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Volunteer Position: Wednesday Night Dinner Volunteer(s)/ 5 th Wednesday of Each Month Department: Community Programs
Wednesday Night Dinner volunteers offer a much needed break to our Safe Shelter residents by donating, preparing and setting out dinner on pre-scheduled nights of the month. This opportunity is essential for creating a welcoming atmosphere for our clients and their children whom are fleeing abuse. It is a great way to serve in an informal and friendly setting!
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Plan, prepare, and present dinner to 15-20 adults and children
Provide any paper goods necessary for the meal (plates, bowls, utensils, etc.)
Must be able to follow the below timeline:
4pm - Volunteers arrive and set up the already prepared meal to offer clients 5pm - Clients arrive and dinner begins 5:30pm - Dinner ends, clients thank volunteers, and clean up begins 5:35pm - All dinner items have been removed from set up area 6pm or earlier - All left overs and supplies have been put away and kitchen cleaned
*Please note this is a volunteer and in-kind donation opportunity
OTHER KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Passion for individuals, families and community members affected by domestic violence
Ability to organize a group (no larger than 6) to come together to make and set out dinner
Flexibility in serving dinner to a rapidly changing group size
A commitment to helping staff create a safe, warm and welcoming space for clients before they embark on hard self-work during their support group that directly follows dinner
Strictly adhere to the confidentiality and safety needs of our clients
Models language and behavior that is inclusive and respectful of all people
A compassionate, non-judgmental, proactive attitude
Demonstrated commitment to the mission, vision and values of the YWCA Pierce County
Acceptable Washington State Patrol Criminal History Record
Must complete DV101 training within first 6 months of volunteering
All volunteers must be 16 years of age or older
This opportunity occurs on the fifth Wednesday of a given month from 4 PM-6 PM. Not all months have a fifth Wednesday. YWCA requires volunteers to commit to at least six consecutive months in this position.
TO APPLY Please submit an online volunteer submission form expressing your interest in this position.