Top City is a great place to put an attitude of gratitude to work for the community. If you're visiting, here on an internship, or you're a Topekan looking to give back, let this list get you started. Several holiday season examples are shared, but each organization has opportunities throughout the year. Nothing on this list requires extensive training or a long-term commitment. 

habitat teamHabitat for Humanity has many opportunities that require little to no training. They provide on-site training during volunteer days. Those interested can sign up on the Habitat for Humanity website. This is a good opportunity for people who have a free day and just want to show up and help out! (Photo courtesy of Topeka Habitat for Humanity)

The Salvation Army has opportunities for bell ringers. Shifts can be as short as two hours for those with active lifestyles but big hearts. Call The Salvation Army volunteer hotline at 785-233-9648

Topeka Rescue Mission has lots of opportunities. One popular opportunity is the Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner, put on by the Community Thanksgiving Dinner Committee at Agricultural Hall next to the Expo Center. Volunteers may sign up to help with the dinner on the Topeka Rescue Mission website as well as view the volunteer job descriptions. Children must be over the age of 10 to participate. 

Meals on Wheels has meal delivery volunteer positions available.  Training is about one hour and volunteers must fill out a few forms before they can deliver meals. Contact by email or phone, 785-295-3989, for more information.

Your local park! For an easy volunteer job to beautify your community, collect litter around the community. A little work can go a long way and make an impact on the community.

Helping Hands Humane Society is always in need of pet care supplies. If you have more treasure than time, view their wish list.

United Way of Greater Topeka has many opportunities to adopt families in need during the holiday season. Read more about adopting a family.