YOU can make a difference... Volunteer

We are deeply grateful for the more than 8,000 volunteers who give of their time to work hand-in-hand with the Family Giving Tree. 

Interested in volunteering during the Family Giving Tree's Back-to-School and/or Holiday Wish Drives?  We’re always looking for people who want to have fun, are passionate about our work and love giving back to their community.  You can also support our mission year-round by volunteering in our office, interviewing our recipient agencies or representing the Family Giving Tree at volunteer fairs. 


Volunteer in the warehouse

The warehouse is a flurry of activity in August and December, during our Back-to-School and Holiday Wish Drives. We rely on volunteers to help us set up the warehouse space, receive donations, sort and prepare donations, quality check donated products, help load agency cars, and clean up the warehouse space. 

  • Perfect for: Individuals, groups, volunteers of all ages
  • Months Offered: August & December, M-Sat. 10am- 5pm with occasional night shifts
  • Location: Back-to-School and/or Holiday Wish Drive warehouse (announced just prior to Drive)

Other volunteer opportunities

Office Support

Even Elves have paperwork and calls to make! Help out in our Family Giving Tree office with general office duties such as data entry, filing, mailings, putting together host packets, making calls to host agencies etc.

  • Perfect for: Individuals, volunteers age 10+
  • Months/Times Offered: Year-round on an as-needed basis, M-F 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Location: Family Giving Tree Office (606 Valley Way, Milpitas)


Agency Interviews

From schools to after-school programs and family shelters, The Family Giving Tree provides much-needed school supplies and gifts to a wide variety of organizations throughout the Bay Area. Help us evaluate our recipient organization and their needs by conducting agency interviews. This is a great way to learn about the wonderful work being done by local non-profits and help the Family Giving Tree continue to improve our services. Volunteers are responsible for their own transportation to partner agencies throughout the Bay Area.

  • Perfect For: Adult volunteers with a passion for non-profit work and meeting new people, volunteers looking for a longer term (3+ months) commitment
  • Months/Times Offered: Year-round, M-F 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Location: Throughout the Bay Area


Drive Card Sorting & Collateral Prep

Help us organize our Drive (Back-to-School and Holiday Wish) materials and staple, organize, and mail Drive Leader packets.  Come into our office to volunteer or bring back materials to prepare in the comfort of your own home.

  • Perfect For: Students, individuals, small and large groups, volunteers of all ages
  • Months/Times Offered: April, May, October, November, M-F 8:00am-5:00pm with occasional weekend availability
  • Location: Family Giving Tree Office (606 Valley Way, Milpitas)


Corporate Backpack Builds, "Elf Workshop" Preparation

During our Back-to-School and Holiday Wish Drives, local corporate Sponsors and Drive Leaders will host simulated "warehouses" at their place of business.  Family Giving Tree staff assists companies in onsite backpack assembly and holiday wish preparations.  In order for these events to run smoothly, Family Giving Tree must prepare all materials in advance of these events, including moving large crates, operating pallet jacks and organizing supplies.

  • Perfect For: Individuals 15+, small groups (must be able to lift up to 40 lbs.)
  • Months/Times Offered: June-August, November-December
  • Location: 5601 Great Oaks Parkway, San Jose  (HGST warehouse)


To inquire about volunteer opportunities please contact us at:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

home spotlight2The Family Giving Tree is proud to recognize Madelline Garza!

Over the past several months, Madelline has diligently worked on numerous projects in and out of the office, all with a smile on her face. She has shown off her sewing skills, by repairing the zippers on all donated backpacks so that no child received a broken one. Madelline has cut thousands of ribbons in preparation for corporate Backpack Builds, taken home craft projects, and volunteered at our Back-to-School Drive warehouse. Each time Madelline volunteers, she makes sure to involve her daughter, passing on the importance of community engagement.

Madelline, Family Giving Tree can't thank you enough for all of your hard work. Your passion for helping the Bay Area is contagious!