Phone: 281-955-7684

Fax: 281-955-7695

Volunteers

We simply could not run CAM without our volunteers! There are many opportunities to volunteer including a beautiful resale shop, a very busy donation area, a food pantry, and an assistance office. Whatever your talent, whatever your time frame, CAM would be very grateful to have you!

If you would like more information about sharing your time and your gift of service with your community at Cypress Assistance Ministries, please contact Tara Rauch or call 281-955-7684. We would love to talk to you!

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are always needed to help process community donations in The Cellar. CAM receives hundreds of items a day in our busy intake area. Volunteers are needed to sort, clean, hang and tag in this busy environment and have a great time doing it!

You can help fulfill a family’s most basic need by volunteering in the food pantry. The food pantry needs help stocking shelves, packing groceries and picking up donations of bread and other food items from grocery stores and restaurants.

The Special Delivery program, serving seniors and the disabled, relies on volunteer drivers to deliver groceries and check in with clients once a month. This is a great way to make a difference by visiting with clients face to face and ensuring that they are doing well.

Volunteers are needed to provide office support in the main office and the Operation Jobs office. Opportunities include making follow up calls for Operation Jobs, contacting local merchants about job openings and taking care of miscellaneous promotional activities when needed. Especially needed are bilingual volunteers who are willing to receive training to be assistance counselors.

The resale shop is always in need of volunteers willing to help merchandise and straighten the store, hang clothes, assist customers, work at the front counter and cashier. If you enjoy working with the public, have good decorating skills, or enjoy merchandising with wonderful and unique items then this is a great way to share your talent or interest!

This is a new service for senior citizens, which depends completely on adult community volunteers with the appropriate expertise. The CAM staff has a list of seniors who need various projects done around their home. Activities include painting, cleaning, and basic carpentry. Older youth are welcome to participate but must have adequate adult supervision by those who are trained in home repairs.

CAM’s Volunteer Policy for Youth

Cypress Assistance Ministries appreciates young volunteers and the role they play in serving our community!  Below are guidelines for volunteering:

Volunteers 16 yrs & older may volunteer without adult supervision once they complete the volunteer application and tour.  No volunteer hours may be completed until these steps have been takenHigh School and College Students must work at least 2 hours at a time with a minimum of 10 hours overall.  No children under the age of 16 are eligible to volunteer on an individual basis. See below for group alternatives for ages fourteen and fifteen.

Groups of youth ages 14 and older may be eligible to work in our food pantry with adult supervision.  The group must provide one adult for every 5 youth.  Group volunteer projects may be available during our regular work hours and should be scheduled at least two weeks prior to the date you wish to work.  Due to space constraints, there will be a limit on the number of people that can work per shift and on the days available to work.

Young volunteers have so much to offer and there are many opportunities to serve that benefit those in need who are served by CAM. For their safety, children under the age of 16 may not volunteer here in the building, but there are great projects to consider holding in other locations.  Holding a food drive, having a bake sale, setting up a lemonade stand, or having school supply drive will benefit many.  Try a scavenger hunt for needed pantry items.  Host a mock baby shower to collect needed baby items.  Build “Flu Season Survival Kits” with over the counter cold medicines.  And of course, holding a toy drive to share toys at Christmas is always wonderful.

Groups of all ages are always welcome to schedule a guided tour of the ministry to see how CAM serves the community. We love to share ideas about how youth can make a big impact in small ways.  For example, youth can clean out closets and donating used but well-kept items. Tours are by appointment.  Please email Tara Rauch to reserve a spot.

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