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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

  • 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
  • Food Drive Lead Volunteer: Reach out to schools and scout troops to set up a 12 month calendar of food and personal care drives for the Food and Nutrition Center. You would be a liason between our Food and Nutrition Manager, our office manager, and the schools to help mobilize drives. It would primarily involve contacting schools and meeting with PTA presidents or teachers to talk about CRC and our mission and programs and fight to end food insecurity among children.

Integrative Services

  • Office Cleaning Crew: 1-3 volunteers needed on Wednesdays at 3:30 pm: Sweeping, mopping the floors, emptying the trash and recycling bins and disinfecting surfaces. Requirements: A regular commitment of at least twice a month and 16 years or older and live scan.

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 be Friday, March 1, 3-4:30 pm. 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!

Spring “English Tea” Fundraiser (April 13, 2019)

  • Limited Volunteer Opportunities for set up, clean up, auction item runners and some servers. Scheduling for Spring Tea Volunteers will begin March 4. Learn more about the English Tea

Postal Food Drive (May 11, 2019)

  • 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 April 8.

Holiday Baskets (2019 Dates TBA)

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

GROUPS
5+ Volunteers

Corporate, Community, Business, and Faith Based.

Transitional Housing

  • On-call Paint Team: We need a group of 3-5 willing to be “on-call” to paint our transitional housing when families move out. This includes both DV participants as well as families that are in need of temporary housing until they can move into something permanent, as they work towards self-sufficiency. Because of the sensitive nature and location of the housing, we are looking for just one group if possible to be available when a need arises – this could be 1-4 times a year, with just one month notice.

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

  • Deep Cleaning: Mop, Dust, Organize, Clean Windows, etc. 10-15 people needed. Sunday Mornings are preferred 9-11 am. Any Sunday of the month – 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.

Integrative Services

  • Love to clean? Integrative Services needs 1-2 people to clean their offices on Wednesday afternoons due to high traffic during the week.

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!

Spring “English Tea” Fundraiser (April 13, 2019)

  • Limited Volunteer Opportunities for set up, clean up, auction item runners and some servers. Scheduling for Spring Tea Volunteers will begin March 4. Learn more about the English Tea

Postal Food Drive (May 11, 2019)

  • 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 April 8.

Holiday Baskets (2019 Dates TBA)

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

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 date to be announced) and our Postal Food Drive (May 11, 2019) 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.