Dec 1, 2016 to Dec 31, 2016
An Invitation to Volunteer
Each year hundreds help the Onslow Christmas Cheer program. Without this special assistance, thousands of needy Onslow children and their parents would not be remembered at Christmas.
Volunteers make the Christmas Cheer program. Some volunteer for years, others only for a few hours, and some volunteer during their high school days and then return after graduation because of the feeling of accomplishment and giving to others.
Not everyone can or should volunteer. If you expect to receive assistance from the Christmas Cheer program, we ask that you not volunteer the year you receive assistance. It just makes it less complicated for others who are receiving aid but not volunteering, and for the other volunteers who are helping.
You must be High School age or older to volunteer.
All positions require a special frame of mind. Whether working directly with clients or not, volunteer work involves patience, compassion, empathy and adherence to our standards of how we treat each other.
The Type of Work You Might be Assigned to:
Family Escort: These volunteers assist families in selecting items. Special patience and empathy is required and a commitment to spend time being trained, and then to volunteer enough time to use that training. Escorts are only needed on the days of distribution. Volunteers are limited to persons in high school or beyond. We are in a very small space and accompanying persons or underage children may complicate the delivery of services to those in need.
Food Assistant: Help to pack food boxes from a menu. Must be able to lift items, follow directions and be flexible in following directions. This is best for those who are physically able to move about and deal with cans and boxes. Must be high school age or older and able to lift boxes, move on their own, communicate well, count, read expiration dates and product types in order to volunteer.
Toy Assistant: Help to prepare toys for selection, unbox, rate and mark the toys. Must be able to move toys, mark items, read boxes and instructions and care for themselves.
Cheer Assistant: Take items to cars for family members receiving assistance, return shopping carts to building, help to keep the building clean and empty the trash. Must be able to communicate