Helping Hands would not be able to open our doors without our volunteers. We have a number of different volunteer opportunities available. Volunteers are vital to the success of Helping Hands. Volunteers are needed Monday thru Thursday from 10 A.M. until 2:30 P.M.
Case Working: Caseworkers are necessary. The purpose of a caseworker is to interview clients and ascertain their true and immediate needs. A large part of case working is listening and determining just how much to help. Helping Hands' main goal is to assist with food and clothing. However, clients may need further assistance. In this instance, case workers need to be able to refer clients to the proper agency. Several weeks of training and listening in on experienced case workers is mandatory.
Food Pantry: There are multiple volunteer opportunities in the food pantry. Help is needed sorting through canned goods received through food drives. Food distribution to the clients is always a need Monday thru Thursday and the multiple Saturdays that we are open. Be sure to wear your running shoes when working in the pantry as it is a fast paced environment.
Clothing Closet: Helping Hands is blessed in that we always have a steady stream of new clothing donations. With these donations though, comes the manual labor of sorting through each item. A clothing volunteers' priority is to make sure that only descent articles go up on our clothing racks. Volunteers in this area also work with the clients by helping them find their correct sizes.
Database Entry: Helping Hands is in the process of transitioning over from paper files to a database. This takes time. If you have an interest in giving back to the community but can't be on your feet all day, this might be the perfect spot for you. This volunteer role will take a few weeks of training to get a solid grasp on how our database works. An understanding of computer data entry is preferred, but certainly not necessary.
Our food supply is maintained from food drives held by local churches, organizations and households in our community. Food is also purchased with donated funds. We make an effort to assure our clients a well-balanced variety of foods. In our pantry, we have nine freezers and five coolers. This ensures that families are receiving not only canned items, but fresh produce, milk, eggs and a variety of proteins. Helping Hands aims to provide healthier food to the community.
We always need food. Nonperishable goods are what we typically ask the community to donate. Items that we ask for are: Peanut butter, dry beans, dry rice, dry soup (Ramen), boxed macaroni and cheese, canned fruit, canned beans, canned soup, canned veggies (corn, green beans, carrots, potatoes and etc.) and jelly.
The clothing closet receives the majority of its clothes from the generous donations of our community. Our clients are able to choose 5-8 outfits per person. Helping Hands endeavors to provide new undergarments, socks and diapers for each person in need.
Helping Hands accepts ONLY the following items: gently used clothing (without rips, tears or stains), blankets, linens, towels and shoes. Other donations to consider include: New socks, diapers, depends and new undergarments. Men's clothing and shoes are items that we always have a great need for.