A Volunteer Driven Organization
The Great Nanaimo Toy Drive is completely dependent on the spirit of volunteers. From the Board of Directors to the women and men that distribute the toys we need the public’s help to make Christmas happen for families in Nanaimo.
If you or someone you know wants to help out the Great Nanaimo Toy Drive this year or any time in the future please feel free to contact us by phone or email.
Sorting and Setup
This job is performed in 4 hour shifts once the toys start to arrive in our distribution facility. The toys have to be unpacked from boxes and bags and sorted into age categories. Each toy must be categorized to make sure the toys are placed on a table for that particular child group. Books and games are also placed on appropriate tables to ensure every child receives a book and every family receives a board game.
These volunteers have organizational duties to perform throughout the year but most of the job is only in November and December. They also assist in many of the functions of the Toy Drive during the Christmas season to help with registration, setup, collection and distribution.
Committee chairs head up small segments of work that need more attention than the board members can provide alone. They are provided jobs and take direction and assistance from a board member. A great way to start your involvement with the Toy Drive. These jobs include: Toy Collection, Volunteer Management, Registration Setup, Special Events Coordinator, Shopping, Web administration, and many more.
The distribution volunteers are at the toy drive location in 4 hour shifts. They do a variety of functions including taking the parent or family guardian around the floor to help them with shopping for toys, games and books. They also restock the tables with stored toys as needed and do any last minute sorting of late delivery toys.
These helpers use our computers to register families for The Great Nanaimo Toy Drive. The times and places are varied as they work in the Loaves and Fishes delivery sites as they are giving out food and they can also work in the stand alone office that the Toy Drive sets up for one week. They register the parent/family guardian and the children and then give a date and time for one of the parents to arrive to pick up their toys. This is the first step toward a successful toy drive and makes the distribution flow well.