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Volunteer Opportunities in Anaheim, Chino Hills and Ontario

The holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year, but the truth is, it probably is the busiest as well. It begins with the changing of seasons and progresses into the spooky Halloween festivities and Thanksgiving feast with close family and relatives. Shortly after the traditional turkey dinner, the prepping for the nest celebration eats away at your time as you plan to entertain family from out of town, throw holiday parties and buy gifts during the busiest shopping time of the year. However, if you’re looking for a uniquely different holiday season activity that brings the entire family together and offers an intangible and rewarding experience, these local volunteer opportunities are the perfect options.

Rather than signing a check, which is undoubtedly generous and admirable as well, offering time toward volunteering can be equally, if not, more valuable to many nonprofits and local community outreach centers in need.

Anaheim  

Chrysalis Anaheim-Orange County

Chrysalis is a non-profit organization that strives to provide and service the homeless and low-income individuals with the tools, training, encouragement, and support to launch them back into the job market. Individuals who are inclined to catapult themselves into their careers and independence can work with volunteers who support and assist them in meeting their personal and professional goals. Services offered include class facilitation, assistance with professional resume writing and mock interview practice. You can volunteer together with your spouse or a friend and choose from a variety of weekly, biweekly or monthly opportunities.

Chino Hills

Red Bucket Equine Rescue

For the animal lovers in the family, invest time at the Red Bucket Equine Rescue – a non-profit organization where abused, abandoned and slaughter-bound horses are nurtured, cared for and nursed back to optimal health. A few volunteer opportunities at the ranch include Sunday stall cleaning, ranch care, event planning, horse grooming and feeding, recycling donations, and more. Additionally, the charity hosts an annual Ruby Red Gala with a VIP turbo poker tournament, scotch, and wine tasting, cocktail, and hors-d’oeuvres reception, a dinner celebration, live music events, silent auction and more. Although the gala is sold out for November 2018, hopeful attendees can purchase tickets online for next year in early fall of 2019. You won’t want to miss out on this special night for a charitable cause in your local town!

Ontario

Mercy House

Mercy House is a support service for homeless individuals, families, and children, as well as those overcoming substance abuse and suffering from physical and mental disabilities. They offer housing, showers, play areas for children, and provide life skill educators that aid individuals to move toward a more self-sufficient life. Volunteers can choose to adopt a family or resident transitioning into Mercy House by compiling a laundry basket with items such as sheets, pillows, cleaning supplies, and household items.

Nov 01

Thanksgiving Dinner Games to Entertain the Kids

How about a turkey day spin on a classic party game? These pre-made and reusable game cards make this activity perfect for a large group. This game is one you can save as a post-dinner game too, when everyone is cozied up around the table and exceedingly satisfied with your delicious Thanksgiving feast.

Stuff the Turkey

Don’t worry, the game is not stuffing the turkey that you’ll soon be carving﹣ we’ll leave that job to the Julia Child of the house. This construction paper game is a blast for all ages. Don’t be surprised if you see the adults join in too!

Turkey Bowling

Too busy to step away from the kitchen? Grab some brown plastic solo cups to set up “turkey” pins: an easy 5-minute craft project involving some construction paper cut outs and googly eyes. Once the cups are transformed into a turkey, set up the pins and let the kids bowl away! This should keep them entertained long enough to finish cooking the feast.

Turkey Tag

This Thanksgiving alternative to flag tag is an activity fit for all ages. The goal of the game is to remove other player’s turkey pins (clothespins) without losing your own. The players who lose all their pins are out and the lucky player with the most turkey pins at the end wins. This is an easy game for the kids, and of course welcomes the adults to join in too!

Mad Libs

This special Thanksgiving version of the already hilarious game is sure to be a hit among all ages. Gather the family around the table before the feast is prepared and be ready to laugh with your loved ones unremittingly.

Pumpkin Tic Tac Toe

A timeless favorite, use mini orange and white pumpkins as placeholders to specialize this classic game into a clever Thanksgiving edition.

Fall Scavenger Hunt

Kids always love to exhaust a good mystery game, solving the next clue is not only satisfying and self-esteem building, but provides a bit of an adrenaline rush for the little ones as well. Use this easy scavenger hunt printable and set up clues around the house and yard. Your kids are sure to have a blast! As an extra bonus, they’ll learn some Thanksgiving history too.

Thanksgiving Pictionary

A charming holiday twist on a classic game that’s lively for the whole family. Simply print these pictionary cards, pick teams and you’re ready to play!

The Gratitude Game

What more perfect way to celebrate Thanksgiving than this Gratitude Game? Reminiscent of the traditional Pick Up Stix game, this game is a simple and fun way to encourage kids to be grateful.