Volunteer to spread cheer and help the less fortunate this holiday season
December is in full swing, so why not spread some holiday cheer? Give back to San Francisco with one of these great volunteer opportunities.
Spend your Christmas with the elderly, prepare meals to feed to homeless, choose children’s toys, and more. It’s the best gift you can give – no stressful shopping required.
City Impact’s Christmas Day Outreach 2023
San Francisco City Impact is reaching out to the Tenderloin community. Volunteer to serve hot meals and blankets at their Rescue mission, cook hundreds of fresh meals, assemble and deliver hot meals to residents, serve the children and youth through exciting kids outreach, and so many more serve opportunities.
December 25, 2023 | 9 am to 1:30 pm | 186 Eddy St., San Francisco
RSVP online. A $25 registration fee is required and will go directly towards making this event possible. – Confirmed as of 10/30/2023
GLIDE’s Grocery Bag Giveaway 2023
December 13, 2023 | 7 am – 1 pm
GLIDE, 330 Ellis St., SF
This year the do-gooders at GLIDE Memorial Church will give away thousands of bags full of groceries to individuals and families in the Tenderloin and across the city. Starting November 1, you can sign up for Holiday Volunteer Opportunities. If their volunteer needs on a particular holiday have already been met, please consider supporting GLIDE through a donation or by volunteering on another day. – Confirmed as of 10/30/2023
GLIDE’s Toy Sort & Giveaway 2023
December 21, 2023 | 9 am – Noon
330 Ellis St., San Francisco, CA
GLIDE will be collecting toys, packing them into bags and distributing them to children (up to 11 years) who are enrolled in GLIDE programs. Starting November 1, you can sign up for Holiday Volunteer Opportunities.. If their volunteer needs on a particular holiday have already been met, please consider supporting GLIDE through a donation or by volunteering on another day.
Consider donating a toy in advance for their annual GLIDE Toy Wonderland event on December 21, 2023 where they distribute toys to very-low-income families in our community. – Confirmed as of 10/30/2023
Salvation Army San Francisco Angel Tree Distribution 2023
December 19, 2023
The Salvation Army Kroc Center, 240 Turk Street, San Francisco, CA
Want to be Santa’s Helper this year? Volunteer with the Salvation Army San Francisco as we distribute toys to low income families. Families will be pre-assigned a time slot/date to collect their pre-bagged toys and will arrive either by car or on foot. Volunteers are needed to assist with distribution. We need around 6 volunteers per shift to assist with:
- Organizing and distributing pre-bagged toys as clients arrive
- Helping with the flow of traffic during active distribution
Volunteers can sign up for a morning or afternoon shift, or both. Spanish, Cantonese or Mandarin language skills are a bonus. Sign up to volunteer. – Confirmed as of 11/3/2023
Salvation Army San Francisco’s Toy Sorting & Packing 2023
December 11-15, 2023 | 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
The Salvation Army Kroc Center, 240 Turk Street, San Francisco, CA
We are looking for Elves (volunteers) to help us pack Christmas toys for children in need this holiday season. Volunteers will select toys from our stock of toy donations and match (as closely as possible) the toys requested by the families. The toys will then be packed into bags and labelled for the family to pick up during their assigned distribution appointment. Volunteers should be familiar with children ages 0-12 so as to help select appropriate toys for our families. Volunteers can sign up for a morning or afternoon shift, or both. Sign up to volunteer. – Confirmed as of 11/3/2023
GLIDE’s Christmas Eve Prime Rib Luncheon Celebration 2023
December 24, 2023 | 11 am–1 pm
GLIDE, 330 Ellis St, SF
Volunteer at GLIDE for their annual Christmas Eve celebration sponsored each year by Joe Betz and San Francisco’s House of Prime Rib who provide prime rib and all the sides for GLIDE’s special mouthwatering Christmas Eve Brunch to as many as 2,400 guests in the outdoor tented dining room. Additionally, GLIDE will deliver 200 meals to encampments across the city. Starting November 1, you can sign up for Holiday Volunteer Opportunities. If their volunteer needs on a particular holiday have already been met, please consider supporting GLIDE through a donation or by volunteering on another day. – Confirmed as of 10/30/2023
GLIDE’s Christmas Eve & Christmas Meals
December 24-25, 2023 | Various shifts available starting from 6:30 am
GLIDE, 330 Ellis St, SF
GLIDE invites you to volunteer on Christmas Eve and/or Christmas to help provide thousands of homeless and needy families and individuals. Volunteer shifts are available for Christmas Eve and Christmas breakfast, Christmas Eve “GLIDE on the Go” which serves thePrime Rib Luncheon out in the community, Christmas meal prep and service, and Christmas Turkey and Ham Carving. Sign up to volunteer. – Confirmed as of 12/6/2023
Little Brothers: Friends of the Elderly’s Christmas Elder Visits
December 23-25, 2023 | Various shifts
Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly San Francisco Bay Area, 909 Hyde Street, Suite 628, San Francisco, CA
Help spread the holiday cheer and visit our older friends on during Christmas week. Little Brothers would like to invite you to participate in their upcoming December Holiday Events happening December 23rd – December 25th. There are many different ways to volunteer: In-person visits, Remote visit (limited availability), and Holiday gift deliveries (In-person visits with gift bag). For in-person visits, you MUST pick up your older adult(s) holiday gift between December 23rd-24th.Please note, in order to participate in their In-Home Visit program, you must complete a volunteer orientation and background check. You are more than welcome to bring along family or friends. Sign up to volunteer. – Confirmed as of 12/6/2023
Salvation Army Christmas Meal Delivery 2023
December 25, 2023 | 6 am – 1 pm
The Salvation Army Culinary Training Academy, 155 Clara Street, San Francisco, CA
Help brighten someone’s Christmas morning by preparing and delivering a fresh home-style meal with all the trimmings straight to their door. Volunteers are needed to cook, drive and deliver meals on Christmas morning to 4,000 homebound individuals throughout San Francisco. You will receive an orientation, refreshments, a route sheet (who to deliver to), directions and meals. Most deliveries will consist of 20-40 meals and will take no around 1.5 to 2 hours (no longer than 3 hours maximum) to complete. All deliveries occur within San Francisco. Sign up to volunteer. – Confirmed as of 11/3/2023
The Civic Center Plaza Holiday Tree Lighting — a free, family-friendly event — returns Wednesday, December 6, 2023, 4-7pm!
The annual Civic Center Plaza Tree Lighting event returns December 6, 4-7pm! Add this fun, free, family-friendly event to your holiday calendar; featuring festive performances led by Boxcar Theatre’s Artistic Director Nick A. Olivero, the night’s lineup includes The Tap Dancing Christmas Trees, The Topman All Stars, magician Josh Farenbaugh, singer Doris Bumpus, and appearances by Christmas VIPs and the man-of-the-hour: Santa! Also expect “snow” flurries!
Another Planet Entertainment and the San Francisco Police Foundation, along with the Civic Center Community Benefit District, will lead a toy giveaway at the event for the first 400 children under 12. While in the Makers Village, SF Etsy will lead be holiday-themed activities (Santa letter writing station! Dreidel making! Paper chains! More!) and the San Francisco Public Library will host a book giveaway. Festive bites from Off the Grid food truck Melina’s Kitchen will be available for purchase, along with a full bar featuring seasonal favorites from Best Beverage Catering!
The event takes place across from an illuminated City Hall in Civic Center Plaza, a wonderful backdrop for a photo. Event begins promptly at 4pm, with the lighting of Civic Center’s 50-foot noble fir by Mayor London Breed at 5:30pm. RSVP via Eventbrite or Facebook.
This event is sponsored by Another Planet Entertainment, City and County of San Francisco, Civic Center Community Benefit District, Redwood Credit Union, San Francisco Police Foundation and San Francisco Recreation & Parks Department.
Hello Mission Bay.
Below is the dates when Christmas trees will be picked up in 2024. Link below.
Attention Monday Customers:
Both Christmas and New Year’s Day fall on Mondays this year. There will be no collection service on Christmas and New Year’s Day to allow Recology workers to be with their families.
During the holidays, crews will service Monday customers on three consecutive Saturdays. Monday customers are asked to put their bins out the Friday night before Saturday collection on December 23, December 30, and January 6.
Christmas Tree Collection 1/2/24 – 1/12/24
Please place clean, unlocked trees at the curb next to your compost bin the night before your collection day on the week of January 2, 2024 – January 12, 2024. Remove all tinsel, decorations, plastic bags, stands, and lights. If your tree measures more than 6 feet tall, please cut it in half
For more informaiton, please click the link below:
Friday, December 1, 2023 – 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | Cost: FREE
San Francisco’s Financial District | Market at Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA
Financial DistrictSan Francisco
The FREE outdoor holiday event will use high-tech Panasonic projectors and lasers to project large-scale art concepts from 13 local and internationally renowned artists across the facades of six iconic SF buildings from 5-10 PM nightly, including the Ferry Building for the first time ever.
The Salesforce Tower will also showcase Let’s Glow SF artwork on the LED panel atop the building, visible throughout the Bay Area.
- December 1, 2023 – Opening Night – 7-10p
- December 2-10, 2023 – 5-10p
Show Locations (map)
- Ferry Building (1 Ferry Building) – Best viewed from Harry Bridges Plaza
- Top of Salesforce Tower (415 Mission St,) – View this beautiful show from anywhere in the district
- Hobart Building (582 Market St) – Best viewed from 1 Post Street
- One Bush Plaza (1 Bush St) – Best viewed from 525 Market Street Plaza
- Pacific Coast Stock Exchange (301 Pine St) – Best viewed from 300 Pine Street
- Landing at Leidesdorff (565 Commercial St) – Best viewed from Commercial Street
Downtown SF Food & Drink Specials
Local participating retailers and businesses will offer themed drinks and bites for Let’s Glow SF attendees throughout the entire 10-night event. During Let’s Glow SF, show the Glow Badge to your server at participating restaurants to receive special discounts and deals. The Glow Badge can be shown on the Let’s Glow SF web page via mobile.
Opening Night Celebration
Let’s Glow SF 2023 will kick off on December 1, 2023 at 6 PM, at the foot of Market Street facing the Ferry Building, with a Countdown To Glow that is FREE and open to the public.
The Downtown SF Partnership will be joined by joined by Mayor London Breed, the City of San Francisco, A3 Visual, Presenting Sponsor, Amazon, Let’s Glow SF artists and more to countdown the start of the holiday season.
Starting at 6 PM, complimentary hot chocolate, ube hot chocolate, s’mores, ube s’mores, and gluten-free chocolate cupcakes from Marley’s Treats and FREE Let’s Glow SF swag will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. The press conference will begin at 6:30 PM with the projections officially being switched on at 7 PM. Come enjoy entertainment from Winter Stilt Walkers with Catalyst Arts!
San Franciscans said no to Sunday meters and expanding weekday meters until 10 pm
Thanks to KRON4 for sharing the news that the San Francisco Board of Supervisors has reached an agreement with SFMTA to put the brakes on their plan to expand the hours parking meters would be enforced.
SFMTA proposed expanding the meter hours to 10 pm on weekdays and adding Sunday meter hours from noon to 6 pm. Thanks to vocal San Franciscans who spoke out in droves to oppose the plans which were initially announced in May 2023. The Board of Supervisors received thousands of letters in opposition.
Prior to the agreement, Supervisor Safai had planned to propose a charter amendment that would have given the mayor accountability over any proposed fare increases or increased hours of operations and the power to block any fare increases. Since the agreement was made, Safai has tabled his proposal.
Notably, in 2008, SFMTA’s Board of Directors gave the Director of Transportation the sole power to control the parking meter rates and its hours of operation, revoking any public process for changes to the fees and hours.
The team at Ottinger Employment Lawyers is proud to present our free holiday ride-sharing program in California.
We want to do our part to help make our community safer by offering FREE Uber, Lyft, and Cab rides during the holiday season.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The program is simple – if you have been drinking on Thanksgiving Eve or Thanksgiving Day– take an Uber, Lyft, or cab ride home and we will reimburse you for it!
Making the responsible decision to catch a ride home can save lives.
DETAILS TO THE PROGRAM:
- Rides must be in the San Francisco metro area.
- Rides must be taken between 5 PM on the day of the holiday and 10 AM the next morning.
- You must be of legal drinking age to qualify (21 and over).
- Valid for one, one-way ride to a safe destination.
- Limit of one reimbursement per person.
- A maximum value of $35.00 anywhere in the greater San Francisco metropolitan area.
- The maximum value includes a tip of up to 10%. Anything above a 10% tip on the base fare will not be reimbursed.
Participation in this promotion is limited to the first 50 submissions per qualifying holiday.
WHEN WILL I GET MY REIMBURSEMENT?
Within the 10 business days from the date of the ride you must submit a copy of your receipt and photo id and mail into our office:
Ottinger Employment Lawyers
535 Mission St,14th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
Submissions are limited and will fill up fast, so don’t delay submitting your reimbursement.
For more information, visit: https://www.ottingerlaw.com/california-holiday-ride-sharing-program/
MACY’S GREAT TREE LIGHTING
UNION SQUARE | SAN FRANCISCO
November 9, 2023 – January 1, 2024
Come Enjoy the Tree & Make Your Own Tree Lighting Celebration
Enjoy Macy’s gift to the city of San Francisco, the Great Tree, which will shine brightly in Union Square Park, right across the street from Macy’s flagship location.
This year, Macy’s may not be holding an actual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Event. As usual Macy’s will be gifting to the City of San Francisco the Great Tree – however, there will be no Tree Lighting Event again this year.
For more information, please click the link below:
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