Available Volunteer Leader Opportunities

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FOOD: Food Sorting

More Than Apples helps rescue food destined for the landfill to fight food insecurity in North County families. At their weekly food distribution, volunteers sort and divide large amounts of food into individual boxes available to families for a small donation. Volunteer tasks will include helping load 2 large trucks, sorting through all produce to identify any spoiled product, unloading all cold product indoors, and dividing all the food up into the amount of boxes we distribute (about 170 each week). Before COVID-19 hit, MTA served about 75 families weekly, now the size of their operation has doubled. They need more hands to get food into the homes that need it. Project Requirements & Important Notes Attire: Closed-toe shoes and face masks are required. Wear clothes that can get dirty and sun protection (sunscreen/hat). Bring: Resusable water bottle Physical Requirements: Must be able to bend and lift up to 50 pounds. The most help with heavy lifting is needed during the 12pm-2pm shift. Can NOT be sick or have been around anyone sick in the last 7 days. Note: Volunteers are not allowed to take photos at this project. Please let the Volunteer Leader know if you have experience using a pallet jack. About More Than Apples More Than Apples serves to reduce hunger/food insecurity and waste by redistributing consumable goods, providing education aimed at reduction of waste and creating a community in which consciousness, courtesy, and communal good are the core tenets.

Escondido, CA

9/23/20 3:00 PM + more

FOOD: Lucky Duck Meals for the Unsheltered Homeless Program in Chula Vista

There are 4,000+ unsheltered homeless individuals on the streets with scarce access to food and water. This initiative provides food and water to outreach workers who distribute it to unsheltered individuals to provide nourishment and water and to ultimately help end their homelessness. Help sort and load boxes into a “pick-up ready” configuration and then load meals into service providers' vehicles. You can be helpful by taking the direction of a team member and stacking and moving boxes carefully and efficiently. Expect some physical labor. Volunteers typically spend their time moving boxes that weigh about 20 lbs at distances of 5-20 feet (between the pallets and the vehicles). Also don’t forget to have some fun and remember why we’re out here: to help those who are down on their luck. Project Requirements & Important Notes Attire: This project is outside so wearing sun protection is recommended. Always check the weather forecast, but know that it does get hot at the distribution site, especially given the physical nature of the work. Closed-toe boots/sneakers that you feel comfortable moving boxes for an hour in are a must. Physical Requirements: Able to stand for the duration of the shift and lift boxes that weigh 20-25 pounds. Avoiding Injury: Poor lifting form will lead to injury and pain. You should only bend with your knees and hips, keep your back straight, and keep your shoulders back. Slowly lift by straightening your hips and knees (not your back). Hold the box as close to your body as possible. Set the box down by bending your knees and hips only (it is very easy to get in the habit of setting boxes down in cars by bending your back). About The Lucky Duck Foundation The Lucky Duck Foundation is committed to raising awareness and funds to help alleviate the homelessness epidemic in San Diego County; and providing support and relief from harsh conditions to the thousands of homeless individuals and families living on our streets.

Chula Vista, CA

9/21/20 7:30 AM + more

FOOD: Lucky Duck Meals for the Unsheltered Homeless Program in Miramar

There are 4,000+ unsheltered homeless individuals on the streets with scarce access to food and water. This initiative provides food and water to outreach workers who distribute it to unsheltered individuals to provide nourishment and water and to ultimately help end their homelessness. Help sort and load boxes into a “pick-up ready” configuration and then load meals into service providers' vehicles. You can be helpful by taking the direction of a team member and stacking and moving boxes carefully and efficiently. Expect some physical labor. Volunteers typically spend their time moving boxes that weigh about 20 lbs at distances of 5-20 feet (between the pallets and the vehicles). Also don’t forget to have some fun and remember why we’re out here: to help those who are down on their luck. Project Requirements & Important Notes Attire: This project is outside so wearing sun protection is recommended. Always check the weather forecast, but know that it does get hot at the distribution site, especially given the physical nature of the work. Closed-toe boots/sneakers that you feel comfortable moving boxes for an hour in are a must. Physical Requirements: Able to stand for the duration of the shift and lift boxes that weigh 20-25 pounds. Avoiding Injury: Poor lifting form will lead to injury and pain. You should only bend with your knees and hips, keep your back straight, and keep your shoulders back. Slowly lift by straightening your hips and knees (not your back). Hold the box as close to your body as possible. Set the box down by bending your knees and hips only (it is very easy to get in the habit of setting boxes down in cars by bending your back). About The Lucky Duck Foundation The Lucky Duck Foundation is committed to raising awareness and funds to help alleviate the homelessness epidemic in San Diego County; and providing support and relief from harsh conditions to the thousands of homeless individuals and families living on our streets.

San Diego, CA

9/21/20 7:45 AM + more

FOOD: Pantry Prep

Volunteers in Porchlight Community Services' pantry will help set up for their drive-thru food distribution, pack grab n' go boxes, and help distribute food into their clients' cars. Porchlight Community Services rescues food from going to waste and offers healthy options for low-income families with strict food restrictions and allergies that are not usually available at food pantries. Project Requirements & Important Notes Attire: Closed-toe shoes and clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. Physical Requirements: Bending, lifting, carry up to 20lbs. Restroom access is only available via stairs. Please do not attend this project if you have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or has been exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 within the last 2 weeks. Porchlight's clients are immunocompromised and they're doing everything they can to keep them safe. ​Note: Signing up as a team has been disabled for this project. Last minute team cancellations for a shift this small can be extremely detrimental to Porchlight being able to distribute food to families in need. Please sign up individually or email info@handsonsandiego.org to sign up with your child. About Porchlight Community Services The mission of the Porchlight Cooperative is to relieve hunger, eliminate waste and increase the self-sufficiency of individuals.

San Diego, CA

10/1/20 10:00 AM + more

SORT: Clothing Closet

​ PATH clients come to the clothing closet with their case workers for much needed items. It is so important that this space is inviting and welcoming so they feel special and have easy access to clothing and other donations. Volunteers help by sorting, folding, distributing and hanging clothing items for our wonderful clients to shop. They organize goods on shelves/racks so clients can easily shop to meet their needs and process donations based on type: clothing, household goods, and quality. Project Requirements & Important Notes Attire: Comfortable shoes Physical Requirements: Be able to stand and walk around for 2 hours, bend and lift 20 pounds About PATH (People Assisting the Homeless) PATH's mission is to end homelessness for individuals, families and communities. They do this by building affordable housing and providing supportive services throughout California.

San Diego, CA

10/5/20 10:00 AM + more

SORT: Organize Thrift Store Donations

Auntie Helen's serves individuals with low incomes or with underlying health conditions such as HIV/AIDS. They are self-supportive through their thrift store and private donations which fund programs such as delivering groceries to families and helping individuals through addiction recovery. Currently they are hosting sales on their sidewalk space and not allowing customers inside for their safety and the safety of staff/volunteers. Volunteers are needed at their thrift store to sort, fold and hang donations, disbursing them between various designated areas. Your help will allow them to run the thrift store's in-person and online shopping more efficiently. Once a week Auntie Helen's distributes groceries to 300+ families, volunteers may be asked to help with bagging and distributing food as well. Project Requirements & Important Notes Attire: Wear comfortable attire and closed-toe shoes Physical Requirements: Auntie Helen's is able to work within any physical requirements. Volunteers may be asked to help with lifting heavy items, please let the Volunteer Leader know if you are not comfortable with those tasks. About Auntie Helen's Community Thrift Auntie Helen's Community Thrift envisions a community where people living with HIV/AIDS can have an empowered, loving life without barriers.

San Diego, CA

9/18/20 12:30 PM + more