Calendar of Caring

holiday boy imageWelcome to United Way 2-1-1’s Holiday Calendar of Caring. Here you will find many great ideas and opportunities that we’ve handselected for you to enjoy this holiday season. Many organizations find themselves in great need for volunteers this time of year. Check out the service opportunities through the United Way 2-1-1 Volunteer Center.

If you, your family, or someone you know is in need this holiday season, then we encourage you to use United Way 2-1-1’s online resources or call us and speak to one of our information specialists. Let us connect you to the resources that will help you have a happy holiday!

Red: Nifty Gift Ideas  |  Green: Good Holiday Ideas  |   Gold: Volunteer Opportunties

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Not all birds fly south for winter!

For $1, you can enjoy Tracy Aviary Winter Wednesdays. You can see what the birds are up to from Nov. until Mar. If you're adverse to the cold then stop by the indoor bird exhibits to warm up. Visit Tracy Aviary's website for more winter details.


Larger Than Life Gingerbread Houses

The Grand America gingerbread house display at The Grand
America Hotel in Salt Lake is one of the most impressive and
scrumptious of the season. This lifesize
display remains in the
ballroom corridor until New Year’s Day. Make sure to sign your child up for a gingerbread making class on Dec.
22. Kids can make a delicious creation for $25.


Catholic Community Services' Gift of the Drummer

Start a holiday tradition with your family, friends or company by sponsoring refugee and low-income children with holiday presents. Needed items are: diapers, gift certificates, clothing, educational toys (without batteries), toiletries, etc. Simply go shopping and bring the unwrapped gifts to CCS for distribution. Donation drop-off: Dec. 1 - 5.

Questions? Contact: Janet Healy (801)428.1242


The Echoes of Christmas

See the Christmas story acted out live before you! This is a fantastic outdoor, 30 minute musical reflection. Dress warm for this one!

Presented Dec. 11, 13, 15, and 17 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


Red Butte Garden's 13th Annual Holiday Open House

On Dec 6 - 7, the Garden will host a Christmas market, wreath-making classes, and several local artisans for no cost! Is there a better phrase this time of year than "free hot chocolate"?


Lend a hand with the Salvation Army

Donate: Clothing and gifts for our Angel Tree and Golden Tree

Volunteer: Volunteers are needed through Nov. and Dec. to help with the Angel Tree and Bell Ringing programs. Tasks vary and schedules are flexible. This opportunity is fun and rewarding as you will be working directly with the public that will be receiving assistance.

Questions? Contact: Vickie Young (801)988.4204 x2106


Holiday Fun at Thanksgiving Point

Thanksgiving Point offers many holiday activities, including meeting Santa’s reindeer. Stop by with your family to enjoy the holiday lights, sip hot chocolate, and visit Rudolph and his friends. The reindeer will be staying there from Nov. 28 - Dec. 23.


Team Up with National Ability Center

Volunteer with the Ski and Snowboard Program and help individuals with disabilities enjoy your favorite wintertime
sports! Lessons are held at Park City Mountain resort,
Canyons, Brighton, and Deer Valley. Sign up for training today!

Questions? Contact: Heidi MacNaughton (435)649-3991


UAID Utah Association for Intellectual Disabilities

Donate: Come adopt an ornament for the client of your choice.
Monetary and in-kind donations are also welcome.

Volunteer: Volunteers are need to help with the Holiday Gift Box Program. Also, groups or individuals are welcome to come in and spend two hours teaching arts and crafts, playing games or even watching movies with patients through the holiday season.

Questions? Contact: Kathy Scott (801)970.1930


Pay a Visit to the Govenor's Mansion

Tours of the Governor’s Mansion happen all year long, but the holidays are the time to do it. This is perhaps the best kept holiday secret in Utah. You’ll rarely see decorations like those at the Governor’s Mansion when it is all dressed up for the holidays. Stop by on Tues. or Thurs. 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
through Dec. to see the decorations.


Sing-a-long at Engery Solutions Arena

The Larry Miller Family and Robert C.
Bowden will present the free Christmas Carol Sing-a-Long at Energy Solutions Arena on Dec. 15. The music is provided by a full orchestra plus a few thousand highly talented amateur performers… the audience! Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the program starts at 7:00 p.m.

Questions? Contact: (801)325.2000


Turn City Center for the Arts

Volunteers are needed to lead art, theater, music, writing, or dance classes.

TURN also enjoys hosting holiday themed performances! Christmas carolers (secular music only), dancers who incorporate holiday music, and more would be appreciated. Anyone 18+ is welcome.

Questions? Contact: Allision Michel (801)924.0347


Cathedral of the Madeleine Christmas Concerts

Come hear old and new songs of the season, as well as some forgotten greats. Admission is free but limited to those ages 6 and up.

The Christmas Carol Service takes place Dec. 17 - 18 at 8:00 p.m.; as well as Christmas Eve at 4:00 p.m. A Ceremony of Carols takes place December 22 - 23 at 12:15 p.m.


Utah State Veteran's Nursing Home 

Help our state's heros.

Donations: Accepting donations of clothing, blankets, slippers, etc up until Dec. 18.

Volunteers: Organize a gift drive with your family or community for the residents on Christmas Day. Presents and donations can be dropped off at the nursing home before Dec. 24.

Questions? Contact: 801.584.1920


Giving around the Globe

Help people around the world by rallying your office or community to package hygiene kits with Globus Relief.

Donations: Personal hygiene kits - travel sized toiletries and quartsized zipper plastic bags.

Volunteers: Help is needed to sort medical supplies, create personal hygiene kits, package shipments to other
countries, etc.

Fall/Winter volunteer hours are Mon. - Fri.  8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Questions? Contact: Katie Rock (801)977.0444


Tis' the Season for Giving

And Davis Community Learning Center needs your help to ensure that each of their English learning students receives a holiday turkey (other food is also accepted). They are also in need of new children's shoes and winter clothes in all sizes.

Questions? Contact: Merri Ann Perkins (801)402.8395


Reindeer Games

Plan holiday games where the participants are rewarded with prizes instead of presents. Inexpensive prizes and treats awarded during a fun game can make a great substitute for presents. Check out these great games if you need help with ideas.


Make Holiday Dinners a Family Affair!

Instead of banishing the adults to labor in the kitchen all day, get everyone involved. Plan recipes together! Pick out a special cookie or treat with your kids and make them together. Make something you’ve never made
before and watch as your family suddenly has something new to
look forward to each year!


Neighborhood House

Spend time with your family volunteering for adults with disabilities.  Neighborhood House needs people who can sing, dance, or play music to help brighten up the holidays for their adult day program. 

Anna Ferris 801-363-4589.


Homeless Youth Resource Center

Many agencies that help the homeless receive most of their donations during the holidays.  Donate your time or some resources after the holidays.  The Homeless Youth Resource Center, run by Volunteers of America, can always use volunteers as well as men's and women's socks, hand warmers, flashlights, and calling cards.


Eve Winter Fest

New Year’s Eve should last for more than just a night.  Check out the Eve Winter Fest downtown, which lasts from Dec. 29-31st.  There will be live music, performances, a Bounce Town, ice skating, and of course, a huge New Year’s Eve party./p>


Is it Local?

Get a taste of summer again and buy some local produce and at the Farmers Market.  The Winter Market is held at the Rio Grande Depot, and it runs every other Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. through April 2015.


Free Zoo Day

Don’t forget the animals during the winter!  Visit the Hogle Zoo for FREE on Wild Wednesday

Admission is free the last Wednesday of the month through February.  Through Dec. 31st, you can also see the Zoo Lights.