Volunteering in Abu Dhabi

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If the thought of eating massive amounts of tasteless turkey and then lying in a food-induced coma, watching TV with estranged members of your family leaves you feeling unfulfilled and a little empty, why not volunteer this festive season?

Lending a helping hand to support various community causes has never been easier in Abu Dhabi. A number of leading voluntary organisations help volunteers find opportunities that suit their interests and areas of specialisation. So volunteer this festive season, and feel good. Here’s how you can get involved...

Animal groups
There are plenty of passionate animal activists including Animal Action, Sandy Paws and Feline Friends in need of a helping hand. If this sounds like you and you’d like to help stray and abandoned animals, get in touch. They are always looking for foster families and people to help at events and in an administrative capacity.
All group profiles can be found on Facebook.

Red Crescent Authority
The charity’s humanitarian work is quite remarkable. And it’s all done with the help of some brave, dedicated and committed volunteers. Red Crescent Society counters are located within mosques, shopping malls, hospitals and other public places.
Visit www.rcuae.ae and register as a volunteer today (02 641 9000).

EWS-WWF
From eco-schools to Earth Hour to sea turtle conservation, these guys are all about helping the world become a better place. The group has a UAE office and is always on the lookout for volunteers both on an individual and organisational level. You can also sponsor one of its many initiatives.
Visit www.uae.panda.org.

Operation Smile UAE
This not-for-profit international children’s charity is committed to saving lives and providing free surgery for kids with cleft palates. Volunteers can help with office admin, IT and technical support, presentations, events and many other activities. Graphic designers, photographers, writers and even face painters all have talents which can benefit the day-to-day running of the office and be of use at the various activities and events. Simply giving a little of your time can be of enormous help.
Visit www.operationsmile.org.

By Faiza Amjid
Time Out Abu Dhabi,

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