IFC began as a volunteer-run organization in 1963, and volunteers now contribute more than 43,000 hours every year.  To put that number in perspective, our volunteers work more hours than our full-time staff!  

IFC offers a variety of rewarding opportunities that require different commitments. For volunteers who fill regular weekly or monthly shifts for positions that require a degree of training, we look for months of commitment at a time. There are also opportunities for one-time or regular-but-shorter-term volunteering to benefit our members and residents.

Current Needs
updated January 2018

Meal Groups:  Feed and eat with hungry men and women in our community. You can cook purchased food off-site then bring it in to set up and serve or you can coordinate with the IFC Facility Kitchen Manager to cook together at our kitchen, set up and serve.  Please contact the volunteer coordinator at 919-929-6380 x30 or volunteer@ifcmailbox.org for open dates.                           

Project Rush Hour (UNC-Chapel Hill Students):  PRH volunteers allow us to provide emergency assistance during hours that are convenient for members who work or have other obligations during the day.  Two shifts are available: Wednesdays 4-5:30pm and 5:30-7pm.

Member Interviewer:  Duties include interviewing members to assess immediate need and future plans, distribute food, clothing and /or health care items, refer client to other IFC programs and available community resources.  Needed weekday mornings.

Front desk (Receptionist): Duties include answering telephone, write down messages and transfer calls, greet visitors and clients, manage the reception area, and light clerical duties. Needed weekday afternoons.

To Volunteer

If you are looking to complete Community Service hours, simply contact the Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@ifcmailbox.org for additional assistance. 

1. Complete a volunteer application before attending orientation.

E-mail your 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.

2. Attend the next volunteer orientation. Orientation offers an overview of our mission, facilities, the principles that guide our efforts, and how different roles function in our organization.  All the things you need to know to 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 Wednesday of the month in the second floor conference room at 110 W. Main St. in Carrboro. (Parking maps and directions).  

Dates for upcoming volunteer orientations are as follows:

  • January 10, 2018
  • March 14, 2018
  • May 16, 2018

3. After 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.