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Volunteer and Make a Difference!

Volunteers are essential to the success of MCUM's programs. All aspects of our operation benefit from the time, expertise, and enthusiasm that volunteers contribute, from the childcare kitchen to our monthly newsletter. We welcome individuals, families, and groups as volunteers, accomplishing one-time projects or making an ongoing commitment. In 2012, 256 volunteers donated 4,529 hours to help with programs and special events.

Just some of the volunteer opportunities we offer are listed below. Are you ready to get involved? Click on the red link below or sign up to receive our monthly volunteer update.

Childcare Program Volunteer Manual

Volunteers in our Childcare Program may need to undergo a background check and TB test. They are also asked to watch this presentation on what volunteers need to know about working with children. A paper copy of our Childcare Program Volunteer Manual is also available upon request.


First and last name:

E-mail:

Phone:

Preferred method of contact: E-mail Phone

I'd like to learn about volunteering:

in the childcare program.

in the food pantry.

in the office.

I'm not sure how I'd like to help.


Comments:

Administrative Positions:

Maintenance Assistant

  • Purpose: Help keep buildings and equipment in good working order.
  • Results:Your assistance can add life to buildings and equipment and save MCUM money on maintenance and replacement costs.
  • Suggested Activities:
    • repair and mend equipment
    • grounds keeping, painting, and light maintenance work
  • Measures: Area or equipment to be maintained should be in good working order to the standard expected by the supervisor.
  • Qualifications:
    • Minimum age 18
    • Dependability
    • Pride in work
    • General fix-it skills
  • Timeframe: 3-4 hours per week during the hours of 8am-noon and 1pm-4pm, Monday- Friday
  • Site: Administrative building, Childcare building, and a small single-family home
  • Supervision: Executive Director

Office Assistant

  • Purpose: Help keep the office running smoothly.
  • Results: Staff will be free to attend to other tasks.
  • Suggested Activities:
    • answer telephones, route calls, take messages
    • assist clients and donors
    • copying, filing, assisting with bulk mailings, and other office tasks
  • Measures: Work should be done efficiently and completed to the standard expected by the supervisor.
  • Qualifications:
    • Minimum age 18
    • Dependability
    • Able to follow directions
    • Appropriate dress
    • Office skills or experience preferred
    • TB Test and Physical (for preschool only, if hours exceed 8 in a month)
  • Timeframe: 3-4 hours per week during program hours
  • Site: Administration or Preschool Office
  • Supervision: Office Manager or Childcare Administrative Assistant

Newsletter Team

  • Purpose: Prepare monthly newsletter for mailing.
  • Results: Monthly newsletter is mailed in a timely manner, ensuring communication with more than 1,000 supporters.
  • Suggested Activities:
    • fold and label newsletters
  • Measures: Work should be done efficiently and completed to the standard expected by the supervisor.
  • Qualifications:
    • Able to follow directions
    • Appropriate dress
  • Timeframe: 3-4 hours per month, team meets one morning a month, during the last week of the month, schedule set one month in advance.
  • Site: Administration Building
  • Supervision: Development Coordinator or Office Manager

Volunteer Supervision

  • Purpose: Experienced volunteers can take on more responsibility and assist the Volunteer Coordinator in day-to-day activities by mentoring new volunteers within a familiar job or program.
  • Results: Volunteers gain new responsibilities and experiences while helping the volunteer program to grow.
  • Suggested Activities:
    • Volunteer orientations
    • Volunteer supervision and evaluation
    • Other activities as suggested by the volunteer coordinator
  • Measures: Volunteer coordinator and volunteers will be satisfied with the volunteer supervisor’s performance.
  • Qualifications:
    • dependability
    • above average reading, writing, and comprehension skills
    • good problem solving and organizational abilities
    • ability to follow directions
    • ability to follow through with a project
    • attention to detail
    • ability to work self directed
    • minimum 4 months experience for individual volunteer supervisors and 2 months experience for Winter Food Drive supervisors
  • Timeframe: minimum 3-4 hour shift per week in either the Childcare Program or the Emergency Food Pantry
  • Site: Administrative building or Childcare building
  • Supervision: Volunteer Coordinator

Childcare Services Positions:

Cafeteria Assistant

  • Purpose: Help prepare and serve nutritious meals to the children.
  • Results: Children and staff will be served warm food quickly.
  • Suggested Activities:
    • wipe and set tables
    • prepare and serve food
    • shop at the Hoosier Hills Food Bank or grocery stores
  • Measures: Children staff should be served quickly to the satisfaction of the supervisor.
  • Qualifications:
    • minimum age 18
    • TB test and physical (if hours exceed 8 in a month)
    • drug test within 30 days of start date (if hours exceed 8 in a month)
    • dependability
    • able to follow directions
    • enjoy and relate well to young children
  • Timeframe: minimum 2 hour shift per week, 8am-10am or 11am-1pm, Monday through Friday
  • Site: Childcare Kitchen and Dining Room
  • Supervision: Cook

One to One Companion

  • Purpose: Meet a child’s special needs by providing individual attention. Special needs include language barriers, behavioral management, history of abuse, and delayed development.
  • Results: The child will gradually improve in communication and behavior.
  • Suggested Activities:
    • engage a child in an activities such as reading, drawing, etc.
    • assist the child as s/he participates in class activities
    • help the child interact with other children
    • work with teacher to carry out planned activities
  • Measures: The child will enjoy the volunteers company.  The teacher should approve of the volunteers activities.
  • Qualifications:
    • minimum age 18
    • TB test and physical (if hours exceed 8 in a month)
    • drug test within 30 days (if hours exceed 8 in a month)
    • knowledge of child development or interest in working with small children.
    • knowledge or skill relating to the need particular need of a child.
  • Timeframe: At least one shift per week at 9:30-11:30am or 2:30-4:30pm Monday thru Friday.  Length of commitment will vary according to the needs of the child and availability of the volunteer.
  • Site: Childcare building
  • Supervision: Classroom Teacher

Playtime Supervisor

  • Purpose: Ensure the safety of children while playing with them indoors and outdoors.
  • Results: Children will develop physically, emotionally, socially, and intellectually.
  • Suggested Activities:
    • play with several children at one time
    • encourage children to try new activities
    • promote safety
    • teach a variety of games and activities
    • assist teachers as needed
  • Measures: Children should enjoy interacting with the volunteer.  The teacher should approve of the volunteers activities.
  • Qualifications:
    • minimum age 18
    • TB test and physical (if hours exceed 8 in a month)
    • drug test within 30 days (if hours exceed 8 in a month)
    • enjoy and relate well to children
    • have knowledge of child development
  • Timeframe: minimum 2-3 hours per week from 9:30-11:30am or 2:30-5:30pm, Monday thru Friday.
  • Site: Childcare building
  • Supervision: Classroom Teacher

Teacher's Assistant

  • Purpose: Help teachers and children during and between activities throughout the day.
  • Results: Children will benefit from additional supervision and attention.  Teachers will benefit from the extra help.  Activities and transitions between activities will run smoothly and quickly.
  • Suggested Activities:
    • assist teachers in putting out cots, cleaning up, and other daily routine tasks
    • play with several children at one time
    • encourage children to try new and different activities
    • promote safety
    • plan, organize, and carry out special projects or activities
  • Measures: Children should enjoy interacting with the volunteer.  Teachers should approve of the volunteer’s performance.
  • Qualifications:
    • minimum age 18
    • TB test and physical (if hours exceed 8 in a month)
    • drug test within 30 days (if hours exceed 8 in a month)
    • knowledge of child development.
    • enjoy and relate well to children.
  • Timeframe: minimum 2-4 hours per week, various shifts are available Monday thru Friday:
    • 6:30-9:00 A.M. – greeting children as they arrive, A.M. snack and breakfast, free play
    • 9-12 P.M. – play time outside or inside, organized group activities, lunch
    • 12-2 P.M. – lunch and nap time
    • 2:30- 5:30 P.M. – children wake up from nap, afternoon snack, outside or indoor playtime
  • Site: Childcare building
  • Supervision: Classroom Teacher

Special Interest Group Leader

  • Purpose: Teach children new skills through a creative project
  • Results: Children will learn something new and exciting through hands-on participation in a group or individual project.
  • Suggested Activities:
    • plan, organize, and carry out project for a small group of children
    • teach children proper use of tools and/or materials used in project
    • work on project for a specific amount of time or until finished
    • work with teachers to develop a curriculum for each age group
  • Measures: Children should enjoy the project.  Teachers should approve of the project.
  • Qualifications:
    • minimum age 18
    • TB test and physical (if hours exceed 8 in a month)
    • drug test within 30 days (if hours exceed 8 in a month)
    • knowledge of skill that can be taught to small children.
    • enjoy and relate well to children
  • Timeframe: Lessons should last 30 minutes and be taught between 9:30am. and 11:30am. or 2:30pm and 4:30pm, Monday thru Friday.  Volunteers are encouraged to present their topic to several classrooms at one time.  Length of commitment will vary according to the project.
  • Site: Childcare building
  • Supervision: Preschool Director and Classroom Teacher

Storyteller

  • Purpose: Expose children to stories from various cultures and historic periods while they develop listening skills.
  • Results: Children will learn about a different culture or time.
  • Suggested Activities:
    • work with teachers on themes, stories, and presentations
    • stories should be enjoyable and age appropriate
  • Measures: Children should enjoy the story.  Teachers should approve of the story.
  • Qualifications:
    • minimum age 18
    • TB test and physical (if hours exceed 8 in a month)
    • drug test within 30 days (if hours exceed 8 in a month)
    • experienced in telling stories
    • enjoy and relate well to young children
  • Timeframe: Stories should last 30 minutes and be presented between 9:30am and 11:30am or 2:30pm and 4:30pm, Monday thru Friday.  Volunteers are encouraged to read stories to several classrooms during one volunteer session.
  • Site: Childcare building
  • Supervision: Classroom Teacher

Music or Dance Instructor

  • Purpose: Help children appreciate the enjoyment that comes from music and dance while developing coordination, rhythm, and musicianship.
  • Results: Children will be exposed to different forms of music and dance.
  • Suggested Activities:
    • make instruments from household materials
    • teach children a particular style of music and/or dance
    • work with teachers to develop age-appropriate lessons
  • Measures: Children will enjoy the activity.  Teachers will approve of the activity.
  • Qualifications:
    • minimum age 18
    • TB test and physical (if hours exceed 8 in a month)
    • drug test within 30 days (if hours exceed 8 in a month)
    • knowledge of particular music or dance
    • enjoy and relate well to children
  • Timeframe: Lessons should last 20-30 minutes and be taught between 9:30am and 11:30am or 2:30pm and 4:30pm, Monday thru Friday.  Volunteers are encouraged to instruct more than one classroom during each volunteer session.
  • Site: Childcare building
  • Supervision: Classroom Teacher

Arts and Crafts Instructor

  • Purpose: Stimulate thinking and interest by exposing children to a variety of art projects.
  • Results: Children should feel satisfaction from a finished product.
  • Suggested Activities:
    • preparation and cleanup of activities
    • work with teachers to develop projects
  • Measures: Children will enjoy the activity.  Teachers will approve of the activity. Appropriate areas will be used for messy projects and projects will be appropriate for age group.
  • Qualifications:
    • minimum age 18
    • TB test and physical (if hours exceed 8 in a month)
    • drug test within 30 days (if hours exceed 8 in a month)
    • enjoy and relate well to children
    • knowledge and enthusiasm for art
  • Timeframe: Projects should last 30 minutes and be worked on between 9:30am and 11:30am or 2:30pm and 4:30pm, Monday thru Friday.  Volunteers are encouraged to instruct more than one classroom during each volunteer session.
  • Site: Childcare building
  • Supervision: Classroom Teacher

Emergency Services Positions:

Food Pantry Assistant

  • Purpose: Keep the pantry well stocked, clean and organized.
  • Results: Shelves will be well organized and bags of groceries will be ready for clients to pick up.
  • Suggested Activities:
    • weigh and log food donations
    • sort donations of food
    • stock pantry shelves as needed
    • rotate stock to prevent spoilage
    • sort & stock paper bags
    • prepare sacks for distribution
    • Clip labels and box tops
    • assist in food donation pick-ups
    • shop at the food bank
    • clean freezers
  • Measures: Work will meet the expectations of the supervisor.
  • Qualifications:
    • dependability
    • simple math skills
    • able to lift up to 40 lbs.
  • Timeframe: minimum 2-3 hours per week during the hours of 8am-noon and 1pm-4pm, Monday thru Friday
  • Site: MCUM Food Pantry
  • Supervision: Emergency Services Coordinator

Food Bank Shopper

  • Purpose: Purchase items at the Hoosier Hills Food Bank to keep pantry shelves stocked.
  • Results: MCUM will have enough food for clients.
  • Suggested Activities:
    • read and follow Hoosier Hills Food Bank guidelines
    • choose food from food bank that is needed for pantry
    • load purchased food in van
    • unload and stock items on the shelves
    • record weights
  • Measures: This job will be done to the standard expected by the supervisor.
  • Qualifications:
    • minimum age 18
    • good driving record
    • dependable
    • able to lift up to 40 lbs regularly
  • Timeframe: 2-3 hours during the Hoosier Hills Food Bank hours. The food bank is open Monday – Thursday 9:30am-noon.
  • Site: MCUM Food Pantry and Hoosier Hills Food Bank
  • Supervision: Emergency Services Coordinator

MCUM Board of Directors


Interested in making on positive impact on your community through a leadership role with a great local nonprofit? Apply to serve on MCUM's Board of Directors! Your application will be kept on file for consideration when vacancies occur.

Please see links below for a full board position description and application form. If you have any questions or would like more information, email Executive Director Meri Reinhold, or contact her by phone at 339-3429 x11.