Help Santa: Be a Christmas Elf this Season!

Cathedral Shelter of Chicago is currently looking for volunteer "elves" to assist in our Christmas Basket Program from December 3 through December 16 including weekends. Positions include:

List Checking Elves
Elves helping Santa with check-in families to receive their gifts. They are needed from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., beginning December 5 and 6 and December 9 through 16. Elf duties include helping to verify the identity and scheduling of recipients. Check-in elves have the most contact with recipient families.

Workshop Elves
The toys and presents have been made, but Santa now needs elves to help distribute the gifts. Workshop elves help from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., beginning December 5 and 6 and December 9 through 16. It includes locating Christmas Baskets for recipients as they arrive to pick them up; unload trucks for tomorrow’s Christmas Baskets and organize the warehouse for next-day distribution.

Sleigh Driving Elves
Driving Santa’s sleigh is such a big job that Santa can’t do it all by himself. Sleigh drivers (driver and navigator) are needed beginning December 3, from 8:30 a.m. until their route is completed (approximately 3-4 hours). A driver and navigator, equipped with a Cathedral Shelter supplied truck (U-Haul size) and GPS system picks up Christmas Baskets from parishes, schools, or businesses throughout the city and suburbs. Truck teams may have to help load trucks at pick-up locations. Two to four drivers/navigators are needed every day from December 3 through December 15. Drivers must have a valid driver’s license.

We may also need clean-up elves on December 17 and possibly December 18.

We are located at 1668 W. Ogden Avenue in Chicago, IL. To sign up to volunteer, you can reach me at: [masked]

Please RSVP by November 27, 2012 with date and position you could like. Thanks!

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  • Silvia R.

    It was a fun, fast pace event that provided gifts for many people. I was in the back room with 5 other helpers. The other volunteers were very nice as was Angela, the coordinator.

    December 23, 2012

  • Sue

    Hello Angela
    I can help on the 16th.

    December 9, 2012

    • Sue

      Because I didn't hear from you I didn't think you needed the extra help. What time do you need the help?

      December 14, 2012

    • Sue

      I can be there from 9:30 - 12:00... Holiday party later

      December 15, 2012

  • Nathan B.

    Hello Angela I'm super new to this but wanted to get started ASAP. My semester at school ends on the 11th and I was wondering What openings you have and any informationiI would need to know would be greatly appreciated.

    December 8, 2012

    • Nathan B.

      Do you mean Friday December 14th? Or Wednesday December 12th? I would be happy to do both :-)

      December 9, 2012

  • martha

    Hi Angela, I can work December 5th from 9:30 - 12:30. Would this be possible?

    Thank you!

    December 3, 2012

  • yen

    Hi Angela, I am available to help on 11th Dec.

    December 1, 2012

  • HobieCatMatt

    Hi, I am available to help the 8th, 9th or 17th. I have also emailed you. Let me know if it is not too late!

    December 1, 2012

  • Sue

    I am available to help afternoons. My e-mail is [masked]. Dec 10 - 14 for the most part open. I can do anything except driving.

    November 28, 2012

    • Sue

      What is the time frame

      November 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will b there mon dec 3 @ 930 and b able to stay all day to help.

    November 24, 2012

  • Mara

    Is it possible to work PART of the shift, instead of 9:30-3:30?

    November 16, 2012

    • Deepa

      Hi Angela. Do we contact you to sign up for certain days/times? I would love to help out for an after noon shift (12:30-3:30pm) on Thursday Dec 6 if you need me:)

      November 19, 2012

  • Jackie H.

    Is it possible to volunteer on only Fri or Sat?

    1 · November 17, 2012

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