Where to Volunteer in Oshkosh with your Family this Holiday Season

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There are so many opportunities in Oshkosh to provide service year-round and especially during the holidays. Volunteering can be a great opportunity for family bonding, creating traditions, and stepping away from the shopping and errands that dominate the season.

  • The holidays are a particularly busy time for so many organizations and they need extra hands to manage donations.
  • Delivering meals to families and individuals can be a family-friendly way to help others.
  • Check with food banks for their current needs as they are often gifted with lots of items during the holiday season but might have holes to fill.

Ascension Mercy Hospital

  • Make cards, tray favors, or lap quilts for patients. These are all a great fit for artsy young children that might be too little for other service projects.
  • Full details about volunteer opportunities.
  • Call 920-223-0225 for guidelines

Boys and Girls Club of Oshkosh

  • Participate in Turkey Trot, proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls Club!
  • Volunteer for Thanksgiving Dinner or Christmas Party events at the Club.
  • Full details about volunteer opportunities.
  • Call 920-233-1414 ext 121 for Director of Club Services

Father Carr, Oshkosh – Meal Delivery and Service

Oshkosh Area Community Pantry

Salvation Army

  • Sign up to ring the bell for the Red Kettle at locations around the Oshkosh area.
  • Register to ring

Find more volunteer opportunities for individuals, families, and groups at Volunteer Oshkosh.

Volunteer throughout the Holiday Season

Families get so busy during November and December, that sometimes it can be hard to find time to physically volunteer. It can be easier to pick a place to donate items or money. There are plenty of ways to do that, also!

Christmas in the Air at EAA

  • Enjoy this free community and family event and bring along donations for Toys for Tots and non-perishable food items for Oshkosh Food Pantry. We’ve heard consistently that items that food pantries often don’t receive enough donations of are toiletries, sanitary products, whole grains like rice, quinoa, and oats, spices, cooking oils, and condiments, snacks for kids to take to school like juice boxes, applesauce, and granola bars, and baking and other mixes that only require water.
  • 3000 Poberezny Road, Oshkosh

Boys and Girls Club of Oshkosh

  • Always in need of new school supplies, hygiene products, new coats and shoes, holiday toys, sports equipment, games, crafts, and other supplies for the Club.
  • 501 East Parkway Avenue, Oshkosh
  • 920-233-1414 ext 111 for Director of Facilities

Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services, Inc

  • Always in need of grocery, Walmart, and Kwik trip gift cards, a list of current needs is updated periodically, as well as an Amazon Wishlist.
  • 206 Algoma Boulevard, Oshkosh
  • 920-235-5998

Free Little Libraries

  • Located throughout the area, accepts books and some locations have Free Little Pantries to stock with non-perishable items.

Hope Fridge

Accepts donations of cold fresh and frozen food, as well as non-perishable foods, household supplies, and personal care products.


  • Wagner Market
    502 North Main Street, Oshkosh
    Always Open
  • Bowen Street Repeats
    2837 Bowen Street, Oshkosh
    Open Wednesday and Thursday 10 am – 2 pm, Friday 10 am – 6 pm, Saturday 9 am – 4 pm
  • Neenah
    160 Curtis Avenue, Neenah
    Always Open

Oshkosh Area Food Pantry

Accepts donations of food, personal items, and money.
2251 Jackson Street, Oshkosh

Oshkosh Fire Department Food and Toy Drive

Traveling door to door to collect non-perishable food items, new and unwrapped gifts, wrapping paper, and cash donations.
Visit their Facebook page for more information

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