Volunteering throughout the year with Team Hope

With so many ways to get involved and support the work of Team Hope throughout the year, there’s something for everybody!

From crafts to fundraising, from schools to corporate groups, we make volunteering easy, fun and really worthwhile.

Creative Makers

Lovingly hand-crafted gift items send an additional message of love with our Christmas Shoebox Appeal.  Below are several suggestions to get you started and for more ideas, suggestions and patterns etc. please contact us.

image001.pngKnit or Crochet 

Join our Super Knitters volunteer team for the Christmas Shoebox Appeal! 

Perhaps you could knit a crown that could transform a child into a king or queen for the day or a little cuddly duck that would keep them comforted at night time?

We can also send you patterns for little handbags, teddy bear hand puppets and “dude dolls” that will hopefully get you started and even the team here in the office can follow them!  

Contact us for more info.

“Dear Team Hope, I hope you like all the knitted toys I have made over the past few months.  It has kept me busy during these weird times and I have loved doing it.  It has also given me the opportunity to win a Gold President’s Volunteer Award with University of Limerick from the hours I have logged!  …. Thanks so much for the opportunity and I really hope the toys make the kids you work with very happy.”

-Isobel, Student”

Sewing / Felting / Jewellery making

Do you have some spare material or a hobby or skill? Bags, dolls, jewellery and other hand crafted gifts are such a personal expression of love. Check out our Pinterest page for inspiration!


Create Wooden Items

Do you belong to a carpentry group or maybe the local Men’s or Women’s Shed?  Woodwork and whittling are time honoured skills – could you create a spinning top, a toy rattle or a wooden box with surprise items inside.  Small toys, puzzles and games all make wonderful, special shoebox gifts.

…Collecting your items when they are ready.

Our checking centres open in late October which is when we would need to have your creations ready for.  We will do our best to have our volunteers collect them from you but if you would like to visit your local centre you would be most welcome to pop along and meet your fellow volunteers. 

Details of local coordinators will be posted on our website in October.

Volunteering During our Christmas Shoebox Appeal

Our Christmas Shoebox Appeal relies heavily on the help from our communities – both businesses and individuals. We have 50 + checking centres around the country that require over 2,000 volunteers to help us check, pack and load the shoeboxes before sending.

From October to December our volunteers collect shoeboxes from our various drop off points, check the contents of the donated shoebox gifts, pack them into cartons and load them onto trucks sending them to their final destinations in Eastern Europe and Africa. 

From a few hours to a few weeks you can volunteer your time to get together in a fun environment to help in your local checking centre.  You’d meet new people who could become life-long friends – why not find out more about how you can help and get involved?

A list of local team coordinators will be available here when the Christmas Shoebox begins or you can contact us.

Watch the Box to Make a Box!

Earn One4all vouchers for the Christmas Shoebox Appeal by completing Media Opinion’s quick media surveys about radio and TV. This is definitely the easiest volunteering you’ll ever do!

“I think this is a great way to get people involved in volunteering… I spend a lot of time watching programmes, listening to music etc so to be able to use this as a way to support a charity would be amazing.”  




Raise money for Team Hope with your very own fundraiser!

Volunteering During our Christmas Shoebox Appeal Fundraisers are run for our projects that are happening around the year (read more here) and for the Christmas Shoebox Appeal. If you would like to get involved in fundraising for Team Hope, we would be more than happy to help by providing you with some resources and suggestions.

Year round, Team Hope works through a range of sustainable development initiatives, working with communities to build strong, safe and progressive environments for vulnerable children and establish real change for a brighter future. Read more.



We collaborate with schools, teachers, students and parents every day to bring the Team Hope dream to life. From pre-school all the way to third level, there are opportunities across a number of our programmes to get involved create real change for vulnerable children around the world.

Contact us here or view our schools resources for the Christmas Shoebox Appeal or for our Confirmation project Confirming Hope.


Churches and communities of faith around Ireland provide wonderful support to Team Hope, either through involvement in volunteering with the Christmas Shoebox Appeal or through support to our sustainable development programmes.

If your church is interested in finding out more get in touch and we’ll be happy to send more information or arrange for a member of the team to visit. 

Contact us for more information.

Corporate Partnerships

For corporates and businesses looking to partner with our charity, we have a corporate partnership programme which includes opportunities for you and your colleagues to give or volunteer, directly supporting aspects of Team Hope’s work here in Ireland.

If you would like to get your organisation involved either volunteering as part of our Christmas Shoebox Appeal or getting involved in our sustainable development programmes then we can help you to develop a plan.

Contact us for more information.