Happy New Year! We hope you had a wonderful holiday season and are looking forward to a wonderful year ahead. Perhaps you’ve made some resolutions for the New Year. If they include trying something new, meeting new people, or giving back to the community, have we got the answer for you: how about volunteering for Food for Fairview?
Due to a recent increase in the number of clients we serve, we have many opportunities available. The hours are flexible. You can volunteer weekly, monthly, or as needed, depending on which opportunity you chose. Here are some volunteer positions we need to fill:
Orderers: from time to time, we are able to order items from MANNA based upon supplies that they receive. We need someone to place orders at MANNA Food Bank on an ongoing basis; however, you must be an experienced MANNA shopper first and understand their systems BEFORE you can begin placing orders.
Shoppers: we are looking for volunteers to shop at MANNA Food Bank, which takes place on Thursday mornings around 8am. We are also looking for volunteers to help with shopping at area grocery stores.
Drivers: once the food has been chosen at MANNA, we need drivers with trucks/trailers to transport it back to Food for Fairview. We particularly need drivers with large capacity trucks and/or trailers. We can at times have loads in excess of a ton to nearly two tons of food.
Stockers: once the food is picked up from MANNA, we need volunteers on Thursday mornings from about 8:30 until 10 am to sort and stock the items that we have received.
Shopping Assistants: when the pantry is open on Fridays from 9-12 we need volunteers to assist clients as they chose their food items. We also need volunteers to carry food to our client’s cars.
Phone attendant: we need a volunteer to utilize our answering system and relay phones messages to the appropriate Food for Fairview personnel.
Fundraisers: while we will not ask you to solicit for donations, we do need a team of individuals who is willing to assist with the administrative tasks of fundraising, such as making copies of fliers, etc.
Training is provided for all positions. If you are interested in these or other volunteer opportunities, you can give us a call at the pantry at 628-4322 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, come by on either Thursday morning or Friday from 9-12 to fill out a volunteer application. We’d love to have you! Remember what they say:
“Those who can, do.
Those who can do more – volunteer.”