We all know how it is.

We spend weeks, if not months, trying to find that perfect gift for someone with the anticipation that on Christmas morning, they’ll open it up and it’ll be the favorite one. And all the effort will make us feel wonderful.

Instead, it’s pushed back under the tree and left for another day.

And for us, the anticipated high evaporates into the anxiety of family dynamics.

What a letdown. Is there any way of getting back the joy of giving?

How about volunteering…the rest of the year.

Interestingly, less people volunteer in December than you would think with all the money given to charities.

In fact, the months of the year that most people volunteer are March through April and September through November.


Don’t know where to start? Here are three local organizations that need help, not just around the holiday, but all year round.

Larimer County Humane Society is a great place to give some time if you’re a dog or cat lover (or if you like smaller pets like rabbits, mice, ducks and Guinea Pigs). They always need people to feed the animals, man fundraisers and prepare the pets for future home life.

If you’re looking to help the homeless of Denver, Mission is an organization that not only feeds the less fortunate but gives them a sense of self-worth too.

Finally, Project Angel Heart provides meals for those who are too sick to cook for themselves. It’s also a great way to get to know someone who just enjoys the company of strangers who care.

So, if December leaves you feeling empty and wanting to do more, do it. It’s better than Christmas if that sense of giving really does pay off.

Gabe, Elysia. “The Best Days And Times To Recruit Volunteers”. Engaging Volunteers. September 26, 2018. https://blogs.volunteermatch.org/engagingvolunteers/2018/09/26/the-best-days-and-times-to-recruit-volunteers/#month