Volunteer Opportunities

Baptist Care NT projects include Foodbank NT, School Breakfast Program and Food for Life. All programs work towards supporting people experiencing food security. There are many roles and varied hours available. If you wish to select a number of programs or roles, push Ctrl when selecting and this will help us put your support where it is most required.

Advantages for Volunteering

  • Having fun; you’ll be joining a fantastic, diverse team of like-minded people;
  • Learning new skills – we provide on the job training.
  • Health & happiness; studies have shown that volunteering in your local community increases your health and lifts your mood;
  • Opportunity to attend social and community events throughout the year;
  • Increased employability for job-seekers; and finally and most importantly…
  • You will be helping to provide food relief to those Northern Territorians who really need it.

DARWIN WAREHOUSE

Foodbank provides food to the agencies that support families and individuals. Food is sourced from donor companies in the Darwin area. Donations of food including fresh fruit and veggies are collected in our distinctively marked vans and returned to the warehouse where produce is sorted and packed. By end of day the warehouse looks like a supermarket ready for organisations to ‘shop’.

Volunteer Roles:

Aim:
To collect food from Coles and Woolworths in the Darwin area and deliver it to the Foodbank warehouse.

Duties:

  • Volunteers who hold a current NT car licence may be invited to drive the van to the stores and back to the warehouse.
  • 2 volunteers travel with the driver to help load and unload the vans.

Aim:

  • to maintain a clean, tidy and efficiently running warehouse
  • Assist ‘shoppers’ to have a happy shopping experience.

Duties:

  • Sort and pack food onto shelves and into the cool room and freezer once it arrives at the warehouse
  • Volunteers with a forklift licence would be highly valued but this is by no means essential.
  • Assist with shoppers by
    • Weighing and packing goods
    • Help shoppers to move purchases to their vehicles
    • Use basis IT skills for processing sales
    • General cleaning.
  • Packing Hampers - Foodbank provides hampers to various community organizations at minimal cost to distribute to their clients. These are packed by a team of volunteers who work together on a production line at the Foodbank warehouse. Items might include various household goods and basic food throughout the year, or Christmas goods just prior to Christmas

Ability:
Both light and heavy lifting may be involved.  Jobs are allocated according to physical ability and personal interest.

The Foodbank NT office is a welcoming environment where staff work behind the scenes promoting the smooth running of services.

Aim:
To have a welcoming and efficiently run office that effectively supports the work of all aspects of Foodbank.

Duties:

  • Data entry and filing
  • Greeting people
  • Phone reception
  • Knowledge of Salesforce would be beneficial but not essential
  • Visit organizations with a staff member to inform, encourage and ascertain needs of new or existing organizations.

 Ability:
Knowledge of databases and computer skills would be an advantage. Organizational visits would suit someone with good communication skills and who enjoys being with people.

Foodbank NT attends and hosts a variety of events each year. Events and fundraising volunteers assist by promoting our organization and raising awareness of people living in hunger and by collecting donations.

Aim:
Promote Foodbank and raise funds for the organization.

Duties:
This work is occasional and the work needed depends on the event.  If you register with us we can notify you when these events are coming up.

Ability:
This role suits those with good people skills and who enjoy having a bit of fun. It is also good for those who are unable to give consistent time to volunteering but view Foodbank as a valuable and worthwhile cause.

SCHOOL BREAKFAST PROGRAM

A rapidly expanding School Breakfast Program currently provides healthy meals for children at a variety of urban and remote schools during the school term. Orders are sent to us by the schools, packed by volunteers at Foodbank and then either freighted or delivered to the appropriate address.

Volunteer Roles:

Aim:
To ensure every child in the school program is provided with a healthy breakfast.

Duties:

  • Volunteers who hold a current NT car license may be invited to drive the School Breakfast Van within the Darwin area to deliver the orders.
  • One volunteer travels with the driver to help load and unload the van.

Schools send in orders each week. Volunteers sort and pack food from the warehouse to fill the orders.

Volunteers with basic computer skills are encouraged to do data entry which is of major importance for the keeping of good records and for government reporting and ultimately funding.

Aim:
To teach the general public and in particular students about nutrition and how Foodbank can assist those undergoing food insecurity to eat in a way that will promote health.

Duties:
SBP Education, Information and Awareness Volunteers. This involves the education of small groups such as school students. It is a new but growing aspect of life at Foodbank. This is about teaching healthy and nutritional eating and how Foodbank plays an important part in this. This duty requires an Ochre card and good communication skills especially with children.

Ability:
Both light and heavy lifting may be involved. Jobs are allocated according to physical ability and personal interest.

FOOD FOR LIFE 

Food for Life is a not for profit program partnering with the local churches that provide groceries to individuals and families experiencing food insecurity.  The shop offers a range of groceries such as bread, milk, canned goods, frozen items, fruits and veggies and in some areas is located in a building, and in others a bus. Clients donate $10 for a bag of groceries.  Associated with the shop is a small café that offers free morning tea, conversation, and friendship. This program is growing in both size and numerically.  We currently have 3 operational centers in Casuarina on Thursday, Ludmilla on Friday and Bachelor on alternate Fridays, with others still in the planning stage.

Volunteer Roles:

Aim:
To ensure that food and groceries are well managed, prepared and distributed to different Food for Life centers

Duties:

  • Volunteers who hold a current NT car license may be invited to drive the Food for Life van.
  • Other volunteers travel with the driver to help unload the vehicle. This also involves packing the food onto shelving and sorting it at the centre.

Sorting and Packing is done at several centres according to the day of the week and the program being run. Initially food is either packed into the Food for Life van or the Mobile Pantry for transporting to the centre.

Volunteers serve tea and coffee in the café area of each centre.

Current HR license is required for Mobile Pantry (Food for Life bus)

Ability:
Both light and heavy lifting may be involved. Jobs are allocated according to physical ability and personal interest.

Thank you for considering volunteering with a Baptist Care NT program.

In order to maintain effective work like this, we need the assistance of many committed and willing volunteers. To help us streamline our volunteer process, it would really help if you could fill as much of the following as possible. Please complete the Registration Form below and we will be in contact with you shortly.  If you have any problems completing the form please contact the admin on 08 89473669 for assistance.

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