service opportunities

St. Martin's Lantern parade during German Christmas market, Christkindlmarkt Salt Lake City, at This Is The Place Heritage Park

Putting the "KIND" in ChristKINDlmarkt!

Our mission at Christkindlmarkt-SLC is to encourage children to serve others, and then celebrate that service at the market. This commitment stems from the German story of St. Martin and his charitable acts. All of our performing groups take part in a service experience before they participate in the market. We also encourage families, friends, and neighborhoods to develop a service experience and then come celebrate this service at one of our children's parades. You are invited to march in the St. Martin Lantern Parade on Thursday, December 1st at 6 p.m. celebrating your service. Please let us know you are coming so we can give you instructions on how to participate at christkindlmarktslc@gmail.com. If you prefer watching a parade and not marching, join us for the Friday or Saturday parades.

We would like to recognize your children for the acts of service that they plan and participate in. Please send us a short email to christkindlmarktslc@gmail.com and share with us what your group chose to do and how the experience impacted you. Pictures are always a welcome treat! You can also share your service experience with us on our Facebook page.

 

Service Opportunites

The following are contacts for community outreach that might give you some other ideas.

Download the list of Service Opportunities here

Volunteers Of America

Serves people who are homeless, have mental health issues and addictions.

Donations needed: clothing (especially warm and winter clothing), gift cards, flashlights, new underwear and socks, diapers, drawstring backpacks, etc.

Contact
  • Jayne Anderson
  • 801-875-4589

Christmas Box House

Serves and shelters primarily abused, neglected and abandoned children and youth in Salt Lake, Ogden, Utah Valley and Moab.

Donations needed: gift cards, new clothing of all sizes, new coats, shoes, socks and underwear, diapers, new toys, books and puzzles, hygiene items, etc. Christmas Box House also shares Christmas gifts with many other agencies serving children and families, especially at Christmas time.

Contact
  • 801-747-2201

Utah Food Bank

Serves hungry people throughout the state providing food to Food Pantry's across Utah.

Donations needed: canned items such as stew and chili, tuna, canned vegetables and fruit, peanut butter, soup, etc. Cash is always appreciated and can be used to purchase much more needed food.

Contact
  • 801-978-2452

The Road Home - Homeless Shelter

Serves homeless individuals and families.

Donations needed: cash, new pillows, towels, coats and ackets, jeans and warm clothing, hats, gloves, boots and shoes, new underwear, blankets, diapers, baby bottles and formula.

Contact
  • 801-819-7293 or 801-359-4142

Interntaional Rescue Committee

Serves mainly refugees in the state.

Donations needed: family mentors, ESL tutors, set-up new homes, trainers, financial education volunteers, etc.

Contact
  • 801-328-1091

Catholic Community Services

Serves the homeless and refugees.

Donations needed: cash, furniture, clothing (gently used), hygiene kits (including shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, soap, deodorant, etc.), cleaning supplies, kitchen items, new underwear and socks.

Contact
  • 801-977-9119

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Serves boys and girls facing adversity with strong, enduring one-to-one relationships.

Donations needed: volunteer mentors, used clothing and household items that are reused or resold.

Contact
  • 801-313-0303

Foster Care Foundation

Serves children in foster care throughout Utah.

Donations needed: cash, holidat gifts or all kinds, backpacks, hygiene kits, etc.

Ronald McDonald House Charities

Serves families of children who are hospitalized so they can have a temporary home away from home.

Donations needed: cash, paper prodcts (plates, cups, utensils), paper towels, laundry soap, dryer sheets, sanitizing wipes, kids cereal, frozen dinners and other food for special events.

Contact
  • 801-363-4663

Calvary Baptist Church

Fill the Pot Outreach - Minister Jay Ragsdale

Donations needed: Help with meals to feed the homeless and the hungry

Contact
  • Email: tj081106@aol.com
  • 801-355-1025

Schools

There are schools throughout the state who have students in need of school supplies such as paper, pencils, colored pencils, crayons, composition books, erasers, glue sticks, etc. These schools can be located by contacting your local school district.

Churches

There are churches throughout the state helping those in need, Please contact a church in your area if you desire to assist.

 

2015 Service Projects

Berlin Missionary Choir - Community Service.

Bonneville Junior High - “The Viking Tree”- provide Christmas gifts for students in school community.

Bonneville & Fremont High School German Program - Painted 110 wooden boxes for the Weber County Holiday Festival.

Cedar High German Club -Rendering service at the market.

Christmas Box House - Children made cards for Primary Children’s Hospital.

Christkindlmarkt Volunteer Committee - Visited children at the Christmas Box House.

Frankfurt Missionary Choir - Community Service.

Gingerbread Singing Group - Performed at rest homes throughout the year.

Neil Armstrong Academy - Made quilts and games for Primary Children’s Hospital.

One Voice Children’s Choir - Collected food and coats.

Rising Empresses -Service for Primary Children’s Hospital.

Summit Academy - “Brighten the World” Created a Giving Tree and collected blankets for those in need.

Tami Thornton (Vendor) - Decorated and donated a tree to the Festival of Trees.

THBell Jr. High - Random Acts of Kindness for a week.

Timpview High School - Spreading kindness to strangers.

U of U Bennion Center - Rendering service at the market.

Viewmont High School - Musical Community Service.

West Elementary 2nd Grade - Food Drive.

West High School - Students received an Adventskalender for each coat donated. Students handed these coats out during “West High Warm Up Day”.

Youth for Self Reliance - Working to fight hunger and provide literacy to children and families in Morocco..