Bloom Donation Intake Volunteer

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ORGANIZATION: YWCA Golden Gate Silicon Valley

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Bloom (formerly Image for Success) is a program of YWCA Golden Gate Silicon Valley that provides two weeks free clothing to those in need seeking a life of self-reliance. We also provide each client with a hygiene kit, undergarments, shoes and accessories. Bloom is an essential nonprofit agency that has been serving the residents of Marin County over the past 20 years. Bloom serves low-income & underprivileged working populations referred by supporting social services agencies at no cost.

Donation Intake Volunteers ensure that large quantities of product move through review, assessment, repair, assignment, and proper placement within Bloom. This role interacts with the public when receiving donations from the community and requires great communication skills and a love of interacting regularly with others.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Receives donations during scheduled donation hours.
  • Process donated clothing to ensure that it is properly placed in boutiques, consignment stores, retail store or sent out to partner agencies, this includes sorting and steaming
  • Assists in transferring clothing to and from off-site storage units and pick up sites.
  • Maintain a safe, clean, and orderly donation intake space and ensure the Client Boutique is adequately stocked.
  • Work in compliance with all legal requirements, and organizational and departmental policies, procedures and standards.
Required Qualifications:
  • A good eye for fashion and knowledge of brands, garment quality, and clothing resale.
  • Interest in, and a commitment to, continuous learning about client-centered approach and empowering others to lead lives of self-reliance.
  • Ability to work as a member of a team, be open to feedback, and seek guidance, direction and input from others.
  • Ability to practice cultural humility, i.e., maintain an interpersonal approach that is other-oriented in relation to aspects of cultural identity that are most important to the person. Ability to work with/support individuals from diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.
  • Commitment to developing knowledge, skills and abilities to better connect with individuals and communities, and to gaining more insight into personal biases and identities. This includes, and is not limited to, treating all people with respect and dignity, recognizing and appreciating cultural differences, and working to interact with greater cultural sensitivity.
  • Ability to be non-judgmental, open, honest and calm, and maintain professional boundaries.

Training & Other Requirements:
  • Participate in orientation and training
  • Physically able to stand for the length of the shift (approx. 3 hours), bend, kneel, and lift up to 40 lbs.
  • For volunteers that transport clothing items: Valid California driver’s license and auto insurance; Clearance of a Motor Vehicle Record report with the DMV
  • This volunteer position requires a Covid-19 vaccination due to the in-person interfacing required, and to promote the health and safety of others at YWCA locations and our community.
  • Clearance on a background check, including DOJ & FBI fingerprinting
  • Completion of all policies and procedures documentation.

2 Shifts

  • morning / 11:00 AM to 02:00 PM
  • afternoon / 02:00 PM to 05:00 PM
  • NONE OF THESE TIMES WORK FOR ME, BUT I CAN STILL HELP
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About YWCA Golden Gate Silicon Valley

Location:

375 South Third St, San Jose, CA 95112, US

Mission Statement

YWCA Golden Gate Silicon Valley is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.

Description

At YWCA Golden Gate Silicon Valley, one of the first multiservice agencies in the Bay Area, we are rooted in our Theory of Change which requires a continuum of response to the challenges of racism, sexism, and gender-based violence. That's why we offer direct services to meet immediate needs, issue education to change hearts and minds in our local communities, and legislate advocacy to change the rules and systems in order to achieve greater equity and justice for all.

Our focus areas are to:

EMPOWER people and communities in healing from and preventing the trauma of violence, bigotry, and racism.

ACHIEVE solutions to homelessness for survivors of violence.

INSPIRE opportunity and economic security by closing the prosperity and education gap.

CAUSE AREAS

Advocacy & Human Rights
Community
Employment
Advocacy & Human Rights, Community, Employment

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.
This opportunity has 2 shifts

WHERE

1557 4th StreetSan Rafael, CA 94901

(37.97379,-122.5359)
 

SKILLS

  • Inventory Management
  • People Skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Relationship Building

GOOD FOR

  • Group

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • One (1) three-hour long shift per week.

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