Each year, Earn2Give needs about 150 volunteers to help with everything from setting up and running the Holiday Gift Markets to working with the children as Personal Shopper Guides, helping them exchange their points for gifts. Whether you have just a few hours to give or can join us for the day, your hands-on help is always needed and welcomed!
Holiday Gift Market Student Shopping Day : 8AM – 2:30PM
Please use the RSVP button below so we’ll know to expect you.
Our Holiday Gift Market Student Shopping Day starts at 8AM and usually finishes around 2:30PM. If you can stay the whole day, that’s great! But if you can only attend the morning or afternoon, your participation is still very much appreciated.
What do you do as a Volunteer?
Each student will be introduced to a Volunteer who will have an Ikea shopping bag ready to help choose, carry and wrap all of the gifts they pick out. Students will have their Achievement Point/Shopping List sheet in hand to show the volunteer the family members they will be shopping for. One of your most important jobs is to smile and congratulate the students on earning their points and help them focus on having a good time.
What is involved with serving as a Student Shopper Guide?
At this event, we expect to serve around 350 students between the ages of six and eleven. For many of these children this will be the first time they have ever been able to provide gifts for their brothers, sisters, parents or grandparents. You can imagine the excitement they will feel upon walking into the Holiday Gift Market with their classmates. Our Student Shopper Guides pair up with the students and help them navigate the Market to find the right gifts.
It’s always helpful to first walk around the entire room so the students get a chance to see everything that is available before they decide on their purchases. It can be overwhelming!
Each child is allowed to choose ONE gift per family member. Please divide and maximize their points so they can find the best possible gift for every family member that lives in their home. Remember, they cannot buy anything for themselves. Our mission is to teach children the joy of giving to others from the hard work they achieved.
What is involved with being a Gift Station Vendor?
We typically feature around 30 separate gift stations and manage 10 individual shopping rounds with about 25-40 students per round. As a Gift Station Vendor, you will work behind the table and, along with their Shopper Guide, help them navigate the many gift options displayed. There will be items with different point values, so it’s important to assist the children in selecting the right gift for the appropriate aged member of their family based upon the points they have available.
Gift items will need to be restocked on your table from the boxes that are arranged behind the tables.
What is involved in Gift Wrapping?
We wrap gifts in tissue paper and put them in appropriate size gift bags for each family member. Many gift stations will have gift wrap available there to facilitate this process. For stations without gift wrap, there will be supplies throughout the gym.
Will there be a lunch break?
Our Holiday Gift Markets are held in school on a school day, so when the children break for their lunch period, we’ll take a break as well.
A boxed lunch along with bottled water will be provided by our generous sponsor, Arby’s, so be sure to RSVP below so that we willl know how many meals to have on hand.
Please do not attend if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or if you are under isolation or quarantine orders.
Let’s please keep the health and the well-being of the children and their families in mind on our set up day.
Thank you so much for your support and participation!