We know many families make volunteering a holiday tradition.
Here are five unique, ways your family can help out this holiday season.
Write a letter to our Soldiers
Letters to Soldiers
Send letters and packages to currently deployed service members and
veterans! Learn more about this opportunity by visiting
Denise Devynck, Director Letters to Soldiers, firstname.lastname@example.org
Think of teens in need
Juvenile Justice Centers (Various Locations)
The Division of Juvenile Justice Services Mission is to provide comprehensive
services for at risk youth within the framework of the balanced and
restorative Justice Model. The Juvenile Centers throughout the state are in
need of twin-sized blankets for the teens that will come in during the
season, as we sporting equipment and beauty supplies.
Jill Merritt 801-774-8767
Donate to your local Food Bank: (Focus on non-food items)
Catholic Community Services Of Northern Utah
In addition to collecting food, local food banks also look for other donations
this season and year round, such as hygiene items and diapers. As you look
to make room for your new holiday purchases, consider cleaning out your
pantry and bathroom cabinets for new toothbrushes and shampoo bottles.
This season especially there is a huge need for diapers, in any size, to give
out to those in need.
Karina 801-428-1296 email@example.com
Donate new or like new books
Kids on the Move (Orem)
KOTM services are focused on children ages birth-to-6, who either have
developmental delays or disabilities or live in poverty. They offer multiple
programs that are free or low cost with a goal to provide the support and
training parents need to better meet their children’s needs within the context
of the family. As you make room on your bookcases for new books this
season, consider donating any new or like-new books to Kids on the
Marianne @ firstname.lastname@example.org or
Donate new gifts to Candy Cane Corner
Candy Cane Corner (SLC)
Candy Cane Corner is a holiday store that provides a dignified and
empowering opportunity for low-income families and individuals who are
participating in programs at the YWCA of Salt Lake, The Road Home, and
Volunteers of America, Utah to select new holiday gifts for their families.
They are also grateful to receive wrapping paper, ribbons, tape, and cash
donations to purchase other needed items. Please visit
for more information.
As you seek volunteer opportunities, volunteer.utah.gov is a great spot to
look for current volunteer openings, both one-time and long term. The
website is updated by many different volunteer organizations and has new
opportunities daily. These same opportunities can also be accessed by calling
2-1-1. During the holidays, as well as throughout the year, this can be a
great resource as you look for volunteer opportunities for you and your