for this volunteering project today!

Critical Splash

Another cool way of volunteering in Miami is by helping clean up the city’s beautiful beaches. iPaddleMiami oversees this monthly bay cleanup which takes part in the northern area of the Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserve. It’s a pretty fun activity that gives you the chance to paddle to the islands across the bay and clean them up, or you can also walk along the shore picking up any trash that you encounter. This volunteering activity also helps preserve the habitat's unique ecosystem. The cleanup project starts at 5:30 pm on Dec 15 at 1275 Northeast 79th Street. A $15 donation is suggested to help non-profit organizations and charities that help keep our waters clean.

EcoAction Day at Crandon Park

This December 9, join a group of naturalists in restoring Crandon Park and its surrounding areas. You can help by removing invasive plants, cleaning up garbage, mulching, and planting. The group will meet at the Crandon Park Nature Center on 6747 Crandon Boulevard. Please register for free in advance. 

There’s no better way of closing out the year than by volunteering during the holidays in Miami. If we missed any important projects, be sure to let us know in the comments below. Also, don’t forget to register at 305area.com for things to do during the holidays or our New Year's Eve Miami. Registration is always free! 

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