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The holidays are fast approaching and giving back is on everyone’s mind. Whether you want to donate your time, money or items, there are countless ways to get involved in non-profit organizations on both a local and global level.

Each place featured below was voted as the best by ECC Facebook Fans.

Be sure to “Like” our page to participate next month.

Relay for Life

Find a local group on Facebook or search for events to get involved with online.

Relay For Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Relay is staffed and coordinated by volunteers in more than 5,200 communities and 27 countries. Volunteers give of their time and effort because they believe it’s time to take action against cancer. Join them at events that bring communities together to remember loved ones lost, honor survivors of all cancers, and raise money to help the American Cancer Society make a global impact on cancer.

Early Learning Coalition of Flagler and Volusia

Pauline Demartin, HR Generalist, or

(386) 323-2400, ext. 153;

The Early Learning Coalition enhances children’s school readiness by providing opportunities for quality early learning, while strengthening family stability for a healthy community. Volunteer opportunities currently include phone specialist, file clerk, data entry, mail fulfillment, copying, special projects and assistance with events.

CUDAS UnHooked

P.O. Box 394, New Smyrna Beach 32170; (386) 314-0859

Since 2009, CUDAS UnHooked has led the effort to support 180 at-risk/homeless teens in New Smyrna Beach, from mentoring to personal development to shelter, by providing necessary support to at risk/homeless students dedicated to becoming educated, independent, contributing members of society.

Childhood Cancer Foundation

451 E. Graves Ave., Orange City 32763; (386) 747-3857; Director of Family Services:

Cindy Whitaker;

The Childhood Cancer Foundation needs people just like you to help make their mission possible. Any donation is greatly appreciated as they face urgent needs that overwhelm the kids and their families, including monetary donations and gift certificates for services such as cell phones, salons, entertainment and hotel accommodations.

Second Harvest Food Bank

(386) 257-4499,

Volunteers of Second Harvest Food Bank can sign up as individuals, groups or school groups by checking an online calendar for available shifts. Opportunities include cooler and donation sorting, production kitchen help, setting up for special events or food drives and hosting a food drive.

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