Mission: We are a ministry of the Grinnell Friends Church located in Grinnell Iowa. The work of the ministry is done by volunteers and funded by free will donations. We are passionate about helping people get the home furnishings needed to make a house their home. Often times they are starting over and have little. Other times they just need to fill in some gaps. Either way, we want to help. There are many generous people that are willing to donate. There are also a lot of usable home furnishings that end up in the trash. We want to connect both of those to people in need.
Location: Grinnell (3 miles from Grinnell College)
Needs: We are very much in need of volunteers to help pick up and deliver home furnishings. There are a variety of other tasks that you may be able to help with also. We would love help on finding grant possibilities, help with grant writing, and also creating a fundraising event.
- One-time events: yes
- Ongoing: yes
- Groups possible? yes, we prefer volunteer groups of 4-6 people who can commit to one moving day. We will have around 24 moving days per year. If individuals or groups of people are willing to volunteer more than once, we will certainly take them.
When is service needed: We typically move furniture twice a month, usually the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month. We start at 8 am and usually finish around noon to 1 pm. One of these Saturdays we’ll deliver furniture to Receivers and the other Saturday we will pick up furniture from Givers. We change the schedule as needed for holidays or if we have no volunteers.
Number of hours: We are willing to take volunteers anytime we can get them. Some of our volunteers help with every move, some have only helped once. We are thankful and appreciative of any and all volunteer help!
- In-person: yes
- Hybrid in-person/virtual possible: Yes, there could be a possibility for virtual work – this will be dependent on the skills, desire and time commitment of the volunteer.
- Fully virtual possible: Yes, there could be a possibility for virtual work – this will be dependent on the skills, desire and time commitment of the volunteer.
Prerequisites: 14 years or older and physically able to lift furniture.
Background check required: no
Equipment/logistics needed: Wear work clothes like jeans, t shirts, etc – you will get dirty. Possibly bring gloves if desired. Bring water to drink. We usually meet at our church and then carpool to the numerous locations.
Training supplied: It helps to have physically strong people who are willing to go with the flow. We often have to make changes/adjustments as necessary. We also like our volunteers to be kind and respectful to all Receivers, Givers and Volunteers without judgement. We are exposed to many different lifestyles and it’s important to remember that we are there to help, not judge. The team leader will go over anything specific that needs to be known the day of moving. We also ask that names, address, phone numbers or other personal information pertaining to Givers and Receivers be kept confidential.
Equipment or logistics supplied: We will provide trucks, trailers, and all moving equipment needed.
How to apply: Apply by e-mailing Angie Radcliffe, Program Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: Angie Radcliffe, Program Director, 641-990-4301 (Angie’s cell), email@example.com
Operation information: Our goal is help those who need help with home furnishings. We are hopeful to work with kind-hearted, thoughtful and compassionate volunteers who will assist in our mission. Our purpose is to make home furnishings available to those that need them. We pick up donated furnishings and deliver them to people in Poweshiek County Iowa. There is no charge for the furnishings or for pick up or delivery. Free will donations are accepted. We would love to strengthen our community by developing relationships with those we meet.
Address: Grinnell Friends Church 1115 West St S Grinnell, IA 50112
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