The holidays are a great time to reflect on all that we have to be grateful for. It is a time of goodwill, being kind to your neighbors, and of giving back— all of which are core tenants of EFAA’s work year-round. This holiday season, we invite you and your family to make a difference in the lives of local families in need by giving back to EFAA.

Stay on this page for information about holiday food donations, volunteer opportunities, and EFAA’s gift room.

EFAA is a local organization that receives 70% of its funding from the very community it serves. Consider making a financial gift to EFAA this holiday season. For more information, click here.

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FOOD DONATIONS

The holidays are the busiest time for our food bank. Help us provide families, seniors, and people with disabilities a delicious holiday meal this season. We accept packaged goods that are up to one year past expiration. Perishable food items should be in good condition with little to no bruising or damage.

Our holiday wish-list includes:

Turkeys
Canned gravy
Shelf stable pie crusts
Baking mixes
Toilet paper
Butter
Eggs
Cheese

DROP OFF HOURS

Our main donation site is at the EFAA offices at 1575 Yarmouth Ave. in North Boulder. We accept donations during business hours.

Monday – 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Tuesday – 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Wednesday – 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Thursday – 9:30 am – 6:00 pm
Friday – 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Saturday – Closed
Sunday – Closed

 

 


VOLUNTEER GUIDELINES

During the holiday season, EFAA facilitates additional programs including our Holiday Food Distribution and our Holiday Gift Room. All opportunities take place at our office in north Boulder. Minimum volunteer age is 15 without adult supervision, or 12 with adult. Please see which option below best suits your situation.

Before you volunteer:

Please complete our volunteer application form and attend an upcoming orientation before volunteering. Orientations are on Wednesdays as follows: 11/7, 11/14, 11/28 & 12/5 from 4 – 5 pm at our office in Boulder. Contact Sue McCullough at sue@nullefaa.org or 303.951.7663 with questions.

Families: Only 1 person from your family will need to complete our application form. All family members are asked to attend an orientation.

Business Groups: Please review volunteer opportunities below and contact Sara Joss, Development & Events Manager at saraj@nullefaa.org or 303.951.7676 to discuss partnership opportunities and projects. If a project is available for your group, only 1 person from your group will need to complete our volunteer application form and an onsite orientation will be provided for your group on the day of your project.

Other Groups: Civic groups, school teams/groups, faith groups, etc. (small groups up to 5 people): Please review volunteer opportunities below and contact Sue McCullough at sue@nullefaa.org or 303.951.7663 to confirm availability and coordinate details. If a project is available for your group, only 1 person from your group will need to complete our volunteer application form and an onsite orientation will be provided for your group on the day of your project.

HOLIDAY VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Click on the volunteer opportunities below to find out which one is the best fit for you.

Thanksgiving Rush Volunteers: During the days before Thanksgiving, EFAA sees a large increase in food donations and numbers of participants that visit our food bank in preparation for holiday meals. We welcome additional volunteers during all of our shifts on days leading up to Thanksgiving. Volunteers will help receive, sort & organize incoming food donations, organize and stock our food bank shelves, keep items flowing from our basement and garage into the food bank and assist shoppers.

Opportunity Dates & Times:

  • Thursday, 11/15 – 9:00 – noon, 11:30 – 2:30 (FULL), 2:00 – 5:00, 3:30 – 6:30
  • Friday, 11/16 – 9:00 – noon, 11:30 – 2:30, 2:00 – 5:00 (FULL)
  • Monday, 11/19 – 9:00 – noon, 11:30 – 2:30, 2:00 – 5:00 (FULL)
  • Tuesday, 11/20 – 9:00 – noon, 11:30 – 2:30, 2:00 – 5:00
  • Wednesday, 11/21 – 11:30 – 2:30, 2:00 – 5:00

# of volunteers 4-6 per shift – groups welcome!

Gift Room Set Up Team: Volunteers will help move toys and gifts from nearby storage into our truck and then unload these items into our garage and/or conference room. We will also ready the gift room by arranging tables and shelving and lastly, we’ll stock the gift room with a variety of toys.

Opportunity Dates & Times:
You pick the date that works best for your team!

  • Tuesday, 11/27 – 1:00 – 5:00 pm OR (FULL)
  • Thursday, 11/29 – 9:00 am – 1:00 pm OR 1:00 – 5:00 pm (FULL)

# of volunteers 8-10 – groups welcome!

Produce Baggers: Volunteers will organize previously assembled bags, assemble produce bags and sort & count bread items for inclusion in holiday bags for seniors and people with disabilities.

Opportunity Dates & Times:

  • Wednesday, 12/5 – 3:00 – 5:00 pm OR (FULL)
  • Thursday, 12/6 – 10:00 – 12:00 pm (FULL)

# of volunteers: 6 – groups welcome!

Holiday Food Shelf Set Up: As we gear up for the influx of donations & participants, we need a team of volunteers to help us prepare for our holiday program. Volunteers will move, organize and stock shelves with holiday items and ensure that we’re ready for the rush to begin!

Opportunity Date:

  • Tuesday, 12/11 – 3:30 – 5:00 pm (FULL)

# of volunteers: 2 – 4 – groups welcome!

Food Bank Support: During the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas, EFAA sees an increase in food donations and numbers of participants that visit our food bank. We are in need of additional volunteer support for all of our shifts during this time, especially on Fridays. Volunteers will help receive, sort & organize incoming food donations, organize and stock our food bank shelves, keep items flowing from our basement and garage into the food bank and assist shoppers.

Opportunity Dates & Times:

  • Friday, 12/7 – 9:00 – noon, 11:30 – 2:30, 2:00 – 5:00 (Large Donation Support Needed)
  • Tuesday, 12/11 – 9:00 – noon, 11:30 – 2:30, 2:00 – 5:00
  • Wednesday, 12/12 – 11:30 – 2:30, 2:00 – 5:00
  • Thursday, 12/13 – 9:00 – noon, 11:30 – 2:30, 2:00 – 5:00, 3:30 – 6:30
  • Friday, 12/14 – 9:00 – noon, 11:30 – 2:30, 2:00 – 5:00 (FULL) (Large Donation Support Needed)
  • Monday, 12/17 – 9:00 – noon, 11:30 – 2:30, 2:00 – 5:00
  • Tuesday, 12/18 – 9:00 – noon, 11:30 – 2:30, 2:00 – 5:00
  • Wednesday, 12/19 – 11:30 – 2:30, 2:00 – 5:00
  • Thursday, 12/20 – 9:00 – noon, 11:30 – 2:30, 2:00 – 5:00, 3:30 – 6:30
  • Friday, 12/21 – 9:00 – noon, 11:30 – 2:30, 2:00 – 5:00 (Large Donation Support Needed)

# of volunteers 4-6 per shift – groups welcome!

Gift Room Helpers: Volunteers will accompany participants through our gift room and help families select and pack gifts. We will also restock and organize the Gift Room to ensure a great “shopping” experience for all.

Opportunity Dates & Times:

  • Wednesday, 12/12 – 11:30 – 2:30, 2:00 – 5:00
  • Thursday, 12/13 – 9:00 – 12:00, 11:30 – 2:30, 2:00 – 6:00
  • Friday, 12/14 – 9:00 – 1:00, 12:30 – 4:30
  • Monday, 12/17 – 9:00 – 1:00, 12:30 – 4:30
  • Tuesday, 12/18 – 9:00 – 1:00, 12:30 – 4:30
  • Wednesday, 12/19 – 11:30 – 2:30, 2:00 – 5:00
  • Thursday, 12/20 – 9:00 – 12:00, 11:30 – 2:30, 2:00 – 6:00
  • Friday, 12/21 – 9:00 – 1:00, 12:30 – 4:30

# of volunteers: 2 per shift.  For remaining available shifts and to sign up for gift room click here.

Gift Room Tear Down Team: After the holiday rush, we’ll be pack up remaining toys/gifts and break down our “Gift Room” to return our conference room to useable office space. Volunteers will pack up gifts, load our truck, move gifts to a nearby storage location and unload gifts. We will also remove tables, trash and shelving units to restore order.

Opportunity Dates & Times:
You pick the date that works best for your team!

  • Thursday, 1/3 – 9:00 am – 1:00 pm OR 1:00 – 5:00 pm OR
  • Friday, 1/4 – 9:00 am – 1:00 pm OR 1:00 – 5:00 pm

# of volunteers 8-10 – groups welcome!


DONATE TO OUR HOLIDAY GIFT ROOM

Thank you for supporting families in need during the holiday season. Holiday gifts will be accepted for our Gift Room and all of EFAA’s families will have the opportunity to visit the Gift Room to select age & gender appropriate gifts for their family members.

DONATIONS ACCEPTED BETWEEN 12/3 – 12/14

Drop off location
EFAA, 1575 Yarmouth Ave., Boulder – stop at front desk for further instruction

Drop off hours
Monday, Tuesday and Friday: 10:30 am – 3:30 pm
Wednesday: 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Thursday: 10:30 – 5:30

DONATION GUIDELINES

Donated items must be new. Please DO NOT bring used items.
Please DO NOT wrap gifts so that parents can select age & gender-appropriate gifts.
We are unable to accept books for the Gift Room. However, EFAA provides books to families in our housing through other programs.

GIFT IDEAS

For children ages 0-5: Puzzles, crayons, play-doh, washable markers, stickers, blocks, educational toys, stuffed animals, dolls (particularly depicting diverse race and ethnicity), train set, toy vehicles, play food, dress-up clothes, board books, bubbles, soap sets; lotions, bubble bath, etc.

For children ages 6-12: Dress-up clothes, Legos, Playmobil, sports equipment, journal, jewelry, action figures, dolls (particularly depicting diverse race and ethnicity), hair accessories; pony tails, barrettes, etc., soap sets; lotions, bubble bath, etc., markers, colored pencils, toy cars, puzzles, craft kits, sidewalk chalk, outdoor toys, swords, Nerf toys & blasters.

For children ages 13-18: Sports equipment, cosmetics, jewelry, watch, journal, scented lotion, room décor, headphones, bag/purse, wallet, music, movies, hair accessories; pony tails, barrettes, etc., soap sets; lotions, bubble bath, etc..

For all children up to age 18: Winter outerwear, especially coats and snow boots, are frequent needs of our families (fleeces, hoodies, hats, mittens, scarves).

Other: We will also accept wrapping paper, bows & holiday bags.

The Gift Room will be open for participants to shop from 12/12 – 12/21.
For any questions, please contact Sue McCullough, sue@nullefaa.org or 303.951.7663.