Volunteer Opportunities

Clothing Bank

  • Volunteers work in pairs; new volunteers will be assigned to work with experienced volunteers to learn the procedures.
  • Volunteers are asked to commit to at least one 3 hour shift per month. There are six 3 hour shifts per week to choose from: Tuesday and Fridays, 9 am – noon and Wednesdays, 5-7 pm.
  • Volunteers sign-up for their shifts on-line at www.brownbearsw.com/cal/clothingbank
  • If volunteers are not able to work their chosen shift, they are responsible to contact another volunteer to fill in for them.
  • For more information: Jan Schlack, Clothing Bank Director – (360) 232-4457  clothingbank@blainecap.org

Community Meals

  • Volunteer teams from various churches and other organizations provide the weekly meals on a rotating basis.  Each team is responsible to plan, shop for, prepare, serve, and clean up on their assigned week, providing the necessary volunteers and funding.  CAP will cover costs that teams are not able to fund.
  • Teams are made up of 12 – 20 volunteers.
  • Food handler cards issued by the Whatcom County Health Department are required for all volunteers who will be preparing food or doing dishes.  These may be obtained online at www.foodworkercard.wa.gov.  Cards are valid for two years for a fee of $10.
  • New teams are welcome.  Training will be provided.
  • If you would like to help with Community Meals but are not part of a team, we maintain a list of people willing to volunteer on an “on-call basis.”
  • For more information:  Becky Grasher, Community Meals Director –  communitymeals@blainecap.org

Crisis Assistance

  • Volunteers work in pairs interviewing clients and processing requests.
  • A volunteer commits to being on-call for one week per month to interview and verify client needs, confer with utility companies, pharmacists, and other service providers in the area.
  • Actual time on task may run from one hour per week to as many as eight or more hours.
  • Peer training is usually for six months.
  • Data entry by computer is required.
  • For more information:  Ken Trupp, Crisis Assistance Director – crisisassistance@blainecap.org

Thanksgiving Baskets

  • Many volunteers are needed to help supply the homemade pies that put a personal touch on each basket. Each year 300 – 400 pies are needed.  Pies may be fruit, pumpkin, or other varieties that do not require refrigeration; no cream pies, please.  Pies should be delivered to the distribution location on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving between 9 & 11:30 am.
  • About thirty volunteers are needed each year to help with collecting food, filling, and distributing the baskets.  All these volunteer slots are currently filled, but interested individuals may ask to be added to the waitlist.
  • For more information:  Rhyan Lopez, Thanksgiving Baskets Director – thanksgivingbaskets@blainecap.org