Volunteer // Adult


At the Main Office

 

Duties:
“Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive, Friday & Saturday, May 12th & 13th: Join us for this year’s National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive. Volunteers will help us staff tables at local grocery stores, load trucks at the post offices and unload the EFAA truck full of food donations at our Food Bank. Sign up to help today!

Duties:
Volunteers help stock & organize our Food Bank shelves, process incoming food donations and/or walk clients through our Food Bank, assisting our clients with food item selection according to family size and EFAA guidelines. Our volunteers serve ~300 families per week with food and we need an army of volunteers to help us accomplish this important work!

Skills Needed:
Ability and willingness to be physically active, have an interest in working with people and perform light to moderate lifting. Spanish speaking abilities are helpful but not required. Must be 15 years old, or at least 12 and in the company of an adult.

Time Commitment:
Flexible, prefer 3 hours per week for at least three months. Available Shifts: Mondays, Tuesdays & Fridays – 9:00 – 12:00, 11:30 – 2:30 or 2:00 – 5:00 pm, Wednesdays – 11:30 – 2:30 or 2:00 – 5:00 pm, Thursdays – 9:00 – 12:00, 11:30 – 2:30, 2:00 – 5:00 or 3:30 – 6:30 pm.
Training Provided

Duties:
Volunteers serve as Shift Leaders in our Boulder Food Bank. Our volunteers serve ~300 families per week with food and our Shift Leaders ensure that the day-to-day operations run smoothly.

Activities include meeting, greeting & training new volunteers, orienting new volunteers to the daily Food Bank activities, sorting food, stocking shelves, leading volunteers during your shift, answering basic questions about the food bank, handling incoming donations, assisting clients through the food bank to select items, cleaning & organizing and assisting the Food Bank Manager with various projects.

Skills Needed:
Ability and willingness to be physically active and to perform light to moderate lifting. Ability and willingness to serve in a leadership role. Leadership and teamwork experience required.

Training Provided

Time Commitment:
3 hours per week for at least three months. Available Shifts: Tuesdays 9:00 am – 12:00 pm or Thursdays 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm.

Duties:
Help us secure more food & meet the needs of our clients while learning about the food donation landscape in Boulder County. The Food Acquisition Team is a team of volunteers who work to acquire specific foods that are often lacking in the food bank. Team members contact businesses and other institutions to solicit donations, follow through on initial contacts and on occasion, meet with food donors. Members also offer information about EFAA to prospective food donors and let them know why their donations are important. In addition, members call or write notes to recognize and thank donation efforts.

Volunteers primarily reach out to businesses and institutions we already have existing relationships with. On occasion, some “cold calling” is necessary. Team members may also offer new ideas for prospective donors/contacts and communicate these to the team and Food Bank Manager.

This volunteer position works closely with our Food Bank Manager.

Skills Needed:
Personable, good communicator, able to follow through on commitments. Willing to do “asks” on occasion, including some “cold calling” and/or meet with potential donors when appropriate. Have a good, basic knowledge of EFAA. Be able to meet with team and stay in touch even if unable to attend all meetings.

EFAA Information and training provided.

Time Commitment:
Team meets every other month for 90 minutes. Meeting date/time TBD by Team.

Duties:
Drivers will be driving the EFAA truck to pick-up food from food drives, retail donors and wholesale donors.

Skills Needed:
Must hold valid CO driver’s license, registration and CO insurance, have clean driving record and experience driving a truck preferred. Minimum age 18.

Time Commitment:
Flexible, prefer 2 hours per week for at least three months.

Duties:
Assist EFAA in serving clients in an efficient and effective manner. Greet clients and visitors and assist with directing traffic in our main lobby. Volunteers also help manage wait lists for the food bank, answer incoming phone calls, schedule appointments, help out with intakes and perform general office duties, as needed. Spanish speaking volunteers are needed in addition to English speaking volunteers.

Skills Needed:
Patience, compassion, organization and ability to give and follow directions are required. Must be able to maintain a calm demeanor and adapt to a busy and sometimes chaotic environment. Ability to navigate web based software is essential. Spanish speaking ability is helpful.

Training requirements for this position include ~3-6 hours 1:1 training + 6 – 9 hours shadow/reverse shadow training before volunteers can manage a front desk shift on their own.

Time Commitment:
Time Commitment: 3-5 hours per week for at least six months .

Duties:
Assist EFAA in serving clients in an efficient and effective manner. Interview clients to determine eligibility; assess food, furniture and transportation needs and approve these services as appropriate.

Skills Needed:
Patience, organization and ability to give and follow directions are required. Must be able to maintain a calm demeanor and adapt to a busy and sometimes chaotic environment. Ability to navigate web based software is essential. Spanish speaking ability is helpful.

Training requirements for this position include ~3 hours 1:1 training + 6 – 9 hours shadow/reverse shadow training before volunteers can manage a client intake shift on their own.

Time Commitment:
3-5 hours per week for at least six months

Duties:
Assist the Community Resources Manager with administrative projects for the volunteer program at EFAA. Duties include: creating forms and packets, leading orientations, and following up on volunteer inquiries.

Skills Needed:
Patience, organization, an interest in matching volunteers with opportunities and ability to give and follow directions are required.

Time Commitment:
Flexible, prefer 8 hours a week for at least six months.

 

At Our Housing Sites

Duties:
Make a difference in a child’s life by leading activities, assisting with homework and providing children in our housing sites with a stable presence. The Children’s Program is an after school program on weekdays from 3:30 – 5:30 pm. The program takes place at our Boulder, Lafayette and Longmont housing sites.

Boulder Program is on Tuesdays & Thursdays. Lafayette Program is on Tuesdays & Fridays. Longmont Program is on Mondays & Wednesdays. Boulder program is currently full with volunteers.

Skills Needed:
Must be creative, flexible, responsible and enjoy kids of all ages. Must be at least 15 years old. Volunteers 18 years and older will be required to pass a background check.

Time Commitment:
2-4 hours per week for at least six months.

Duties:
Assist our facilities manager with routine maintenance, repairs and related projects at our shelter units. Activities could include organizing, cleaning and gardening. Our shelters are located in Boulder, Lafayette and Longmont.

Skills Needed:
At least one of the following: carpentry, plumbing, electrical, painting. Ability to work independently.

Time Commitment:
Flexible, prefer 10 hours a month.

Duties:
Provide our housing Case Manager with Spanish translations. Translate face-to- face conversations, phone conversations and occasionally interpret written documents. This opportunity is located in Boulder.

Skills Needed:
Must demonstrate professional fluency in Spanish and English. Must uphold confidentiality policy and be sensitive to issues that may arise.

Time Commitment:
Flexible, prefer 3 – 6 hours a month for at least six months.

Duties:
Assist case manager with administrative projects such as entering notes into client database, tracking and entering client statistics, filing, copies, etc. Could also include some follow up with residents, organization of donations and assisting the case manager in preparing units before residents move in.

Skills Needed:
Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to navigate web based software are essential.

Time Commitment:
Flexible, prefer 4-8 hours a week for at least six months.

 

Circles Ally (This opportunity is managed by Boulder County)
Do you want to help others achieve their goals and improve their lives? Circle Allies are community members who want to volunteer in a supportive, intentional, befriending relationship with an individual or family working to get out of poverty. Circle Allies support the Circle Leader to accomplish her or his plan. The ally time commitment is approximately 5 hours a month.

The process for becoming an ally is as follows:
1. Submit an online application.
2. Interview with a Circles Coordinator and Coach
3. Attend Ally training
4. Complete a background check
5. Attend your first meeting
6. Attend as many meetings as possible until matched with a Circle Leader

For questions, please contact Jessica Austin, jaustin@nullbouldercounty.org or 303.441.1503


REQUIRED SERVICE HOURS

We welcome volunteers who are required to complete community service hours for school, church, court, scouts, or workfare benefits. Learn more here.


APPLICATIONS

Please complete our online Volunteer Application Form and then plan to attend an upcoming orientation. New Volunteer Orientations are on alternate Wednesdays from 4:00 – 5:00 pm at our main office, 1575 Yarmouth Ave. in Boulder. You will receive additional information about upcoming orientations, including dates and how to schedule yourself, after completing our volunteer application form. Orientations are on the following dates: 1.18, 2.1, 2.15, 3.1, 3.15, 3.29, 4.12, 4.26, 5.10, 5.24, 6.7, 6.21.


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