Volunteer with us.......
- be part of a community of great volunteers
add more meaning to your life
give back, having received hampers in the past
get student credit for volunteer hours
be an active retiree
learn more about Winnipeg, as a recent arrival
spread a little happiness and hope
The majority of volunteer roles during November and December in the office/warehouse are scheduled in 4 hour shifts:
- 9:00am– 1:00pm
- 1:00pm – 5:00pm
- 5:00pm – 9:00 pm after December TBD
If you cannot make a commitment for 3 or more 4 hour shifts this season, please review Casual Volunteering below.
Youth aged 14 and 15 are encouraged to volunteer alongside an adult who accompanies them and provides supervision. Adolescents 16 and older may volunteer on their own.
Due to our working warehouse environment with heavy equipment and a busy office, sorry, you may not bring children to your shifts.
Adult group volunteering
Unfortunately we cannot accommodate groups coming one time only, other than to sort items or deliver hampers. Small groups available for three or more four hour shifts are welcome to contact us.
Hamper preparation - Drop by for an hour or two in November to help prep hamper items
Food/toy drive - Organize to receive donations at your workplace, school or club.
Sponsor a hamper - Purchase mandatory hamper items and deliver hamper to a family.
Deliver hampers - Swing by the warehouse starting Thursday, December TBD with your vehicle and driver’s license. No appointment necessary. Delivery hours are 9–9 weekdays and 9-5 weekends between December TBD and December 23.
Join our knitting program ........knit during the year with wool we provide (hats, neck warmers, mitts) then return your finished pieces to us in November to include in gifts for children 14 and under.
Scheduled Volunteering (3 or more shift commitment)
Switchboard - Answer inquiries about receiving a hamper or volunteering. Complete hamper sponsorship requests, take donations by credit card.
Hamper phone applications - Take hamper applications from people calling in to apply for a hamper.
Hamper delivery routers/writers - Create hamper delivery sheets by area/postal code and include delivery instructions on delivery sheets.
Technical support - Help set up computers, troubleshoot email, database and connection issues.
Data entry - Enter hamper application information, school hamper packing information, or volunteer information into database.
Hamper pickup verifiers - As individuals arrive to pick up hampers, check their identification and ensure family information is correct on database. Obtain signature for hamper pickup.
Feed-a-Family Program - Help process feed-a-family hamper sponsor requests, match with hamper recipients, update database information and send information to sponsors.
Customer contact skills
Reception - Greet people coming in. Folks may be bringing food, toy or monetary donations, knitting, seeing a social worker, coming to volunteer, meeting with volunteers or doing a media interview. Possible phone work.
Assistant to social workers - File, help with hamper applications, assist as needed.
Checkers - Locate delivery sheets by city area, provide hamper delivery instructions to volunteer drivers, record drivers’ licenses, obtain driver signatures.
Special events - Be available to promote the Christmas Cheer Board, encourage and collect donations at special events such as mall displays or during sporting events.
Frequent heavier lifting, up to 13.6 kg (30 lb ) during a 4 hour shift
Set up/takedown office/warehouse - Set up desks, stations, signage at start of season (early November) and dismantle end of season (last week of December, early January).
Hamper delivery matchers - Fill delivery sheet hamper requests with appropriate hamper size and toys, stocking the hamper delivery area.
Hamper pickup station - Determine hamper size and number of gifts required based on application information. Provide hampers, turkeys and gifts to families coming in.
Loaders - Provide carts, help load vehicles, retrieve carts from parking lot, snow shovelling.
Hamper delivery returns - Receive hampers not delivered on first attempt, record delivery attempt, create second delivery sheets by postal code.
Turkey station - Organize turkeys by size, provide to volunteer drivers. Replenish turkeys from refrigeration unit as needed, also provide turkeys to hamper pick-up station.
Van drivers - Pick up large food, cash and toy donations using Christmas Cheer Board van.
Groceries - Check expiry dates on donated food and sort cans and dried goods for use in hampers.
Toy area - Sort and wrap toys by gender and age group; track and receive knitting.
Hamper box assembly - Assemble boxes and identify them by hamper size.
Hamper packing line - Back-fill food items to enable school children to pack hampers.