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We have many ways to volunteer at SPARC Hope.  One of the biggest ways to help is by coming to work in our food pantry.  This is one of the largest resources that we have for our single parents. It takes a lot of work to keep everything looking as good as a grocery store! We have to sort, count, date, stock!  Many hands make light work!

 

We are in need of people who can volunteer in these areas:

  1. Intake Advocates
  2. Pantry Coordinator

People serving in these positions need to be trained in the office.  The intake advocates, once feeling comfortable, could serve from home.   The Pantry coordinator would need to be in the office in the actual pantry.  If  interested in either position, please fill out the Volunteer Application below.

Also Scroll down to see many other volunteer opportunities.   And you can always check out our link on ways to volunteer with us.  CLICK HERE OR check out http://www.volunteermatch.org/search/org698577.jsp

Aging in Place created a comprehensive piece on the benefits of volunteering for seniors. The intent of the article is to educate and encourage seniors in our area to volunteer at organizations. Please read more on why with think you could be a great fit as a volunteer! https://www.aginginplace.org/how-to-volunteer-as-a-senior/

To assist in making your volunteer experience the best it can be, please fill out the Volunteer Application below.
For all volunteer opportunities or any questions, you can contact our office at 502-245-9899 or email:  nikki@sparc-hope.org

 

Volunteer Application

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  • Special skills or qualifications can be acquired through employment, previous volunteer work, or other activities like hobbies or sports. What skills or qualities do you have as a volunteer?
  • Nights/Weekends and Committee assignments are limited. Please call our office or email mary@sparc-hope.org to see when assignments are available.

 

WAYS TO SERVE

Volunteering office hours start at 10 a.m unless otherwise arranged/noted.

 

PANTRY

Dare to Care Team- SPARC Hope currently has a partnership with Dare to Care where we receive frozen goods, fresh produce and nonperishable/ perishable items. We are needing to build a team (2-4 people) to pick up our Dare to Care order with an SUV/Van/Truck, deliver to SPARC Hope.  Then another team (4-8 people) to then sort and stock our pantry shelves. Our Dare to Care orders are available for pick up the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month.

Food Pantry Coordinator-  We are looking for one person who wants to “own” our pantry.  That is familiar with everything we need to do to keep our pantry up, running and up to code.  Who wants to train volunteers, etc.  This person would work directly with staff.

Food Pantry Volunteers- We are looking for a handful of regular volunteers who can come in weekly or bi-weekly and assist in the food pantry. This will need to be an ongoing team who can run the pantry with minimal supervision and will require training from SPARC Hope staff.

  • Taking inventory of incoming donations
  • Coding and organizing donations
  • Stocking shelves
  • Creating a weekly panty needs list for our supporters
  • Pulling food items the month before expiration to distribute before expiration
  • Assisting with the planning and execution of food drives
  • Assisting in keeping our pantry up to code (Dare to Care partnership)

 

 

ADMINISTRATIVE

Consignment Volunteer (s) – SPARC Hope currently has partnerships with two consignment shops that host our clothing donations. We are needing a volunteer to pick up our donation receipts on a monthly basis as well as track our account balances with the shops and record donor information. We are wanting to expand our partnerships with more consignment stores, so we will need help with researching potential opportunities and establishing contacts.

Office Volunteers- We need regular volunteers who are willing to come in weekly and assist us with administrative needs. It is a requirement to be well-versed in Microsoft Office Programs.

Light Maintenance Team- This team should consist of a few people who are handy with a hammer and can change a light bulb (or somewhere in between). I.e. light repairs and handy work. This is on an “as needed” basis.

 

 

PROGRAMMING

Intake Advocate- We are looking for volunteers to learn how to do intake application for our clients.  And then to walk along side them as an advocate as they try to become a client in one of our programs.  After in the program, you can still be an advocate for the client as they move through their education.

Shopping Assistant-  We occasionally have clients that have a difficult time getting to the pantry.  Either their schedule for the month, or car issues, etc.   It is helpful if they can send in their grocery list, have someone come and shop the pantry for them, and then deliver their groceries.

Special Program Team- We are looking for volunteers to assist coordinate on our special programs throughout the year that assist our clients. Some examples are Valentine’s Day drive, Easter baskets, Spring Cleaning, Mother’s Day, Graduation party, Back to School, Halloween Costume drive, Thanksgiving baskets, Christmas Angels, Christmas Baskets!  Is there a Special Holiday you like?

Moving Team- SPARC Hope keeps an updated list of the household needs of our clients. When these items are donated, we are in need of assistance in transporting large items from the donor to the client. This is on an “as needed” basis and a truck or trailer is needed.

 

 

DEVELOPMENT

Community Engagement Volunteers- These should be volunteers who are passionate about our mission and would like to share it with the community! We would like to build a team of trained volunteers to bring awareness to our cause and represent SPARC Hope at functions such as community fairs and other networking events.

Event Committee Teams- We are looking to build teams for our fundraising events throughout the year. We need people who love to plan parties and raise funds!

Restaurant Night Team – Local restaurants in the community have agreed to host fundraisers to benefit SPARC Hope. We are in need of volunteer teams to oversee these events. Each team should consist of 3 or more people who will be responsible for various tasks depending on what each restaurant allows. Some examples of roles are greeters, set up/tear down SPARC displays, collect guest information, run door prize.

Relationship Builders- This is a great opportunity to volunteer from home!
We love to keep all of our supporters engaged and updated on what is going on at Sparc Hope.  If you are that person who loves to talk with people and engage them, this is the spot for you.  A way for us to thank them, inform them, and invite them to engage with Sparc!    

Research Team-This is a great opportunity to volunteer from home!
In order to expand our programs, we need help researching resources, incentives, grants and other opportunities that can help our organization and the families we serve.   Ideas:  

    Grants– Search for new places/ ways for us to apply

    Churches – Donations, Free will offering, pantry drives, volunteers, event notification, etc

    Incentives – Round Up dollars, other

    Kroger – How to promoting Community Rewards Program

    Walmart– Research best ways to partner monthly with Walmart on available funding offered

    Amazon Smile – How to promote people choosing SPARC Hope as recipient for funding dollars

   Consignment stores– Researching potential opportunities and establishing contacts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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