What is Candy Cane Lane?
Candy Cane Lane, traditionally, features an empowering holiday pop-up shop, made possible by our community’s generosity to help make the holidays bright for the families served by YWCA Utah, fleeing abuse and domestic violence. In a typical year, Candy Cane Lane provides new holiday gifts, essentials, treats, gift cards, and more to approximately 200 families (500 individuals).
What’s Different This Year?
To put it simply, a lot. Due to the pandemic, we have had to reimagine Candy Cane Lane this year. We are still dedicated to providing families with a happy holiday experience, but it will look a bit different. Rather than creating a store, we will be taking a “Sub for Santa” approach. Program participants will fill out informational forms with age, size of clothing, favorite color, etc. and our wonderful volunteers will then pick from donated items to best fit each individual’s wants and needs. This will include coats, gloves, hats, underwear, and socks for each person living at the YWCA. Each family will also receive a game night themed gift basket, a $50 gift certificate for any additional holiday needs, a $20 gift certificate for every child to purchase a present, and stockings filled with goodies for all. Donations of these much-needed items, in new condition, are much appreciated!
How Do I Volunteer?
Volunteer opportunities are available, but limited! To keep our staff and residence healthy and safe during the times of COVID, we are limiting shifts to two (2) individuals arriving in 30-minute increments. This will limit the number of people in the space at any given time. We will also require that volunteers wear masks, have their temperature checked, and use hand sanitizer before they check-in for their shift. This volunteer opportunity would make a wonderful and uplifting date night or parent and child outing. You can check out the volunteer opportunities and sign up for a shift via our volunteer platform here.
Please contact our Events Manager, Cassie Brood, with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.