November, a month synonymous with gratitude, offers a perfect opportunity to reflect on ways we can give back to the Evansville community. With numerous avenues for involvement, here are five local places where you can make a positive impact this Thanksgiving month:
1. Tri-State Food Bank
The Tri-State Food Bank is on a mission to improve the lives of food-insecure families and children in Evansville. Volunteers play a crucial role in achieving this goal by assisting with various programs, including packaging food bags for the Weekend BackPack Program and Mobile Food Distributions. Your time and effort can help ensure that children have meals when not at school receiving lunches and seniors can access the nutrition they need. To learn more and sign up, click here.
2. American Red Cross
Did you know that volunteers carry out 90% of the American Red Cross’s humanitarian work? This organization seeks assistance in two key areas: Blood Collection Support and the Disaster Action Team. If you are uncomfortable giving blood, being a part of the collection support may be a great alternative for you! Join the Disaster Action Team to help communities prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural disasters. Other places to volunteer involve hands-on work, behind-the-scenes work, finance work, and even IT work. To explore volunteer opportunities, visit this link.
3. Evansville Christian Life Center (ECLC)
The ECLC is dedicated to making a life-changing spiritual impact by connecting families and individuals to resources. The GAIN Initiative, a major program of the ECLC, focuses on building relationships to help those facing financial, mental, or spiritual challenges overcome them. The ECLC also offers diverse supportive services, including a health clinic, an addiction recovery program, a clothing program, a food program, and financial assistance. To get involved with any of these areas, contact the ECLC.
4. Patchwork Central
At the core of Patchwork Central’s mission lies creating community and empowering people spiritually and socially. The heartbeat of this endeavor are dedicated volunteers. If you’re passionate about helping children, consider volunteering in the Arts & Smarts program, serving as a tutor, or participating as an arts volunteer. For those with a welcoming demeanor, consider embracing the role of a Hospitality Volunteer. If your heart lies in cultivating green spaces, immerse yourself in Patchwork’s garden—a space not only tended to but also utilized to educate children about its diverse flora. Alternatively, if you like hands-on work, the Special Events team helps with planning, decorating, setup and cleanup. There are so many areas you can help at Patchwork Central! To learn more, visit this link.
5. Vanderburgh County CASA
CASA, which stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate, provides a unique opportunity to be a friend to a child in their most challenging moments. With over 1,200 children appointed in Vanderburgh County alone, the need for volunteers is substantial. CASA volunteers play a crucial role in researching each child’s case, communicating their needs at court hearings, and ensuring their legal rights are protected. If you’re passionate about helping children in need, check the eligibility requirements and apply here.
This November, let’s turn our gratitude into action and contribute to building a stronger, more supportive Evansville community. Each volunteer effort, no matter how small, has the power to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those who need it most.