With the holiday season upon us, you’ll start to see stories about everyday people volunteering their time at shelters, food drives and soup kitchens.
One of the biggest misconceptions is that this time of year is the season for giving back. But the reality is there’s a need for volunteers year-round.
For example, volunteers at Community Cooperative’s soup kitchen serve up more than 200,000 meals every year. On any given day the Fort Myers-based soup kitchen serves more than 50 people a day. “We wouldn’t be able to run an operation like this without our volunteers,” said Rachel Mays, Community Cooperative’s volunteer coordinator.
“For some of these people this is the only hot meal they get all day,” said Carolyn Smith, who volunteers at the soup kitchen at least once a week. “It’s important to give back, you just feel good. It’s nice to know you’re doing something that’s helping other people.”
In Lee County, there are several soup kitchens where volunteers can donate their time. The list includes:
Cafe of Life
26650 Robin Way
Bonita Springs, FL 34135
God’s Table at Chapel by the Sea
100 Chapel St.
Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931
Senior Friendship Center
Lee County has 10 soup kitchens throughout the area.
Call 239.275.1881 for exact locations.
The Salvation Army
2476 Edison Ave.
Fort Myers, FL 33901