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Family Guide to Holiday Volunteering

November 18, 2011 12:00 AM

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By Laura O’Brien

Get into the spirit of this holiday giving season by volunteering at local food kitchens and food distribution events. If one-on-one is more your style, get involved by visiting area seniors. Pets need help at the holidays too. Bring the kids, but check each organization’s age requirements for volunteers.
Some groups also require attendance at a volunteer orientation ahead of time. Family calendar too cramped? Current donation needs are included for each organization.
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Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services
3333 Third Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95817
(916) 456-1980
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You can get started by completing an orientation (ages 10 and up) and there are plenty of opportunities for trained volunteers including bagging and prepping groceries or helping at mobile food distribution events. Please remember all volunteers ages 10-15 must be accompanied by a parent. There are also one-time volunteer opportunities available that don’t require an orientation. Check the volunteer calendar on the SFBFS website for more information.
Contact: Robin at volunteer@sacramentofoodbank.org

Donation alternative: Drop off a turkey today for the SFBFS’s annual turkey drive from 4:30 a.m. to 7
p.m.
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Loaves and Fishes
1321 N C St.
Sacramento CA 95811
(916) 446-0874
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At Loaves and Fishes you can help prepare and serve the Christmas meal, which serves about 1,000 of Sacramento’s homeless, including children – and anyone ages 14 and older may volunteer. There are several different shifts available. Meal-prep is from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. — or work the serving shift from 10 a.m. to about 1:30 p.m. Each guest also receives a stocking stuffed with practical items such as toiletries or gifts for the children. So stocking stuffers are needed during the weeks of Dec. 12 and Dec. 19 and on Dec. 26 and Dec. 27 for sorting remaining stocking gifts. You can bring your younger ones for this activity – ages 10 and older are welcome.

Donation alternative: Check the needs list on the website in December for requested stocking stuffers.
Contact: Sandy at volunteer@sacloaves.org.

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Salvation Army
Del Oro Division Headquarters
3755 N. Freeway Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95834
(916) 563-3700
www.salarmysacto.org

Help Salvation Army organize food and toys for clients of its annual Christmas Distribution at Cal
Expo on Dec. 21. Sign up on the website or at www.handsonsacramento.org. High-school-aged volunteers and older are welcome. Russian, Hmong, Spanish, and Laotian translators are needed. Donation alternative: Check the website for toy drop-off locations. There is particular need for toys for infants and children ages 10-12. Bell ringing also is starting for the holiday season and families with younger children are welcome. Contact (bell ringing): Helen at (916) 452-9388.

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TLC Telephone Reassurance Program
A Community Service of Eskaton
8525 Madison Ave., Suite 150
Fair Oaks, CA 95628
(916) 334-1072
www.eskaton.org/tlc/holiday-giving.html

Visit an isolated senior with your family this holiday season. Eskaton’s community service arm includes the TLC Telephone Reassurance Program, which provides phone support (talking, listening and caring) to more than 500 seniors living at home, in facilities, or in low-income housing in the greater Sacramento area. The program needs holiday helpers to deliver gifts containing a grocery gift card as well as a gift
for those seniors with pets. If you enjoy visiting with a particular senior, you are welcomed to visit him
or her regularly throughout the year. Donation alternative: Purchase and mail a $20-$25 grocery card to
the TLC Telephone Reassurance Program. Contact: Terri Becker at terri.becker@eskaton.org.

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Sacramento Pet Food Bank, “Titanic’s Pantry”

City of Sacramento Animal Care Services
2127 Front St.
Sacramento, CA 95818
(916) 808-7387
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Organize a pet food collection drive in your neighborhood for Sacramento’s Pet Food Bank, also known as Titanic’s Pantry. The Hollywood Park neighborhood association launched the challenge this summer and Curtis Park followed suit. Titanic’s Pantry has helped more than 2,500 pet owners since it began during the economic downturn in 2009. Other volunteer opportunities at Animal Care Services, such as cat petting and dog care, require a six-month commitment. Ages 13 and up may volunteer; teens ages 13-18 must be accompanied by a parent. Donation alternative: Drop off bags of dog and cat food.
Contact: Wambui Prouty at AC-volunteers@cityofsacramento.org.

Laura O’Brien is a freelance writer and mother (swap that) living in Roseville. She blogs occasionally at
www.diaperdispatch.blogspot.com.
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