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.

IMMEDIATE / URGENT NEEDS:  early February

URGENT--Thursday Night Food Pick-up & DeliveryWhile a regular volunteer is out temporarily, we need help Thursday evenings:  - Volunteers would need to pick up items (3 to 12 banana boxes) from Trader Joe's and deliver to Community House.  - Pickups are between 8:30 and 9:00 pm.  - Items are stacked outside at loading dock.  - Van, truck, or SUV is highly recommended.  - Ability to lift 25-50 lbs. is necessary.  - Assistance unloading at Community House is provided.  And walk-through of your 1st run is available, too.  Please contact Kitchen Coordinator Sean O'Hare directly at seankohare@gmail.com if you can take on this temporary assignment.  With thanks in advance!.

WORK DAYS February 27 & 28Saturday 27th starting at 9:00, and Sunday 28th, starting at 11 a.m., we will be having another round of internal office clean-up in our 110 W. Main St. Carrboro, building.  On Saturday this will entail moving furniture--some coming from downstairs to upstairs (so muscles a plus), painting floors, and possibly painting a few walls.  On Sunday, we will have more focus on cleaning, reorganizing, culling old files, and archiving lots of boxes.  Supervised teens welcome to pitch in!  Appropriate shoes and work-clothes a must.  We intend to provide snacks at a minimum, fun and a sense of accomplishment for sure.  Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator to register your intent to participate at volunteer@ifcmailbox.org and please indicate which day (or both) you can volunteer.  And many hands make light(er) work--register with a friend!

Speakers and/or Table Attendants weekends in February, early March IFC's FoodFirst initiative is trying to spread the word, especially via area congregations at their usual meeting times.  If you are willing to man an informational table for an hour or so on a weekend, or perhaps a Wednesday evening, please let us know by contacting Allan at arosen@ifcmailbox.org a.s.a.p..  We will arrange for you to learn what the talking points are and how to address the initiative's needs, and provide the materials and site(s, if you are willing) that you will cover.  If you are already affiliated with a local congregation, feel free to enquire about making yourself of service there! 

URGENT:  Volunteer SQL Developer:  The IFC is in the midst of implementing a new CRM system to more efficiently administer all aspects of its social services--if you understand what that is, you have a head start on being able to help us!  To facilitate the switch-over, the services of a volunteer SQL programmer are needed to assist in the data migration effort.  This will be a short-term and focused effort to write SQL queries for the specific purposes of staging data to port into the new, as-of-yet selected, cloud CRM system.  Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@ifcmailbox.org to share your background and your availability and you may hear back from the volunteer who is leading the agency through this transition.

Multiple Cooking Groups for Community Kitchen (corner of Rosemary and Columbia Streets):  We need groups of ~5 people who can cook & serve dinners every month once a month, on the 1st Monday, the 30th, or the 31st (hey, they don't even happen monthly!) and a group to cook & serve lunch on the 30th of each month.  The Community Kitchen generally serves 50-70 people and supplies the food, but due to it being a commercial kitchen, children cannot be accommodated.  Contact the Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@ifcmailbox.org a.s.a.p. if you have a group that is interested and willing to make a regular monthly commitment and we'll get you set up with the Kitchen Coordinator a.s.a.p.

(We have some of the following, but perhaps could use more...)

Compassionate Spanish-speaker:  Our Community Services office at W. Main Street in Carrboro needs an unflappable Spanish-speaker (better than just conversational ability needed) to be a client interviewer; this volunteer position could be any weekday morning (9 am -1 pm ideally) or almost any afternoon (1-5 pm).  A kind and patient disposition are necessary to the role, with the ability to follow guidelines just as important.  Interested?  Contact the Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@ifcmailbox.org with your availability (and go ahead and submit a volunteer application--see below for link).

Independent Snack-Cooks:  IFC staff and volunteers have a few different events coming up starting in January for which having snacks and/or beverages would be a real motivator.  If you or your small group would be willing to "cater" by using your own kitchen/resources to provide a tray of muffins or sandwiches or ??? (may depend on the time of day of the meeting or event), please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@ifcmailbox.org to learn the schedule and numbers of people to be fed (probably from 10-25).  If you would like this to be a "regular" volunteer effort (although not on a regular schedule), just say so, but one-time-only efforts are just as valuable! 

 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, and how different roles function in our organization and so how you can help.  On 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 regular IFC volunteers are trained for their roles and provided with an IFC Volunteer Procedures Manual via the orientation session.  This orientation is held at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every other 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:

            • March 8, 2016
            • May 10, 2016
            • July 12, 2016
            • September 13, 2016
            • November 8, 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 use postal mail to Volunteer Coordinator at 110 W. Main Street, Carrboro, NC  27510.  Should you have any questions, feel free to contact our Volunteer Coordinator 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!

For a limited time! VOLUNTEER SURVEY HERE--click to open survey in a new page If you now or ever were a volunteer for IFC, on-site or off!