Santa's helpers needed in the community



There may be no better way to get into the holiday spirit than making the season brighter for those in need. If you’re looking for ways to serve as a family, with friends or as an office, here are ideas from some United Way agencies, courtesy of the Office of Public Affairs.


Center for the Homeless

Adopt a guest or family
Nov. 1 to Dec. 23
Spending range: $75 per child/$50 per adult
Store gift cards for adults are best.


Thanksgiving dinner

Nov. 22, 1-5 p.m.

Servers needed. Shifts fill up fast.


Hannah’s House

Winding Brook holiday lights

Dec. 24-25, evening. One-hour shifts.

Collect donations from drivers for Hannah’s House.


Incentives for women in program

Transpo bus passes, 30-day or two-week

$5-25 gift cards to Meijer, Martin’s, Speedway, 7-Eleven


Hope Ministries

Lunch servers

Any time of year.

Provide food for a meal, prepare it and/or serve it.


Sponsor a meal
Any time of year

Collect $250 to provide 100+ guests with a meal.

REAL Services

Elves for Elders

Adopt a senior by Nov. 21.

Purchase $50 worth of gifts.

Due to REAL Services by Dec. 7.


Salvation Army Kroc Center

Adopt a Family
Nov. 19-Dec. 7
Purchase clothing/necessities for each person.

Adopt a Family gift collection/distribution
Lend a hand when gifts are dropped off Dec. 7.
Distribute gifts to adopted families on Dec. 8.

Angel Tree project
Nov. 10-Dec. 12
Purchase clothing for an angel (a child).


Angel Tree gift sorting
Nov. 19-Dec. 14
Sort and prepare gifts at warehouse.


Angel Tree gift distribution
Dec. 18 (Must also attend Dec. 17 meeting.)


Red Kettle Bell Ringers
Salvation Army Kroc Center
Nov. 10-Dec. 24
Multiple shifts and locations:


St. Margaret’s House

Adopt a Guest and/or Family
Nov. 19 to Dec. 7

Christmas party

Dec. 13, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Volunteers decorate, serve lunch, clean up.

Need 5-10 people.

Christmas Shop

Dec. 3-21

Help guests “shop” for gifts for their families.

Two-hour shifts, M-F, 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 pm.

Nov. 15-16
Volunteer to answer phones.
Hard-to-fill spots: 6-9 a.m. and 3-6 pm.


There are also lists of items needed by these agencies and others, like the Women’s Care Center.