Season of Giving: Volunteer Opportunities in Metro Detroit

By: Scott Davis | November 6, 2015

The beginning of November starts the holiday season in the eyes of many. Personally, I think we can calm down on the “Jingle Bells” and Christmas commercials until Thanksgiving hits, but I guess that is a matter of opinion. One thing we can all agree on is that the holiday spirit brings about a lot of opportunities for giving back. Listed below are upcoming charitable events that the fine people of Metro Detroit can participate in.

Ashley’s Beer & Grill of Westland is hosting a Toys for Tots Drive today, Nov. 6 starting at 7 p.m. With the help of Great Lakes Brewing Company and New Belgium Brewing Company, Ashley’s is looking to help get toys to children in need. Guests are encouraged to bring in unopened toys in mint condition. In addition, Ashley’s will be donating $3 to the charity from every New Belgium or Great Lakes Brewing beer it sells.

Giving Children Hope Charity Gala also takes place tonight. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and is the 10-year anniversary celebration of Calling All Angels, a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to fulfilling the needs of impoverished children and their families. It is held at Penna’s of Sterling in Sterling Heights and the event’s emcee is Roop Raj from Fox 2 News. The evening includes dinner, drinks, a silent auction, raffles and more. Tickets can be purchased online.

Kick Off the Cold with The Empowerment Plan happens on Thursday, Nov. 12 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Chase Building in Detroit. The event features great food and drinks, live music and more. The goal is to raise money for the educational, production and transportation needs of the organization’s homeless team members, and there will be a registry of items available for guests to purchase. If you are unaware of what The Empowerment Plan stands for, read our previous article on the great organization.

Busch’s Season of Sharing, in support of Forgotten Harvest, will help feed local families in need. The event kicks off on Monday, Nov. 16 and continues through Wednesday, Nov. 25 at several Busch’s store locations in the Metro Detroit area. Those interested in helping out can buy a $10 pre-made “Ready to Go” food donation bag, make a donation at Busch’s checkout registers, purchase gift cards for produce and meats or donate their bottle return slips. Forgotten Harvest is Metro Detroit’s only food rescue organization.

There are hundreds of charities looking for help on a daily basis, and there are many ways to lend a hand, by donating, volunteering or spreading the word. Take some time this holiday season and consider helping out those who are less fortunate.