Opportunity to
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.

Volunteer Listings

  • American Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes

  • Send a card and greeting to a Service Member, and Veteran, this holiday season. Cards can be sent to the following address:
  • Holiday Mail for Heroes
    PO Box 5456
    Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456
  • Please follow these important tips:
  • Do...
  • * Include your heartfelt sentiments and sign all cards
  • * Entitle cards with generic terms such as "Dear Service Member"
  • * Bundle groups of cards in single, large envelopes (you do not need to include the individual envelopes for cards when mailing in multiple cards)
  • Don't...
  • * Send letters, care packages or money gifts
  • * Include personal information such as home or email addresses
  • * Use glitter - excessive amounts can aggravate health issues of wounded recipients
  • * Include inserts of any kind as they must be removed in the screening process
  • Please Send by Dec. 7th
  • Annual Live Nativity

  • Saturday, Dec. 1
  • Donations of home baked holiday goodies, apple cider or apple juice are needed to serve after the Live Nativity program. Volunteers are needed to direct parking and/or run a shuttle car to the 1890 Cathedral Barn, and to serve cookies and hot apple cider.
  • Serving Refreshments 5:45 pm - 8:45 pm
  • Living Nativity 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Parking 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm and from 8:00 pm - 8:30 pm.
  • Contact: Mary or Diane
  • Phone: 864-7230
  • Email: info@bridge-between.com
  • Best Friends of neenah-Menasha

  • 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 (gift cards to Badger Sports Park, Culvers, McDonalds, etc.)
  • Contact: Patti Houlihan
  • Phone: 920-729-5600
  • Boys & Girls Brigade - Christmas Giving program

  • Volunteer to deliver gifts, Thursday, Dec 20 at 7:45 a.m. to Noon.
  • Contact: Wendy Mikolanz
  • Phone: 920-725-3211
  • Email: christmas@bgbrigade.com
  • Cap Services Project Team Family Mentoring

  • Sponsor a family during the holidays by shopping for items on a family's wish list or providing gift cards.
  • Minimum Age: 18 unless with legal guardian
  • Contact: Colleen Holz
  • Phone: 920-968-6365 ext 6212
  • Email: cholz@capmail.org
  • Christmas Day Dinner

  • December 25, volunteers needed for preparations on December 24 and December 25. Cooks, greeters, servers, home deliverers, dishwashers and clean-up help. Meals will beserved starting at 11:30 am on December 25.
  • Contact: Ed Rathsack
  • Phone: 920-731-7867
  • Christmas Toy Distribution and Adopt-a-Family Pickup

  • December 18, 19 & 20
  • Volunteers needed in helping persons choose gifts for their families at The Salvation Army- Fox Cities Christmas site. Lots of Santa helpers needed for lots of different opportunities.
  • Minimum Age: 18
  • Contact: Charlene Holcomb
  • Phone: 920-955-1224
  • Email:Char_Holcomb@usc.salvationarmy.org
  • Clarity Care, inc.

  • Spread the holiday spirit by volunteering to sponsor/host an event.
  • Contact: Kurt Johnson
  • Phone: 920-236-6560 ext. 1105
  • Email: kurt.johnson@claritycare.org
  • Community 2000 - A program of Valley packaging ind

  • Volunteers needed in hauling, counting and repackaging food donations from collection drives to put together to distribute to families for Christmas.
  • Minimum Age: 13
  • Contact: Juli Meulemans
  • Phone: 920-833-0277
  • Email: c2000@vpind.com
  • Decorate for Christmas at The Bridge Between Retreat Center

  • During the last week of November, we will be getting into the Christmas mode. Can you help get the barn ready for our Live Nativity which will be held on Saturday, December 1st? We will be needing help with decorating the outside of the Farmhouse, Granary, and Barn, along with setting up the seating area. Of course, we will need more goodies to serve to all that come to our Live Nativity at 4471 Flaherty Lane, Denmark.
  • Contact: Mary or Diane
  • Phone: 864-7230
  • Email: info@bridge-between.com
  • Decorating the National Railroad Museum

  • Saturday, Nov. 10, 8:30 am -1:30 pm
  • Come and help us spread the cheer of the season. We are decorating the museum at 2285 South Broadway in Green Bay for the holiday season and our Polar Express event. Lunch will be provided to volunteers for there work. Come and help out, for it is the most wonderful time of the year!
  • Contact: Adam Carey
  • Phone: 437-7623 x 13
  • Email: acarey@nationalrrmuseum.org
  • Emergency Shelter of the Fox Valley

  • Schools, companies and other organizations can host a Giving Tree or coordinate a collection of items from our Wish List.
  • Minimum Age: 16
  • Contact: Jennifer Dieter
  • Phone: 920-734-9603
  • Email: jenniferdieter@esfv.org
  • Fox Valley Warming shelter

  • Need ongoing help with evening meal preparation and serving and covering of overnight shifts. Need people to volunteer during the day on Christmas and New Years Days. Volunteers must be 18 or from 14-17 with a parent or guardian.
  • Minimum Age: 14
  • Contact: Connie
  • Phone: 920-419-0928
  • Email: vcfvws@gmail.com
  • Gift Wrapping for PALS Program Christmas Party

  • Wednesday, Dec. 5 from 4:15 pm - 6:30 pm
  • Volunteers should please bring their own scissors. Please come to conference rooms A & B just off the lobby of the Sophie Beaumont Building at 111 N Jefferson St.
  • Contact: Glen Tilot
  • Phone: 448-6023
  • Email: tilot_gg@co.brown.wi.us
  • Habitat for Humanity

  • Gift wrap volunteers for the 15th annual Gift Wrap for Habitat booth at the Fox River Mall. Volunteers are needed to wrap (Age 15 or over) or run the cash register (must be over age 18). Shifts of 3-5 hours are available.
  • Minimum Age: 15 to wrap. Minimum Age: 18 cashier
  • Jodi Isom
  • Phone: 920-967-8882
  • Email: jodii@fchabitat.org
  • Habitat for Humanity restore

  • Volunteers to work afternoons in the store and additional cashiers at the busy holiday season.
  • Minimum Age: 18
  • Contact: Diane Angeletti
  • Phone: 920-967-8901
  • Email: Dianea@fcrestore.org
  • Harbor House

  • Holiday Helpers This includes but is not limited to: donation sorting and organizing, wrapping presents for our Adopt a Family Program, (may sign up as a group or individual).
  • Minimum Age: 14 years old without an adult
  • Contact: Christy Donaldson
  • Phone: 920-955-9113
  • Email: christyd@harborhousedap.org
  • Harbor House - Domestic Abuse Program

  • The Adopt a Family and Adopt a Shelter program is made possible each year with the help of generous community donors. Each year Harbor House is able to assist many families with holiday gifts, grocery store gift cards and numerous other needed items.
  • Contact: Christy Donaldson or Shelly Johnson
  • Phone: 920-832-1667
  • Haven of Hope

  • Would like to take our clients, who are disabled, to Northland Mall to see Santa, sing and shop on December 13th from 8:30-12:30. This will only be possible if we have 1:1 coverage, so we would need 15-20 volunteers.
  • Minimum Age: 16
  • Contact: Joyce
  • Phone: 920-850-3409
  • Email: joyce@HavenOfHopeDayCare.com
  • Kettle Driver for Salvation Army

  • November 9 thru December 22, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Drive around to various locations to pick up full kettles and replace with new kettles.
  • Contact: Ryan Dreier at the Salvation Army
  • Phone: 593-2375
  • Email: ryan_dreier@usc.salvationarmy.org
  • Lighting Ceremony On Broadway

  • Friday, Nov. 16
  • Event prep and set-up at 117 S Chestnut, GB 54303, including posting A-frames/signage, taking pictures, handing out programs, collecting donations for hayrides, caroling, projects as needed. Dress in layers, appropriate for the weather.
  • Contact: Jeff Tilkens
  • Phone: 437-2531
  • Email: info@onbroadway.org
  • Loaves & Fishes of the Fox Valley, inc.

  • Volunteers to sing carols during our meal time Dec 3, 5, 10, 12, 17 and 19.
  • Minimum Age: Students 10-13 must be accompanied by one adult for each child. Students 14-17 may come in a group with a chaperone. No more than 4 students per chaperone. The chaperone is entirely responsible for the students. Students ages 14-17 may also attend with a parent.
  • Contact: Carol Burns
  • Phone: 920-540-8474
  • Email: cburns@loavesandfishesfv.org
  • Lutheran Homes of Oshkosh

  • Volunteers are welcomed during the holidays in the following areas: Christmas carolers, resident visitors, volunteers to escort residents to onsite special events and celebrations, and holiday entertainers.
  • Minimum Age 14 (unless accompanied by an adult).
  • Contact: Jill Novotny
  • Phone: 920-232-5282
  • Email: jnovotny@lutheranhomes.com
  • Mercy Medical Center

  • Make cards for our patients. The cards can have a holiday theme, get well, thinking of you or other thoughts of caring.
  • Create holiday tray favors for patient meal trays. Please call or email for guidelines.
  • Make quilts or lap robes (size: 45 X 60 inches) for our cancer, dialysis or sub-acute patients.
  • Contact: Amy Brownson
  • Phone: 920-223-0225
  • E-mail: mmcvolun@affinityhealth.org
  • Mosquito Hill nature Center

  • Winter Family Fun Day: crafts, outdoor games and activities, concessions, set-up and clean-up.
  • Minimum Age 14 (younger with staff approval)
  • Contact: Pat Lund-Moe
  • Phone: 920-779-6433
  • Email: fomh.vc@focol.org
  • NAMI Fox Valley, Outreach Center and Friendship place

  • Holiday party for 200+ people, December 10, 2012.
  • Setup, decorate, host, serve, and clean up for consumers of our mental health services. This a collaboration of NAMI-Fox Valley, Outreach Center, and Friendship Place.
  • 5-7pm at First Congregational United Church of Christ.
  • Minimum Age: 16
  • Contact: Jill Mitchler
  • Phone: 920-954-1550
  • Email: jill@namifoxvalley.org
  • NEW ZOO Holiday Fest

  • Friday, Dec. 14 and Saturday, Dec. 15 - 4:00 - 8:30 pm
  • Volunteers needed to help as the zoo will open for extended hours on these dates and will feature festive lights and a candlelit horse drawn wagon ride thru the Reforestation Camp trails at 4418 Reforestation Rd., GB 54313. Don't miss Santa too!
  • Contact: Angela
  • Phone: 434-7841 x2405
  • Email: volunteer@newzoo.org
  • Neville Public Museum Children's Only Shop

  • Friday, Nov. 23 from 12 noon - 3:00 pm, Saturday, Nov. 24 from 12 noon - 3:00 pm, Saturday, Dec. 1 from 12 noon - 3 pm, Wednesday, Dec. 5 from 5 pm - 7 pm
  • Volunteers help children shop for presents for their parents, help wrap gifts, help with cash register or help monitor the line. Volunteers must be friendly and keep a positive attitude in potentially busy times.
  • Contact: Jenny Seim
  • Phone: 448-7874
  • Orphan Animal Rescue & Sanctuary

  • Volunteers to lead fundraising projects including: giving tree, selling candy and greeting cards, and gift wrapping event.
  • Minimum Age: 17
  • Contact: Tammie Kersten
  • Phone: 920-558-4430
  • Email: coordinator@orphananimalrescue.org
  • Oshkosh Family inc / Meals on Wheels

  • Make greeting cards or tray favors for homebound elders receiving Meals on Wheels.
  • Contact: Judy Richey
  • Phone: 920-651-3316
  • Email: jarmow@oshkoshfamily.org
  • Outagamie County Volunteer services

  • Thanksgiving Food Basket Program. Donors provide a Thanksgiving meal or food basket to a family in Outagamie County.
  • Contact: Penny Jane Straus
  • Phone: 920-832-5515
  • PALS Christmas Party

  • Saturday, Dec. 8 - 11:15 am - 2:30 pm
  • Volunteers are needed to help serve food, assist with children's activities, hand out gifts from Santa Claus, and help straighten up after the party at Townline Sports Bar & Grill - 2544 Lineville Rd., Howard/Suamico 54313.

  • Contact: Glen Tilot
  • Phone: 448-6177
  • Email: tilot_gg@co.brown.wi.us
  • The Paper Discovery Center

  • Christmas on the Fox, December 15: Assist children making paper crafts for holiday gifts. Help with children's activities, games and crafts.
  • Minimum Age: 15
  • Contact: Kathleen Lhost
  • Phone: 920-380-7491
  • Email: kathleen@paperdiscoverycenter.org or volunteer@svdpappleton.org
  • Polar Express

  • Friday, Nov. 23, Saturday, Nov. 24, Sunday, Nov. 25 and Thursday, Nov. 29, Friday, Nov. 30, Saturday, Dec. 1, Sunday, Dec. 2 from 2 pm - 8 pm
  • The National Railroad Museum at 2285 S. Broadway, Green Bay again presents this very popular family holiday tradition. From the Hot Chocolate Dance and a reading of the original book to an exciting train ride to the North Pole and visiting with Santa, the Polar Express at the Museum is a treat for all ages.
  • Ushers - Help greet our guest as they enter the Lenfestey Center. This opportunity will also involve making sure guests are seated in the proper section and helping the museum staff solve any seating challenges that may occur.
  • Hot Chocolate Waiter/Waitress - As the show begins, the audience is thrilled with the Hot Chocolate Dance, after which everyone is offered a cup of rich creamy hot chocolate. During this indoor opportunity you will help make and serve hot chocolate.
  • Children's Activities - assist with games and crafts for kids.
  • Contact: Adam Carey
  • Phone: 437-7623 x 13
  • Email: acarey@nationalrrmuseum.org
  • Salvation Army Holiday Distribution

  • Tuesday, Dec. 18 9:00 - 11:00 am, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Wed., Dec. 19 - 11:00 am, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Volunteers are needed to act as interpreters, food basket distributors, toy shop helpers, Adopt-A-Family volunteers, and clean up crews.
  • Shopko Hall Located between the Resch Center and Brown Co. Arena on Armed Forces Drive, across from Lambeau Field.
  • Contact: Ryan Dreier at the Salvation Army
  • Phone: 593-2375
  • Email: ryan_dreier@usc.salvationarmy.org
  • The Salvation Army - Fox Cities Nursing Home Visitation

  • Visit local nursing home with gifts provided by the Salvation Army and Christmas cheer provided by you.
  • Minimum Age: 18
  • Contact: Charlene Holcomb
  • Phone: 920-955-1224
  • Email: Char_Holcomb@usc.salvationarmy.org
  • Sheboygan Charity

  • The four Sheboygan County Rotary clubs need your help to provide a quality family oriented light show in Evergreen Park November 15-December 16, 2012.
  • The show will run approximately 24 nights from 5:00PM - 9:00PM.
  • Help is needed for food collection for area pantries, traffic control, donations collection at the end of the drive, concession work, children's activity center and display maintenance.
  • http://rotarymakingspiritsbright.org/
  • St.Vincent de Paul of Appleton

  • Is in need of volunteers to set up and staff the Christmas Store located in the Northland Avenue Mall from Oct. 1 to Dec. 30. Volunteers also needed at the College Avenue Thrift Store.
  • Contact: Jean Peerenboom
  • Phone: 920-832-5515
  • Email: volunteer@svdpappleton.org
  • Thanksgiving Dinner at Divine Temple

  • Thurs., Nov. 22 THANKSGIVING DAY! 11 am - 2 pm
  • Volunteers needed to assist with Thanksgiving Dinner at Divine Temple, 425 Cherry St., Green Bay
  • Phone: 436-9740, Please call and leave your contact information and somebody will get back to you.
  • Turkey Trot 2 Mile Run/Walk and 5 Mile Run

  • Wed. Nov. 21, 2:00 pm - 6:00pm and Thurs. Nov. 22, 6:30 -9:30 am THANKSGIVING DAY!
  • Volunteers are needed at Shopko Hall - 1901 S. Oneida St. Green Bay on Thanksgiving eve and Thanksgiving day for registration, bib handout, t-shirt handout, course intersections, food/beverage tent and water stations. Proceeds from the event benefit the local YMCA and Boys and Girls Club.
  • Sign up online at www.festivalfoodsturkeytrot.com
  • Contact:Jody Weyers
  • Phone: 619-8387
  • Email: jweyers2@new.rr.com
  • US Bank Eve at the YMCA:

  • Monday, Dec. 31 New Year's Eve - 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • US Bank Eve is an annual family-friendly celebration. Volunteers are needed to assist at the Downtown, East Side, and West Side Ys on New Year's Eve. Help with games, children's play areas, crafts, and more.
  • Downtown YMCA - 235 N Jefferson St., Green Bay 54301
  • West Side YMCA - 601 Cardinal Lane, Green Bay 54313
  • East Side YMCA - 1740 S. Huron Rd., Green Bay 54311
  • Contact: the Volunteer Dept.
  • Phone: 436-9577
  • Wausau Feeds the World

  • Monday, Dec. 1, 9:00 am - 11:00 am, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 810 International Business Drive, Wausau
  • PTI Packaging of Wausau is partnering with “Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) to host “Wausau Feeds the World”. Feed My Starving Children is a Christian Non Profit hunger relief organization that works with local volunteers to produce “MannaPack Rice, a food formula that is culturally accepted worldwide.
  • On Dec 1st 2012 PTI Packaging of Wausau needs your help to package 100,000 meals to help feed the worlds hungry children. They need 500 volunteers: Adults and children will measure and scoop ingredients, seal bags and prepare boxes for shipping. Invite your friends, school and church groups, family members to join you. Register on line to help. Go to, www.WausauFeedTheWorld.com and go to “Volunteer to Pack”.
  • They need 160 volunteers per shift
  • Reserve a spot by registering on line
  • Packaging will be done at the PTI warehouse, 8101International Business Drive, Wausau WI ( In the Wausau West Business Campus-Industrial Park
  • You can also donate money to meet their $22,000.00 fund raising goal. Donate on line at www.WausauFeedTheWorld.com
  • This is a great way to give back during the holiday season
  • Email: mhahn@pti-1.com
  • Woodside Lutheran Home Christmas programs.

  • Mondays Dec. 10 - Dec. 17, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Woodside Lutheran Home - 1040 Pilgrim Way, GB 54304
  • Assist with handing out programs, escorting residents to the program from their rooms.
  • Contact: Debbie Menard
  • Phone: 405-3207
  • Email: dmenard@woodsidelh.org
  • Woodside Lutheran Home New Years Bash

  • Thursday, Dec. 27 - 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Help serve refreshments and dance with Woodside Lutheran Home residents at 1040 Pilgrim Way, Green Bay. We will have music by Jerry Voelker.
  • Contact: Debbie Menard
  • Phone: 405-3207
  • Email: dmenard@woodsidelh.org
  • 2012 WPS Garden of Lights

  • Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings November 23 thru December 23
  • Additional Dates: December 26-29
  • It's time to begin making holiday plans and we hope you include the 2012 WPS Garden of Lights as both a visitor and a volunteer! Each night of the event this year we will fill 56 volunteer shifts. This means 800 volunteers are needed to ensure the Garden of Lights at Green Bay Botanical Garden - 2600 Larsen Rd. Green Bay is a success!
  • Below are the jobs/areas where we need dedicated volunteers for the 4:30 pm - 7:15 pm and 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm shifts:
  • PARKING - Assist with traffic and parking outside in the lots.
  • ADMISSIONS - Work the cash register at the admission door. (Previous experience with a cash register is helpful, but we will train. Must be at least 18 years old).
  • GREETERS (Upstairs or Downstairs) - Make the Garden of Lights special for thousands of visitors. Greeters welcome our guests, answer questions and direct visitors. Greeters will be located on both levels of the Visitor Center.
  • CONCESSIONS - Help make and sell hot chocolate, popcorn and cookies.
  • Contact: Maribeth Frinzi
  • Phone: 491-3691 x105
  • Email: mfrinzi@gbbg.org
  • Youth Go

  • Holiday party volunteers to help cook, prep, and serve food. For more information call.
  • Min. Age: 16
  • Contact: Meredith Imler or Kelly Hicks
  • Phone: 920-722-1435

Caring Sponsors

  • The Volunteer Center
  • The Salvation Army
  • American Red Cross