Volunteering your time is a rewarding way to contribute to the crucial work of our local hunger relief organizations. Our Community Food Partners—PORCH, TABLE, OCIM, and IFC—all rely on volunteers to help collect, sort, bag, and deliver the thousands of pounds of food needed to feed the children and families served by their programs. It takes hundreds of volunteers to meet the daily, weekly, and monthly commitments of these organizations to provide hunger relief in our community. Weaver Street Market began its Volunteer Reward program to encourage our owners and shoppers to volunteer for one or more of these local organizations. Most likely, you’ll see old friends and make new ones!
To acknowledge the work of our owners and shoppers who volunteer for one of our community partners, WSM is holding monthly raffles for Volunteer Rewards. Here’s how it works:
- Have the community food partner validate a volunteer reward slip each time you volunteer.
- Drop your volunteer rewards slips into the volunteer raffle box at any of our three stores.
- On the first Friday of each month, we’ll have a raffle drawing for that month’s volunteer rewards.
Our raffle is the first Friday of each month. Drop off your rewards slip by Thursday.
TABLE depends on volunteers to prepare, pack, and deliver bags to kids every week, as well as to collect food, plan, and volunteer at special events, assist with PR, and much more. Learn more on their website at https://www.tablenc.org/community-member or contact TABLE at email@example.com.
WSM Food House, Hillsborough
We need volunteers to help us sort and bag the fresh produce donated through the “Bags of Fresh Produce” for the PORCH campaign. The volunteers meet on a Tuesday each month from 4:30 to 6 PM at the Food House at 437 Dimmocks Mill Rd, Suite 10, Hillsborough. To sign up as a volunteer, please contact Brenda at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dates for 2017:
PORCH Food Sort, Chapel Hill
PORCH needs volunteers to help sort, bag, and deliver the non-perishable products donated through its monthly neighborhood food drives. The food sorts are on a Monday each month, from 8:30 to 11:00 am at the parish office at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 940 Carmichael Street, Chapel Hill. For sort dates, visit PORCH online (here, scroll down for dates). If you have questions, contact PORCH at email@example.com.
PORCH also needs volunteers to serve as neighborhood coordinators. The neighborhood coordinators collect the food donations from participating porches and deliver the food for sorting.
Orange Congregations in Mission, Hillsborough
OCIM needs volunteers for its Samaritan Relief Ministry pantry, its Meals on Wheels program, and its Thrift Shop. Pantry volunteers are needed Monday through Friday, both for regular and substitute shifts: 9:00 am to 12:30 pm or 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm and also for a weekly produce sort on Monday. Meals on Wheels Drivers are needed, primarily as on-call substitutes, Monday through Friday. The Thrift Shop needs volunteers Tuesday through Saturday.
OCIM requires potential volunteers to complete a volunteer application with references. OCIM facilities are located at 300 Millstone Drive, Hillsborough. For additional information, contact Kay at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Inter-Faith Council, Chapel Hill
IFC offers a number of volunteer opportunities. Interested community members are asked to attend a volunteer orientation that offers an overview of the IFC facilities, the services offered, and how volunteers participate. The orientations are held at 7 pm on the second Tuesday of every other month in the second floor conference room of the Douglas Building at 110 W. Main Street in Carrboro. For a volunteer application or additional information, visit http://www.ifcweb.org/volunteer, email email@example.com, or contact Karen Carr, IFC Volunteer Coordinator, at 919-929-6380, x30.
Piedmont Farm Tour (April)
Each year, over one hundred volunteers make the Piedmont Farm Tour possible by greeting visitors at farms and explaining the tour procedures. About two months before the tour (which is the fourth weekend in April), the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association puts out a call for volunteers, who can choose from the available farms. Farm Tour volunteers receive a free tee shirt and tour button to use on the other day of the tour. (They don’t receive the raffle coupon described above.) Learn more and sign up at https://www.carolinafarmstewards.org/ft-volunteer/.