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Volunteer Corner: October 2012

Posted by on October 9th, 2012

Hello! My name is Brittany Campese and I am happy to introduce myself as the new Senior Manager of Volunteers at Philabundance. I have had the pleasure of interfacing with many of you throughout my first two months here, and I look forward to meeting even more of our valued volunteers and partners throughout the upcoming months. I come to Philabundance with a Master of Nonprofit Degree and over 10 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations of all missions and sizes across the U.S. Getting to know the staff, programs, volunteers, and partners of Philabundance has been an exciting process, and I look forward to the challenge of helping to coordinate the nearly 36,000 volunteers a year who help us fulfill our mission.

The volunteer corner of our monthly Fresh News will be dedicated to “all things volunteer.” I will highlight our awesome volunteers and really great programs, and will also bring our greatest volunteer needs to the forefront. Many individuals and groups have volunteered at our Hunger Relief Center in South Philadelphia, but Philabundance also has volunteer opportunities working directly with customers/clients in the community. This month, I am highlighting opportunities at our Community Food Center at 6th and Lehigh and our brand new children’s program in Olney.

To sign up for any of the opportunities listed below, please call the Volunteer Department at 215-339-0900 or email us at volunteer@philabundance.org.

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Volunteers Needed at the Community Food Center
Located at 601 W. Lehigh Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19133

What is the Community Food Center (CFC)?
The CFC is a choice-model pantry where participants choose from available items rather than receive a pre-packaged bag or box. This method not only promotes a stronger sense of dignity, but is also a more effective way to distribute goods by allowing people to choose items they will actually eat.

Shift Schedule

  • Wednesday through Saturday from 8:15am to 11 am and 10:45am to 3:00 PM
  • During the morning, volunteers unload deliveries and stock the shelves.  During the afternoon, volunteers help community members find the food they need.

Immediate Needs

  • Volunteers needed immediately: Thursday mornings and Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday afternoons!
  • We are also looking for a committed volunteer to help us run a small sales section at the Community Food Center.  This section offers customers items for sale at a low cost if they are interested, in addition to the free items they receive, allowing us to provide access to items that we don’t receive regularly as donations.   Major duties would include working with our customers as a cashier, fostering a positive customer service experience, and obtaining customer feedback to help provide better service.

Skills and Requirements

  • Volunteers must be 16+, able to stay for the full shift, and capable of lifting up to 30 pounds
  • Spanish speakers welcome!

 

Volunteers Needed for Target’s Meals for Minds Program
Located at James R. Lowell Elementary School
450 W. Nedro Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19122

What is Meals for Minds?
Meals for Minds is a new program being launched in partnership with Target at one Philadelphia elementary school. On the third Thursday of every month, Philabundance will be on site at James R. Lowell Elementary School to distribute food to each of the school’s 998 students. The program runs after school, is set up a bit like a farmer’s market, and provides 20-25 pounds of food per student. More info on the Philadelphia Tribune.

 Shift Schedule

  • The third Thursday of every month, starting October 18th, from 2:30pm-5:30pm.
  • Volunteers can come once or recurring
  • We need 25 volunteers/shift—groups welcome!

 Skills and Requirements

  • Volunteers must be 14+ and wear closed-toed shoes
  • Ability to do heavy lifting a plus
  • Ability to speak Spanish, Chinese, and/or Cambodian a big plus!                                                                                               
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