The holiday season may be months away, but the Richmond Christmas Fund has already begun recruiting volunteers.
The long-running program, operated by Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives (RCRG), helps low-income families, providing them with grocery vouchers, toys, books, and gift cards so they can enjoy a Christmas celebration.
Each year, the fund is supported by a team of 140 volunteers, who, together, contribute over 2,000 hours.
“The Christmas Fund is built on a spirit of community kindness and generosity,” said Ed Gavsie, president and CEO of RCRG.
“That all starts with our volunteers. Their commitment to helping our neighbours in need is both admirable and inspiring.”
Volunteer opportunities are available across all areas of the Christmas fund. Roles that need to be filled include toy room assistants, greeters, toy sorters, gift wrappers, and more.
“The Christmas Fund offers a lot of variety for volunteers,” added Gavsie.
“There are roles for high school students, retirees, and everyone in between. There are opportunities to interact directly with clients, or work behind the scenes. You’ll make a difference no matter how you contribute.”
Last year, the Christmas fund served more people than ever before, brightening the holidays for 2,400 low-income residents.
The fund is expecting similar numbers this holiday season, making the call for volunteers all the more urgent.
“The Christmas Fund has always been a community effort,” said Gavsie. “The more volunteers the merrier.”
For a complete list of Christmas fund volunteer opportunities, and an online application form, visit RCRG.org.