Each week until Dec. 24, Style & Soul will list some charitable agencies that need your help or donations.

To feed is to nourish, comfort, satisfy and gratify.

At this time of year, area nonprofits that feed the hungry, the emotionally exhausted, the homeless, and the far-from-home are asking for help.

Women Against Abuse needs four people a day to help serve dinner on Christmas Day and Dec. 26 from 3 to 7 p.m. at its emergency shelter (location is disclosed after an in-person interview and screening). Volunteers serve a buffet-style dinner to 100 women and children and help clean up afterward.

Women Against Abuse

100 S. Broad St.


Contact Katie Young Wildes at 215-386-1280 or kyoungwildes@womenagainstabuse.org.

If you are part of a group or family of 10 volunteers, consider joining the Guest Chef program at the newest Ronald McDonald House, at Front and Erie sreets near St. Christopher's Hospital for Children.

Guest Chef groups plan, shop, prepare and serve one meal a week - either breakfast before 9:15 a.m. or dinner at 6 p.m. The house serves meals 365 days a year to about 25 people - parents from outside the area who need to be near their hospitalized children. One-time or ongoing opportunities are available. Your group can prepare the meal off-site or at the home's fully equipped kitchen. Details at: philarmh.org/contribute/chefs

Contact: Director of volunteers Linda Parry at 215-387-8406, Ext 404, or LindaP@philarmh.org.

The People's Emergency Center in West Philadelphia needs turkeys, hams and canned goods for its Christmas baskets.

People's Emergency Center

3902 Spring Garden St.


Contact Grace Hightower at 215-382-7522, Ext. 232, or ghightower@pec-cares.org.

And to find a volunteer opportunity that suits you best, go to volunteermatch.com or uwsepa.org.