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Become an elf and help us in the warehouse during our Back to School Drive in August and during our Holiday Wish Drive in December. The Family Giving Tree depends almost entirely on our volunteers to perform the tasks necessary to ensure all wishes are fulfilled. If you’d like to help make a child’s holiday or back to school wish come true, sign up for a warehouse volunteer slot today!

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2014 Holiday Warehouse

FGT Warehouse

The Family Giving Tree uses donated space to run our drives. THANK YOU iStar Financial for donating the use of this wonderful space!

2014 Holiday Wish Drive Warehouse
1210 California Circle
Milpitas, CA 95035
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Warehouse Hours

When are we open? Check out our hours of operation for the Holiday Wish Drive warehouse in December.

What you should know before you volunteer in the warehouse:

Shift requirements for both drives: A minimum commitment of two hours is requested for each volunteer shift, but if we can find more work for you to do on the day you volunteer, we'd love for you to stay! And please, no drop-ins to the warehouse!

Warehouse Tasks: Volunteers will be asked to help in various ways at the warehouse. Usually, these tasks are decided immediately before a group arrives, so we are not able to predict what you or your group will be doing in advance.

Attire and Warehouse Conditions: Always wear multiple layers for warehouse work. We are never sure what temperatures to expect, but it's usually HOT in the summer and COLD in the winter! We also suggest comfy shoes.

Snacking: We always have Culligan water available! Snacks and food are available for sale from Dream Catcher Catering during the Holiday Wish Drive only. If you are hosting a group of volunteers, you are welcome to bring your own food and we will set tables up for you. Groups meals are also available from Dream Catcher catering. Click here for more info!

Little Elves: Little elf volunteers are welcome, but remember the warehouse is not child-proof so younger volunteers must be strictly supervised. Any volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult or guardian 21 or older.

Volunteer Opportunities

Office Support

Even Elves have paperwork and calls to make! Help out at the Elves’ 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. M-F 8:00am-5:00pm

Location: FGT Office (606 Valley Way, Milpitas)

Agency Interviews

From schools to after-school programs and family shelters, The Family Giving Tree helps provide much needed school supplies and gifts to a wide variety of organizations throughout the Bay Area. Help us evaluate our partner agency’s needs and collect client stories 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

Off-Season Donated Product Sorting

The Family Giving Tree receives year-round donations and provides boxes of clothing, food, baby products, and household supplies to our partner agencies. We are always looking for volunteers to help us sort and pack donated product so our partners can distribute extra resources to their clients in need. Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Perfect For: active volunteers (requires standing, bending, and lifting products and boxes), groups of 5 or less

Months/Times Offered: Year-round, M-F 7:00am-4:00pm

Location: FGT Year-round Warehouse (581 Race Street, San Jose)

Wish Card Sorting/Collateral Prep

Help us organize materials and staple, organize, and mail host packets for our Back to School Drive and Holiday Wish Drives. Come into our office to volunteer or bring back materials to staple and rubberband 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: FGT Office (606 Valley Way, Milpitas)

Donation Pick-Up

Help bring backpacks or gifts from our public host companies to our warehouse for preparation and distribution. Volunteers must have an up-to-date driver’s license, valid car insurance, and the ability to drive their own vehicle.

Perfect for: active volunteers (requires loading supplies in and out of the vehicle), individuals 16+

Months Offered: August and December, M-F 8:00am-6:00pm (time varies)

Location: throughout the Bay Area

Warehouse Volunteering

The warehouse is a flurry of activity in August and December, for our Back to School and Holiday Wish warehouses. We rely on volunteers to help us set up the warehouse space, receive donations, sort and wrap donations, quality check donated products, help load agency cars, and clean up the warehouse space. Click here to learn about the warehouse registration process.

Perfect for: individuals, groups, volunteers of all ages

Months Offered: Year-round, M-Sat. 10am- 5pm with occasional night shifts

Location: Current BTS Warehouse, HWD Warehouse. Learn more here

Click on group, individual, or youth to see which of our volunteer opportunities works best for you and submit a volunteer interest form.

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Regular/Long-Term Volunteer Opportunities

The Family Giving Tree is searching for volunteers who are interested in making a lasting impact by donating 3 or more months of their time to support our mission of brightening the lives of low-income families and individuals throughout the Bay Area. Click below to learn more about our open volunteer positions and we look forward to having you join our team!

Agency Interview Specialist
Collateral Prep Volunteer Lead
Community Outreach Specialist
Donated Product Specialist
Host Call Specialist
Volunteer Program Support Specialist

Angel Elves

Do you want to help the Family Giving Tree in a special way? Angel Elves are experienced volunteers willing to donate their time and skill set to help our programs run smoothly. Some Angel Elves supervise other volunteers at the warehouse on multiple days. Some help with special events and other activities such as the Executive Elf Challenge and Wish Card sorting. In the warehouse during Back to School and Holiday Drive, tasks may involve general set up, greeting other volunteers, store supervision and supervision of gift shipping/receiving. Angel Elf responsibilities depend on the person's experience and comfort level with specific tasks. Check out the slideshow from our Annual Angel Elf Appreciation Dinner in 2014!

Who are the Angel Elves?

The contributions of our Angel Elves are tremendous. Their combined efforts are vital to our programs and their constant enthusiasm helps brighten the start of school and holidays for thousands of children each year. On behalf of all the children, we thank them for their dedication!

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Jessy Rodriguez

Jessy Rodriguez first came to The Family Giving Tree as a volunteer with her young classmates from Calaveras Montessori in 2004. They bagged gifts by 10 and she was already leading her group (she was one of the two children who could count to 10)! For the next several years, Jessy became a regular warehouse volunteer at the Holiday Wish Drive and Back to School Drive. In 2011 she really blossomed and took over the agency pick up job, working some pretty long shifts and even spent time helping her young friends learn the system! Jessy's hard work earned her Angel Elf of the year award in 2011! She currently attends Monroe Middle School where she is on the honor roll, active in band and plays the flute.

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Joanne Bodenhammer

Joanne Bodenhammer has volunteered countless hours helping us contact and sign up hundreds of hosts for our holiday program, and get wish cards ready to send them. Thanks to her dedication and generous spirit for many years, thousands more children's wishes will be fulfilled this season! She is an amazing Angel Elf!

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Diane Trevino

Diane Trevino has volunteered with FGT since it’s inception, more than 20 years! She spends endless hours at our warehouses for the Back-to-School Drive and Holiday Wish Drive, doing everything from training fellow volunteers to personally making sure every bag is perfectly packed. Her other commitments include serving as lead volunteer with Sacred Heart Community Services and heading the former National Semiconductor's Holiday Workshop Project that provided 800 gift bags for seniors, low-income families, homeless adults and adults with disabilities. Not only does Diane coordinate the hundreds of volunteers that assemble the gift bags, she and her husband Rey shop for each of the items (over 10,400 toiletries, books, etc.) that go into the bags. Diane participates in all of the volunteer projects coordinated by Texas Instruments including bagging groceries for seniors at the Sunnyvale Community Services, beautifying an InnVision shelter for women and children, and pulling invasive weeds with Save the Bay. She also serves on Texas Instrument's Wellness Team, Recycling Team and is a Building Emergency Manager for their headquarters building. She is an inspiration to all of us!

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General Office Duties

Even Elves have paperwork and calls to make! Help out at the Elves’ Office with general office duties such as data entry, filing, mailings, putting together host packets, making calls to host agencies etc.

Perfect for: individuals, groups, volunteers age 10+

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Back to School Drive Prep

Help us organize materials and prep host packets for our Back to School Drive. Come into our office to volunteer or bring back materials to staple and rubberband in the comfort of your own home.

Perfect For: students, individuals, small and large groups, volunteers of all ages

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Holiday Wish Drive Prep

Help us organize materials and prep host packets for our Holiday Wish Drive. We need assistance entering wishes into our system, double checking wish cards, and putting together host packets. Come into our office to volunteer or you can even bring back materials to staple and rubberband in the comfort of your own home.

Perfect For: students, individuals, small and large groups, volunteers of all ages

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Back to School Drive Warehouse

The warehouse is a flurry of activity in August. We rely on volunteers to help us set up the warehouse space, receive backpacks, sort supplies, quality check donated backpacks, distribute backpacks to host agencies, and clean up the warehouse space.

Perfect for: individuals, groups, volunteers of all ages

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Holiday Wish Drive Warehouse

The warehouse is a flurry of activity in December. We rely on volunteers to help us set up the warehouse space, receive gifts, sort and wrap gifts, quality check gifts, distribute gifts to partner agency representatives, and clean up the warehouse space.

Perfect for: individuals, groups, volunteers of all ages

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Donation Pick-ups

Help bring backpacks or gifts from our public host companies to our warehouse for preparation and distribution. Volunteers must have an up-to-date driver’s license, valid car insurance, and the ability to drive their own vehicle.

Perfect for: active volunteers (requires loading supplies in and out of the vehicle), individuals 16+

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Agency Interviews

From schools to after-school programs and family shelters, The Family Giving Tree helps provide much needed school supplies and gifts to a wide variety of organizations throughout the Bay Area. Help us evaluate our partner agency’s needs and collect client stories 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

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Wish Editing

Help us sort through our database of wishes to ensure each child receives exactly what they want!

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Assorted Donated Product Sorting

The Family Giving Tree receives year-round donations and provides boxes of clothing, food, baby products, and household supplies to our partner agencies. We are always looking for volunteers to help us sort and pack donated product so our partners can distribute extra resources to their clients in need.

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Warehouse Hours: December

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