Candy Cane Lane at YWCA Utah

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What is Candy Cane Lane?

Candy Cane Lane is a special holiday pop-up store, made possible by our community’s generous financial and in-kind donations, to help brighten the season for survivors of domestic violence receiving services at YWCA Utah’s crisis shelter and transitional housing. With help from donors like you, Candy Cane Lane provides new holiday gifts, essentials, treats, gift cards, and more to more than 250 individuals in need.

What’s Different This Year?

We are still dedicated to providing the families we serve with a happy holiday experience, but it will look a bit different than previous years. We will still create a pop-up store but will take a Sub-for-Santa approach this year. Families will fill out their wish lists with information like age, size of clothing, favorite color, etc. and our personal shoppers will fulfill those lists from donated items to best fit each individual’s wants and needs. This will include winter coats, gloves, hats, underwear, socks, and more for each person living at YWCA Utah. Each family will also receive a game night-themed gift basket, a $50 gift certificate for any additional holiday needs, two small toys and one large toy for every child, and stockings filled with goodies for all. Donations of these much-needed items, in new condition, are much appreciated!

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Interested in Becoming a Sponsor?

Sponsorship opportunities are available now! By sponsoring this event you will support YWCA Utah’s transformative work in domestic violence prevention and help provide a safe and happy holiday experience for survivors.

Please contact our Events Manager, Cassie Brood, with any questions at

Become a Sponsor

What are the Volunteer Responsibilities and How Do I Volunteer?

We need the help of our community to set up, maintain, and break down the store. If you are interested in one or more of these volunteer opportunities, simply complete the interest form by clicking the button below and someone will be in touch to schedule your volunteer shift. These shifts are limited and will be scheduled on a first-come-first-served basis. We will also require that volunteers wear masks and practice social distancing during their shift.

Please contact our Volunteer and Intern Program Coordinator, Allie Menzdorf, with any questions at

Volunteer Interest Form

What is a Holiday Shopper and How Do I Sign Up?

With the help and generosity of the folks in our community, we stock our pop-up shop with brand new holiday gifts, winter wear, stockings, etc. Our shoppers are folks from the community who volunteer to “shop” (pick out items) for our residents and their children. Think of it as a sub for Santa, only instead of purchasing the items at a store, you shop for free at our store!

To keep our staff and residence healthy and safe during the times of COVID, we are limiting shifts to a maximum of two (2) individuals arriving in 15-minute increments. This will limit the number of people in the space at any given time. These shifts are limited and will be scheduled on a first-come-first-served basis.   We will also require that volunteers wear masks and practice social distancing during their shifts. This opportunity would make a wonderful and uplifting date night or parent and child outing.

Please contact our Donor Impact Manager, Paula Gomez Almanza, with any questions at

Shopping Interest Form

Thank You to Our Sponsors


Mark & Kathie Miller

Elaine B Weis

Neylan McBaine

Langheinrich Family

Thomas & Mary Schubach McCarthey

Ruth Novak