Volunteer Opportunities at Care for Real
If you are interested in volunteering at Care for Real as a group or individual, please read about our opportunities below, and then submit an application here.
Food Distribution Tables – Care for Real utilizes Client Choice food distribution where a client walks through several stations to pick their choices in canned and dried foods, meat, dairy, fresh fruits, vegetables, and bread. Volunteers assist them with choices for their needs. A cheerful disposition and ability to interact with a wide variety of clients is needed for this front line position. Volunteers in this area should be available to work from 8:30 am until 12:30 pm on either Monday, Wednesday or Friday. There are additional food distribution periods from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm on Friday and 8:30 am to 1:30 pm on Saturday. Volunteers should be able to stand during the entire distribution period.
Food Distribution Warehouse – These volunteers keep the shelves stocked for the Client Choice Tables and more. They receive donations, sort food, repackage food, unload food delivery vans and assist wherever needed. Volunteers in this area should be available to work from 8:30 am until 12:30 pm on either Monday, Wednesday or Friday. There are additional food distribution periods from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm on Friday and 8:30 am to 1:30 pm on Saturday. Let us know if you are not able to carry boxes over 25 pounds.
Clothes Closet – Care for Real offers one of the few free clothing services in the city. Volunteers are needed Monday through Friday from 9 am until 4 pm, and Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm to receive, sort and display clothing. Additional volunteers are needed to assist clients with clothing selections during distribution hours. Clothing distribution hours are: Monday and Wednesday 10:30 am to noon, Thursday 9 am to noon, Friday 3 pm to 5 pm, and Saturday 11 am to 1 pm.
Employment Resource Center – Volunteers for the Employment Resource Center (ERC) assist clients in writing resumes and cover letters, searching job opportunities, submitting online job applications, and conducting mock interviews. Good verbal and written communication skills as well as computer experience are required to volunteer for the ERC. Volunteers are needed on Saturdays from 2:00 until 5:30 pm.
Administrative – Office volunteers greet visitors, answer the telephones, scan and copy documents, and assist in special projects. A helping attitude is required and knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel or PowerPoint is an added benefit. Volunteer opportunities are available Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4 pm and Saturday 9 am to 1 pm.
Special Events – Care for Real is always seeking friendly professionals to help staff an information booth, distribute materials, be a greeter at one of our many fundraisers and special events, or chair a committee for the Annual EdgeWalk to End Hunger.
Other Areas – Tell us about your special talents. Are you a blogger who can contribute articles to our CfR website, a website developer who can help us plan our next generation website, a person who is talented at creating presentations or videos, or experienced at writing grants and soliciting donations? Just tell us and we’ll put you to work.
If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the form below. A member of staff will get back to you about current opportunities. More information about what volunteers help with can be found below. Thanks so much for your interest!