Give Back

Perhaps more than any other time of year, during the holidays we turn our attention to others less fortunate and look for ways to give back. In the listings on this page, you’ll find ways to help in your community, whether it be a donation of money or time. There are also links that you can bookmark, should you feel like volunteering year round.

  • The Arc Fox Cities

    What
    Volunteers will be helping run our agency concession stand.
    Where
    Packer Concession Stands at Lambeau Field
    How to help
    Volunteers will assist with cooking, cleaning, and running the cash registers for the game. 5–10 per game needed.
    Who it benefits
    The ARC utilizes advocacy, respect and concern to empower all people with disabilities to have the opportunity to choose and realize their goal of a full life and a secure future.
    Contact
    Lori Sabourin—(920) 725-0943, Lori@arcfoxcities.com
  • Best Friends of Neenah-Menasha

    What
    Sponsor or organize a Holiday activity for kids who are on the Waiting List and ready to be matched. Donate door prizes for the Best Friend/Young’s matches for Holiday Party.
    Where
    Best Friends of Neenah Menasha, 181 E. North Water Street, Suite 225, Neenah
    How to help
    Volunteers and Donations needed.
    Who it benefits
    Best Friends of Neenah-Menasha is a youth serving organization. Through one-to-one mentoring, Best Friends has been serving children and teens throughout Neenah and Menasha since 1973.
    Contact
    Patti Houlihan—(920) 729-5600, patti@bestfriendsnm.org
  • Bethesda Thrift Shop, Bethesda Lutheran Community

    What
    Volunteers to sort, price, merchandise, and decorate our stores for Christmas!
    Where
    Bethesda Thrift Shops in Green Bay, Appleton, Fox Point Plaza in Neenah and Sheboygan
    How to help
    Volunteers are needed.
    Who it benefits
    Support services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
    Contact
    Tina Seegers—(920) 725-7467, tina.seegers@mailblc.org
  • CAP Services Project TEAM Family Mentoring

    What
    Sponsor a family during the holidays by shopping for items on a family’s wish list or providing gift cards.
    Where
    Outagamie, Portage or Waupaca counties
    How to help
    Donations are needed.
    Who it benefits
    The mission of CAP Services is to bring about a permanent increase in the ability of low-income individuals to become economically and emotionally self-sufficient.
    Contact
    Colleen Holz—(920) 968-6365 ext 6212, cholz@capmail.org
  • Community Benefit Tree—Celebration Tree of HOPE

    What
    Host a Celebration Tree of HOPE this Christmas.
    Where
    At your business
    How to help
    We’re looking for: businesses, schools, churches, families and organizations to host a “Celebration Tree of Hope.” The Celebration Tree will display family’s wishes, basic needs and supplies needed for their Celebration of Support party. Celebration of Support party is a 1-day event that helps the family raised funds for living and medical expenses along with providing strength, hope and joy to experience all the support from the attendees of the event. We will also need volunteers to assist in finding hosts for the “Celebration Tree of Hope,” setting up, collecting and delivery items.
    Who it benefits
    Helps families going through a medical crisis
    Contact
    Heidi Frederickson—(920) 422-1919, heidifrederickson@communitybenefittree.org
  • Emergency Shelter of the Fox Valley

    What
    A team of volunteers is needed for collecting donations from locations (stores, businesses, churches, etc.) hosting a Giving Tree.
    Where
    Emergency Shelter of the Fox Valley Inc, 400 N Division St, Appleton, WI 54911
    How to help
    10–15 volunteers are needed.
    Who it benefits
    The Emergency Shelter of the Fox Valley, Inc. provides temporary shelter to homeless individuals and families in a safe environment.
    Contact
    Beth Servais—(920) 882-0346, bethservais@esfv.org
  • Habitat for Humanity ReStore

    What
    We need volunteers to work afternoons in the store and additional cashiers at the busy holiday season.
    Where
    Fox Cities Area HFH ReStore, 3000 E College Ave, Appleton, Wisconsin 54915
    How to help
    Volunteers are needed.
    Who it benefits
    Habitat for Humanity ReStores are proudly owned and operated by local Habitat for Humanity affiliates, and proceeds are used to build homes, community, and hope locally and around the world.
    Contact
    Diane Angeletti—(920) 967-8901, DianeA@fcReStore.org
  • Harbor House Domestic Abuse Programs

    What
    Volunteers will participate with our Adopt-a-Family program by helping with wrapping gifts that donors drop off for specific families who sign up with our program.
    Where
    Harbor House, 720 W. Fifth St. in Appleton
    How to help
    Volunteers are needed. Donations are welcome.
    Who it benefits
    Harbor House Domestic Abuse Programs offers a safe shelter and basic crisis services to women and children hurt by domestic abuse.
    Contact
    Christy Donaldson—(920) 955-9113, christyd@harborhousedap.org
  • Mercy Medical Center

    What
    Make cards for our patients. Create holiday tray favors for patient meal trays. Make quilts or lap robes (size: 45 × 60 inches) for our cancer, dialysis or sub-acute patients.
    Where
    Mercy Medical Center, 500 S Oakwood Rd, Oshkosh, WI 54904
    How to help
    Donations are needed.
    Who it benefits
    Patients at the hospital.
    Contact
    Amy Brownson—(920) 223-0225, mmcvolun@affinityhealth.org
  • Mosquito Hill Nature Center

    What
    Volunteers are needed for Winter Family Fun Day and Snowshoe Races: crafts, outdoor games and activities, concessions, set-up and clean-up, race monitoring and cheering.
    Where
    Mosquito Hill Nature Center, N3880 Rogers Rd, New London, WI 54961
    How to help
    Volunteers are needed.
    Who it benefits
    The Mosquito Hill Nature Center
    Contact
    Pat Lund-Moe—(920) 779-6433, fomh.vc@focol.org
  • Orphan Animal Rescue and Sanctuary (OARS)

    What
    Put up a Giving Tree in support of the animals at OARS. We can give you a list of our most needed items, like Scoopable litter, canned and dry cat and kitten food.
    Where
    OARS, 810 S. Commercial St. in Neenah
    How to help
    Donations are needed.
    Who it benefits
    Orphan Animal Rescue & Sanctuary, Inc. is a no-kill, volunteer-driven nonprofit animal rescue.
    Contact
    Paula Nelson—(920) 558-4430, coordinator@orphananimalrescue.org
  • St. Vincent de Paul of Appleton

    What
    Sorting and pricing donated goods.
    Where
    St. Vincent de Paul, College Ave., Appleton
    How to help
    Volunteers are needed.
    Who it benefits
    St. Vincent de Paul helps clients pay rent, pay electric bills, purchase gas, purchase bus tickets, medical emergencies, etc.
    Contact
    Jean Peerenboom—(920) 739-1679, volunteer@svdpappleton.org
  • The Salvation Army

    What
    Ring bells at Red Kettle locations starting November 7th through December 24th.
    Where
    Throughout Northeast Wisconsin
    How to help
    Volunteers are needed.
    Who it benefits
    The Salvation Army helps community members meet basic human needs of food shelter, clothing and spiritual guidance.
    Contact
    Sign up online.
  • The Salvation Army-Fox Cities

    What
    Visit local nursing home with gifts provided by the Salvation Army and Christmas cheer provided by you.
    Where
    Nursing homes in the Fox Cities.
    How to help
    Volunteers are needed.
    Who it benefits
    The Salvation Army helps community members meet basic human needs of food shelter, clothing and spiritual guidance.
    Contact
    Charlene Holcomb—(920) 955-1224, char_holcomb@usc.salvationarmy.org