Volunteer

YOU can make a difference in the community! 

We are deeply grateful for the more than 2,000 volunteers who give their time to work hand-in-hand with the Family Giving Tree.

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 and 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, depending on the most pressing needs. Registration is first come, first-serve.

Restrictions: Children of all ages are allowed to volunteer 
Times Offered: For Back-to-School: Mid-July to August; for Holiday Wish: Late November to early January
Location: Family Giving Tree Warehouse  in Sunnyvale
Registration: Drive Leaders may register for up to 10 spaces or Back-to-School and 15 spaces for Holiday Wish Drive; Community Volunteers may register for up to 5 spaces for either Drive. Back-to-School Drive registration is in May (Drive Leaders) and June (Community). Holiday Wish Drive registration is in November for both Drive Leaders and Community.

CURRENT OPEN SLOTS SIGN-UP

If you find that all slots have been filled, DON'T GIVE UP HOPE - You still have two more chances to find a spot! Check back on Tuesday (11/7) and Wednesday (11/8) at 8:00 AM to see more volunteer opportunities.

WAITING LIST SIGN-UP

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 or Holiday Wish Drive. We work with Drive Leaders every step of the way and provide all the tools needed to make each Drive successful.

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

What does it mean to lead a Drive?                          

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

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a Drive Leader, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

if you'd like to register to lead a Drive, click here.