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, caseworkers need to be able to refer clients to the proper agency. Several weeks of training and shadowing experienced caseworkers is mandatory for new volunteers.
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.