Kids and families can volunteer this holiday season at Midwest Food Bank by sorting and packing food.
Kids and families can volunteer this holiday season at Midwest Food Bank by sorting and packing food.

Family Opportunities to Volunteer in Atlanta this Holiday Season

Looking for new ways to connect as a family this holiday season? Volunteer in Atlanta together and spark the joy of giving in children of all ages. The holidays are a great time to inspire your kids to give back and volunteer in Atlanta. When children and teens help with hands-on projects like making food, donating toys, or delivering items to those in need, they start to realize the holidays are more than just getting gifts. 

Atlanta has hundreds of worthy organizations that need our help, and many of them have opportunities for kids to volunteer in Atlanta alongside their parents or contribute with projects at home. Think about your child's talents and interests to determine which of these family-friendly volunteer opportunities are a good fit. 

Find more ideas to keep the holidays bright in our Guide to Holiday and Christmas Events for Atlanta Families.


Make and deliver sandwiches for one of The Sandwich Project's locations. Photo by the author

Volunteer in Atlanta: Make and Donate Food  

North Gwinnett Co-op Holiday Meal Boxes - Buford 

Dates: Thanksgiving boxes due November 17; Christmas boxes due December 15 
Pick up an empty box at North Gwinnett Co-op and fill it with the requested items for either Thanksgiving or Christmas. The organization asks for food such as mac and cheese, canned corn, and boxed mashed potatoes, plus a grocery store gift card so recipients can make a full holiday meal. 

The Sandwich Project (TSP)- Multiple locations 

Dates: Every Wednesday and ongoing 
Families make sandwiches (as many or as few as they want!) and deliver to one of TSP's Atlanta locations. The organization then distribtues the sandwiches to our city's homeless and food insecure. Since starting in April 2020, TSP has provided over a 250,000 sandwiches. 

Midwest Food Bank (MFB) - Peachtree City

Dates: Upcoming Serve Together nights November 15 & 17 and ongoing
Midwest Food Bank is a national organization, with an onsite location in Peachtree City, that encourages children to help through their program MFB KIDS. Young people from ages 4 and up can volunteer in Atlanta by sorting and packing donations, labeling items, and helping in the prep area. The food bank also hosts "Serve Together" nights where families can sign up for an evening work project. 

Feeding America Virtual Thanksgiving Food Drive - National 

Dates: Through November 25 for Thanksgiving Food Drive; ongoing for other food drives 
Internet-savvy kids can create an online page, set a fundraising goal, and reach out to friends and family through Feeding America's virtual Thanksgiving Food Drive. For every $1 raised, the organization can provide 10 meals to a person in need. Feeding America supports several Georgia-based food pantries including Atlanta Community Food Bank. 

Volunteer in Atlanta as a family at North Fulton Community Charities' Toyland Shop. 

Volunteer in Atlanta: Give and Deliver Toys and Gifts 

North Fulton Community Charities' Toyland Shop - Roswell

Dates: Drop off toys December 13-15
Parents who qualify for North Fulton Community Charities services can actually choose unwrapped gifts for their children at the Toyland Shop. The best way for families to get involved is to let kids choose toys for the shop (using the donation request list) and drop them off. In 2020, more than 700 families benefited from the Toyland Shop. 

Ronald McDonald House Charities Build-A-Snowman Workshop - Sandy Springs (Scottish Rite) and Atlanta (Egelston) 

Dates: November 30-December 17
Atlanta parents and kids can help support families who call the Ronald McDonald Houses home during the holiday season. Check out their holiday wish lists and help fill the needs of the families (baby gifts, toys, items for teens, and necessities for adults) through the Build-A-Snowman Workshop. Families can purchase as few or as many items as they can and schedule a drop-off at either of the locations. 

MUST Ministries Toy Shop- Marietta and Canton 

Dates: Ongoing throughout December 
Children ages 12 and over (along with a parent or guardian) can help in one of MUST Ministries Toy Shops two locations (Cobb and Cherokee counties). Volunteers help parents shop for their kids and can also stock shelves, check-out customers, and wrap gifts. MUST offers a calendar for sign-up, and volunteers do not need to attend a training orientation. 

Simple Needs GA (SNGA) Spirit of Christmas - Marietta

Dates: Middle November-December 24
While some organizations require families to register early to receive holiday help, Simple Needs GA "fills in the gaps" by offering assistance to those who need help in emergency sitautions. Families can sponsor a child or organize and deliver gifts with the Spirit of Christmas program. Throughout the year, families can support SNGA's efforts with programs like My Birthday Matters, in which they provide books, toys, and clothing to children in need on their birthdays. 

Angel Tree Atlanta - Multiple locations 

Dates: Donations due by December 3
If you are looking for an easy way to make an impact and volunteer in Atlanta, check out Angel Tree Atlanta. Families can choose a child, teen, or senior citizen to "adopt" and purchase gifts from their list. Donors can purchase the gifts online, too, and send them straight to Angel Tree Atlanta. Get kids involved —have them choose a recipient and shop online. 

Volunteer to walk a dog, read to a cat, or organize adoption events at Furkids. Photo by the author

Volunteer in Atlanta: More Opportunities for Families 

Furkids - Various locations

Dates: Holiday opportunities throughout December and ongoing
This Georgia-based, rescue group allows youth to volunteer with their parents all year long—walking dogs, reading to cats, helping at adoption events, and more. During the holidays Furkids allows children, ages 9 and over, to help with fundraising: Kids help stage animals and organize pictures for Furkids' Photos with Santa shelter events or gift wrap books at select Barnes and Noble stores. 

The Children's Haven - Canton 

Dates: December 1-4 for white paper gift bags; ongoing for reusable bags
The Children's Haven helps children impacted by abuse. In December, foster children "Shop for Your Grown Up(s)," which helps teach the joy of giving. Volunteers purchase white paper gift bags in assorted sizes and decorate them with holiday stamps so the children will have wrapped packages to give. Then, parents arrange a time to drop off or mail packages. During the year, Children's Haven needs resuable bags for their clients to use while shopping in their caregivers' closet. Families can purchase these bags from Amazon and use fabric markers to decorate with inspirational messages. 

Our Giving Garden - Mableton

Dates: Wednesdays and Saturdays
If your family likes to roll up their sleeves, then Our Giving Garden in Mableton offers amazing opportunities. The organization provides organic produce and eggs to food pantries. Volunteers can sign up for work days to help maintain the garden. They even offer day camps during the holidays where children play and learn about gardening. 

Warm Up America - National 

Dates: Ongoing 
Kids good with their hands can knit or crochet one or more 7-inch or 9-inch section of a blanket for Warm Up America. This is an easy, fulfilling project that families can do together at home. The organization needs thousands of blankets, scarves, and afghans for people in need, especially as the weather gets colder. 

Unless noted, photos courtesy of the organizations

Roswell Merry Market & Lighting of Town Square
Bulloch Hall - various times Pick
Yule Forest Christmas Tree Farm
Yule Forest - 9:00 AM
Gwinnett Health Fair
Bogan Park - 10:00 AM
Antarctic Dinosaurs at Fernbank
Fernbank Museum of Natural History - 10:00 AM
Neighborhood Guides
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