The holiday season gives us all so much to be thankful for, and with Thanksgiving right around the corner, it’s a great time to pay it forward.

West Villages, packed with so many amenities that offer so many to so much, is the perfect home to extend hospitality to newcomers and veterans alike, to volunteer and make the season brighter. Here are a few ideas and locations near West Villages that offer opportunities to donate time or treasure:

Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County: The marquee global nonprofit builds homes, communities and hope to help under-resourced people become homeowners. Not only does Habitat leverage your talents, volunteers also build lasting relationships.

Friends of Myakka River: The pristine gem just two miles from West Villages is the only river in the state designated as a “Florida Wild and Scenic River. Volunteer to work with park specialists or on the board or committees. Donate to support the ecological treasure.

Venice Touchdown Club: Go Indians! The booster club at Venice High School welcomes volunteers to boost the athletic program. While dozens of local businesses pitch in, the club offers an outstanding opportunity to support the home team and meet the neighbors.

Suncoast Humane Society: “Paws” during the holidays and remember our four-footed friends. Volunteer as an assistant to visitors; cat caretaker or dog walker; foster parent for animals temporarily in need; transportation; and, of course, fundraising, along with so many other opportunities. The Humane Society’s just a dozen miles away in Englewood.

Historic Spanish Point: Participate in the history and culture of Florida as a volunteer at the 30-acre living museum whose real estate dates back some 5,000 years and includes a turn-of-the-century pioneer homestead, citrus packing house and more. “No matter who you are or whatever your passion may be, Historic Spanish Point offers wonderful opportunities to meet new friends and explore new interests,” the website says.

Clubs and Kids at West Villages: West Villages boasts groups for just about everything and activities for everyone, from bocce ball to book clubs. Make new friends while volunteering to help out. Your neighborhood’s lifestyle director or activities director can help you find ways to get involved with kids of all ages.

Soldiers and first responders: We’re protected 24/7 and giving back is a fulfilling way to give thanks. Send care packages to military personnel overseas. Take baked goods to any of six dozen fire stations in nearby North Port. Invite firefighters or police officers to a community holiday event. Leave cookies or candies in your mailbox for your postal carrier.

To share Life Your Way or learn more about how to experience West Villages, visit West Villages’ Model Home Centers, listed here. Or call the Home Buyers Information Line at 941-960-7805.