'Tis the Season

There is no better time than the holidays to reflect on the year so far and be thankful for all that has been.  Volunteering
is a wonderful way to express gratitude to our community and to pay it forward for those less fortunate. 
No matter your age, interests, or availability, there are opportunities for you to lend a hand. 

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The opportunities below are organized into three common categories of volunteering: gifts, food, and community events.
You can also see a list of all holiday opportunities or look at our general volunteer calendar.
If you are interested in hosting a holiday drive for food, gifts, or other needed items, click here!
Please keep in mind that these opportunities are updated as we recieve requests from nonprofits, so new events will be added on a weekly basis.
If you are struggling to find an opportunity that is a good fit, or feel overwhelmed by the options, please give our staff a call so that we can help
match you with a cause that fits your passions and meets needs in our community.
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Gifts: Wrapping, Distribution, Etc.,

Auburn Santa Party - Bilingual Volunteer Opportunties

Candyland Christmas exclusively for the invited KidsFirst client families!! Spanish bilingual volunteers needed to help in registration, as greeter, in the photo room and as a hallway guide. The families will take a keepsake photo and choose a toy for each of their children to take home. These families are either currently engaged in services with KidsFirst Auburn or were recently engaged. This event is very fast paced and fun! Volunteers will be on their feet for the duration of their shift. *Bilingual volunteers are needed to make this day magical!

12/13/19 5:00 PM + more

Auburn Santa Party - Toy Room/Servers Ed Room/Exit Guide

Candyland Christmas exclusively for the invited KidsFirst client families!!  Volunteers needed to help in the Toy Room, as a Servers Ed Guide and Exit Guide positions. The families will take a keepsake photo and choose a toy for each of their children to take home. These families are either currently engaged in services with KidsFirst Auburn or were recently engaged. This event is very fast paced and fun! Volunteers will be on their feet for the duration of their shift.  *Volunteers are needed to make this day magical!

12/13/19 5:00 PM + more

Auburn Santa Party - Santa Helper

Candyland Christmas exclusively for the invited KidsFirst client families!!  Come be a Santa's Helper - spread joy while volunteering! The families will take a keepsake photo and choose a toy for each of their children to take home. These families are either currently engaged in services with KidsFirst Auburn or were recently engaged. This event is very fast paced and fun! Volunteers will be on their feet for the duration of their shift.  *Bilingual volunteers are needed to make this day magical!

12/13/19 7:00 PM

Auburn Santa Party - Tear Down / Move Furniture / Clean Up

Candyland Christmas exclusively for the invited KidsFirst client families!!  Volunteers needed to restore the KidsFirst office bak to normal -- will involve moving furniture, tearing down event decorations and tables, etc., plus clean up of party space. The families will take a keepsake photo and choose a toy for each of their children to take home. These families are either currently engaged in services with KidsFirst Auburn or were recently engaged. This event is very fast paced and fun! Volunteers will be on their feet for the duration of their shift. 

12/13/19 8:30 PM

Angel Tree Donations

The Salvation Army helps over 2500 families to celebrate Christmas when otherwise they would not. Your help is crucial to providing this service and giving children the joy of Christmas morning. Volunteer duties may include: sorting duties by type, bagging toys and clothes for children based on age and gender, organizing donated Angel Tree bags for pre-selected families. This opportunity takes place in a warehouse, please be prepared for cold weather and dress appropriately.

12/14/19 12:30 PM + more

Holiday Gift Inventory

Sacramento Children’s Home’s Giving Program provides gifts for approximately 1,500 children annually. This is a busy time and they could provide for the most at risk children in our community without the help of our valued volunteers! This opportunity is great for individuals and large groups. Trucks deliver donated gifts from donations site to the holiday center on a daily basis. As trucks arrive, volunteers unload items and begin the inventory & sorting process. All donations must have an inventory sticker attached, then that inventory number gets hand entered to the data system. After the donation is entered volunteers sort the donations within the site with like items.

12/18/19 9:00 AM + more

Mustard Seed Holiday Gift Program

Join the Mustard Seed School in preparing for the Gift Program for Homeless Children. Volunteers needed for sorting toys and making gift bags for children! Minimum Age of volunteers is 12 with an accompanying adult. Dress: Dress warm with comfy shoes. This is warehouse work. It is dusty and cold and requires physical movement and minor lifting. *MUST sign up in advance.

12/20/19 9:00 AM

Roseville Santa Party - Toy Room / Exit Guide

Candyland Christmas exclusively for the invited KidsFirst client families!!  Help spread joy by volunteering in the Toy Room or as an Exit Guide after the families get treated to holiday surprises! The families will take a keepsake photo and choose a toy for each of their children to take home. These families are either currently engaged in services with KidsFirst Auburn or were recently engaged. This event is very fast paced and fun! Volunteers will be on their feet for the duration of their shift. 

12/20/19 5:00 PM + more

Roseville Santa Party - Bilingual Volunteer Opportunities

Candyland Christmas exclusively for the invited KidsFirst client families!!  Spanish bilingual volunteers needed to help with greeting, registration, in the photo room and as a hallway guide. The families will take a keepsake photo and choose a toy for each of their children to take home. These families are either currently engaged in services with KidsFirst Auburn or were recently engaged. This event is very fast paced and fun! Volunteers will be on their feet for the duration of their shift.  *Bilingual volunteers are needed to make this day magical!

12/20/19 5:00 PM + more

Roseville Santa Party - Tear Down / Move Furniture / Clean Up

Candyland Christmas exclusively for the invited KidsFirst client families!!  Help spread joy by volunteering to tear down the event, move furniture and clean up after the families get treated to holiday surprises! The families will take a keepsake photo and choose a toy for each of their children to take home. These families are either currently engaged in services with KidsFirst Auburn or were recently engaged. This event is very fast paced and fun! Volunteers will be on their feet for the duration of their shift. 

12/20/19 8:45 PM

Angel Tree Distribution

This is the big day! Join the Salvation Army to distribute toys and food to families in need to provide boys and girls in our community with the joy of Christmas morning. Volunteer duties may include: directing traffic, greeting families, loading toys and food, keeping operations clean and organized. This is a fast-paced day with lots of activity! Lunch is provided to volunteers before/after shift. Volunteers should be prepared to be on their feet, and prepared for cold weather.

12/23/19 11:00 AM + more

Angel Tree Clean Up

After serving thousands of people with Christmas gifts and dinners, the Salvation Army will need help cleaning up! Join their clean up crew at Cal Expo and wrap up this holiday season with a bit more good cheer. This position will include lots of walking and carrying of items up to 20 pounds; volunteers should be physically capable.

12/26/19 10:00 AM + more

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Food: Packing, Distribution, Serving, Etc.,

Christmas Food Boxes

This Christmas The Salvation Army needs your help sorting food and assembling 2,000 food boxes for the many families in need in our community. The Salvation Army helps these families to celebrate Christmas when otherwise they would not. Your help is crucial to providing this service and giving children the joy of Christmas morning! Volunteers will help with sorting and boxing food. Please note that this opportunity takes place in a warehouse, be prepared and dressed appropriately for cold. If volunteers are interested in a complimentary lunch, please arrive early to your shift!

12/17/19 12:30 PM

Angel Tree Distribution

This is the big day! Join the Salvation Army to distribute toys and food to families in need to provide boys and girls in our community with the joy of Christmas morning. Volunteer duties may include: directing traffic, greeting families, loading toys and food, keeping operations clean and organized. This is a fast-paced day with lots of activity! Lunch is provided to volunteers before/after shift. Volunteers should be prepared to be on their feet, and prepared for cold weather.

12/23/19 11:00 AM + more

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Community Events

Angel Tree Clean Up

After serving thousands of people with Christmas gifts and dinners, the Salvation Army will need help cleaning up! Join their clean up crew at Cal Expo and wrap up this holiday season with a bit more good cheer. This position will include lots of walking and carrying of items up to 20 pounds; volunteers should be physically capable.

Sacramento, CA

12/26/19 10:00 AM + more

OAAT's Santa's WorkSHOP - Clean Up

Campaign One At A Time is hosting a "Santa's WorkSHOP" for kids battling cancer and life-threatening illness to play, enjoy the holiday-themed event, and shop! Volunteers needed to Breakdown and Clean Up this holiday-themed event! Casual and holiday party themed attire! A few shifts available for minor volunteers (will need a Legal Guardian to completed a Consent Form).

Roseville, CA

12/23/19 8:30 PM

OAAT's Santa's WorkSHOP - Hot Chocolate Booth

Campaign One At A Time is hosting a "Santa's WorkSHOP" for kids battling cancer and life-threatening illness to play, enjoy the holiday-themed event, and shop! The event is our very FIRST Santa's WorkSHOP event and we want to make it a yearly event to continue our cause and provide happiness to children battling cancer and life-threatening illness, especially this coming holiday season. Volunteers needed for Setup (10am-2pm), Registration / Merchandise Booth / Raffle Team and Hot Chocolate Booth (4:30pm-8:30pm), and Clean up (8:30pm-10:30pm). A few shifts available for minor volunteers (will need a Legal Guardian to complete a Consent Form).

Roseville, CA

12/23/19 4:30 PM

OAAT's Santa's WorkSHOP - Registration / Merchandise Booth / Raffle Team

Campaign One At A Time is hosting a "Santa's WorkSHOP" for kids battling cancer and life-threatening illness to play, enjoy the holiday-themed event, and shop! Volunteers needed to for this holiday-themed event in Registration, Merchandise Booth, or on the Raffle Team! Casual and holiday party themed attire!

Roseville, CA

12/23/19 4:30 PM

OAAT's Santa's WorkSHOP - Set Up

Campaign One At A Time is hosting a "Santa's WorkSHOP" for kids battling cancer and life-threatening illness to play, enjoy the holiday-themed event, and shop! Volunteers needed to Setup this holiday-themed event! Casual and holiday party themed attire! A few shifts available for minor volunteers (will need a Legal Guardian to completed a Consent Form).

Roseville, CA

12/23/19 10:00 AM

Santa Hustle - Basecamp Volunteer

Santa Hustle® Roseville 5K, Half Marathon, and Kids Dash will need basecamp volunteers will be assigned to either Race-day Packet Pick Up/Registration, Gear Check, the Start Line or the Finish Line. Every volunteer “elf” will receive an elf shirt, elf hat, food/drink, our continual gratitude and we can sign off on any volunteer hours.  The 2019 Santa Hustle Roseville Charity is Stand Up Placer. Stand Up Placer’s focus is saving lives by empowering survivors and educating communities to stand up to domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.

Roseville, CA

12/22/19 6:00 AM

Santa Hustle - Course Volunteer

Santa Hustle® Roseville 5K, Half Marathon, and Kids Dash will need course volunteers will be assigned to either a Water Station, Candy Station, Cookie Station, or a Course Marshal. You will have the option to choose your preference, and efforts will be made to keep all groups together. Every volunteer “elf” will receive an elf shirt, elf hat, food/drink, our continual gratitude and we can sign off on any volunteer hours.  The 2019 Santa Hustle Roseville Charity is Stand Up Placer. Stand Up Placer’s focus is saving lives by empowering survivors and educating communities to stand up to domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.

Roseville, CA

12/22/19 7:00 AM

Santa Hustle - Pre-Race Packet Pick Up

Santa Hustle® Roseville 5K, Half Marathon, and Kids Dash will need pre-race packet pick up volunteers to help check in pre-registered participants and help pass out the participant bibs, t-shirts, goody bags, and any other race information. Training will be required. Every volunteer “elf” will receive an elf shirt, elf hat, food/drink, our continual gratitude and we can sign off on any volunteer hours. The 2019 Santa Hustle Roseville Charity is Stand Up Placer. Stand Up Placer’s focus is saving lives by empowering survivors and educating communities to stand up to domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.

Roseville, CA

12/22/19 6:00 AM

Roseville Santa Party - Tear Down / Move Furniture / Clean Up

Candyland Christmas exclusively for the invited KidsFirst client families!!  Help spread joy by volunteering to tear down the event, move furniture and clean up after the families get treated to holiday surprises! The families will take a keepsake photo and choose a toy for each of their children to take home. These families are either currently engaged in services with KidsFirst Auburn or were recently engaged. This event is very fast paced and fun! Volunteers will be on their feet for the duration of their shift. 

Roseville, CA

12/20/19 8:45 PM

Roseville Santa Party - Toy Room / Exit Guide

Candyland Christmas exclusively for the invited KidsFirst client families!!  Help spread joy by volunteering in the Toy Room or as an Exit Guide after the families get treated to holiday surprises! The families will take a keepsake photo and choose a toy for each of their children to take home. These families are either currently engaged in services with KidsFirst Auburn or were recently engaged. This event is very fast paced and fun! Volunteers will be on their feet for the duration of their shift. 

Roseville, CA

12/20/19 5:00 PM + more

Roseville Santa Party - Bilingual Volunteer Opportunities

Candyland Christmas exclusively for the invited KidsFirst client families!!  Spanish bilingual volunteers needed to help with greeting, registration, in the photo room and as a hallway guide. The families will take a keepsake photo and choose a toy for each of their children to take home. These families are either currently engaged in services with KidsFirst Auburn or were recently engaged. This event is very fast paced and fun! Volunteers will be on their feet for the duration of their shift.  *Bilingual volunteers are needed to make this day magical!

Roseville, CA

12/20/19 5:00 PM + more

Auburn Santa Party - Tear Down / Move Furniture / Clean Up

Candyland Christmas exclusively for the invited KidsFirst client families!!  Volunteers needed to restore the KidsFirst office bak to normal -- will involve moving furniture, tearing down event decorations and tables, etc., plus clean up of party space. The families will take a keepsake photo and choose a toy for each of their children to take home. These families are either currently engaged in services with KidsFirst Auburn or were recently engaged. This event is very fast paced and fun! Volunteers will be on their feet for the duration of their shift. 

Auburn, CA

12/13/19 8:30 PM

Auburn Santa Party - Santa Helper

Candyland Christmas exclusively for the invited KidsFirst client families!!  Come be a Santa's Helper - spread joy while volunteering! The families will take a keepsake photo and choose a toy for each of their children to take home. These families are either currently engaged in services with KidsFirst Auburn or were recently engaged. This event is very fast paced and fun! Volunteers will be on their feet for the duration of their shift.  *Bilingual volunteers are needed to make this day magical!

Auburn, CA

12/13/19 7:00 PM

Auburn Santa Party - Toy Room/Servers Ed Room/Exit Guide

Candyland Christmas exclusively for the invited KidsFirst client families!!  Volunteers needed to help in the Toy Room, as a Servers Ed Guide and Exit Guide positions. The families will take a keepsake photo and choose a toy for each of their children to take home. These families are either currently engaged in services with KidsFirst Auburn or were recently engaged. This event is very fast paced and fun! Volunteers will be on their feet for the duration of their shift.  *Volunteers are needed to make this day magical!

Auburn, CA

12/13/19 5:00 PM + more

Auburn Santa Party - Bilingual Volunteer Opportunties

Candyland Christmas exclusively for the invited KidsFirst client families!! Spanish bilingual volunteers needed to help in registration, as greeter, in the photo room and as a hallway guide. The families will take a keepsake photo and choose a toy for each of their children to take home. These families are either currently engaged in services with KidsFirst Auburn or were recently engaged. This event is very fast paced and fun! Volunteers will be on their feet for the duration of their shift. *Bilingual volunteers are needed to make this day magical!

Auburn, CA

12/13/19 5:00 PM + more

Jingle Bell Run - Run Volunteers

The Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run is the original festive race for charity. Run Volunteers may be any age (under 15 must be accompanied by an adult) and may be asked to cheer on runners, tidy up the race course or other race day activities. Get your jingle on at the MOST FUN & FESTIVE holiday fun-run around benefitting the Arthritis Foundation – all to battle the #1 cause of disability!  

Sacramento, CA

12/14/19 7:00 AM

Jingle Bell Run - Theater Skilled Entertainers

The Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run is the original festive race for charity. “Theater” Skilled Entertainer volunteers to dress up like elves; sing or dance; any unique and well-behaved pets you'd like to bring; face painters; etc. *Great opportunity for large groups. Get your jingle on at the MOST FUN & FESTIVE holiday fun-run around benefitting the Arthritis Foundation – all to battle the #1 cause of disability! 

Sacramento, CA

12/14/19 7:00 AM

Jingle Bell Run - Registration

The Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run is the original festive race for charity. Registration volunteers needed to check in race participants; should be comfortable using technology and handling money to check in runners. Get your jingle on at the MOST FUN & FESTIVE holiday fun-run around benefitting the Arthritis Foundation – all to battle the #1 cause of disability!

Sacramento, CA

12/14/19 6:00 AM

Housewarming for the Homeless

Sacramento Self-Help Housing (SSHH) is set to open 25 houses for our communities most vulnerable next year. SSHH is asking for housewarming donations to help furnish houses for the homeless. Often times, the individuals we move in do not have the items or funds to furnish their space. SSHH is calling on the community to donate used or new items to support those transitioning off the streets into our housing programs. Two shifts available for volunteers: Donation Receiving and Donation Transporting: Shift 1, 8am-12pm - Donation Receiving volunteers will help transport donations from donor's cars to the moving truck. Hangout with the SSHH staff and other volunteers, enjoy snacks, hot chocolate, and other refreshments as we wait for donors. Shift 2, 12:00-300pm - Donation Transporting volunteers help transport the goods out of the moving truck to the storage locker. Drive to storage location to help SSHH staff organize, log, and store donated items.  Dress code: Comfortable, weather appropriate. Be aware, you will be asked to pick up and move donated items. Some may be heavy. 

Sacramento, CA

12/14/19 8:00 AM + more

La Familia Christmas Celebration - Clean Up

La Posada is one of our most popular holiday events. Volunteers needed to assist putting away chairs, tables, and decor, clean up floor, tables after a celebration for hundreds of families! During the La Posada Christmas Celebration each child who attends has the opportunity to have fun and indulge in holiday treats. Help La Posada make sure needy families receive a much needed gift during the holidays. La Familia Counseling Center Inc. is dedicated in serving under privilege families in the Sacramento area.

Sacramento, CA

12/13/19 5:00 PM

La Familia Christmas Celebration - Children's Arts & Craft Activities

La Posada is one of our most popular holiday events. Volunteers needed to assist children with arts and crafts activities for a celebration for hundreds of families! During the La Posada Christmas Celebration each child who attends has the opportunity to have fun and indulge in holiday treats. Help La Posada make sure needy families receive a much needed gift during the holidays. La Familia Counseling Center Inc. is dedicated in serving under privilege families in the Sacramento area.

Sacramento, CA

12/13/19 2:30 PM