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2022 Holiday Season Volunteer Opportunities in Edmonton and area.

The holiday season is a great time to get involved s a volunteer. Many of these are either one-time or short ongoing roles. Some may require a longer volunteer commitment. This isn’t a comprehensive list but it’s a great starting place. The key is to APPLY EARLY! Especially for the more traditional roles that are specifically focused on Christmas because they fill up fast!

Happy Holidays and Happy Volunteering!

Christmas Bureau of Edmonton
Give the gift of time and connect with some amazing Edmontontians who enjoy celebrating the Christmas spirit all year round. From corporate events to hockey games, the variety of volunteer opportunities is endless. They provide a festive meal and coordination of Christmas giving to Edmontonians in need by providing a one-stop application process for three Christmas giving programs.

Their website is rather vague about minimum ages for volunteering (although they are requesting volunteers 15 – 30 years of age for a Youth Volunteer Committee), types of volunteers accepted (groups and families, for example) and even what kinds of tasks volunteers complete – but they are a huge organization with plenty of opportunities.
Submit an online application and you’ll likely learn more!


Website: https://www.christmasbureau.ca/ways-to-help/volunteer/

Ched’s Santa’s Anonymous
Relying on thousands of volunteers and donors, 630 CHED Santas Anonymous collects, sorts, packages, and delivers toys to over 20,000 children every year.

Minimum ageAll ages for delivery days
6 years and older when accompanied by an adult on Sunday Family Days
16 years and older for all other roles.
Group Volunteer opportunities: yes
Family volunteer opportunities:yes

Hurry – these roles usually fill up quickly and begin in late November!

Website: https://www.santasanonymous.ca/

Hope Mission
Hope Mission is a not-for-profit Christian social care agency caring for impoverished and homeless men, women and children in Alberta. Basic and emergency care are provided to over 800 people daily as well as counsel and referral services for men, women, and youth. Each day Hope Mission provides over 1000 meals, and shelter for over 500 people. 
Volunteering in their meal service program means helping to prepare, serve, and clean-up afterwards. For special events, they serve Thanksgiving, Easter, and four Christmas meals every year to our guests.

Minimum age: 12 years and older when accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Group volunteer opportunities: yes
Family volunteer opportunities: yes

Website: https://hopemission.com/get-involved/volunteer/volunteer-in-edmonton/

Salvation Army
The Salvation Army’s annual Christmas Kettle Campaign – their largest fundraising drive of the year – seeks donations from the public to help assist millions of people living in poverty. The Kettle Campaign donations transform the lives of Canadians and help people find a way out of poverty permanently.
Without the help of volunteers, they can’t raise these essential funds. By becoming a Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Volunteer you can help vulnerable Canadians.
Other volunteer roles include: packing and distributing food hampers, sorting toys, greeting clients and guiding them through toy-selection processes, and assisting with client registrations and applications.

Minimum age: 16 years
Group volunteer opportunities: yes

Website: https://salvationarmy.ca/volunteer/volunteer-application/a-call-for-christmas-volunteers/

Bissell Centre
Everything Bissell Centre does is grounded in its vision of eliminating poverty. Working with communities, they empower people to move from poverty to cultural, social and economic prosperity.
They refer to their Christmas volunteers as “Bissell Elf volunteers” and your efforts as a volunteer and advocate will help ensure more people receive the support they need to build a brighter future.
Roles include: gift wrapping at Southgate mall
Other volunteer roles may include: unloading and sorting donated Christmas gifts, Festive Giveaway (volunteers are in charge of the set-up, re-stocking, and distribution of all gifts during event days), and helping to prepare and serve food for approximately 800 people during their New Year’s Day meal. (NOTE: it is unclear from their website if these roles are still available)

Minimum age: 18 years (NOTE: it is unclear if youth volunteers are accepted – it’s best to contact the organization directly)
Group volunteer opportunities: yes

Website: https://bissellcentre.org/bissellelf/

Edmonton’s Food Bank
There are a wide variety of volunteer roles at Edmonton’s Food Bank – including sorting, repackaging, building hampers, client services, special event and more. While they don’t appear to have specific Christmas volunteer roles, we know that food plays a big part of our celebrations so helping others to have that food security may be an area that is important you at this particular time of year.

Minimum age: 18 years
Group volunteer opportunities: yes

Website: https://www.edmontonsfoodbank.com/volunteer/

Festival of Trees
Since 1985, the University Hospital Foundation’s Festival of Trees has brought families and friends together to celebrate the season, create lasting memories and support critically important causes at the University of Alberta Hospital (UAH) site. Supporters take part in a festive wonderland of beautifully decorated Christmas trees, Silver Soiree, Santa’s Breakfast, Winter Wonderland and market, and more.
Volunteers participate in everything from tree decoration to customer service and logistic planning. Their passion and diverse set of skills has made Festival of Tress the success it has been for the past 36 years.
Minimum age: unknown
Group and family volunteer opportunities: unknown.
Please contact their Volunteer Coordinator to learn more.

Website: https://givetouhf.ca/festival-of-trees/get-involved/volunteer/

Glow Edmonton
Local non-profits are invited to work the coat check for this event (and get the proceeds for their organization) so if this interests you, you may want to visit their page and see if one of the organizations are recruiting volunteers!

Website: https://glowyeg.ca/glowing-in-the-community/

Others:
Local attractions such as:
Fort Edmonton Park (Edmonton Christmas Market)
Website: https://www.fortedmontonpark.ca/more/volunteers

Citadel Theatre (A Christmas Carol)
Website: https://citadeltheatre.com/support-the-theatre/volunteer/

Arden Theatre St. Albert (various Christmas events and concerts)
Website: https://stalbert.ca/exp/arden/get-involved/volunteer/

Festival Place Sherwood Park (various events and concerts)
Website: https://festivalplace.ca/about-us/volunteer/

There may be other festive events that engage volunteers regularly so you may want to contact them directly to see if they need volunteers for their holiday-specific events. Note: you may have to volunteer for more than just the December events – but that might be fun!