stephanie-rokichby Stephanie Rokich
Community Volunteer Engagement Coordinator 

With winter just around the corner, we invite you to spend some time volunteering or donating this holiday season. Through United Way of Salt Lake’s 2016 Holiday Opportunity List, you will find nearly 70 meaningful ways to get involved and really make an impact for kids and families. You can serve Thanksgiving meals, sponsor a low-income family for Christmas, read with students, host a party for immigrants, make ornaments for people with disabilities, fix children’s bikes, perform building maintenance, collect coats for refugees, make blankets for hospice patients, donate toys to homeless pets, record veterans’ stories, and much more!

Holiday Volunteering

Visit each week for an updated list, or check out the opportunities highlighted below!


Spread Warmth Winter Clothing Drive

Agency: United Way of Salt Lake

Date/Time: Now – Dec. 1, drop-off items Mon. – Fri., 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Location: 257 East 200 South, Ste. 300, SLC 84111 or online at

Donations: Help United Way of Salt Lake keep kids warm this winter by donating new clothing for girls and boys ages 4-18: socks, gloves, mittens, scarves, hats, beanies, boots, and coats. Items are donated to low-income students who need them.

Join College Application Week

Agency: Cottonwood High School

Contact: Meredith Muller, 785.221.2525,

Volunteer: College Application Week is a statewide initiative to help seniors apply to college. Seniors will work on applications in the computer labs with the help of school counselors. Volunteer for a 2-hour shift to staff the Welcome table. Sign-up for a shift here.

Date/Time: Nov. 8 – 11, 7:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Location: 5715 South 1300 East, Murray 84121

Donations: planners, snacks, hygiene items

Help at Park City Pet Adoption Event

Agency: Paws for Life Utah

Contact: Nancy OConnor, 802.558.9337,

Volunteer: We need three adult volunteers or children accompanied by a parent to help at the adoption event. Dog or cat lover and experience handling animals.

Date/Time: Nov. 12, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Location: Park City Petco, 6030 Market St #130,

Park City 84098

Donations: cat towers

Volunteer at the Lincoln Loot Store

Agency: Lincoln Elementary School

Contact: Abram Sherrod, 208.406.4713,

Volunteer: Lincoln Elementary runs a monthly incentive store where students spend funny money earned through good behavior or improved grades. 2-3 volunteers are needed daily to staff the store, help students pick prizes, and count their money.

Date/Time: Nov. 14 – 16 & Dec. 12 – 14

Location: 450 East 3700 South, South Salt Lake 84115

Donations: new or gently used items including small toys, sports equipment, school supplies, stuffed animals, snacks, jewelry, etc.

Distribute Thanksgiving Meals at Pantry

Agency: St. Andrew Food Pantry

Contact: Tinisha Turner, 801.871.5080,

Volunteer: Volunteers ages 13 and older help us distribute Thanksgiving meal boxes. Under 18 requires parent permission form. Adults must complete background check and online safe environment course.

Date/Time: Nov. 17

Location: 11835 South 3600 West, Riverton 84065

Donations: turkeys, cream soups, broth, stuffing, pie crusts/ fillings, crushed pineapple, canned pumpkin, gravy, green beans, sugar, flour, nuts, chocolate chips, French onions, potatoes, butter

Turkey Boxes for Low-Income Clients

Agency: The Road Home

Contact: Kat Kahn, 801.819.7293,

Date/Time: Now – Nov. 24

Donations: Every year we distribute turkey boxes

to the hundreds of clients living in supportive housing. Donate $5/$10/$20 grocery store gift cards, roasting pan (disposable) for turkey, canned vegetables, stuffing mix, instant potatoes,

gravy mix, cranberry sauce

Sub for Santa for Students in Clearfield

Agency: Davis Community Learning Center

Contact: Wendy Orme, 801.402.8395,

Location: 270 Center St, Clearfield 84015

Donations: Sponsor one of 20 families with gifts

(list provided), new youth winter clothes (boots,

sturdy shoes, coats), used or new books, incentive store donations

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Fix Kids Bikes for Holiday Giveaways

Agency: Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective

Contact: Megan Risbon, 801.328.2453,

Volunteer: Volunteer to get kids bikes ready for holiday giveaways! Volunteers should have some basic bicycle mechanical knowledge. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, unless accompanied by a parent. 2 hour minimum shifts, 8 – 10 volunteers per shift..

Date/Time: Nov. 25 & Dec. 9, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Location: 2312 South West Temple, SLC 84115

Donations: all types and conditions of new & used bicycles (kids bikes, cruisers, mountain & road bikes), new & used bicycle parts & tools, adult bicycle helmets, locks & lights for bicycles

Make Ornaments and Wrap Gifts

Agency: UAID (Utah Association for Intellectual Disabilities)

Contact: Kathy Scott, 801-654-8449,

Volunteer: UAID provides Christmas for individuals with intellectual disabilities. 800 volunteers make ornaments, buy gifts, wrap gifts, make treats, do database entry, and clean-up. All ages welcome.

Date/Time: Now – Dec. 20, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Location: Valley Fair Mall, West Valley 84119

Donations: 1500 each of socks, underwear, sweats, bath towels, hand towels, washcloths

Fill the Boots

Agency: East Midvale Elementary School

Contact: Michelle McCall, 801.826.8406,

Date/Time: Now – Dec.

Location: 6990 South 300 East, Midvale 84047

Donations: Children’s boots (sizes available upon request) stuffed with a new box of crayons and fun winter scene coloring pages, a pair of gloves and winter hat, and a $25 gift card to Smith’s or Winco. We also need a foot measurement tool and books

12 Days of Christmas in Tooele

Agency: Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Salt Lake – Tooele Club

Contact: Darlene Dixon, 435.224.9300,

Volunteer: We collaborate with Tooele City Parks and Rec for a 12 Days of Christmas Night when families make 12 Christmas ornaments and then give them to selected families

Date/Time: Dec. 5, 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Location: 438 West 400 North, Tooele 84074
Donations: crackers, cheese, rolls, butter, bologna, fresh fruit and vegetables, popcorn, pretzels, toaster pastries, granola bars, art and construction paper

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