Volunteers this the season to smile again! HWD Volunteer header

We are deeply grateful for the more than 8,000 annual volunteers who give of their time to work hand-in-hand with the Family Giving Tree.

Interested in volunteering during the Family Giving Tree's Holiday Wish Drive? We’re always looking for people who want to have fun, are passionate about our work and love giving back to their community. You can also support our mission year-round by volunteering in our office, interviewing our recipient agencies or representing the Family Giving Tree at volunteer fairs.

Warehouse Positions

The warehouse is a flurry of activity in December for the Holiday Wish Drive. We rely on groups and individual volunteers to help us set up the warehouse space, receive donations, sort and prepare donations, quality check donated products, help load agency cars, and clean up the warehouse space. Tasks will be assigned when volunteers arrive at the warehouse dependent upon the most pressing needs at that time.

Registration happens on a first come first serve basis but all volunteers must register due to COVID safety measures. To learn more, read here.

Restrictions: Children under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult
Times Offered: December
Location: Family Giving Tree Warehouse (TBD)
Registration:  Limited to 5 persons per group. To register, click here.

Work-at-Home Positions

Make masks 

In order to help keep the families, we serve safe during the coming winter months, we are asking for volunteers to make and donate masks for children and adults.  Please make sure that the mask design follows guidelines or follows an approved pattern and is size appropriate. Also, please be sure to label them 'adult' or 'child' to in order that they can be accurately distributed to our recipients. The masks can be mailed to or dropped off at our office:

Family Giving Tree
606 Valley Way, Milpitas, CA 95035

If you are interested in making masks or have questions, email volunteers@familygivingtree.org

Make Holiday Cards

Write a Holiday Card! Donate a hand-written card for our 2020 Holiday Wish Drive recipients including children, adults, and seniors. 

Please follow the guidelines listed below and submit them before mid-December to allow time for processing. All cards submitted will all be vetted in order to make sure they can be given to our recipients.

Please take note of the following guidelines when creating cards:
- Stick to neutral greetings like "Happy Holidays," or "Season's Greetings."
- Keep in mind that our recipients consist of grades K-12, adults, and seniors whose current situations may include financial hardships and/or homelessness.
- If you can't find the words, draw it out!
- Refrain from including your personal information (last name, home, email address, social media, phone numbers.)
- Keep all messages positive! :)
- If your letter contains an envelope, DO NOT seal it as all cards will go through our screening process.

To submit your cards, set up a drop-off date by contacting volunteers@familygivingtree.org or mail them directly to our office:
Family Giving Tree
606 Valley Way, Milpitas, CA 95035

Make Warehouse Decorations

Help make our 2020 Holiday Wish Drive Warehouse come to life for our volunteers, staff, and the agencies that come and pick up gifts to distribute.

Along with the decorated trees, we'll be having a candy land theme. There are lots of fun projects you can do with your kids to make it space full of the sweet and delectable treats we all remember from childhood.

To get inspired, click here for pictures and instructions.

Collateral Preparation

Help us prepare our Holiday Wish Drive materials by stapling, organizing, and mailing Drive Leader packets. You'll come to our office to pick up the supplies prepare the materials in the comfort of your own home.

Restrictions: Open to all ages and group sizes; Youth under 12 years must have adult supervision
Times Offered: October and November
Location: Family Giving Tree Office (606 Valley Way, Milpitas)
Registration: Anytime during the year

If you are interested in volunteering, email volunteers@familygivingtree.org