There are so many ways to volunteer at Inspiration Is Everywhere. We have weekly, monthly, specialty circumstance-based, and event/fundraising opportunities to fit everyone's schedules, abilities, and interests. At IIE, we fill in gaps of need in our community; which means that there are always new, exciting, and eclectic ways to help. The work we do makes sure that no one falls between the gaps or is left feeling hopeless and alone. Many hands make light work, and when everyone does a little it turns into a lot!
Our desk is the first encounter that community members have when entering our office. Volunteers working at our reception desk greet our Neighbors In Need, make them feel welcome and comfortable, and answer questions about who we are and what we do. Our office computer is utilized mainly for looking up information to assist people, and printing out applications or contact information for further assistance. A warm and caring individual with great people skills is a perfect fit for this position. Volunteers can choose one day a week to work our reception desk, or more if they wish!
Our office features a sales section, where we sell art and jewelry, and IIE t-shirts in order to help with our operational fundraising. It is our pleasure to be able to feature local artisans and help support them. IIE takes a 25% commission on all in-office sales from outside sources. Daily interest in our sales area leads to some items being misplaced on shelves, or mild disorganization. In order to keep the sales area tidy and aesthetically captivating, daily maintenance is necessary. An organized individual with attention to detail and an artistic eye is ideal for this opportunity.
At IIE we have learned that asking for help can be difficult for many reasons, and have seen that one thing many members of our community struggle with is financial hardship. One of the ways we try to offset this, is by offering an area of our office that has free clothing, shoes and toiletries for men and women, as well as free food, and even free job interview clothing. This area is in constant need of re-organization and tidying. A clean and professional donation area helps people in need feel respected and valued while picking out items in our office. Someone who is neat, good at folding and hanging clothing, and loves to organize would be a blessing in this important part of our outreach.
Lack of access to affordable and reliable transportation is a huge issue in our community, especially those with disabilities or financial limitations. This barrier makes it harder for people without cars or licenses to succeed and feel confident in accomplishing daily tasks such as going to and from job interviews, shopping, or appointments on time. Scheduling trips with our volunteer drivers is an easy and comfortable way for Neighbors In Need to stay mobile and independent while they take care of their responsibilities and errands. An individual with a clean driving record, a car, valid driver's license, and insurance would be an ideal and invaluable asset to the IIE family.
Working professionals in our community with specialized skills and training are always needed at Inspiration Is Everywhere, from carpentry, to plumbing or electrical work, to automotive repair, to IT services, or landscaping and much more. We partner with local volunteer professionals and businesses, in order to help Neighbors In Need receive discounted or free services on a sliding scale. If you have a service, we assure you, the need will arise. Skilled Labor Volunteers change lives in our community by donating their time and/or resources to help maintain and repair projects that seem insurmountable to those who cannot afford regular services.
Inspiration Is Everywhere hosts several fundraising events annually. Our events are all family-friendly, and usually in the afternoons. Volunteer opportunities at events include setting up and breaking down tables, chairs, and tents, serving food, selling tickets and raffle tickets, putting up flyers around town or sharing the event on social media, and trash duty. We try to encourage all volunteers to help out with the fundraising events if possible, not only because the extra hands are helpful, but it is important for the community to see our whole IIE family working together at high visibility opportunities. Fundraising events have tasks that suit every skill and ability level!
There are so many reasons that volunteering for Inspiration Is Everywhere is a rewarding experience for anyone looking to
Make a difference in our community
Use your talents and skills for a good cause
Make new and lasting friendships with caring people
Help people in a real, tangible way
and Work for a cause you believe in, while having FUN
But did you know that IIE doesn't just love to help people, we love to LOVE our volunteers!
We believe that the people we rely on to keep our programs and office running, are the heart and backbone of our whole mission. In return, IIE offers several volunteer incentives to make sure our volunteers are appreciated, supported, and engaged.
Volunteer A Friend:
For every friend who signs up as a volunteer at your referral, you will receive fun gift cards as a thank-you for helping our family grow!
Each month, the volunteer with the most logged hours for IIE will receive a gift card to a local shop, restaurant, or business as a reward for their dedication to our operations, and be recognized on our website and social media as our Volunteer Of The Month.
Volunteer Family Fun Night, every other Wednesday from 4-8pm at our office, is a great opportunity for our volunteers to have fun socializing with one another outside of our regular outreach schedule. Come together for free food and refreshments, games, and activities!
IIE Harvest Pot-Luck is a volunteer- and staff-only, exciting evening of delectable variety and engaging conversation. Held on the last Saturday of September from 3-7pm, the IIE family welcomes you to bring your favorite dish, along with a description of why you chose it, where you learned to make it, and its culture of origin. Each annual Harvest Pot-Luck features a special guest speaker from 6-7pm, on a food-and-community related topic, for an interactive and informative presentation.
Inspiration Is Everywhere
Inspiration Is Everywhere (IIE) seeks to ensure that our community members are able to receive the care and services, best suited for their needs, when challenges arise in their lives.
Registered Charity: 82-5186366