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Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Sparc Hope.  By partnering with us, you are helping us continue to
“Change the future of Kentuckiana’s kids, one single parent at a time!”

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.

For additional Volunteer Opportunities, please scroll down below application form.

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

If looking for Corporate/Group Projects, please scroll to the bottom of this page and fill out Project Form.

 

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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.

 

At SPARC Hope our purpose is to provide support, encouragement and guidance to single parents in the pursuit of identifying life choice options that enhance their opportunities for career advancement and independence.

PANTRY TEAMS

One of the biggest ongoing expenses for single parents is grocery and household goods, so here at SPARC Hope we try to alleviate as many of those costly expenses as possible for our clients and their families.

One way we do this is by offering each client unlimited shopping visits in our pantry to offset the cost of their grocery expenses. Our pantry includes almost everything your local grocery would carry.

Host a Pantry Drive

Looking for a way to volunteer but you just don’t have time, physical capability or a lot of resources. Do you have a group of friends, family or church members that are looking for ways to support an organization? Let me introduce you to SPARC Hope, we are a nonprofit that supports Single Working Parents that are pursuing higher education. We provide resources and services directly to the parent and their families as they work toward the goal of providing a better and brighter future for their families.

One resource we provide is a Pantry where parents can come shop for all their grocery and household needs offering them a savings of $200-600 a month and an overall program benefit of $6600 a year.  

  • You can host a PANTRY DRIVE, collecting specific items needed
  • You can call local stores and inquire about donations, buy1, give 1…

Check our website for our SPARC Hope Pantry Needs or contact our office @ 245-9899.

Dare to Care Team

Are you available on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month and have a SUV/Truck/Van?

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, and deliver to SPARC Hope. Then another team (4-8 people) to then sort and stock our pantry shelves.

Dare to Care is located at: 5803 Fern Valley Rd, Louisville, KY 40228

Also, if you would like to be on the team that assists in putting away the orders, it is usually between 10:30 and 1:00 on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday each month.

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
  • Pulling food items the month before expiration to distribute before expiration
  • Assisting in keeping our pantry up to code (Dare to Care partnership)

Food Pantry Donors

  • Coordinating pantry drives
  • Donating food and household supplies
  • Promote SPARC Hope pantry needs on your social media pages

Shopping Assistant/Deliverer

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 when necessary.

* Note on occasion, there will be some heavy-lifting or physical labor, such as lifting boxes of canned goods or other items. This is not an everyday thing and we do have other staff and volunteers in during the week if you are not able to do so.

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.

This includes:

  • Take Dare to Care training and be responsible for keeping the pantry up to code and running smoothly
  • Train pantry volunteers
  • Coordinate Pantry Delivery days (2nd & 4th Tuesdays between 10:30am – 1:00pm)
  • Backup Dare to Care pickup driver, if applicable
  • Assisting with the planning and execution of food drives
  • Creating a weekly panty needs list for our supporters

In addition, be knowledgeable and have the ability to do all the below:

  • Taking inventory of incoming donations
  • Coding and organizing donations
  • Stocking shelves
  • Pulling all food items the month before expiration

*Note- on occasion, there will be “physical labor” such as lifting boxes of canned goods or other items. This is not an everyday thing and we do have other staff and volunteers in throughout the week if you are not able to do so.

We would love to give you a tour of the center and explain a little more about what we do and how you can help us with our mission.

 

PROGRAMMING TEAMS

Client Intake Volunteer

As part of the services provided in our program, SPARC Hope Clients must meet certain criteria prior to being accepted into the program. We are looking for volunteers to learn the intake process and then to walk alongside them as an advocate as they work to become a LIFE PLAN client. Some may enter at varying levels of our program services which include:

  • Resource Assistance
  • On-Site Grocery Store
  • Bridge Program
  • Career Coaching

As a Client Intake Volunteer, you will assist with Intake applications, interview preparations, provide encouragement and follow-up with potential clients to move along the process, be an advocate and provide an ear to listen and hand to hold when needed. It is the goal for every participant to enter the Life Plan program.

Special Programs Team

Single Parents face quite a few struggles, having resources to provide special gifts and treats for their kids during the holidays on a limited budget is a big one. As part of our programs, SPARC Hope helps to offset that expense by providing this benefit for the parents and children.

We are looking for volunteers to assist/coordinate on our special programs throughout the year that assist our clients. By coordinating you can host a drive, put together baskets, provide resources, put together a team, adopt a family.

  • Valentine’s Day drive,
  • Easter baskets
  • Spring Cleaning
  • Mother’s Day
  • Father’s Day
  • Graduation party
  • Back to School
  • Halloween Costume drive
  • Thanksgiving baskets
  • Christmas Angels
  • Christmas Baskets

Is there a Special Holiday you like? Let us know how you can help!

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.

 

 

ADMINISTRATIVE TEAMS

Consignment VolunteerThis is a great opportunity to volunteer from home!

One way we help fund our program is by having donors consign their gently used items to local consignment stores we work with in our name. The proceeds from the sold consigned items are donated to our program or funds are credited for our clients use and is a nice savings on their clothing budget.

We need someone that knows the ins and outs and the best places to consign. Someone who is willing to take the task of OWNING our Consignment Program and work closely with various locations; building relationships, creating new ones, tracking donations made in our name, monitoring sales of donated items and picking up checks on a monthly basis.

Office Volunteer

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, friendly personality with the ability to greet guests, clients and donors as well as answer multi-line phone system.

Current need is Wednesdays and on an “as needed” basis.

Light Maintenance Team

We are a small nonprofit that finds the cost of maintenance around the office can often eat away at the funds that are needed for programs and clients.  Having handy volunteers willing to support our efforts with their talents really saves us on operational costs.

This person or team should consist of 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.

 

DEVELOPMENT TEAMS

Community Engagement 

Are you great at connecting with people and engaging them in the things that you are passionate about?  If SPARC Hope is that passion, WE NEED YOU!

Great opportunity for CURRENT SINGLE PARENTS, FORMER SINGLE PARENTS, CHILDREN OF A SINGLE PARENT HOME – Anyone who knows a SINGLE PARENT!!!

  • Attend community events including volunteer fairs, street fairs, and public events that provide an opportunity to tell the community about our work.
  • Represent SPARC Hope in a professional and respectful manner while answering questions from people attending events
  • Be prepared to speak publicly before an audience, if asked about services and programs provided by SPARC Hope
  • Report information post-event to staff

What do you need to know:

  • Have a basic working knowledge, or be willing to learn, SPARC Hope services and programs
  • Comfortable in crowd settings
  • Comfortable with public speaking in a variety of settings to audiences of varying sizes

 

Relationship BuildersThis 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.   Making calls to our supporters offers a way for us to thank, inform, and invite them to stay engaged with Sparc Hope!

Event Committee

Are you that person that LOVES TO PLAN A PARTY!  Then this is the team for you!
We are looking for people to assist us with our fundraising events throughout the year. We try to plan for at least two big events per year!

Restaurant Nights

Are you outgoing and passionate about the work that SPARC Hope does?

You are exactly who we need to stand in the gap for our clients and advocate on their behalf. SPARC Hope partners up with different restaurants throughout the year who realize the importance of our work and agree to host fundraising nights to benefit SPARC Hope.

We need volunteer teams to oversee these restaurant 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 station.

Each team works roughly a 2-1/2 hour shift, manning the SPARC Hope information table, sharing our mission, and inviting the guest to learn more about our work and how they can be a part of our mission to assist single parents and their families.

This is a great opportunity for Single Parents that remember the struggle, Children who remember the struggle of having a single parent, and ANYONE that feels a connection to making life better for Single Moms/Dads that get up and go to work while pursuing their higher educational goals all while raising their children alone!

Opportunity #1- Restaurant Night Greeter/SPARC Hope Advocate on August 18 4pm-9pm (2 groups/2shifts) – The Maple Street Biscuit Company located at 1004 Bardstown Road in the Highlands.

Opportunity #2- Restaurant Night Greeter/SPARC Hope Advocate on August 22 5pm-9pm (2 groups/2shifts) – Grassa Gramma located at 2210 Holiday Manor Center

Opportunity #2- Restaurant Night Greeter/SPARC Hope Advocate on December 20 5pm-9pm (2 groups/2shifts) – The Village Anchor located at 11507 Park Road

Research Volunteers – This is a great opportunity to volunteer from home

Do you love to find hidden gems, local, national and federal that can benefit our programs and clients, SPARC Hope is a small not for profit that serves Single Parents who are working, obtaining higher education and raising their kids. This program is not a hand out, but a hand up, providing resources and services to those that are working hard to secure a brighter future for their family.

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 promote the 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 $’s
  • Consignment stores– Researching potential opportunities and establishing contacts.

 

And you can always check us out on Volunteer Match!  CLICK HERE OR check out http://www.volunteermatch.org/search/org698577.jsp

 

If looking for a Corporate / Group opportunity, please fill out Group Activity Form:

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