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Become an elf! 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, check out what we have to offer.

Volunteer at Family Giving Tree

Looking to volunteer with the Elves? Select the month you are available below, fill out the requst form, and we'll get back to you! To learn about our needs as soon as they're posted, sign up for our newsletter or become a friend on Facebook.

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The Warehouse

FGT Warehouse

Our warehouse becomes a hubbub of activity during the Back to School and Holiday Wish Drive. More than 7,000 volunteers will join us to receive, sort, and process donated backpacks and gifts!

Important Information:

Help us find a warehouse for the 2014 Back to School Drive. Take a look at our list of "needs" and contact us with any leads you may have!

Warehouse Hours (Dec 2013)

What you should know before you volunteer

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. That’s because we don’t do much sitting.

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.

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 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

Help out at the Elves' Office with general office duties such as data input, filing, collateral prep, host calls, and other duties as needed.

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Back to School Drive Prep

Help us organize materials and prep collateral for our Back to School Drive. Great for students!

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Holiday Wish Drive Prep

Help us organize materials and prep collateral for our Holiday Wish Drive. Great for students!

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Back to School Warehouse

Help us set-up the warehouse, receive backpacks, sort supplies, quality check, clean-up and backpack preparation for distribution.

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Holiday Wish Drive Warehouse

Help us set-up warehouse, receive gifts, sort and wrap gifts, quality check, clean-up and distribute gifts.

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Donation Pick-ups

Help bring backpacks or gifts from our public host companies to our warehouse for preparation and distribution.

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Agency Interviews

Make site visits to our agency partners in an effort to evaluate their needs and ensure we stay connected.

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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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Warehouse Hours: December

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