While Grays Harbor is home to great minds, talents, and history, it also has a great deal of poverty, struggling businesses, and homeless people. For those looking to volunteer or make a difference, Grays Harbor – Aberdeen and Hoquiam in particular – offer wonderful opportunities to serve. What better gift can you give during the holiday season than your time and resources to those in need? Here are a few suggestions on how you can get involved by making a positive impact in a place that bears the brunt of much negativity.

Photo Credit: Union Gospel Mission

Photo Credit: Union Gospel Mission

Grays Harbor Youth Center CCSWW
During the wintertime, the Youth Center’s greatest needs involve non-perishable food items, donations like socks, warm clothing, hygiene products, medicine, and other similar items. If you don’t have the money to donate physical items, there are sometimes projects involving remodeling, redecorating, or internships where you can volunteer your time. If you would like to learn more, you can email Charles Scamman at CharlesSc@ccsww.org.

Coastal Harvest
Northwest Harvest addresses the hunger issue across Washington State while Coastal Harvest serves Grays Harbor and surrounding counties. The organization accepts monetary donations, as well as non-perishable food items. You can contact this organization by filling out the message box here or calling 360-532-6315.

St. Mary’s Feed the Hungry Program
This local church feeds anywhere from 30-100 people 6 days a week. It relies on volunteers and donations and could use more young blood to assist them. Feed the Hungry provides free meals Monday through Friday at noon and on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.  There are no meals on Saturday.  Saint Mary Catholic Church’s dining hall is located at 308 E Third Street in Aberdeen. Please call 360-593-0887 or 360-533-9470 to learn more about supporting Feed the Hungry.

Union Gospel Mission of Grays Harbor

Photo Credit: Union Gospel Mission

Photo Credit: Union Gospel Mission

While this non-profit is in need of volunteers and donations year round, it is in special need during the winter. Particularly with the events it hosts. Here is a short list of volunteer opportunities taken from their webpage. Read the full list and find contact information here.

Different volunteer opportunities include:

  • Holiday and Special Events
  • Clothing Sort
  • Gift Wrapping
  • Clerical Help
  • Inventory
  • Cleaning/Painting/Repair

Extra volunteers are needed for special annual events including Thanksgiving and Christmas meals, Christmas toy and stocking drives, and more.

These are just a few of the many different non-profit organizations that serve Grays Harbor County. Click here for a comprehensive list of food banks to be found in Grays Harbor. Don’t be limited by what non-profits may or may not offer in the community! Adopt a family for Christmas, make up baskets for your neighbors, or donate to the PUD to cover an electric bill. Your ability to serve is limited only by your imagination.