We’re excited that you’re interested in volunteering with us! It’s a fun and rewarding experience. Toys 4 Smiles relies on volunteers to help us build and distribute toys to kids of all ages in need of a smile while at the same time building lasting relationships among the volunteers. Together, we can continue what was started more than 9 years ago!
- Do you love working with your hands? We need busy hands to cut out, sand, and oil the toys.
- Do you like meeting new people? Support us at one of our many events.
- Do you have special skills - marketing, social media, data entry? We need your help to stay in touch with our supporters
1What type of volunteer opportunities are offered at Toys 4 Smiles?
We help our volunteers become familiarized with Toys 4 Smiles by giving them information about what we do, who we serve, and how to make our toys. Shop Volunteers: Many of our volunteers cut out toys using band saws, sand the edges and burn in the Toys 4 Smiles logo. One group traces toy car patterns onto the wood, drill window and axle holes. Another group assembles the cars with wheels and axles, while yet another group finishes the toys and packs them ready for delivery to the children. When you volunteer at Toys 4 Smiles, you will get to work alongside other volunteers as a team. Administrative support: Our office can always use assistance. Volunteers can help them with data entry, mailings, filing, and telephone follow-ups. Special events: Toys 4 Smiles hosts and participates in a number of events throughout the year. Volunteers are often needed to help us coordinate event details, such as greeting attendees, dropping off collateral, and representing Toys 4 Smiles at these special occasions.
2What should I wear to volunteer?
All volunteers MUST wear closed-toed shoes. Please wear comfortable clothes that can get dirty. The shop tends to be chilly in the winter and hot in the summer, so layered clothing is suggested. Also, please do not wear any dangling jewelry or tank tops, and long hair must be pulled back.
3How do I become a Toys 4 Smiles volunteer?
Come down to the shop. Start by completing a volunteer application.
4What are your volunteer hours?
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Saturday, Sunday: Closed (Hours subject to change due to holidays. Call us to confirm any changes.)
5Can I come as an individual?
Absolutely! We invite individuals to join us during our regular shifts to volunteer with us. Come down to the shop. All volunteers need to complete an application/profile. Once completed you will an orientation, and get assigned a task by the shift monitor. The shift monitor with review with you all of our opportunities and setup your schedule.
6What is the minimum and maximum group size?
Three or more people are considered a group (we limit group size to 6 people) per shift, and they must schedule volunteer activities in advance. Make contact with the office to schedule your volunteer event.
7Is there an age restriction?
Volunteers age 10-15 must have a parent/guardian present. Ages 16-17 may volunteer on their own with a consent form. Sorry, no volunteers under age 10.
8Can I do my community service at Toys 4 Smiles?
Yes, we accept court ordered, work program, and school community service volunteers; however an appointment is required PRIOR to completing the application. If you have any documentation to be signed by our staff, please give us 24 hours notice.