The Food Basket and Meals on Wheels
The Food Basket provides food to homebound individuals, as well as to individuals and families with HIV/AIDS. Volunteers are needed for:
- Brown Bag Program: Volunteers are needed on a monthly basis for our Brown Bag program to pack grocery bags full of healthy food to be delivered to our homebound clients. The dates and times of this project are flexible, so call today to find a time that works for you and your group.
- Pick-up Week (Capacity: 10 volunteers): Assist clients who come to the Food Basket center to pick up their food. We ask that our Pick Up volunteers make a commitment to volunteer at least once a month for six months.
- Special events: Host an annual holiday gift drive as well as year-round healthy food drives.
- Deliver hot meals (either as a small group of up to 3 volunteers or individually) to our homebound clients through our Meals on Wheels program. Meals are delivered Monday through Friday between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. We ask that volunteers make a commitment to deliver meals at least once a week for six months.
Produce Mobile (Capacity: 20 volunteers)
Help pack and distribute produce from Second Harvest Food Bank’s mobile unit to families receiving services at our Children’s Dental Center or Family Resource Centers. The Produce Mobile operates the first Wednesday of the month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Community and School Gardens
The Health Trust, in partnership with local non-profit organizations, schools and community centers, is looking for volunteer groups who are interested in sponsoring a community or school garden. Sponsors should be passionate about supporting the health and wellness of communities, especially those that lack access to affordable, healthy produce.
The Health Trust, in coordination with our various programs, plans special volunteer events throughout the year for our clients. For example, we have packaged Emergency Preparedness Kits for our Meals on Wheel clients and filled backpacks with school supplies for our Family Resource Center children graduating from the Kinder-Bridge program. Volunteers helped clean, organize and paint our new Food Basket and Family Resource Center facilities. Please let us know if your volunteer team is interested in participating in one of our special volunteer events.
Open Air Health Fair (October 2012—event date is TBA)
At the annual Open Air Health Fair, The Health Trust and our community partners provide free or low-cost health screening services, health education, and access and referral to community organizations and social services. Activities and services planned include:
- Cardiovascular health screenings such as blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol, body mass index
- Oral health screenings and treatment
- Interactive games and demonstrations
- Health education on prevention, wellness, chronic diseases
We will be actively recruiting individual and group volunteers who are fluent in Spanish or Vietnamese to provide translation services for health screenings.
For more information about volunteer or internship opportunities, please contact Leif Christiansen at 408.879.4101 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.