Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a federal holiday and a day that people are encouraged to help their communities. In the spirit of serving others, here is a list of organizations who would love to have your help any day of the week.

  1. Habitat for Humanity of the NC Sandhills: Whether you want to swing a hammer, help plan a gala, ring up Restore purchases or file papers, Habitat has a, well, habitat for you. Find your fit here.
  1. Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC – Sandhills: Volunteers as young as 12 (with adult chaperone) can help sort food for those in need. There’s also a need for drivers, and assistance with the Backpack Pals program. Opportunities await.
  1. American Red Cross: The Red Cross is always in need of those who will roll up their sleeves, either for blood donation or as part of their disaster action team. Apply.
  1. Local animal shelters: The Moore Humane Society accepts volunteers as young as age 9 to help work directly with animals under its care. Volunteers are also needed to help with events, marketing, photos, facility maintenance and more. See requirements here.
  1. Keep Moore County Beautiful: Help the community by inspiring its residents to keep it clean and green — and not just by picking up trash. More info here.
  2. Sandhills / Moore Coalition for Human Care: Help sort donations, maintain inventory and maximize revenue for this nonprofit that makes sure local donations support local families. See what they do.
  3. Moore Regional Hospital: Anyone from students (ages 18+) to retirees who have a few hours a week to spare can volunteer in a wide range of roles. To apply, simply submit an application and you will be contacted for a casual interview (don’t worry, no resume required) to discuss skills, interests and schedules. To see some volunteer positions that need filling, click here. For more information about volunteering at Moore Regional Hospital, contact Volunteer Services at 910-715-1266.
  4. TeamWorkz: Join this local nonprofit and lend a hand to people experiencing homelessness. From helping organize donations to providing education, there are lots of ways volunteers can help. Start by filling out this form.
  5. Meals on Wheels: Make an impact to the homebound and senior residents in the community by volunteering to deliver hot and nutritious meals to their home. You can start the volunteering process here, or you can reach out to 910-704-9810 for more info.
  6. The Arc of Moore County: The Arc has many different volunteer opportunities, from leadership positions to assisting with meetings. This local organization helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as their families. Get involved.
  7. The Sunrise Theater: This nonprofit theater is always looking for volunteers to help sell tickets and show customers to their seats. The show must go on.
  8. The Southern Pines Library: Support this local library by giving some of your time to help with building displays, searching more missing books, and other essential tasks. Anyone over 14 is welcome to apply here.
  9. The Sandhills Woman’s Exchange: There are many volunteer opportunities, from social media to cashier, waitress and helping in the garden. Sign up here.
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