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Volunteer

We Love Volunteers!

Volunteers are essential to Birch’s sustainable model. Volunteers contribute the equivalent of about 20 extra full-time employees each year.  During the COVID-19 pandemic, you must sign up before all volunteer shifts! 

Common Volunteer Tasks: 

  • Stocking Food/Products
  • Unloading Trucks 
  • Moving Boxes
  • Sorting Produce
  • Check-in Desk
  • Gardening (March – October)

Quick Notes

Age Requirement
The minimum age of volunteers is 14 years old.

Volunteer Time
All volunteer shifts must be a minimum of 2 hours per person.

Sign Up
Check the weekly participant email to sign up for a time to volunteer at the garden or warehouse. 

How to Volunteer

  • Participant Volunteers
  • Individual Volunteers
  • Group Volunteers
  • Garden Volunteers

 

All BCS Participants serve at least two hours monthly to invest in our community. 

Current Volunteer Guidelines:

  • Sign up for a shift before arriving. The link to sign up is provided in your weekly participant email. 
  • Upon arriving, sign in at the clipboard by the check-in desk
  • When you leave, sign out at the same clipboard to record your hours
  • Every family is required to complete at least one closing shift every three months
  • Every family is required to complete at least one garden shift per year

 

During the COVID-19 Pandemic, BCS is unable to allow outside volunteers at this time.

We appreciate support from the community and look forward to having volunteers again.

If you're looking for ways to help, we are always in need of toiletries, nonperishable food items, and financial support for the Sustainable Families Program.

Thank You!

 

During the COVID-19 Pandemic, BCS is unable to allow outside volunteers at this time. 

We appreciate support from the community and look forward to having volunteers again. 

If you're looking for ways to help, we are always in need of toiletries, nonperishable food items, and financial support for the Sustainable Families Program. 

Thank You! 

The Sunderland Garden is open for participant volunteers!

  • Sign up through the link in the weekly email
  • Each family must complete one garden shift each year
  • No experience necessary! You will be given instructions upon arrival
  • All questions regarding volunteering at the garden can be directed to our Garden Volunteer Coordinator, Ashley Schreiner, at ashley@bcsi.org
  • Read the Garden Volunteer Guidelines

Volunteer Guidelines for BCS Families

Looking for the participating family volunteer guidelines? Click the button below to find out more.

Getting Started

Please check in at the front desk to sign and turn in your Individual Volunteer Form and pick up a name-tag.

SAFETY IS OUR #1 PRIORITY. ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS give equipment the right of way. NEVER, NEVER, NEVER expect that operators see or hear you. Don’t run quickly in front of machinery or “just get by.” Step back and make eye contact with the operators. The equipment doesn’t stop on a dime!

Make the supervisor aware of any physical limitations you may have that might hinder your helping activity. Your safety is of utmost importance.

Absolutely no one may operate our power equipment without authorization.

What to Wear

Old clothes that can get dirty are great! Shoes must cover the entire foot and have good rubber soles.

Dress for the weather, i.e., In the winter wear warm clothes; in the summer, cool clothes—but no muscleman tank tops.

Wear a back brace when you are lifting heavy items. We have them in the warehouse; just ask.

Please, no perfume—it can be a bit overwhelming in close quarters.

Volunteer Release Forms

In-Kind Donations: (503) 251-8860 // Warehouse: (503) 251-5431 // info@birchcommunityservices.org
No unscheduled walk-ins due to COVID-19