Volunteer Year-Round

  • Gospel Opportunities in 100+ Countries

    Share the Good News of Jesus Christ in more than 100 countries by volunteering with Operation Christmas Child. Samaritan's Purse collects, processes, and sends gift-filled shoeboxes generously packed by individuals like you, along with Gospel booklets in nearly 100 languages, to ministry partners around the world.

  • Children + Families

    Many shoebox recipients participate in our follow-up discipleship program, The Greatest Journey. Through the 12-lesson Bible-based series, millions of children have decided to follow Christ. In many cases, family members are drawn to faith in Jesus through the testimony of the boys and girls.

  • Worldwide Network

    More than 10,000 volunteers in the United States and 10 other countries serve on teams in their local communities to promote the ministry and collect shoebox gifts.

  • Unique Fit

    Find a role suited to your unique gifts and receive exclusive training, online courses, and other resources to help you succeed. What skills has God given you? Recruiting and leading? Cultivating relationships and equipping people? Organizing details and event planning? Facilitating prayer times?

Volunteer Year-Round with Operation Christmas Child

Join a local team to promote Operation Christmas Child in your community all year long! Volunteers serve year-round to recruit and train participants, as well as to coordinate the collection of shoebox gifts. This requires leaders and prayer warriors, people with skills in logistics and administration, and those with the gift of communicating. Find out how you can use your God-given talents in this effort to lead children, families, and communities around the world to the Greatest Gift, the Lord Jesus Christ.

“We depend on an army of Samaritan's Purse volunteers to carry out the Great Commission mission of our Operation Christmas Child project.”

Franklin Graham

How do you fit into Operation Christmas Child?

Select the option that best suits you.

Frequently Asked Questions

What would I be doing as a year-round volunteer?

As a year-round volunteer, you would join a worldwide network of people passionate about sharing the Gospel with children and their families. There are a variety of roles available that do anything from recruiting and developing local teams to cultivating relationships with local churches.

What skills are required for these roles?

What unique skills or gifts has God given you? Recruiting and leading? Check out our Leadership roles. Cultivating relationships and equipping people? Investigate opportunities in Church Relations. Running a missional and efficient Drop-off Location? Look into Logistics. Interceding locally and worldwide? Maybe our Prayer Team is a good fit for you. Each role highlights distinctive skills, and every Operation Christmas Child volunteer is fully equipped and trained for their specific role when they come on board. Online training and dynamic resources will prepare and support you in your role.

Where is this volunteer opportunity located?

You can serve with Operation Christmas Child wherever you are, since we have local volunteer Area Teams in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Once you apply and progress through the interview process, we will connect you with your local Area Team to serve with like-minded Christians in your community.

Can I do this if I work full time?

We have year-round volunteers in all seasons of life! Our diverse volunteer base includes retirees, grandparents, stay-at-home parents, and students, but there is plenty of room for individuals who work full time with busy family schedules, too. We offer flexibility to serve in your role on a schedule that works for you. Our teams work hard and set big goals. We trust God and see Him work in powerful ways through the faithfulness of volunteers. Don't let the time commitment keep you from exploring this opportunity.

Can I do this if I don't have any leadership experience?

Every Operation Christmas Child volunteer is fully equipped and trained for their role when they come on board. Dynamic resources, exclusive conferences, and online training specific to your role will be made available to you. We believe that God uniquely gifts and prepares those He calls to ministry. You also serve with a local Area Team, so you have a built-in support system to encourage you in your work!