Volunteer

Volunteers are a critical need for Share–A–Gift to run its ‘Toy Shop’ when we distribute donated children’s gifts to low-income families in need of holiday assistance.

We hope that you and your families (and possibly your business, co-workers, association, or service club) will help us with a few hours to brighten the Holidays for others – and perhaps for yourself as well.

We are NOW registering Toy Shop volunteers (below) for time slots on Wednesday, December 12 through Sunday, December 16, 2018

 Individuals + Small Groups

Individuals, families, and groups of 6 or less, please REGISTER ONLINE at bottom of this page.

 Larger Groups

Groups of 7 or more people (school groups, scout troops, service groups, business co-workers, etc.) must REGISTER by contacting our Volunteer Coordinator in early autumn (email preferred).

Please review all current volunteer information on this page
before registering
or before emailing (preferred) or calling.

For questions or registering larger groups, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator:

  Volunteers@ShareAGift.org

  720-446-8691

 Toy Shop Location

The Toy Shop will be located at

BaseMar Shopping Center
2584 Baseline Road, Boulder

in December 2018 this year.

Toy Shop Map

 Toy Shop Helpers


   Setup

Volunteers are needed for each of the time slots below to help inventory, organize, and set out thousands of new and gently-used toys.

These are the best times for kids and families to volunteer at Share–A–Gift, and it’s fun for all!

Wednesday
December 12
11 am – 1 pm
1 – 3 pm
3 – 5 pm
5 – 7 pm

Thursday
December 13
11 am – 1 pm
1 – 3 pm
3 – 5 pm
5 – 7 pm

Friday
December 14
9 am – 11 am
11 am – 1 pm
1 – 3 pm
3 – 5 pm
(no shifts after 5pm)


 

   Toy Distribution

On Saturday, our clients are invited to choose gifts for their children at one of the 2 shop sessions. Volunteers are needed for check-in and check-out, to assist clients with toy selection, and to provide help getting toys to cars. Spanish/Bilingual speakers are especially welcome. Over 100 volunteers are needed for each shop session, and help is also needed between sessions for re-stocking toys.

Volunteers are asked to arrive promptly before their shift and to stay for their entire session. The first 30 minutes of each session are for Share–A–Gift volunteer orientation.

SORRY – NO CHILDREN under the age of 16 (volunteer or client) are permitted in the Toy Shop on Distribution Day while our clients are choosing gifts. Please consider volunteering with your children on Toy Shop Setup days – kids are really helpful in sorting toys that belong together and matching pieces!

Saturday
December 15

Toy Shop Distribution
shift times:

7:45 am – 12:15 pm
or
12:45 – 5:00 pm

Restock Help
also needed:

Noon – 1:15 pm


 

   Pack-up

Pack-up help is especially appreciated on Sunday as leftover toys must be packed for further distribution to other organizations in need of toys, reusable materials must be stored, and the donated building space must be returned to its original condition.

Sunday
December 16
Noon – 3 pm

  Volunteer Registration

For Toy Shop Volunteers — individuals, families, and groups of 6 or less, Share–A–Gift uses the SignUp.com website to register Toy Shop volunteers online. Please review all information above before registering to volunteer.

Register by clicking on the SignUp.com button below
(no need to login to register)

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on SignUp.com

Having difficulties when attempting to register?  —
Make sure to allow ‘Cookies’ and ‘Scripts’ to run in your browser
temporarily and before clicking on the button to the SignUp.com website.

Share–A–Gift uses the free version of SignUp.comour apologies for the advertising!

  For larger groups of 7 or more, please register with our Volunteer Coordinator
Information at the top of this page.

Amazing mechanics from bike shops all over our community volunteer and donate their time, materials, and effort in fixing up donated bikes so they will be good working order for families coming to our Share-A-Gift Toy Shop.

Professional bike mechanics (usually registered through bike shops) and experienced hobbyists are welcome to volunteer.

Hobbyists: you must provide your own tools – Share-A-Gift and the professional bike mechanics are unable to provide or loan tools.


  Register

Please contact our Bicycle Repair Coordinator, in advance, to register to volunteer for Bicycle Repair Night:

  BikeRepair@ShareAGift.org

  720-357-0029

  Bicycle Repair Night will be located at

BaseMar Shopping Center
2584 Baseline Road, Boulder

on Wednesday, December 5, 2018
this year.

A MAP link for the Bike Repair Night location will be displayed at the top of this page for about a week before the repair event.

Question:

When do you need volunteers?

Answer:

Volunteers are primarily needed during our Toy Shop Setup and Toy Distribution days (this year, December 12 to December 16, 2018 ).  Check back in November to register.

Q:  Is there a minimum age for volunteers?
A:  

Toy Shop Setup — No minimum age, but all children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
These are the best times for families with children to volunteer.


Toy Distribution DayYES, age is restricted, everyone working in the Toy Shop during toy distribution must be 16 years of age or older. Younger children (client or volunteer) are not permitted in the Toy Shop on that day.

Q:  What can I do as a volunteer?
A:  

Collect toys
• Sort toys
• Inventory toys
• Set up an attractive shop so parents can easily choose what they would like
• Transport collection boxes and toys
• Help to give away toys
• Help with toy shop clean up

Q:  Is there are minimum volunteer time commitment?
A:  

Toy Shop Setup — shifts are arranged in two-hour time slots, but volunteer time is flexible.


Toy Distribution Day — we request a 5-hour commitment at specific times (each shift includes a required orientation at its beginning).

Q:  Is there a maximum number of volunteers that can work?
A:  

Toy Shop Setup — we restrict numbers to approximately 30 persons in the shop at any one shift. These are the best times for families with children to volunteer.


Toy Distribution Day — over 100 volunteers are needed for each of the morning and afternoon sessions. Spanish/Bilingual speakers are especially welcome.
Sorry, NO children under age 16 permitted in the Toy Shop during toy distribution.

Q:  Can I get credit for Community Service credit for volunteering?
A:  

Yes – we are a registered not-for-profit corporation and can document community service hours.  We can provide a form, or you may provide your own required for sign-off.