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Volunteer with the Richmond Christmas Fund

Published September 05, 2023

September, of course, marks the end of summer, and the start of a new school year.

Here at RCRG, the month is significant for a slightly different reason: it's when Santa puts up his Elves Wanted sign, and officially kicks off another season of the Richmond Christmas Fund.

The first step, always, is building our team of volunteers, who will provide invaluable support as we work to distribute grocery vouchers, toys, books, and gift cards to nearly 3,000 of our neighbours in need.

This year's program will run from November 15 through December 9, at Lansdowne Centre, and there are many ways you can get involved.

If you're a people person, you might consider volunteering as a Greeter or a Registration Assistant. Both roles involve regular interaction with Christmas Fund families, during which you'll help guide them through our qualification process.

If you'd prefer to volunteer behind the scenes, you can make a huge difference as a Data Entry Assistant. Once families register, but before they receive their items, you'll enter their information in our database, ensuring we can track this year's statistics and accurately portray the program's impact.

And don't forget the Toy Room, which serves as our version of Santa's workshop. It's where parents go to select gifts for their children, and is every bit as magical as it sounds. Volunteer opportunities are available as Toy Room Assistants, who help families navigate the different categories and find the perfect present(s), as well as Toy Sorters, who work to keep the shelves organized and well-stocked with newly donated items.

Volunteering with the Christmas Fund offers practical benefits: the roles are short-term and flexible, with shifts available on weekday mornings, afternoons, and evenings, as well as on weekends.

The biggest benefit, though, is the difference you'll make in the lives of fellow community members, who, thanks to you, will get to experience the magic of a holiday celebration.

A complete list of Christmas Fund volunteer opportunities is available on our website. You can learn more about any of the positions by clicking the corresponding links. And if you find a role where the elf shoe fits, you can submit an online application!

Our one piece of advice is to apply as early as possible. Applicants are interviewed on a first come, first served basis, and many positions fill up quickly. If you want to be part of Santa's team, the best time to tell him is right now!