The holiday season is an important time for charitable organizations like The Road Home. It signals an increase in volunteer participation and donations that are crucial to the success of those organizations throughout the year.
“This is when we get the bulk of our financial contributions as well as our in-kind donations,” said Celeste Eggert, Director of Development for The Road Home. “We stretch those and make them last all year long because we just don’t see the kind of volume the rest of the year.”
The Road Home has several volunteer opportunities this holiday season, and is seeking volunteers specifically for its Candy Cane Corner Holiday Store and Holiday Media-a-Thon.
Candy Cane Corner Holiday Store
Candy Cane Corner is an annual tradition offered in association with Volunteers of America and the YWCA. It is a holiday store where donated new, unwrapped items are displayed for parents in need to come with a case manager and shop for toys and clothes to give to their children for the holidays. The store is almost completely run by volunteers; who help collect and sort donations, wrap gifts and more.
Learn more about volunteering at the Candy Cane Corner Store: candycanecornerslc.org.
The Road Home’s Holiday Media-a-Thon is an annual event where 11 local radio stations broadcast live from the shelter for two days to raise money and awareness of The Road Home. Volunteers are needed to help collect and sort donations. This event is a great way for families with children to volunteer.
For those who would like to organize a project on their own, The Road Home is collecting hygiene items for gift bags to give single shelter residents for Christmas. Additional information donation is available at: theroadhome.org/volunteer/holiday-volunteers.
About our Guest Writer: The Road Home
The Road Home is a private non-profit social services agency that assists individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Salt Lake County and along the Wasatch Front. The Road Home provides emergency shelter and personalized case management to help people identify and overcome the obstacles that have led them to becoming homeless. In addition to operating the largest shelter in Utah, we also address a spectrum of needs that people experiencing homelessness encounter from supplying a bus token to providing comprehensive housing programs that help people move into permanent housing as quickly as possible.