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, holiday 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.

 

2016 Service Projects

FREEMONT AND BONNEVILLE HIGH SCHOOL AND T.H. BELL JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL

“Randon Acts of Kindness”. They report their acts in writing and hang them on a wall. They are also selling Berliners at lunch and donating the proceeds to the school’s “Sub for Santa” project.

FRIEND2FRIEND

Collected 3,100 boxer briefs for homeless youth through the VOA (Volunteers of America). Planned and prepared an interactive activity with these youth where they not only delivered the boxer briefs but planned activities and games and cooked and served dinner to them.

GINGERBREAD KIDS

Performing at four retirement centers.

GIRL SCOUT TROOP 530

Gathered supplies and made toys for homeless pets. Also gathered clothes and toiletries for people in need.

MAESER PREP

Raised funds to make blankets for the Syrian refugees. A group of students will be taking them to Frankfurt, Germany in January.

OAK HOLLOW ELEMENTARY FRENCH IMMERSION

Collecting donations for a Refugee Day Care Center.

ONE VOICE CHILDREN’S CHOIR

Perform at and give money to KUTV’s annual Day of Thanks. Perform and spend time visiting with the United Angels

SKYLINE HIGH SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS

Helping with Souper Bowl of Caring.

SUMMIT ACADEMY

Making “Sibling Bags” for the siblings of patients at Primary Children’s Hospital.

TIMPVIEW HIGH SCHOOL

Sharing three authentic compliments with people not in their friend group for a week.