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Holiday Volunteering

It’s the most wonderful time of the year

The holiday season is just around the corner, and with it comes many volunteer opportunities in our community. Agencies across the Triangle area are working to bring holiday cheer to their clients, and you can help. Whether you’re looking to volunteer for a few hours, find a place to donate toys, or hold a food drive, you can make a difference in someone’s life this holiday season through one of these opportunities.

Visit often. We will be updating this list with new opportunities as they come in. And remember, this is the time of year when many people wish to volunteer, so if you see an opportunity of interest, do sign up!

penniesforCHANGE Thrift Boutique (a program of the Durham Crisis Response Center)

  • Activities range from tagging and steaming clothes, general cleaning, weeding, moving furniture
  • 17 or older
  • Max group size = 6
  • Shift length = 3 hours
  • Store is located at 2715 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd, Durham, NC, 27707
  • Store hours: Mon – Thurs 10 – 6 pm; Fri & Sat 10 – 5 pm; Sun 12 – 5 pm
  • Contact Terry Pannick to sign up
  • Advance scheduling is required for all volunteers.

Kraft Family YMCA Veterans’ Day Event

  • Volunteers needed for set up (10a-11a) and clean up shifts (1p-2p) for 11am Veterans’ Day event
  • Contact Beth Porter to sign up

Kraft Family YMCA Angel Tree

  • Volunteers will be needed in November and December to run the YMCA’s Angel Tree program
  • Contact Beth Porter to sign up

InterAct Holiday Bazaar

Volunteers needed to:

  • Accept and organize donations – December 5-9
    TO REGISTER: http://goo.gl/4J6ASI
  • Transform InterAct into a toy store at the Elf Party – December 6
    TO REGISTER: http://goo.gl/vB0GlK
  • Assist families during the Bazaar – December 10
    TO REGISTER: http://goo.gl/EOUnhO
    -Personal shoppers to assist mothers as they shop for their children
    -Personal shoppers to assist children as they shop for their moms
    -Elves that help keep the shopping areas organized and tidy
    -Special volunteers to help children wrap their gifts and play fun games

The Salvation Army of Wake County Christmas Activities

  • Christmas Toy Shop Set-Up (15 volunteers needed/day) December 1—December 17, Monday-Saturday
  • Bell Ringing Campaign Friday, November 25 – Thursday, December 24 (Monday-Saturday)
  • Stocking Stuffers 9,000 stockings need to be filled with goodies by December 15th.
  • Angel Tree at Crabtree Valley Mall, Triangle Town Center & Cary Towne Center November 11 – December 12
  • Christmas Distribution Days (80-100 volunteers) December 19, 20, 21 & 22; December 23 (Clean up)
  • Adopting Angels Individual angels can be adopted from the Angel Tree location at Crabtree Valley Mall, Triangle Town Center, or Cary Towne Mall.
  • Contact Margaux Austin

Urban Ministries of Wake County

Holiday Box: Create a Holiday Box for a hungry family – feel free to get creative.

  • Main Course: $25 gift card from Food Lion for a turkey, ham, or chicken
  • Side Dishes: Stuffing, potatoes/yams, cranberry sauce, fruits and vegetables, biscuit mix, cream of mushroom soup
  • Dessert: Cake mix, prepared icing, pie filling, brownie mix
  • Donations can be delivered to 1390 Capital Blvd Monday-Friday 9am-4:30pm

Orange County Department of Social Services

“Share Your Holiday” Sponsorship Program: Sponsor a person and buy new gifts ($200-$250/child, or $75-$100 for seniors or disabled adults. Gift cards for a holiday meal are also appreciated.

Toy Chest: Select 2-3 gifts per child aged 18 and under. Low-income parents shop for gifts at Toy Chest for their children, just like shopping in a store. Donations of new toys, books, articles of clothing, non-perishable food items and money are also welcome.

Volunteers needed to:

  • Toy Chest preparation receiving and sorting toys, December 5-16 10am-5 pm
  • Toy Chest set up Arrange toys for the Toy Chest December 5-16 10 am-5 pm
  • Toy Chest escorts Assist clients with shopping for toys December 17-18 Saturday 10 am-6 pm; Sunday 12-5 pm
  • Interpreting Assisting with language interpretation December 17-18 Saturday 10 am-6pm; Sunday 12-5 pm