Foster Children Holiday Party Volunteer Job Description

Volunteer Responsibilities & Expectations:

Volunteers assist with planning the event, wrapping donated gifts and serving as hosts/hostesses. Volunteers may also donate a new, unwrapped gift or make a financial contribution to support the event. Volunteers also spend 5-10 hours outside of the meetings to plan the event and to attend the event.

The steering committee meets 3-4 times during the year between September and December.

Volunteers are expected to make every effort to attend events that have been planned by their respective group, chapter, committee, etc.

Leaders of these organizations are expected to take part in and contribute to the development of succession plans for their respective group, chapter, committee, etc.

Please notify your Alumni Relations staff liaison immediately if you are no longer able to participate as a volunteer or if you need to take a leave of absence from your volunteer duties.

Term of Service:

This is a once-a-year event. Volunteers choose to participate from year to year as their schedules permit.

Program Description:

Held annually in December on the Medford/Somerville campus since 1987, this event brings the spirit of the holiday season to Boston-area foster children and their families. This is a two-fold event: the first component is the Wrap Night, which occurs in the week preceding the party. The second component, traditionally held the first Sunday in December, is the party itself. This steering committee benefits from multiple volunteers who have been planning and organizing the event for years; however additional volunteers are welcomed and needed year-to-year to fulfill a variety of roles.

No skills or experience are needed.

Staff Support:

Your staff liaison will provide training materials or one-on-one training, as needed.

Your staff liaison will schedule meetings/conference calls according to your group’s availability and the will make certain that agendas/minutes are distributed in a timely manner.

Your staff liaison will oversee any and all logistics for mailings, blast emails, event calendar postings, event registration sites, etc. as it relates to the events or activities of your volunteer program.

Your staff liaison will provide support to your group when planning events which may include assistance with venue selection, catering, AV needs, guest speaker(s) confirmation, registration, etc.


For more information, please contact Jonathan Kaplan, A96 ( or Julie O’Connor ( in the Office of Alumni Relations.