YOU can make a difference in a child's education...Volunteer  

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 Back-to-School 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 August for the Back-to-School 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 is first-come, first-serve.

Restrictions: Children over 3 years of age are allowed to volunteer 
Times Offered: Mid-July to August
Location: Family Giving Tree Warehouse 
Registration: June - Drive Leaders may register for up to 10 spaces; Community Volunteers may register for up to 5 spaces 

Save the Dates: Drive Leader Volunteer Registration opens on June 15th. Community Volunteer registration opens on June 29th. 

Want to know about volunteer registration dates in advance? Then sign up to receive alert emails using the email sign-up link below.

Become A Drive Leader

Anyone who is part of a group—a business, school, family, social club, or friends—and wants to help children-in-need in the community can lead a Back-to-School Drive. We work with Drive Leaders every step of the way and provide all the tools needed to make each Drive a success.

And, it's open to all ages - from 6-106.  Simply sign up and we'll guide you through every step.                            

Register to lead a Drive

  • Facilitate donations and participation within your group by posting backpack tags in a well-traveled area or distributing them to friends and colleagues or hosting a customizable Virtual Giving Tree (VGT), or both.
  • Collect and deliver the donated backpacks to Family Giving Tree’s warehouse or, if you are using the VGT, promote your VGT to fund supply-filled backpacks. Or do both.
  • Receive priority when signing up for Family Giving Tree's in-demand warehouse volunteer shifts (registration is now open!).
  • Have a direct impact on your own community.

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a Drive Leader please contact [email protected]