As the holiday season approaches and many of us are with loved ones reflecting on our blessings this year, there's no better way to give back than lending a helping hand in our community.
Here's our list of the top 10 places to give back this holiday season:
- Fire Departments–The Broomall Fire Co., entirely made up of volunteers, and the Newtown Square Fire Co., largely made up of volunteers, could always use committed residents in the community to help save neighbors from fires and medical emergencies.
- Local Food Bank–St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Broomall is the headquarters for the Delaware County Interfaith Food Assistance Network and has been serving about 65-70 families in the area for the past 30 years. This local food bank serves the community throughout the year and could use a helping hand months before and after the holidays.
- Libraries–Both the Marple Public Library and Newtown Public Library could use lending hands, physically, by shelving books and helping out with their programs and activities.
- Senior Citizens Center–The Marple Newtown Senior Citizens Activity Center meets at St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Broomall, where various activities from card playing to day trips are planned throughout the year. Volunteers can assist the seniors in these fun activities. Contact Fay Morgan for more information at 610-356-8773.
- PTOs–Each school in the Marple Newtown School District–from elementary schools to the high school–have Parent Teacher Organizations that are in need of parents to get involved in their schools for fundraisers, programs and activities for their children.
- Blood Donations–While blood donations typically drop off during the holidays, the need for blood and blood products by hospital patients across our region remains constant, said the American Red Cross of Southeastern PA. Two upcoming blood drives are happening: Nov. 19 at the Marple Presbyterian Church from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on Dec. 14 at Culbertson Elementary School at 3:30 p.m.
- Historical Societies–The Marple Historical Society and Newtown Square Historical Society are affiliated with historic buildings and museums in town, including the Thomas Massey House in Broomall and the Paper Mill House Museum in Newtown Square that could use help in maintaining the sites as well as conducting tours and programs.
- Animal Rescue Shelters/Adoption Agencies–From the Delaware County SPCA to local pet adoption agencies in town, animal-loving volunteers would be a great asset to these organizations, including the Animal Coalition of Delaware County in Newtown Square, P.A.L.S in Broomall organization, Luv-n-Bunns Rabbit rescue in Broomall.
- Driver-Escorts–Surrey Services for Seniors in Broomall, is looking for volunteer driver escorts, who help senior neighbors who can no longer drive. As a driver escort, you would use your own car to take seniors to and from medical appointments, Surrey-sponsored activities or grocery store trips.
- Thrift Shops–Many local thrift shops could use an extra hand in organizing and selling used items for those in need or for those looking for a bargain. Check out Surrey Services for Seniors Thrift Shop, Nana's Attic in Broomall, or the Thrift Shop of St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Newtown Square.