Volunteer Engagement Statement
Fishline strives to create an environment that brings out the best in our volunteers and in those who we serve. We are committed to building a volunteer program that provides ample and diverse volunteer opportunities for people of all ages, backgrounds, and ability levels. We value volunteerism in all its forms, from community service to employer-matched programs, and we seek to accommodate all who are willing to volunteer. We recognize that our volunteers are our greatest asset and honor them by integrating them into meaningful work at all levels of our organization.
In the Food Market
There may be no greater reward than to help assure your neighbor has enough to eat. At the food bank, everyone is in some way directly impacting the health and well-being of every visitor. Volunteer opportunities include drivers, sorting donations and stocking the market, and front market positions which help clients check in, shop and receive assistance.
At Second Season
Our furniture store and thrift store are operated entirely by volunteers, so all profits are used to provide services to Fishline clients. Volunteers can sort through donations, help repair and paint furniture, price and stage incoming merchandise or cashier.
In Our Garden
Nothing is more delicious then fresh picked vegetables straight from the garden. The Fishline Garden Program meets a rapidly growing need for emergency food assistance and increases the amount of nutritious quality food low income families have available to them. With the high cost of vegetables and fruits, gardening makes good sense and benefits us all. Come join us: growing and sharing fresh organic vegetables and fruit with our Fishline neighbors!Learn More
On a Special Project
Throughout the year, our agency is always busy. Whether it is the postal drive in the spring, school supply distribution in the fall or food baskets and toys during the holidays, there is always a chance to help which doesn’t require a regular commitment. We also need administrative help throughout the year, for projects like our community newsletter, fundraising mailings or data entry.
When these volunteers started our weekly outdoor Free Closet, you could practically predict the weather based on whether or not it was Wednesday. If it was below zero, it was Wednesday. If the wind was blowing sideways, it was Wednesday. Six months later, they have good reason to don their Hawaiian shirts!
Why start an outdoor anything in the dead of winter? Well, in this case, longtime Fishline volunteers Helen Supancheck and Karen Calhoun heard a story. It was about a boy who came into Fishline without a coat. While we often give vouchers for folks to buy clothes at Second Season (our thrift store), no clothing was available on site. This was enough to spur these women into action. They enlisted their husbands, Greg and Steve, their neighbor Kaori, and even her spouse!
This operation is no easy feat: inventory is picked up almost daily from Second Season. They load and unload hundreds of pounds of clothing, haul it upstairs, and sort it in whatever available space they can find. But the service has been so well-received, they have no plans to quit anytime soon. Helen told me that they knew they had done the right thing when one day, early on, a homeless man without shoes came by. They had exactly one pair of shoes in their entire inventory and guess what? They fit him like a glove!