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'Tis the Season
To Change Lives

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Adopt a Family This Christmas

Purchase toys, clothes or wish list items for each family member, plus a grocery store gift card for Christmas dinner. Contact Liway for details.

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Register to Ring

Join our iconic Red Kettle Campaign and help spread hope and joy this holiday season.

For most people, the holidays are a truly magical time. We gather around the table with friends and family, give and receive meaningful presents, and celebrate the joy of the season with loved ones from near and far. Yet for thousands of Bay Area families, the holidays are a time of uncertainty and disappointment. Children go hungry while their peers enjoy hearty Thanksgiving dinners. Parents struggle to make ends meet, looking for any way to afford a few presents for under the tree.

We need volunteers like you to spread hope and joy this holiday season. Families across the Silicon Valley are counting on us to get them through this difficult time. Please browse the holiday volunteer opportunities below to see how you can partner with The Salvation Army Silicon Valley to make an impact this holiday season. We are in need of both individual and group volunteers!

Spread Hope & Kindness

Bell Ringers Needed Now Through Christmas Eve!

What if you could feed more than a dozen hungry children with just two hours of your time? As a bell ringer for our annual Red Kettle Campaign, you’ll help us raise funds and bring hope and kindness to those in need. Our nationally renowned Red Kettle Campaign is our principal source of private funding and ensures we can meet the growing need in our community. Becoming a bell ringer is simple, rewarding, and fun. Most of our ringers enjoy it so much that they volunteer with us every holiday season. Choose from various locations across the Bay Area. Group options available.

Sign Up Today!

To join our iconic Red Kettle Campaign, click here to sign up online or contact Liway Gimenez at liwayway.gimenez@usw.salvationarmy.org or 408.282-1165 ext. 3218.

December 2019 Volunteer Opportunities

The holidays are a busy time for us all. We hope this calendar will make it easy for you to determine which volunteer opportunities will best fit your schedule. A full explanation of each volunteer event is listed below. Events in green are held in San Jose at our local centers. Events in red are held at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds Gateway Hall at 344 Tully Road in San Jose.



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Food Box Assembly

  • Make food boxes following perforations on flat cardboard. 30-35 volunteers needed on Friday, December 6 from 9 - 11:30 am. (SCC Fairgrounds)

Toy 'N Joy Store Setup

  • Help set up our Toy 'N Joy store by moving partitions and tables into place, covering tables, and labeling areas for easier placement of toys and gifts. 6-10 volunteers needed on Saturday, December 7 from 9 - 10:30 am. (SCC Fairgrounds)

Holiday Food Box Packer

  • Pack food boxes for distribution for Christmas meal. 30 volunteers needed on Saturday, December 7 from 9 am - 12 pm. PLUS 20 volunteers needed on any day from December 9-13 from 9 - 11 am. Will consider afternoon / early evening for a group of 20. (SCC Fairgrounds)

Toy Sorter / Displayer

  • Sort & display toys in our Toy ‘N Joy store. 30 volunteers needed on Saturdays, December 7 and December 14 from 9 - 11:30 am OR from 10 am - 12 pm on Tuesday, December 17 or Thursday, December 19. (SCC Fairgrounds)

Bike, Trike & Wagon Assembly

  • Help us assemble bikes, trikes, and wagons for local kids in need. 3 volunteers needed from December 16 - 20, time negotiable. (SCC Fairgrounds)

Senior Center Christmas Party Helpers

  • Help distribute gifts to Seniors during our lunch program, and after lunch give out holiday food boxes and help load into cars. 3 volunteers needed on December 20 from 11 am - 3 pm.

Senior Center Christmas Party Carolers

  • Sing Christmas songs to make the party atmosphere more festive. Individual or group needed on December 20 from 10:30 - 11:30 am. 

Senior Center Christmas Food Box Distribution

  • Distribute holiday food boxes and help load into cars. 9 volunteers needed on December 20 from 12:45 - 3 pm.

Adopt a Senior Center Bulletin Board - Christmas

  • “Adopt” this bulletin board by purchasing quality décor for Christmas that can be used year after year. Bulletin Boards approx. 4’x9’. Please call Debby Reynolds for details at 408.282-1165 ext. 3209.

Christmas Distribution Shopping Escort / Guide

  • Help parents select toys and gifts for their children (ages infant through 12 years old). Help with pack-out and teardown after the event. 150 volunteers needed on Saturday, December 21 from 8 am - 1 pm. (SCC Fairgrounds)

Christmas Carriers

  • Help carry gift bags and holiday food boxes for parents who parked across the street. 10 volunteers needed on Saturday, December 21 from 8 am - 1 pm. (SCC Fairgrounds)

Christmas Food Box Distribution

  • Distribute holiday food boxes to families. 20 volunteers needed on Saturday, December 21 from 8 am - 1 pm. (SCC Fairgrounds)

Christmas Party Helpers

  • Serve lunch, distribute gifts, and clean up. 10-12 volunteers (minimum age 13 with parent) needed on Wednesday, December 25.


Sign Up Today!

To register or learn more, please contact Liway Gimenez at liwayway.gimenez@usw.salvationarmy.org or call 408.282-1165 ext. 3218. All volunteer opportunities are held at our facilities in San Jose unless otherwise listed. The SCC Fairground is located at Gateway Hall, 344 Tully Road, San Jose, CA 95111.