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

Adult group volunteering

Groups can help by participating in the Feed-a-Family program, collecting food, toys, or donations

Unfortunately we cannot accommodate groups other than to deliver hampers. 

Age requirements

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.

Family volunteering

Families with children under age 14 may wish to deliver hampers, collect food or toys, or put together a hamper for a family and deliver it under the Feed-a-Family program.

Occasional Volunteering

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 - Can you help the Cheer Board deliver 9,000 hampers? No need to register, drop by 550 Milt Stegall Drive (between Ellice and Sargent) starting December TBD between 9AM - 9:00PM weekdays and 9AM - 5PM weekends. Delivery dates are December TBD through 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

  • Can you help out at least three times in the warehouse, office or with special events?  Some volunteers participate once a week, others help several days weekly.

  • Scheduled shifts are generally four hours: 9:00 am– 1:00 pm, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm from November.2 through December 24

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 Cheer Board, encourage and collect donations at special events such as mall displays or during sporting events

Heavy lifting, up to 13.6 kg (30 lb.) continuously for a 4 hour shiftSet up/takedown office/warehouse
Set up desks, stations, signage at start of season and dismantle end of season 

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. Replentish turkeys from refrigeration unit as needed, also provide turkeys to pick- up station

Van drivers
Pick up large food, cash and toy donations using Cheer Board van

Moderate lifting

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

Computer skills

Technical support
Help set up computers, troubleshoot email and data base, 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
Help process feed-a-family requests, match with hamper recipients, update database information and send information to sponsors

Office skills

Switchboard
Answer inquiries from public about receiving a hamper or volunteering. Complete Feed-a-Family requests, take donations by credit card.

Hamper phone applications
Take hamper applications from people calling in, asking income and expense information

Hamper delivery routers/writers
Create hamper delivery sheets by area/postal code and include delivery instructions on delivery sheets