Holiday Volunteer Opportunities
Looking for ways to give back during the giving season? Volunteer with local Lane County nonprofits! United Way has pulled together a number of nonprofit opportunities happening this holiday season. Current nonprofit volunteer opportunities are listed below.
DECEMBER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Ongoing with Egan Warming Center (Eugene)
Egan Warming Center is looking for volunteers to help at the warming center at Lane Events Center (County Fairgrounds). Volunteers need to attend a New Volunteer Orientation which is done virtually on Zoom before they can volunteer on-site. Upcoming orientations are Tuesday, December 1st, 6-7:30pm and Thursday, December 3rd, 7-8:30pm. To fill out an application and learn more go to the Egan Warming Centers' website.
Ongoing with Eugene Mission (Eugene)
Eugene Mission is looking for volunteers to help with decorating, food boxes, handing out gifts, stuffing envelopes, processing donations, and more. Holiday volunteers are required to attend one volunteer orientation prior to volunteering. To find out about volunteer orientations, please contact Kelsie at 541-344-3251 x160 or Volunteer@EugeneMission.org.
Springfield School District Community Responder (Springfield)
A Springfield Community Responder is a volunteer that responds to “alerts” sent by the 15th Night Coordinator at Springfield School District for needs specific to Springfield students, that cannot be met by internal school resources. These types of alerts include items such as clothing, shoes, small household items, food, or bedding. A Community Responder receives a text message indicating a need. If the Responder can provide the need, they respond to the text message and work with the Springfield District Coordinator to secure and deliver the item. It’s that easy! Contact Kristin Rush at Kristin.firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to get signed up.
Looking Glass Giving Tree
To participate, simply find a Giving Tree location near you. Pick out an ornament (or two!) from the tree. On the front of the ornament is the name, age, and wish list of a young person that we serve. Use that information to buy a gift for them. Then return the gift (unwrapped) with the ornament to the Giving Tree location that you got it from. The location and date that the gift needs to be returned by is listed on the back of the ornament. Once you’ve returned your gift to the location on the ornament, a Looking Glass employee will come pick it up, wrap it, and deliver it! If you are not able to make it to Giving Tree location you can participate by purchasing items from their Amazon wishlist or visiting their website to learn more.
Springfield School District
The district, in collaboration with 15th Night, has put together an Amazon wishlist to replenish our hygiene and other basic need supplies that have been depleted during the pandemic.
Relief Nursey Virtual Giving Tree
This year, we must acknowledge that COVID-19 is affecting our ability to carry out our holiday giving programs in a way that will keep families, supporters, volunteers, and staff safe. To keep everyone safe, we will not be collecting gifts for distribution. Rather, they are asking for donations from the community to purchase gift cards for Relief Nursery families to be given out in early December. In a season when vulnerable families have been greatly affected by health and economic crises, a gift card will go a long way toward helping parents provide for basic needs and holiday gifts for their children, while maximizing our efforts around safety and social distancing. Donations to the Virtual Giving Tree can be made by clicking here. Should you prefer to purchase and donate a gift card directly, the stores that are most easily accessed by families are Walmart, Fred Meyer, Target, and Amazon. Gift cards can be mailed to Relief Nursery, 1720 W. 25th Ave. Eugene, OR, or arrange a time to drop off the gift cards directly to Relief Nursery by contacting Maggie Dorris at email@example.com.
SPONSOR A FAMILY
Catholic Community Service Giving Program
Like most events in 2020, Catholic Community Services is changing how they are doing their Christmas Giving Program this year. They have discovered that gift cards are not only a safer way to give, they also allow parents to shop for their children and experience the joy of picking out a special gift. If you would like to sponsor a family at Christmas this year, it’s easy! Contact Stefani Roybal to get more information or to be matched up with a family based on your preference for family size and interests. Gift cards, no larger than $50, will be given for children among our Case Managed families.
Relief Nursey Sponsor A Family
Relief Nursery also has the option to sponsor a family this holiday season which not only bring joy to them this holiday season but also provide essential items for them as well. If you would like to sponsor a family, contact Maggie Dorris at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541.343.9706 x104.
Springfield School District
Many families in the Springfield area are struggling to have their basic needs met and are not in the position to provide gifts or clothing to their children for Christmas. If you are interested in sponsoring a child or family for Christmas, please reach out to Kristin Rush, email@example.com, for more information.
St. Vincent de Paul Holiday Joy
To help ensure all our residents have a happy holiday, St. Vincent de Paul sponsors the Holiday Joy program. Individuals and community groups sponsor families by providing gifts for each member of the family. This program emphasizes the essentials: money for rent and utilities, warm clothing, and necessary household items. We also have some requests from children for special items that would help make their holiday bright. This is a great way to give back during the season of giving. If your family, work team, service club, or other group is interested in a most festive and greatly appreciated project, we can use your help. To get started contact Alli at 541.600.8454 or sign up online.