Do you have unique gifts not being tapped in our Saint John’s community? Consider ministering with one of our community partners!
Hallie Q. Brown is a community center located just blocks from Saint John’s. We have a partnership first and foremost because the center is in our neighborhood, serving us and our neighbors. Presently, we serve with their food shelf, donating dry goods year-round and fresh produce during the farmer’s market season. We would love to increase our presence with Hallie Q. Brown, and there are many opportunities other than the food shelf. Lisa Joyslin is Hallie Q. Brown’s new volunteer manager. She says, “Hallie Q. Brown is only able to perform the work we do and have the impact that improves lives because of our volunteers. They are the lifeblood of the organization and help us not only manage day to day operations but also large and small projects that are necessary for Hallie Q. Brown to continue.” Lisa also offered to share a list of their volunteer opportunities, which may be ideal for a single volunteer or a group interested in the same ministry.
To get involved, contact Kate Bradtmiller at 651-228-1172 x18 or [email protected], or HQB’s Volunteer Manager Lisa Joyslin at 651-222-1997 or [email protected].
Most-needed Donations for Clothing Closet:
• Interview and business attire for women
• Interview and business attire for men
• Casual clothing of all seasons for men
• Spring weight casual clothing for women
• Children’s clothing of all sizes and seasons
Early Learning Center Volunteer: Care for our community’s youngest members by assisting teachers in Hallie Q. Brown’s Early Childhood Center with children ages 6 months through 5 years. Activities may include helping with lunch or snacks, reading to the children or playing games/music. Volunteers must be available 5 days a week for a minimum of 1 hour each day, as this provides consistency for the children.
Youth Enrichment Volunteer: Be a positive role model for school-aged children through Hallie Q. Brown’s Youth Enrichment Program. Interact with youth before school (7-9am) or after school (2-6pm) by assisting with homework, teaching a skill/craft or playing games. Minimum of one hour per week preferred. Volunteer opportunities are also available all day when school is not in session.
Food Shelf Shopping Assistant: Ensure a positive experience for our food shelf clients by providing help with shopping, weighing food and answering questions. Also track food items and assist with re-stocking. Weekly commitment preferred; volunteers needed weekdays during business hours.
Food Shelf Volunteer Driver: Get fresh produce and other food items to our food shelf clients by picking up donations at local stores. Most pick-up times are early morning on weekdays. Personal vehicle, clean driving record and ability to lift up to 30 pounds required. Weekly commitment necessary.
Clothing Closet Volunteer: Ensure a positive shopping experience for clothing closet clients. Sort and shelve clothing donations and track household items. Weekly commitment preferred; opportunities available on weekdays during business hours.
Organizing Projects: Complete important sorting and organizing work for Hallie Q. Brown’s Youth Programs or Basic Needs Programs. Available year-round.
Painting Projects: Give areas of the center a fresh coat of paint to improve the environment for children and clients. Available year-round, including weekends.