Times of day
A few hours per week
Long-Term (6 months-1 year)
Pick Up in Forestville to deliver in Sonoma
Food For Thought’s (FFT) mission is to nourish and serve our community by providing healthy food and compassion to people living with HIV/AIDS and other critical illnesses. We currently provide free weekly groceries including fresh produce, nutritional supplements, nutrition counseling, and community meals to 800 men, women, and dependent children of parents who live with HIV and other serious illnesses. Anyone who has tried on a “one size fits all” garment understands the inadequacy of that concept. The same is true for our clients. They come in a variety of states: economic, emotional, cultural, energetic, and in all the other ways people can be described. For various reasons, we have a percentage of clients that are unable to make it here to the Food Bank to pick up their weekly groceries, so we have help from volunteers to deliver to our homebound clients.
Duties & Responsibilities
Volunteer Delivery Drivers help to deliver bags of groceries to homebound clients. Delivery route generally consist of 5-10 clients in a similar geographic area. All of our volunteer drivers generously use their own vehicles and their own gas with no charge to FFT.
Volunteer Delivery Drivers generally do one delivery route per week, although we are always in need of more substitute delivery drivers as well. Delivery routes can take anywhere between 1-2.5 hours depending on the number of clients that are on a given route. As drivers become more familiar with their delivery routes, the route will generally take them less time.
· Ability to work with people (clients, volunteers, and staff) from all walks of life
· Willingness to use your own vehicle and gas for your delivery route
· Ability to lift 10 lbs.
· Have an open and non-judgmental mind when approaching our clients’ homes/residences
Some of our clients may have mental health and/or substance abuse challenges. Or both. In this case, being HIV+ or having another serious illness may not be the most important issue in their life. We ask you to understand that any mental health and/or abuse problems are very real and interfere in our client’s functioning on a day to day basis. You are encouraged to report any of these issues you may see to an FFT staff member, rather than taking it into your own hands. When we know about such issues in a client’s life, we do try to connect them with other service providers who are qualified to offer appropriate support.
We require that you hold a valid driver’s license and current car insurance.
- Training Provided
- International Volunteers