Harvest Prep Team | Volunteer Opportunity

Hunger and homelessness is an awful reality in the Charlotte area. Among the hungry are people who are elderly, recovering from injuries or disabilities. With these overwhelming challenges facing their everyday life, it’s often hard for these individuals to cook themselves a meal, go to the grocery store or even afford any food at all. This fall, you have an opportunity to not only fill bellies, but also touch the lives of neighbors in need.

Friendship Trays, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg division of Meals on Wheels, works tirelessly toward their mission. Delivering nutritious meals to individuals who are unable to afford or prepare their own food, Friendship Trays prides themselves in their ability to provide company to recipients.

Aiding them in their mission is Friendship Gardens.

Friendship Gardens is a program of Friendship Trays that grows, gathers and donates their harvest to be served to those in need. Together, the duo has created the Harvest Prep Team.

Averaging more than 600 meals delivered a day, Friendship Trays and Friendship Gardens could use your help in their Harvest Prep Team a few mornings each month. Becoming a team member means that you are helping feed Charlotte, one nutritious tray at a time.

Can’t cook? No worries. As a Hands on Charlotte volunteer member of Harvest Prep Team, your responsibility is to simply prep the ingredients for cooking. Washing, peeling and destemming is about the extent of your activity during the hour and a half event. It’s a simple, easy way to give back to your community and leave the kitchen with that rewarding feeling that keeps our volunteers coming back.

So, grab your apron, bring your positive attitude and let’s get prepping!

To join the Harvest Prep Team and sign up to volunteer, visit our page.

Circle of Friends SouthPark

Do you want to be a part of an uplifting and exciting event?

Circle of Friends, a Christian fellowship group for adults with intellectual disabilities, their families and their caregivers offers a special place for sharing and encouragement. On Thursday nights, roughly 200 to 300 attendees gather together to enjoy refreshments and the fellowship of people who face some of the same challenges.

With the scale of the event and the excitement that goes into each meeting, Circle of Friends is always in need of enthusiastic volunteers to help set up, serve and clean up refreshments. This is your chance to get in on the fun!

When you dedicate just an hour and a half of your time, you get the unique opportunity to be a part of this awesome night. On top of the excitement you get out the environment around you, you’ll receive so much thanks and graciousness that you’re sure to leave with a huge smile on your face.

To sign up and learn more, visit our page.

Game Night at Regency Retirement Home

What is it that lifts your spirit? For some it’s exercising, a home cooked meal, or a good book. For the residents at Regency Retirement Home, it’s participating in game night and socializing with new people.

When you volunteer for a game night at Regency Retirement Home, you’re investing your time in lifting the spirits of senior citizens. The residents look forward to volunteers coming to play Bingo, board games and cards with them and their neighbors.

But don’t worry! If you’re not very good at Bingo, rummy, or other games, that’s OK! Alexa Catherman, Hands on Charlotte volunteer, explains her experience volunteering at Game Night as overwhelmingly positive, despite her failings when it comes to her Bingo game.

“My table definitely scored the most bingos, even if I wasn’t able to contribute any wins of my own. The folks at my table kept the game interesting by making little jokes, ragging on each other, and just adding a little more drama to the game (let’s be honest, Bingo is not exactly an edge-of-your-seat kind of game). I enjoyed myself, despite my incompetence; it was nice to help make the residents smile.”

As a Game Night volunteer, you simply get to play games and interact with the excited residents at Regency. It’s a no-pressure, laid back environment where you leave with a full heart and a positive attitude. You have the opportunity to build relationships with the gracious residents who are just overwhelmingly happy you’re there!

If you’re interested in volunteering at Game Night at Regency Retirement Home, visit our page for more details and to sign up!

Are you looking to get a little more out of your volunteer experience? If so, consider signing up to be a volunteer leader! As a volunteer leader you have the unique opportunity to enhance your resume, and highlight your leadership and management skills. To learn more, visit our Volunteer Leader page.