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Volunteer Opportunities

INDIVIDUALS

1-4 Volunteers

Choose from the following and more:

Operations Team

CRC has a new Volunteer team they are recruiting and YOU can help us get the word out! Either you, or someone you know, may be interested in this volunteer opportunity. We are looking for an Operations Team, able to be on call as drivers, assistant riders, and as warehouse volunteers as needed, often last-minute. Please let me know if you are interested in any of the below operations team volunteer opportunities or pass along to anyone you think might be. We ask that all members of the Volunteer Operations Team commit (as best as they know) to 6-12 months of on-call status for CRC and must have a volunteer application and waiver on file with us. Volunteers will report to the office manager and Director of Operations.

  • On-call Driver: CRC is looking for a team of Volunteers to be “On-Call Drivers” for our daily pick up of donated and Fresh Rescue Food. The Fresh Rescue program collects 12,000 tons of food from local grocery stores five days a week and delivers it to our Food and Nutrition Center to be distributed to families and individuals in need. Fresh Rescue runs 8 am- 12:30 pm M-F with an additional afternoon pick up at our Carlsbad Warehouse on Wednesdays and Fridays. Volunteer days and times are TBA based on staff availability.  Minimum qualifications include:
    • Dependable
    • Available last minute
    • Ability to drive CRC’s 20′ box truck
    • Ability to lift, carry and/or push 25 lbs. up to 100 lbs.
    • Valid CA driver’s license, and clean driving record
    • Will need to provide your driver’s license and have a live scan screening done.
    • Training will be provided and there will be a second person in the truck to assist loading and unloading.
  • Volunteer Rider/Loader: This person rides along in our truck on the Fresh Rescue and pick up rotation and helps navigate, load and unload donated food items onto the truck. Minimum qualifications include:
    • Dependable
    • Available last minute
    • Ability to lift, carry and/or push 25 lbs. up to 100 lbs.
    • Will need to provide your driver’s license and have a live scan screening done.
  • Warehouse volunteers: These volunteers are available to help unload and load items onto our truck from our warehouse in Carlsbad when needed. These opportunities are not always able to be planned well in advance and so an “Operations Team” will be a valuable “first ask” when the need arises. Our warehouse stores items used to support our programs and events. Minimum qualifications include:
    • Dependable
    • Available last minute.
    • Ability to life, carry and/or push 25 lbs up to 100 lbs.

Resale Stores

  • Receive donations
  • Sorting items and greeting customers at one of our Resale Stores
  • Host a book drive

Food & Nutrition Center

  • Serve in the Food Center by helping participants, sorting, stocking and re-shelving food
  • Host a drive to collect most-requested items. Get started at crcncc.org/hunger

CRC Ambassadors

  • CRC Ambassadors represent our mission and programs out in the Community. They are “Outreach and Development” volunteers who have a deeper understanding of CRC and have unique volunteer opportunities presented to them. They are “table hosts” at Community events, work on special event planning committees, take on fundraising projects, give presentations, and more. CRC Ambassador Training happens 3-4 times a year.
  • The next training will take place in Spring 2020 (date to be announced). If you are interested in becoming a CRC Ambassador, please fill out an online application and check “Ambassador” as your preference. Additionally, you may email Sara Rosenbaum at srosenbaum@crcncc.org to sign up to receive more information.

One-time Events

One-time events are rotating and seasonal. Applications and scheduling availability will be listed on the home page and also in our Volunteer Newsletter. Please do not fill out an application for one of these events until the scheduling for them is open. Thank you!

Holiday Baskets (December 6-16, 2019)

  • Volunteer at our biggest event of the year to bring joy and hope to over 6,000 people in need. Learn more
  • Volunteer for our leadership team positions starting now

Please email Sara Rosenbaum at srosenbaum@crcncc.org if you are interested in any of these opportunities. 

Holiday Baskets Drives Captains:
Both will work with the Drives Chairperson and the Holiday Baskets Project Manager
School Drives Captain:
Volunteer will:
  • Email point of contact for local schools with information on Holiday Baskets and keep a spreadsheet of all schools doing drives
  • Coordinate with the CRC operations department to schedule pick-ups at the schools or to coordinate drop-off times at one of our collection points.
  • Go onto school campuses to talk about CRC and Holiday Baskets, encourage schools to do pre-sorting on site to minimize sorting at the Fairgrounds
  • Follow up with schools, collect donation receipts and turn in to the CRC Development Department
Requirements:
  • Good Communicator, Flexible schedule
  • Organized and able to utilize either excel or Google docs to track drives
  • Some Holiday Baskets or large event experience helpful!

Estimated Hours:

  • 20 hours volunteer work during September doing outreach and setting up drives
  • 5-10 hours a week in October and November depending on the timing of the drives
  • 5-10 hours total in December/January compiling a list of completed drives and items donated
Realtor/Business Drives Captain:
Volunteer will:
  • Email point of contact for Realtors and businesses with information on Holiday Baskets and keep a spreadsheet of all businesses doing drives
  • Coordinate with the CRC operations department to schedule pick-ups at the schools or to coordinate drop-off times at one of our collection points.
  • Go to the business offices when able/when requested to talk about CRC and Holiday Baskets, encourage business/Realtors to do pre-sorting on site to minimize sorting at the Fairgrounds
  • Follow up with businesses, collect donation receipts and turn in to the CRC Development Department
Requirements:
  • Good Communicator, flexible schedule
  • Organized and able to utilize either excel or Google docs to track drives
  • Some Holiday Baskets or large event experience helpful!

Estimated Hours:

  • 10 hours volunteer work during September doing outreach and setting up drives
  • 5 hours a week in October and November depending on the timing of the drives
  • 5-10 hours total in December/January compiling a list of completed drives and items donated

The following positions have been filled: Hospitality Captains, Blankets Co-captains, Food Captain

Cart-Runner Captain:

The Cart-Runner Captain oversees the rotating cart-runner shifts, consisting of 20 volunteers.  This person welcomes the cart runners, gives them a tour of their route (up to the bike area, where the parking area is, and where the carts need to get returned to) and oversees the group.

Time Requirements:

  • 1 or 2 quick meetings with the HB Project Manager or Volunteer Manager to go over job and Holiday Baskets overview
  • Friday December 13: 5 pm-8:30 pm
  • Saturday December 14: 9:00 am-6:30 pm (we might want to split this between two people!)
  • Sunday December 15: 9:00 am-12:30 pm

***PLEASE SEE BELOW DESCRIPTION OF A CART RUNNER:

You are responsible to accept the participant at “Check-out”.

  1. If the participant is receiving a bike, you will take that person’s cart and stay with it until the host has finished shopping for a bike with the participant upstairs.  There will be a designated waiting area for Cart Runner’s to stand.
  2. With or without a bike, the Cart Runner with stay with the shopping basket and help the participant to their car to unload his gifts.
  3. After the participant has unloaded and the cart is empty, the Cart Runner will take the cart back to the starting point for a Host to use again.

GROUPS
5+ Volunteers

Corporate, Community, Business, and Faith Based.

Food & Nutrition

  • Food Sorting and Cleaning of the Food and Nutrition Center – dates and times are flexible, max of 15 volunteers needed.

Resale Stores in Carlsbad, Encinitas and San Marcos

  • Encinitas & Carlsbad:
    Deep Cleaning: Mop, Dust, Organize, Clean Windows, etc. Maximum of 10 people in a group. 8 – 10 am shift, maximum of 2 hours. Prefer weekends but can accommodate M-F, although Tuesdays are a bit too busy with customers. To schedule this, contact Sara Rosebaum, Volunteer Manager.
  • San Marcos:
    Deep Cleaning: Mop, Dust, Organize, Clean Windows, etc. Maximum of 5 people in a group. 8 – 10 am shift, maximum of 2 hours. Prefer weekends but can accommodate M-F, although Tuesdays are a bit too busy with customers. To schedule this, contact Sara Rosebaum, Volunteer Manager.
    Window Display: Create a window display at our San Marcos Resale Stores. Great for art and business classes or retail groups looking for a team building opportunity! Dates flexible.

One-time Events

One-time events are rotating and seasonal. Applications and scheduling availability will be listed on the home page and also in our Volunteer Newsletter. Please do not fill out an application for one of these events until the scheduling for them is open. Thank you!

Holiday Baskets (December 6-16, 2019)

Spring “English Tea” Fundraiser (April 4, 2020)

  • Limited Volunteer Opportunities for set up, clean up, auction item runners and some servers. Scheduling for Spring Tea Volunteers will begin in March 2020. Learn more about the English Tea

Postal Food Drive (May 9, 2020)

  • Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is hosted by the US Postal Service and is the largest food drive in America!  Postal Workers collect food donations on their route and bring them back to their Post Office to be sorted and picked up by Non-profit groups.  The Encinitas and Solana Beach Post Office donate their food to the CRC!  Volunteers are on hand that day to collect and sort food, and load it onto CRC trucks to be taken to our warehouse, and then distributed to the families we serve at the Food and Nutrition Center.  Scheduling for the Postal Food Drive will begin in April 2020.

Other Ways to Partner with CRC!

  • Host a Food or Personal Care Drive for our Food and Nutrition Center (FNC). The FNC provides more than 50,000 pounds of food to our participants each month, and we rely on Food Drives and Monetary Donations to stock our shelves!  For more information on hosting a drive, contact Yanira Frias, FNC Manager at yfrias@crcncc.org or Sara Rosenbaum, Volunteer Manager at srosenbaum@crcncc.org.
  • Fundraise for CRC! There are many ways groups can fundraise for CRC and help us make our programs stronger.  Our 3rd party fundraising toolkit has many ideas. We also have opportunities to use “Mobile Cause” and corporate competitions to fundraise.  For more information, contact Lauren Montague, Development Manager at lmontague@crcncc.org.
  • Donate In-Kind Items to CRC: we use donations as raffle and auction items for our Fundraising Events! If you are a company that makes/sells valuable items or provides valuable services, we’d love a donation!  We are sometimes in need of items for our DV or other departments as well.  To donate an in-kind donation, please contact Sara Rosenbaum, Volunteer Manager at srosenbaum@crcncc.org and she will refer you to the correct department.  Thank you!

Group opportunities are constantly changing. Please e-mail Sara Rosenbaum at srosenbaum@crcncc.org for the most current opportunities or to get on our monthly Volunteer Newsletter.

YOUTH
6-17 Years Old

Volunteer Opportunities vary depending on age:

  • Food & Nutrition Center (FNC): Age 14 – 17 when accompanied by a parent.
  • Resale Stores: Age 14 and over can volunteer independently.

*Resale Stores and FNC opportunities are based on availability and require and interview with either the Department Manager or the Volunteer Manager.

Youth Engagement
Groups of Youth, aged 6 and older are encouraged to partner with CRC and learn the value of giving back! Host a food and personal care drive for CRC, get a tour of our Food Center, and be an “honorary volunteer” for the day. Your young world-changers will get the opportunity to sort and stock the items that they have collected. Our Food and Nutrition Center provides valuable help to our food insecure neighbors each week. Email Sara Rosenbaum at srosenbaum@crcncc.org to discuss this opportunity!

Other ways youth can partner with the Community Resource Center:

  • Holiday Baskets (December 13-15, 2019) and our Postal Food Drive (May 9, 2020) have opportunities for family and youth.*
  • Host a drive for personal care or food items
  • Hold a “Food for Food” Bake sale or Lemonade Stand: donate your proceeds to the CRC programs fighting hunger, homelessness and Domestic Violence in our community.
  • Check out our 3rd party fundraising toolkit for other creative ways you can partner with CRC!

*Our age policy for Holiday Baskets and the Postal Food Drive is as follows:

YOUTH VOLUNTEERS: CRC Values youth and the incredible impact they can have in their community. Holiday Baskets and the Postal Food Drive provide rewarding and fun ways to get involved! In order to create the safest experience for our youth volunteers, we have a limited number of spots available to our younger philanthropists and have a policy in place outlining age requirements.

Age 6-10 may volunteer with a parent (1 to 1 ratio) and a signed parent waiver
Age 11-13 may volunteer with an adult at a 1 adult to 5 youth ratio and a signed parent waiver
Age 14-17 may volunteer as an individual with a signed parent waiver
Groups aged 14-17 need to have a minimum 1 responsible adult overseeing them and must bring signed parent waivers.