Volunteer with us
Help Winnipeg’s community effort to provide help during the holiday season.
Fundraise - Organize your own special event (for example - birthday/dinner parties, concerts, bake sales, auctions, pancake breakfast, casual days). Encourage friends, relatives or colleagues to donate to the Christmas Cheer Board. Approximately half of hamper contents are purchased and paid for through the generosity of Winnipeggers. Please register your event with us. A Christmas Cheer Board administrator will send you our logo for advertising your event.
Sponsor a Christmas Hamper - become a part of our Feed-a-Family program. What a great way to celebrate the holiday season with your group. Contact us at (204) 989-5680. We'll assign you a hamper family and provide you with a list of hamper contents, contact the family, build your hamper, and make arrangements to deliver your hamper.
Deliver Christmas hampers - No need to register, drop by 1081 Ellice Ave between December 8-23. Warehouse hours are 9am-8pm weekdays and 9am-5pm weekends. Learn more about delivering hampers.
Knit hats, mitts, neck-warmers - Are you handy at knitting? Warm, hand-crafted outerwear is always a hit with parents and kids. Knitting is included in all childrens' gifts. Finished pieces must be handed in by early to mid November and wool for the next year is available for pickup. Please Contact the Cheer Board if you would like to help.
Organize toy drive - Organize donation drop-off locations at your workplace, school, or club.
Unfortunately groups cannot be accommodated in the warehouse other than delivering hampers.
Community groups can help by participating in the Feed-a-Family program, collecting food, toys, or donations.
Volunteering at the administrative office/warehouse
All volunteeers must be fully vaccinated. Masks are required.
Your health and safety is our top priority. We are vigilant about COVID prevention and closely follow preventative and protective guidelines established by the Manitoba Government and Public Health Agency of Canada including masks, social distancing and regular and thorough cleaning of all work places. Volunteers at our warehouse must be double vaccinated.
Youth aged 14 and 15 (COVID fully vaccinated) are encouraged to volunteer alongside an adult who accompanies them and provides supervision. Adolescents 16 and older may volunteer on their own.
Children under 14 may not accompany volunteers on their shifts. Safety is important to our team, and this is a warehouse environment with heavy equipment.
We are able to accommodate volunteers who wish to volunteer for full-time or part-time hours in November and December. A minimum of 4 - four hour shifts are required.
During the last couple of weeks before Christmas we need volunteers to help distribute hampers at the warehouse.
Scheduled shifts are generally four hours during November/December:
- 9:00am – 1:00pm
- 1:00pm – 5:00pm
- 5:00pm – 8:00pm (December 8)
A December 2019 Winnipeg Free Press article describes best our volunteers' experiences at the Cheer Board.
If you are interested in volunteering for the 2021 season, please check back for opportunities as they become available.