The holiday season is nearly upon us. 

This season of giving often comes with many opportunities for members of the community to serve each other, and this year is no different. 

Here are just a few of the many volunteer opportunities available around northern Utah. 

Community Christmas

The 9th annual Community Christmas will take place on Saturday, Dec. 15 for a day of service aimed at helping families in both Weber and Davis counties. Community Christmas is asking for 1,000 volunteers for the event, so there are no shortage of opportunities to help out! 

The event, put on by the Ogden-Weber Community Action Partnership, aims at helping low-income families. Whether it's helping at the Christmas Store where parents can find items for their kids, or being at the carnival and entertaining children, there are plenty of ways to help out. 

Busy on Dec. 15? Volunteer to accommodate a Giving Tree in the community. Take a card, buy the item on the card and leave the item beneath the tree for it to be given to a local child in need. 

For more information or to sign up to volunteer, check out www.communitychristmasut.org/get_involved or call 801-628-2490. 

For even more volunteer opportunities through the Ogden-Weber Community Action Partnership, go to www.owcap.org/volunteer or call (801) 399-9281.

Lantern House

The volunteer opportunities at Lantern House this holiday season aren't limited to just serving meals. The shelter is always looking for professionals to volunteer their time and expertise to help out those in need. Providing haircuts, chiropractic services or resume workshops are just a few examples of the kinds of services that can help those who need it most. 

Help bring some Christmas joy to a homeless child with the Miracle on 33rd Street sponsorship program. To sponsor a child and give them the feeling of opening gifts on Christmas, contact Dani Bell at (801) 621-5036 extension 114 or by email dbell@stannescenter.org

Donations to Lantern House are always appreciated, and can be made on their website, www.stannescenter.org.

Catholic Community Services of Northern Utah

Donate your time or money during the annual Holiday Food Drive, put on by the United Way of Northern Utah and Catholic Community Services of Northern Utah. Help provide food to hundreds of families in need this holiday season. Donations of hams, turkeys and side dishes can make an impact to family in need. 

Drop off donated holiday meal items anytime from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday to the Joyce Hansen Hall Food Bank, located at 2504 F Avenue in Ogden. 

Holiday Electric Light Parade

Ogden City is looking for people to volunteer for the annual Holiday Electric Light Parade on Saturday Nov. 24. Volunteers will help parade planners keep the public safe during the yearly celebration that begins at 5:30 p.m. Volunteers will be asked to work from 3 p.m. until roughly 6:30 p.m. Children under the age of 15 cannot volunteer on their own, but can accompany an adult as a "helper."

To register and read volunteering guidelines, volunteers should visit Ogden City's website at www.ogdencity.com/852/Holiday-Electric-Light-Parade

Salvation Army

Ogden's branch of the Salvation Army is looking for volunteers to help in their food pantry. Whether it's boxing food, answering phones or just grabbing a broom, any and all help is appreciated. 

If you are interested, sign up online or contact Angelica Garcia-Wood at (801) 621-3580. 

Humane Society of Northern Utah

Can't get enough of mankind's furry friends? Volunteer with the Humane Society of Northern Utah. The organization is always in need of foster families for the many cats in its care. If you don't mind getting your hands dirty, volunteer to help clean habitats at the Clinton Petco, where a number of cats and kittens are available for adoption. The HSNU is always in need of pet food, kitty litter and cleaning supplies as well. 

For more information or to volunteer, visit their website at www.humanesocietyofnorthernutah.com/volunteer. You can also call 801-648-2719 or email hsnu8016482719@gmail.com for more information. 

Jacob Scholl is the Cops and Courts Reporter for the Standard-Examiner. Email him at jscholl@standard.net and follow him on Twitter at @Jacob_Scholl.

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