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Holiday Helping Hand

November 7 - December 18

United Way’s Holiday Helping Hand

It’s that time of year, so let’s spread some community cheer! United Way Halton & Hamilton’s Holiday Helping Hand program is the jolliest way to give back and bring a dash of joy to those who need it most. Whether it’s crafting handmade decorations in support of a local agency, adopting a family in need, or donating to a gift drive, taking part in our Holiday Helping Hand program makes the days merry and bright!

 

Opportunities are listed below. Registration deadline for adopt-a-family and gift drive is December 9. All adopt-a-family and gift drive items must be dropped off to our Community Donation Warehouse in Burlington, on December 12 and 13, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Additional details will be provided with registration confirmation.

 

Please consider supporting local businesses this holiday season!

 

How to Sign Up:

  1. Register below for your preferred project. Registration for volunteer projects is first-come, first-served, so please be sure that each member in your group registers to reserve their spot.
  2. Only one registrant per adopt-a-family opportunity.
  3. After registering, you will receive confirmation from UWHH, along with project details.
  4. If you have any questions, or if your group would like to adopt 10 or more families, please email Kayla Willet, kwillet@uwhh.ca

*Please note: If project registration page reads “No tickets available,” it means the opportunity has sold out.

Thank you to our generous sponsor!

VOLUNTEERING

Agency: Food for Life

Project: Food for Life focuses on securing, sorting, and sharing fresh, perishable food. Team experiences focus on sorting and packing community bags that drivers can deliver to more than 80 agencies and Food for Life programs in Halton and beyond. Volunteers will assist with sorting and packing community bags that drivers deliver.

Min # of Volunteers: 5 per shift

Max # of Volunteers: 25 per shift

*This opportunity is open to youth 13+*

 

Date: Thursday Dec. 1

Time: 1 – 3:30 p.m.

Details & registration: Click Here 

 

Date: Tuesday Dec. 13

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Details & registration: FULL

 

 

Agency: Sexual Assault & Violence Intervention Services of Halton (SAVIS)

Project: SAVIS offers free and confidential 24/7, one-on-one crisis counselling services, with no judgment, just support. SAVIS offers additional resources to their clients when/as needed, including health & wellness supplies, clothing and housewares, etc. Volunteers will help to sort, categorize and re-organize these items at the SAVIS office.

Min # of Volunteers: 2

Max # of Volunteers: 3

 

Date: Tuesday Nov. 29

Time: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.   

Details & registration: FULL

 

 

Agency: YWCA Hamilton

Project: Calling all crafters! YWCA Hamilton needs your help to make homemade holiday decorations to help bring the holiday spirit to our Putman Family YWCA. Volunteers are asked to make non-denominational holiday decorations or write some non-denominational holiday greeting cards to be displayed over the holidays (examples: snowflakes, snowmen, candy canes, winter scenes, etc.)

Unlimited Volunteers – Go at Your Own Pace

*This opportunity is open to youth 13+*

 

Date: Drop off items to the UWHH Community Donation Warehouse on Dec. 12 & 13

Time: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.  

Details & registration: Click Here

 

Toys R Us & Ontario Provincial Police in Support of UWHH

Project: Toys R Us and Ontario Provincial Police have teamed up for Operation: Toy Drive in support of United Way Halton & Hamilton. The OPP mobile command centre will be at Toys R Us on Hamilton Mountain, where the community will try to fill the command centre with toys in support of UWHH’s Holiday program. Energetic volunteers will help collect the toys and add them into the cruiser and encourage shoppers to purchase a toy for a family in need.

Min # of Volunteers: 1 per shift

Max # of Volunteers: 4 per shift

*This opportunity is open to youth 13+*

Date: Wednesday Dec 14

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Details & Registration: FULL

 

Date: Wednesday Dec 14

Time: 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Details & Registration: FULL

 

Date: Thursday Dec 15

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Details & Registration: Click Here

 

Date: Thursday Dec 15

Time: 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Details & Registration: Click Here

 

Date: Friday Dec 16

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Details & Registration: FULL

 

Date: Friday Dec 16

Time: 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Details & Registration: FULL

 

Date: Saturday Dec 17

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Details & Registration: FULL

 

Date: Saturday Dec 17

Time: 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Details & Registration: FULL

 

Date: Sunday Dec 18

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Details & Registration: FULL

 

Date: Sunday Dec 18

Time: 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Details & Registration: FULL

Agency – Community Living Burlington

Project: Calling all musicians! CLB is looking for musicians and volunteers to perform at their virtual Holiday concert. Clients accessing CLB’s virtual music program love watching other people perform and entertain. Volunteers are asked to prepare an act to perform live virtually on Dec 22. Event link will be set out to registrants closer to the date.

Unlimited # of Volunteers

Date: Thursday Dec. 22

Time: 7 – 8:15 p.m.

Details & Registration: Click Here

 

Agency – Community Living Oakville

Project: Volunteers are needed to decorate outdoor holiday urns. Volunteers are asked to purchase all the necessary items and decorate the urns at their own pace. This is a wonderful way to brighten up the long days and build holiday season anticipation!

Unlimited # of Volunteers

Time: Go at Your Own Pace

Date: Urns must be dropped off at the UWHH Community Donation Warehouse in Burlington on Dec. 12 or 13. A link with more details to schedule a drop-off time provided with registration.

Details & Registration: Click Here

 

Agency: Community Development Halton

Project: Volunteers are needed to write Christmas cards for isolated seniors. These cards will be distributed to seniors with their food delivery throughout the holidays. Homemade cards are always loved and appreciated, but not required. A great way to involve your kids and family in giving back this holiday season!
Unlimited # of Volunteers
Go at Your Own Pace
Details & Registration: Click Here

 

United Way Halton & Hamilton Holiday Program

Project: In December, the UWHH Community Donation Warehouse is magically transformed into the Holiday Helping Hand workshop. Volunteers will help to receive, organize and distribute wish list and gift drive donations. Several shifts are available:

Min # of Volunteers: 1 per shift

Max # of Volunteers: 4 per shift

 

Drop Off Days

Donors will be dropping off gifts on these days. Volunteers will be responsible for greeting donors, unloading cars, sorting and repacking donations by agency and taking photos/posting on social media.

 

Date: Monday Dec. 12

Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Details & registration: FULL

 

Date: Monday Dec. 12

Time: 2 – 6 p.m.

Details & registration: Click Here

 

Date: Tuesday Dec. 13

Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Details & registration: FULL

 

Date: Tuesday Dec. 13

Time: 2 – 6 p.m.

Details & registration: FULL

 

 

Sort Day

Volunteers will be responsible for sorting donations, packing boxes and/or skids of donations for each recipient agency, cleaning/organizing the warehouse space.

Date: Wednesday Dec. 14

Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Details & registration: FULL

 

Date: Wednesday Dec. 14

Time: 1 – 4 p.m.

Details & registration: FULL

 

Pick Up Days

Agencies will be picking up their assigned donations on these days. Volunteers will be responsible for greeting agencies, bringing donations to the loading dock, packing cars, taking photos/posting on social media, general warehouse tidying.

Date: Thursday Dec. 15

Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Details & registration: FULL

 

Date: Thursday Dec. 15

Time: 2 – 6 p.m.

Details & registration: Full

 

Date: Friday Dec. 16

Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Details & registration: Click Here

 

Date: Friday Dec. 16

Time: 2 – 6 p.m.

Details & registration: Click Here 

United Way Gift Drive & Kit Packing  

 

Give back and get in the holiday spirit! Purchase a gift, run a gift drive with coworkers or friends, or create kits to help make the season merry and bright for all!

*Please note that all items must be dropped off at our Community Donation Warehouse on December 12 & 13, 9:00 a.m. – 6 p.m. (A link to schedule your drop off time will be provided upon registration.)

If shopping online, please ship all items to your home address and drop them off at the Community Warehouse during the above times. The UWHH cannot accept items shipped directly to the Community Warehouse. Additional details provided with registration, including suggested/needed items.

Date: Gift drive and kit registration closes Dec. 9

United Way Community Gift Drive

Suggested items provided with registration.

Details & Registration: Click Here

 

Personal Hygiene Kit

With the rising cost of inflation, many people are struggling to afford basic necessities, such as hygiene items. Organizations have reached out to UWHH asking for help with hygiene supplies for the clients they support.

We are looking for volunteers to purchase a variety of hygiene items and assemble kits for people in need. We need a variety of both male and female supplies. Suggested items provided with registration.

 

Unlimited Volunteers

Details & Registration: Click Here

Baby Supplies Kit

Over the holidays, many parents struggle to make ends meet as they take on additional expenses. Baby essentials are one of the biggest needs for mothers and families experiencing poverty. They are expensive. UWHH is looking for volunteers to purchase items and build kits that have supplies that can last for at least a month. Suggested items provided with registration.

Unlimited Volunteers

Details & Registration: Click Here

 

R.O.C.K. Winter Clothing Drive

R.O.C.K. (Reach Out Centre for Kids) is looking for gently-used winter clothing items in a variety of sizes—children, youth and adult. Items must be new or in excellent used condition, including coats, boots, snow pants, mittens and hats.

Unlimited Volunteers

Details & Registration: Click Here

Adopt a Family 

*Please note that all items must be dropped off at our Community Donation Warehouse on December 13 & 14, 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. (A link to schedule your drop off time will be provided upon registration.)

If shopping online, please ship all items to your home address and drop them off at the Community Warehouse during the above times. The UWHH cannot accept items shipped directly to the Community Warehouse. Details provided with registration, including Wish List.

*Additional holiday adoption opportunities will be updated weekly.

BBBS Family 11

Mother, Child (age 15)

Details & registration: Click Here

 

 

BBBS Family 12

Mother, Children (ages 13, 10)

Details & registration: Click Here

 

BBBS Family 13

Mother, Child (age 14)

Details & registration: Click Here

 

BBBS Family 14

Mother, Children (ages 10, 9, 5, 2)

Details & registration: Click Here

 

BBBS Family 15

Father, Children (ages 10, 9, 8, 2)

Details & registration: Click Here

 

BBBS Family 16

Mother, Children (ages 14, 11)

Details & registration: Click Here

 

BBBS Family 17

Mother, Children (ages 16, 12, 4, 3)

Details & registration: Click Here

 

Community Living Oakville – Individual 8
Man (age 27)

Details & Registration: Click Here

 

Community Living Oakville – Individual 9
Man (age 36)

Details & Registration: Click Here

 

Hope Place Centres – Family 1
Mother, Father, Son (age 28)

Details & Registration: Click Here

 

Oakville Parent-Child Centre – Family 5
Mother, Father, Son (age 19), Daughter (age 15)

Details & Registration: Click Here

 

R.O.C.K. Family 11

Mother, Child (age 21), Child (age 18)

Details & Registration: Click Here

 

R.O.C.K. Family 12

Mother, Son (age 7)

Details & Registration: Click Here

 

R.O.C.K. Family 13

Mother, Son (age 15), Daughter (age 7)

Details & Registration: Click Here

 

R.O.C.K. Family 14

Mother, Father, Son (age 15), Daughter (age 10)

Details & Registration: Click Here

 

R.O.C.K. Family 15

Mother, Father, Son (age 12), Daughter (age 6)

Details & Registration: Click Here

 

R.O.C.K. Family 16

Mother, Father, Son (age 15), Son (age 12), Son (age 8)

Details & Registration: Click Here

 

R.O.C.K. Family 17

Grandmother, Grandfather, Mother, Son (age 14), Daughter (age 7), Daughter (age 5)

Details & Registration: Click Here

 

R.O.C.K. Family 18

Mother, Father, Son (age 16), Son (age 10), Daughter (age 13), Daughter (age 9)

Details & Registration: Click Here

 

R.O.C.K. Family 19

Mother, Child (age 11)

Details & Registration: Click Here

 

R.O.C.K. Family 20

Mother, Father, Child (age 9), Child (age 7), Child (age 5)

Details & Registration: Click Here

YWCA – Individual 1

29 years old

Details & Registration: Click Here

 

YWCA – Individual 3

Woman, 25 years old

Details & Registration: Click Here

 

YWCA Family 5

Mother, sons (14, 12, 8)

Details & Registration: Click Here

 

YWCA Family 6

Mother, daughter (3), son (1)

Details & Registration: Click Here

 

YWCA Individual 7

Non-binary, age 24

Details & Registration: Click Here

 

YWCA Individual 8

Woman, age 37

Details & Registration: Click Here

 

YWCA Individual 9

Woman, age 39

Details & Registration: Click Here

 

YWCA Individual 10

Woman, age 60

Details & Registration: Click Here

 

YWCA Individual 11

Woman, age 46

Details & Registration: Click Here

 

YWCA Individual 12

Woman, age 57

Details & Registration: Click Here

 

YWCA Individual 13

Woman, age 28

Details & Registration: Click Here

 

YWCA Individual 14

Woman, age 29

Details & Registration: Click Here

OPPORTUNITIES THAT ARE FULL  

Acclaim – Individual 1

Woman, age 74

Details & Registration: FULL

 

Acclaim – Individual 2

Woman

Details & Registration: FULL

 

Acclaim – Individual 3

Woman

Details & Registration: FULL

 

Acclaim – Individual 4

Woman, age 89

Details & Registration: FULL

 

Acclaim – Individual 5

Man, age 75

Details & Registration: FULL

 

ArtHouse – Family 1

Mother, two daughters, age 12

Details & Registration: FULL

 

ArtHouse – Family 2

Grandmother, mother, daughters (ages 15, 6), sons (ages 13, 1)

Details & Registration: FULL

 

ArtHouse – Family 3

Mother, son (age 8), daughter (age 6)

Details & Registration: FULL

 

ArtHouse – Family 4

Grandmother, granddaughter (age 13)

Details & Registration: FULL

 

ArtHouse – Family 5

Mother, father, daughter (13), son (1)

Details & Registration: FULL

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters – Family 1

Mother, child (12)

Details & Registration: FULL

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters – Family 2

Mother, children (13, 11, 9)

Details & Registration: FULL

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters – Family 3

Mother, children (11, 8, 2)

Details & Registration: FULL

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters – Family 4

Mother, child (9)

Details & Registration: FULL

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters – Family 5

Mother, child (13)

Details & Registration: FULL

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters – Family 6

Mother, child (13)

Details & Registration: FULL

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters – Family 7

Mother, children (12, 11, 10)

Details & Registration: FULL

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters – Family 8

Mother, children (13,12)

Details & Registration: FULL

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters – Family 9

Mother, child (12)

Details & Registration: FULL

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters – Family 10

Mother, children (16,14)

Details & Registration: FULL

 

Community Living Burlington – Adult Group Home
Two women (ages 69, 77), four men (ages 35, 36, 58, 63)

Details & Registration: FULL

Community Living Oakville – Adult Group Home 1
Women (ages 75, 62, 58, 76, 61)

Details & Registration: FULL

 

Community Living Oakville – Individual 1
Man (age 65)

Details & Registration: FULL

 

Community Living Oakville – Individual 2
Man (age 58)

Details & Registration: FULL

 

Community Living Oakville – Individual 3
Man (age 64)

Details & Registration: FULL

 

Community Living Oakville – Individual 4
Man (age 48)

Details & Registration: FULL

 

Community Living Oakville – Individual 5
Man (age 32)

Details & Registration: FULL

 

Community Living Oakville – Individual 6
Man (age 55)

Details & Registration: FULL

 

Community Living Oakville – Individual 7
Man (age 31)

Details & Registration: FULL

 

Hope Place Centres – Family 2
Mother, Father, Daughter (age 3), Daughter (age 7 weeks)

Details & Registration: FULL

 

Hope Place Centres – Family 3

Mother, Son (age 10 months)

Details & Registration: FULL

 

Hope Place Centres – Individual 1
Man (age 55)

Details & Registration: FULL

 

Milton Community Resource Centre – Family 1

Grandmother, mother, children (18 months, 1 month)

Details & Registration: FULL

 

Milton Community Resource Centre – Family 2

Mother, son (12), grandson (3)

Details & Registration: FULL

 

Oakville Parent-Child Centre – Family 1
Mother, Son (age 6)

Details & Registration: FULL

 

Oakville Parent-Child Centre – Family 2
Mother, Father, Daughter (age 16) Son (age 12)

Details & Registration: FULL

 

Oakville Parent-Child Centre – Family 3
Mother, Child (age 7)

Details & Registration: FULL

 

Oakville Parent-Child Centre – Family 4
Mother, Father, Son (age 3)

Details & Registration: FULL

 

Thrive Counselling – Family 1
Mother, Child (age 8)

Details & Registration: FULL

R.O.C.K. – Family 1
Care Giver, Son (10)

Details & Registration: FULL

 

R.O.C.K. – Family 2
Mother, Children (15, 11)

Details & Registration: FULL

 

R.O.C.K. – Family 3
Mother, Son (10), Daughter (7)

Details & Registration: FULL

 

R.O.C.K. – Family 4
Mother, Son (6)

Details & Registration: FULL

 

R.O.C.K. – Family 5
Mother, Sons (17, 3), Daughters (14, 4)

Details & Registration: FULL

 

R.O.C.K. – Family 6
Mother, Daughters (16, 6), Son (13)

Details & Registration: FULL

 

R.O.C.K. – Family 7
Mother, Father, Children (7.5, 5.5)

Details & Registration: FULL

 

R.O.C.K. – Family 8
Mother, Father, Children (20, 19, 16)

Details & Registration: FULL

 

R.O.C.K. – Family 9
Mother, Child (age 6)

Details & Registration: FULL

 

R.O.C.K. – Family 10
Mother, Child (age 3.5)

Details & Registration: FULL

 

YWCA – Individual 2

Woman, 35 years old

Details & Registration: FULL

 

YWCA – Individual 4

Woman, 62 years old

Details & Registration: FULL

 

YWCA – Individual 5

Woman, 19 years old

Details & Registration: FULL

 

YWCA – Individual 6

Woman, 20 years old

Details & Registration: FULL

 

YWCA – Family 1

Mother, daughters (8, 4, 1), son (6)

Details & Registration: FULL

 

YWCA – Family 2

Mother, children (3, 1)

Details & Registration: FULL

 

YWCA – Family 3

Mother, children (8, 4)

Details & Registration: FULL

 

YWCA – Family 4

Mother, son (8), daughter (10)

Details & Registration: FULL

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November 7
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December 18
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