Holiday Giving

 

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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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 appropriate gifts that they know their children will enjoy. See a list of our most needed items below or shop on our Amazon wish list and have your items shipped directly to EFAA!

Interested in hosting a toy drive for EFAA? Share this flyer and our most needed items with your office, faith community, book club, or friends and family! Thank you for supporting local families this holiday season.

DONATIONS ACCEPTED BETWEEN 12/2 – 12/18

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-appropriate gifts.

We are unable to accept books for the Gift Room or clothing other than winter gear. See below for more details.

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 such as skateboards, rollerblades, and scooters, cosmetics, jewelry, watches, journals, 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 – 12/20.
For any questions, please contact EFAA’s Front Desk, info@nullefaa.org or 303.442.3042.


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. EFAA will begin accepting holiday food items including frozen turkeys on Tuesday, November 12th.

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: 11/13, 11/20, & 12/4 from 4 – 5 pm at our office in Boulder. Contact Sherry at sherry@nullefaa.org with questions. 

Families: Only 1 person from your family will need to complete our volunteer application form. All family members are asked to attend an orientation. Orientations are on Wednesdays as follows: 11/13, 11/20 & 12/4 from 4 – 5 pm at our office in Boulder.

Business Groups: EFAA works closely to coordinate group volunteer projects with local companies who make financial investments in our work. Please contact Teresa Gulock-Mundy, Development and Events Manager to learn more about how your company can contribute time, talent, and treasure to strengthen our community. 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. 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.

Group Note: Please note that we cannot guarantee space for families and groups, as the opportunities are offered on a first come first served basis. 

HOLIDAY VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

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

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

Opportunity Dates & Times:

  • Friday, 11/15 – 9:00 – noon, 11:30 – 2:30, 2:00 – 5:00 
  • Thursday, 11/21 – 9:00 – noon, 11:30 – 2:30, 2:00 – 5:00, 3:30 – 6:30
  • Friday, 11/22 – 9:00 – noon, 11:30 – 2:30, 2:00 – 5:00 (FULL)
  • Monday, 11/25 – 9:00 – noon, 11:30 – 2:30, 2:00 – 5:00 (FULL)
  • Tuesday, 11/26 – 9:00 – noon, 11:30 – 2:30, 2:00 – 5:00 (FULL)
  • Wednesday, 11/27 – 11:30 – 2:30, 2:00 – 5:00 (FULL)

Maximum group size – 4 volunteers

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!

  • Friday, 12/6 – 9:00 – 1:00 OR 1:00 – 5:00 (FULL)

Maximum group size – 10 volunteers

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:

  • Thursday, 12/5 – 2:00 – 5:00 pm  (FULL)

Maximum group size – 6 volunteers

Food Pantry Support: During the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas, EFAA sees an increase in food donations and numbers of participants that visit our food pantry. We welcome additional volunteers and volunteers will help unload trucks, receive, sort & organize incoming food donations, organize and stock our food pantry shelves, keep items flowing from our basement and garage into the food pantry and assist shoppers.

Opportunity Dates & Times: ALL FOOD PANTRY HOLIDAY OPPORTUNITIES ARE FULL

  • Friday, 12/6 – 9:00 – noon, 11:30 – 2:30, 2:00 – 5:00 (FULL)
  • Monday, 12/9 – 9:00 – noon, 11:30 – 2:30, 2:00 – 5:00 (FULL)
  • Tuesday, 12/10 – 9:00 – noon, 11:30 – 2:30, 2:00 – 5:00 (FULL)
  • Wednesday, 12/11 – 11:30 – 2:30, 2:00 – 5:00 (FULL)
  • Thursday, 12/12 – 9:00 – noon, 11:30 – 2:30, 2:00 – 5:00, 3:30 – 6:00 (FULL)
  • Friday, 12/13 9:00 – noon, 11:30 – 2:30, 2:00 – 5:00 (FULL)
  • Monday, 12/16 – 9:00 – noon, 11:30 – 2:30, 2:00 – 5:00 (FULL)
  • Tuesday, 12/17 – 9:00 – noon, 11:30 – 2:30, 2:00 – 5:00 (FULL)
  • Wednesday, 12/18 – 11:30 – 2:30, 2:00 – 5:00 (FULL)
  • Thursday, 12/19 – 9:00 – noon, 11:30 – 2:30, 2:00 – 5:00, 3:30 – 6:00 (FULL)
  • Friday, 12/20 – 9:00 – noon, 11:30 – 2:30, 2:00 – 5:00 (FULL)

Maximum group size –4 volunteers

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. NOTE: Gift Room Helpers DO NOT need to attend an orientation.  Orientation will be provided when you arrive for your shift. 

Opportunity Dates & Times:  

# 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, 1/2 – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm OR 1:00 – 4:00 pm OR
  • Friday, 1/3 – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm OR 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Maximum group size – 8 volunteers