Volunteer

 ​​Volunteer

Without volunteers, the IFC would not be able to provide the same level of services to those in need. The IFC began as a volunteer-run organization more than 50 years ago and still relies heavily on volunteers and in-kind donations.  Volunteers now contribute more than 43,000 hours at the IFC every year.  To put that number in perspective, our volunteers worked more hours than our full-time staff (!).  

“Greatness is measured in service.”  --Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

As an agency, the IFC’s reliance on volunteers is huge and depends on the generous, kind, and civic-minded compassion of those who give their time.   Our sensitivity to those we serve--our clients--means that having “face-time” is not paramount to our volunteers; rather, they understand that behind-the-scenes effort is every bit as valuable and protects the dignity of those in need.  Our volunteers have the grace to understand that volunteerism is about those served.

NOTE that the IFC wants to be sure that our volunteers are well-versed in our organization--what we do, who we serve, and how we go about it.  Our aim is to make sure that all volunteers participate in a Volunteer Orientation session (see the To Volunteer section, below, for more details...)

IMMEDIATE / URGENT NEEDS:  late July

Data Entry help needed.   If you are comfortable around computers to the extent that you can fill-out on-line forms from paper forms, are attentive to details and accuracy, and would be willing to give us a weekly shift for a few months or more at 110 W. Main Street, we'd LOVE the help making sure data gets entered into our DNA (our database) on a timely basis.  Please send a volunteer application (link is found below on this page) with an e-mail to volunteer@ifcmailbox.org and let us know you are interested--we'll be so happy to hear from you...

Playing Games!  The residents at our Men's House are starting a monthly Saturday Game Night and we want to support them.  Volunteers who are into "game nights" at home--folks with lots of board games to choose from and who enjoy the potential mayhem of multiple games going on at the same time with a gang of friends--are needed to bring games, snacks, and a good time and stay through clean up--this could be great for a little group!  To sign up for a Saturday evening once or more regularly, contact the volunteer office at volunteer@ifcmailbox.org.

CPR Trainer needed.  The staff at IFC facilities want to be certified/recertified in CPR for the safety of our clients, but going through the Red Cross is highly expensive for us, so if you or someone you know can take us through the course to certification for free or at a significantly reduced cost, please contact the Volunteer office at volunteer@ifcmailbox.org  --your contribution may be literally life-saving! 

Who doesn't like a party or celebration?!  But are you also a great organizer and would enjoy helping plan and execute a party or two?  If you've done this before and can contribute to the planning and execution of larger-scale parties (for say 25, maybe 50, or even more people) for retirement, open house, volunteer recognition, fundraising, and so on, please let us know--you could use your joy and party-making for a great cause!  You can reach out to the volunteer office with your availability and examples of experience at volunteer@ifcmailbox.org .

Dishes?  Seriously!  We are doing something new at our Community Kitchen (at corner Rosemary and Columbia St.), and added Dishwasher to our list of volunteer positions there.  This means we'd love to have folks come during or at the end of the meals served there for the primary purpose of helping wash-up the dishes afterwards.  The prep and cooking dishes need washing along with the trays our diners use (utensils are disposables--apologies to our landfill).  If you, or you and a friend, or you and your family, have been looking to give at the Community Kitchen and think this way could work for you, please contact the Volunteer office at volunteer@ifcmailbox.org.

Cooking Groups of 3-6 people!  We need cooking groups for all three of our kitchens (didn't know we had three?  have a look at "small groups" link under Other Needs, below).  We have lots of wonderful, devoted cooking groups, but we still need more for the gaps at each facility.  For the Community Kitchen, please contact the Director, Kristin, at klavergne@ifcmailbox.org.  For the other facilities, contact the Volunteer office at volunteer@ifcmailbox.org a.s.a.p. if you have a group that is interested and willing to make and serve a scheduled meal once or commit to a regular monthly (or more often) meal, which day of the week, and for which meal, and we'll match you with an opening and get you set up with the right Kitchen Coordinator a.s.a.p.

Supplemental Meal Cooks:  Summertime vacations create temporary holes in our scheduled meals, especially where our schedules aren't as full (the Women's Shelter at HomeStart, and at the SECU Men's Community House), so willingness to make supplemental meals is more important now than at other times of year.  Prepare a large aluminum pan of your favorite breakfast or dinner entrée/casserole, include reheating instructions please, deliver to either location, and know that you are making a real difference for those residents!

Food for the Summer, the children's lunch program, still needs volunteers this summer!  This program runs at lunchtimes, Monday through Friday, right up until school resumes in August.  Help is needed with loading food at the school where it's prepared for delivery, deliveries to our 20 sites around the area, activities to engage the children at the various sites, and so on.  Teens and adults welcome, and together is great.  Business, civic, and congregational groups who want to take on a single special treat or activity are encouraged to pick a day to make their impact.  Curious or committed, check out www.foodforthesummer.org/volunteer for a variety of opportunities.

Childcare,THURSDAY evenings.  HomeStart needs a couple or so folks to help look after all the kids residing there while their parents are in house meetings every Thursday evening (sorry, this is a change from previous posting which erroneously said Wednesdays), roughly 7-9 pm.  Volunteers will need to pass a criminal background check,and so a regular commitment will be asked.  If you really enjoy kids from infants through ~12 years, this could be a fun way to contribute. Please let us know of your interest by e-mailing volunteer@ifcmailbox.org.

Case Managers:  Both our residential facilities need experienced people (resumes will be requested) to volunteer on a weekly basis to act as case managers for residents who are working themselves back to a an independent life.  Experience with social work or perhaps psychiatric nursing important for understanding how to make plans and work with individuals to achieve those plans.  If you have a relevant background and the availability half a day a week, please forward a cover-note, your resume, and a Volunteer application (see below on this page) to skilpatrick@ifcmailbox.org and copy the Volunteer Office (volunteer@ifcmailbox.org).

 Photography by EJ Manton                                  

OTHER NEEDS, Many Current Openings

PLEASE NOTE:  The only regular weekend positions we have are for certain kitchen needs and receptionist positions at the Men's House--exceptions generally show up among shorter-term projects.

ALSO, we are rarely able to supply individuals with more than a few hours a week of regular volunteer effort—if you have requirements beyond that (more than about 4 hours/week), we encourage you to consult other organizations in our area.

IFC offers a variety of rewarding volunteer opportunities doing many sorts of hands-on and behind-the- scenes work.  Understand that we use many volunteers to fill regular weekly or monthly shifts at many positions which require a degree of training, and so we look for months of commitment at a time from reliable volunteers.  There are certainly other opportunities for “less regular” or regular-but-shorter-term volunteering to benefit the IFC. 

Please check any and all of these links to see what appeals or matches your abilities: 

 TO VOLUNTEER

If you are interested in one of these opportunities, we invite you to attend the next volunteer orientation. Volunteer orientation offers an overview of our mission, facilities, who we are, who we serve, the principles that guide our efforts, and how different roles function in our organization and so how you can help.  On-site orientation is required for volunteers filling regular spots, and as many members of a group-effort as possible, with at least one person from any group attending.  (Note that for those who will be volunteering via service projects or other off-site efforts, we still encourage orientation.)  All on-site IFC volunteers are trained for their roles after being provided with an IFC Policies & Procedures Manual via the orientation session.  This orientation is held at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month in the second floor conference room of the Douglas Building at 110 W. Main St. in Carrboro. (Parking maps and directions). 

Dates for upcoming volunteer orientations are as follows:

            • July 12, 2016
            • August 9, 2016
            • September 13, 2016
            • October 11, 2016
            • November 8, 2016
            • December 13, 2016

If possible, please complete a volunteer application before attending orientation:  click here for the application for individuals, and for registration for minors and for groups.  

E-mail your completed form to volunteer@ifcmailbox.org or drop it off/use postal mail to Volunteer Office at 110 W. Main Street, Carrboro, NC  27510.  Should you have any questions, feel free to contact our Volunteer Office at 919-929-6380, ext. 30.

Once you have been through orientation, you may be contacted for further information to help match you to an opening.  Once a possible match is identified, you will be contacted directly by someone in the relevant department to get your volunteer efforts underway.  With our thanks!