Work Involved

DeMello Elementary, 4th and 5th graders

DeMello Elementary, 4th and 5th graders

Volunteers do everything from unloading donations from cars and trucks to filling orders sent by our distribution partners. Although specific tasks vary from group to group, by age, experience and day to day, here are some of the  things that our volunteers do at the factory.

  • Sort and Inspect Toy Donations – Kids of all ages (even the ones that never grew up) are always needed for this job. Volunteers inspect toys to make sure that they work correctly, and have all their parts before cleaning and sorting them by age and type.
  • Process Clothing Donations – Volunteers inspect all incoming clothes, sort them into type and size and then make clothing packs of well-coordinated outfits that children will be proud to wear.
  • Manufacture wrapping paper for our Happy Birthday Program– Three and four year-old artists, color and decorate large papers to be used  as wrapping for birthday gifts.
  • Book Processing –  Inspect and sort books by age, for a specialized assembly by literacy professionals into a “7”Pack” we gift for each child we serve.
  • Package “Welcome Baby” supplies for newborns.
  • Maintenance at the Factory:  Are you a tinkerer (or might be married or related to one)? There is ALWAYS something to repair, fix, retrofit, invent, re-invent, make safe. The mill is 30,000 s/f and there is always something needed to do, to keep us safe and sound.
  • Fill Backpacks With School Supplies – We assemble backpacks full of schools supplies, arts and craft supplies and books.
  • Bicycle inspection and repair.
  • Working at the mill – managing a department or task – working a scheduled shift on the factory floor – once a week, three times a week – every day!
  • Fill Orders – Volunteers act as personal shoppers and scour our shelves for the best items we have available to fill detailed orders provided by our distribution partners.

Chef Victor at The Sorority

Outside the Factory – We need volunteers from  Newport to Wareham, to:

  • Organize collection drives
  • Connect youth groups from schools and churches, temples and mosques.
  • Organize Student Leadership groups in schools
  • Support our Distribution Partners in each community
  • Be a “Talker”, speak at local gatherings on our behalf
  • Read to small groups of kindergarten students, in school, during school. Early Literacy
  • Be a Mentor and help foster Middle School Students in schools after school The Sorority
  • Transport gift packages, in bulk, to offices of social workers without transportation
  • Assist with our marketing
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