The holiday season is typically when many people start to think about how they can help those in need and volunteer in Reno, Sparks and northern Nevada. Whether you’re looking for a place to volunteer in Reno, donate items, or support a local cause in Sparks, we’ve got you covered.

Volunteer In Reno: Nevada Museum of Art

If supporting the arts is important to you, the Nevada Museum of Art may be the ideal place for you to volunteer in Reno. From staffing their gift shop and public programs to providing art installation support and administrative assistance, there’s plenty of work to be done. The Nevada Museum of Art also has a docent program, where trained volunteers can host guided tours of the Museum’s exhibits or help facilitate hands-on workshops.

Volunteer in Reno/Sparks: Veterans Guest House

Thanks to the Veterans Guest House, Northern Nevada military veterans and their families have one less thing to worry about when traveling to the Reno/Sparks area for medical treatment. This local and one-of-a-kind non-profit offers affordable overnight accommodations to veterans during times of medical need. Volunteer opportunities include preparing a home-cooked meal for house guests, helping with household chores, or even holding a wish-list drive to keep the house stocked with supplies needed throughout the year. An adult must accompany volunteers younger than 18.

Volunteer in Reno/Sparks: Food Bank of Northern Nevada

Help the Food Bank of Northern Nevada feed thousands of people struggling with hunger or food insecurity in our community. Individuals and groups are invited to sort and pack non-perishable food items, bulk produce, and pack boxes distributed to seniors at their distribution center in Sparks. Children 10 and older can volunteer with an adult. Volunteers must be 16 or older to participate without an adult.

Volunteer in Reno/Sparks: Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful

Each year Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful recycles 10,000 Christmas trees, but they need community volunteers to make it happen. KTMB’s Christmas tree recycling program will run from Dec. 26 through Jan. 7, 2020. Volunteers are needed at multiple drop-off sites. KTMB hosts two larger community volunteer clean-up events in the Fall and Spring, where 700-800 volunteers help make the region more beautiful.

Volunteer in Reno/Sparks: Urban Roots

Urban Roots is changing the way kids eat and learn at their Urban Teaching Farm in partnership with Renown Health. Every Saturday morning from 10 a.m. to noon, volunteers are invited to the farm to help with special projects or regular farm maintenance. No appointment is necessary. An adult must accompany children younger than 18.

Volunteer in Reno/Sparks: Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada

Volunteers ages 16 and older are invited to prepare or serve meals at St. Vincent’s Dining Room, Nevada’s largest and Reno’s oldest soup kitchen. Other volunteer opportunities include sorting donations at one of the St. Vincent’s Thrift Stores or distributing food boxes to families in the food pantry. If you’re looking to donate, make sure you check their current wish list or join Operation Stocking Stuffer. Find more details on the organization’s website or by emailing Lisa Ross at

Volunteer in Reno/Sparks: Ronald McDonald House

Help Northern Nevada families who need a place to eat, sleep, and relax while their children receive treatment from one of the area’s nearby hospitals at the Reno Ronald McDonald house. Volunteers can sign up for both cooking and baking programs and prepare dinner or scrumptious goodies for house guests to enjoy. If you’d like to organize a donation drive, be sure to check the current wish list items on their website.

At Dickson Realty, our team of local experts supports our community in a variety of ways. To learn more about the Reno/Sparks region, contact one of our Realtors today.