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Holiday Volunteers

There are a variety of ways to help The Road Home and the people we serve during the holiday season!

We appreciate your passion for volunteering at The Road Home. We do not offer volunteer opportunities on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, or New Year's Day.


Candy Cane Corner

Each December, The Road Home creates a holiday store for families in our shelter and housing programs, Candy Cane Corner. This store gives parents an empowering opportunity to select gifts for their family. We stock the store with new, unwrapped donations from our community. Volunteers are needed throughout December to help sort donations and wrap gifts. Donations of new clothing, toys and household items are needed from early November though December to stock the store.  This years Candy Cane Corner store location is to be determined.  To view our current needs list please click on the link below.

Full Wish List

Top Ten Needs Wish List

Candy Cane Corner will be open November 30 - December 23, 2015

To sign up online to volunteer at Candy Cane Corner please visit: *Volunteer sign ups open November 1, 2015

Groups of 10 or less welcome
Must be at least 16 years old.


Holiday Media-Thon

The Road Home's 2015 Holiday Media-a-Thon will be December 21st - 22nd, 2015. Local media stations broadcast live from the shelter and encourage listeners to donate in-kind items or make a financial contribution. The donations collected during this lively event helps us provide shelter and supportive services year round.

You can help by volunteering from December 21st - December 24th, by helping us collect and sort donations that come into The Road Home.  To volunteer during our Holiday Media-Thon please sign up on our sign-up genius.  Volunteer sign ups will open December 1, 2015.

*NOTE:  We ask that volunteers do not park in the Rio Grande Parking lot.  For parking instructions please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at

Large groups welcome.
No age limit for volunteers.


Men's Holiday Gift Bags

Each holiday season we make gift bags to give every man in our shelter programs. This year we will be handing out approximately 600 Holiday bags, but we will take any number and combination of items and/or bags that you can provide.  

Each bag includes:

  • Shampoo (please place in a ziplock bag)
  • Shaving gel
  • Razors
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Chap stick
  • Deodorant
  • Liquid Body Soap (please place in a ziplock bag)
  • Conditioner (please place in a ziplock bag)
  • Gloves - Weatherproof/Gotex are preferred (1 pair)
  • Winter hat (knit, one size fits all)
  • Socks- preferably white tube sock (1 pair)

We ask that the items be put in pillow cases and tied at the top with ribbon or string. Groups can decide on how many bags they can do (5, 25, 50, etc.). We ask that bags be delivered by December 14th. If you are interested, please email Chelsey Rasmussen at

To download a flyer of the Men's Holiday Gift Bag requirements please click here.


Donation Drive

Another great holiday opportunity is to hold a donation drive.  With our increasing numbers we are always in need of donations.  This is an opportunity that can be done with either a small or large group, on any scale.  To find both our Autumn/Winter and Urgent needs list please visit the link below:


Gift Cards

Gift cards help make the season bright for families and individuals in our housing programs and at our shelter. Gift cards in $5 increments are needed for: grocery stores, gas stations, clothing stores, and restaurants.


For more information on volunteering during the holidays, please contact one of our Volunteer Coordinators at


Thank you for your help this holiday season!