More Great Opportunities! Week 2 Recap

We're two weeks into Sparkt's "25 Days of Volunteering" and we had some great opportunities this week. Check them out all in one place!

Hard to believe it's the end of Week 2 of our "25 Days of Volunteering." If you haven't picked a way to give back to the community this holiday season, we had some good ones! Click on the headline for each recap to see the full story.

Play it Forward

The biggest toy drive in Pittsburgh happens Monday, December 17, so if you're going to be a part of it, better hurry up! The event may still need volunteers to shepherd families through the process of choosing from the rows and rows of toys, stuffed animals, games and other playthings, so many things that "Play it Forward" has to be held in the convention center!

Light of Life Rescue Mission

Light of Life has volunteer opportunities throughout the year, but they get festive during the holiday season. You can still volunteer to sort and package gifts at their Northside shelter for the "Christmas Giving Project," items that will go to needy families to fulfill their wish lists. Or be part of the team that will serve Christmas dinner to the shelter residents and surrounding community members on December 21 from 2-6pm.

ASSET Materials Support Center

If you love to clean and organize, and help kids learn at the same time, volunteering at ASSET's Materials Support Center is a great opportunity for you. One of the things ASSET (Achieving Student Success through Excellence in Teaching) does is refurbish hands-on science exploration materials for teachers to use in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) classes, keeping those materials affordable for all. That's what you'll be doing as a volunteer.

Animal Friends Cookie Walk

There's still time to get in on the Animal Friend's annual "Cookie Walk" on Friday, December 21 from 4-7pm. Bring your pets and walk around the organization's animal shelter while sampling holiday cookies baked by volunteers. You can volunteer to work the event, or just show up to support Animal Friends.

Holiday Kindness Celebration

The Pittsburgh Kindness Initiative's 5th Annual Holiday Kindness Celebration may be over by the time you read this, but the need to do random acts of kindness never ends. The celebration started with a party on December 15, after which volunteers fanned out across the city doing RAK. You could do one today, click a photo or take a video and post it to the celebration Facebook page, which is in a link in our story.

Reading Buddies Mentors

Enjoy reading and learning and want to teach children to love it like you do? Maybe you should be part of Carnegie Library's Children's Department "Reading Buddies" program. The "buddies" are mentors who spend time reading with kids, helping with homework, playing games, teaching about technology, and having supportive conversations. This is supposed to be a longer-term commitment.

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