Nothing would happen at SHIP, it seems, if it weren’t for the dedicated folks who help staff the office.  Office volunteers can help take phone calls, help organize and restock our emergency food pantry, help clients in need (upon request) to fill out and completing the needed forms, for clients and help keep the place orderly.

The faces of our volunteers and staff , are the face of SHIP that our guests see.  Their voices are the voice of SHIP that our guests hear.  If you have time during the week, a morning or afternoon, consider being part of the office staff at SHIP.

Volunteers are needed to assist with:  Helping clients coming to our Safe Harbor in need of emergency food, meals, clothing and hospitality packages.

General Tasks

  • Assembling Hospitality Packs for clients
  • Distributing food to clients in need
  • Replace light bulbs
  • Empty trash baskets
  • Recycling
  • Mop Floors
  • Furniture polished, dusted
  • Vacuuming 

Food Pantry

  • Sort & store food donations
  • Distribute donated items to clients
  • Clean pots 

Office Copying

  • Forms
  • Documents
  • Newsletters
  • Mailings 

Office Filing

  • Files
  • General
  • Invoices

Data Processing

  • Data entry
  • Service Information
  • Printed material updating

Special Projects

  • Gardening - Landscaping
  • Grounds Maintenance
  • Gutter Cleaning
  • Window Cleaning
  • Trash Pick up
  • Painting

Other Volunteer Opportunities:

SHIP’s Galley - Anti-Hunger program
Mobile Soup Kitchen and Disaster Unit
Holiday Meals Program
Tic-Tocks Grove (Picnic Area)
Street Outreach Services
Safe Harbor - Office Help/Public Relations

SHIP Log our Newsletter - We attempt to publish our newsletter quarterly.  We need an Editor to relieve Tom. We need writers, copy editors as well as people to help with the nitty-gritty like folding, stamping and mailing. Contacting the press and following up or returning phone calls are all part of the effort.

People need to know what we’re doing! If you can help with Public Relations at SHIP you are needed!


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