Volunteer

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.


Administrative Office

Finance and Operations Assistant: IFC’s Administrative Office is looking for a Finance and Operations Assistant! The duties involve very detailed data entry and various administrative duties – no answering phones or emails!  It’s a great chance for someone to learn what goes on behind the scenes in the daily operations of a non-profit organization.  We request a reliable and dedicated volunteer who can make at least a six-month commitment.  While the schedule is flexible, the office is open Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm. To keep operations flowing smoothly, a consistent weekly schedule is ideal. If interested, please fill out the volunteer application and send it to Tara Stephenson, Finance and Operations Associate, at tstephenson@ifcmailbox.org   

Event Cooks (aka Snack Fairies): Join a free flowing group that requires no meetings!  As part of this team, you sign up to prepare and deliver light snacks and beverages for a variety of IFC meetings. If interested, please fill out the volunteer application and send it to Kristin Lavergne, Community Services Director, at klavergne@ifcmailbox.org     

 

IFC @ SECU Community House: Shelter for Men

Receptionists: We are looking for Receptionists at Community House!  This volunteer position entails monitoring who is coming in and out of the building, directing those people to the appropriate areas of the building, answering the phone, organizing donations, and unlocking computer areas and rooms for residents. We require a three-month commitment and a consistent weekly schedule. If interested, please fill out the volunteer application and send it to Megan Raymond, Community House Program Manager, at mraymond@ifcmailbox.org    

Meal Groups: Community House is looking for meal groups to share cooking with our shelter residents! You can cook purchased food off-site then bring it in to set up and serve, or you can coordinate with staff to cook together at our kitchen, set up and serve. If interested, please fill out the volunteer application and send it to Mary Ann Dyson, Kitchen Coordinator, at mdyson@ifcmailbox.org


HomeStart: Shelter for Women and Families

Child Care: We are in need of volunteers to supervise and play with the HomeStart children on Thursday evenings from 7:00-8:30pm while the parents attend a meeting.  A background check will be required. If interested, please fill out the volunteer application and send it to Rex Mercer, HomeStart Program Manager, at rmercer@ifcmailbox.org.

Meal Groups: HomeStart is looking for individuals or groups to provide meals for our residents.  You can prepare the meal in our kitchen and serve it, bring prepared food to serve, or just drop off the meal for our staff to serve.  Food for 14 women will be needed for each meal. If interested, please fill out the volunteer application and send it to Rhonda Lee, HomeStart Staff, at hs-staff@ifcmailbox.org.

Receptionists/Office Assistants: HomeStart is looking for Receptionists/Office Assistants to assist the staff with a variety of duties, including answering the phone, taking donations, fulfilling resident requests, record keeping, and other odd jobs.  We prefer shifts of two or more hours between 9:00am and 1:00pm, two days per week.  If interested, please fill out the volunteer application and send it to Rex Mercer, HomeStart Program Manager, at rmercer@ifcmailbox.org.

Community Kitchen

Community Kitchen Meal Groups:  The Community Kitchen is looking for Meal Groups. You can cook purchased food off-site then bring it in to set up and serve, or you can coordinate with staff to cook together at our kitchen, set up and serve.  If interested, please fill out the volunteer application and send it to Bill Culton, Community Kitchen Manager, at bculton@ifcmailbox.org

     

Food Pantry and Emergency Assistance      

Member Interviewers The Food Pantry is looking for Member Interviewers. Duties include interviewing members to assess immediate need and future plans; distributing food, clothing and/or health care items; and referring members to other IFC programs and available community resources. Two weekly shifts are currently open: Monday 9-12 and Friday 9-12.  If interested, please fill out the volunteer application and send it to Kristin Lavergne, Community Services Director, at klavergne@ifcmailbox.org  

Receptionists: The Food Pantry is looking for receptionists! Duties include answering the telephone, recording messages and transferring calls, greeting visitors and members, managing the reception area, and performing light clerical duties. Two weekly shifts are currently available: Monday 1 pm-5 pm and Friday 1 pm-5 pm.  If interested, please fill out the volunteer application and send it to Kristin Lavergne, Community Services Director, at klavergne@ifcmailbox.org

Project Rush Hour:  PRH volunteers allow us to provide emergency assistance during hours that are convenient for members who work or have other obligations during the day.  Weekly shifts are currently open: Tuesdays and Wednesday 4-5:30 or 5:30-7 p.m.. If interested, please fill out the volunteer application and send it to Kristin Lavergne, Community Services Director, at klavergne@ifcmailbox.org     

Data Entry Volunteer:  The duties include data entry and other occasional administrative duties - no answering phones or emails!  We request a reliable and dedicated volunteer who can make at least a six-month commitment.  Once trained, the schedule can be flexible, but some consistency is appreciated.  The office is open Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm.  If interested, please fill out the volunteer application and send it to Kristin Lavergne, Community Services Director, at klavergne@ifcmailbox.org  

Support Circles Program Coordinator (10 hour/week Volunteer position)
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Seeking responsible, organized applicant with excellent interpersonal and communication skills.  Prefer candidates with social work or peer support knowledge and with racial equity training.  Must have understanding of homelessness and embrace a relationship-based model of empowerment and support. This position requires some weekend/evening availability and the ability to make a long-term commitment. Please submit your resume, references and cover letter to sgigliotti@ifcmailbox.org by June 12.

Program Description

The Orange County Support Circles Program is a volunteer-run program with support from several community agencies including faith-based organizations, the Community Empowerment Fund, and the Orange County Partnership to End Homelessness.  It was formed in 2011 and is a relationship-based program that recruits teams of volunteers and prepares them to provide support for families or individuals (called “Partners”) who are transitioning from homelessness to permanent housing or who are at-risk of homelessness. The volunteer teams provide long-term support (at least 12 months) focused on the goals of the individual or family to increase the likelihood that they will maintain stable, safe, and affordable housing.

Coordinator Job Description

  • Reports to and coordinates the work of the Support Circles Advisory Committee
    • Convenes and facilitates regular meetings
    • Develops meeting agendas
    • Ensures circulation of meeting minutes
  • Assists the Advisory Committee in identifying and addressing overall program needs
  • Assists the Advisory Committee in the recruitment of volunteers
  • Collects monthly reports and feedback data from Support Circle members and shares this information with the Advisory Committee to assess program effectiveness and improve the program
  • Supports liaisons who serve as the primary resource/contact for the Support Circles
  • Participates in training new volunteers and supports other volunteer trainers
  • Helps to bridge communication, information and process gaps between volunteers, liaisons, Partners, and the Advisory Committee as needed
  • Attends to volunteer and Partner issues that are not resolved by the liaisons
  • Ensures that the program website remains up-to-date and that training opportunities are communicated to participants in a timely manner

 For group volunteer opportunities other than those listed above and any other questions, please contact volunteer@ifcmailbox.org

THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST!