On Saturday, August 19, we will have the opportunity to be the hands and feet of Christ by participating in the Convoy of Hope event to be held in downtown Springfield. This one-day event, involving more than 200 area churches and 3,000 volunteers, brings hope to those in our community by providing free of charge, groceries, shoes, haircuts, meals, job and career services, medical and dental services, family portraits and much more. During this event in 2015, more than 9,000 people came through the various tents along Riverfront Park.
There are plenty of volunteer opportunities of all types at the 2017 Convoy of Hope (see below). If you would like to participate, please contact Claire Sygiel of the Outreach Ministry team at email@example.com or 413-348-6178 or Fr. Peter by July 25. We hope to have a large turnout from St. Mark’s for this exciting chance to do God’s work in the world.
For a brief look back at the 2015 Convoy of Hope in Springfield, go to https://vimeo.com/bethanyassembly/convoyofhope2017.
Volunteer Opportunities at the Convoy of Hope
Volunteers will be helping unload and set up donated clothing and helping individuals find items suitable for their needs.
Persons suited for this area would be professional photographers with equipment experienced in events, or any other photographer (studio, student). Also people who have worked with photographers; i.e. helping to pose people and facilitate photography printing.
Volunteers will help prepare food the day before event and serve the food & beverages to guests and volunteers the day of the event. You will be contacted with time and place for preparing food on Friday.
Volunteers will distribute Plum Organics product to families with small children, as well as provide healthy tips in order to assist with food choices.
Volunteers will help unpack pallets, bag groceries, keep tables stocked, distribute groceries to guest and help guest carry groceries to their cars or bus stop.
Volunteers will welcome guests and provide them with helpful information, distribute food coupons and count the guests as they enter. They will also welcome guests at different service areas on the event site. Bi-Lingual volunteers are greatly needed and encouraged to sign up.
Haircutting volunteers will need to be licensed barbers and hairstylists willing to give free haircuts to guests at the event, both children and adults.
Volunteers need to be medical or dental professionals. Guests will be provided a choice of health screening options: blood pressure, foot services, hearing & vision testing, physical exams and more.
Job & Career Services:
Volunteers are needed that will be able to provide our guests with skills that enhance their job readiness and employability.
Volunteers will be part of bringing our young guests a day of fun and enjoyment. We need people willing to register our guests, be clowns or face painters, run concessions, help with balloons and decorations, facilitate games, activities and crafts.
Logistics & Clean Up:
Crew Volunteers will be needed for site set up on Thursday & Friday and break down on Saturday. Clean up crew to meet at 3pm to start cleanup of grounds then to pack up supplies and bring to Bethany AG in Agawam.
Marketing & Public Relations:
Volunteers will be needed to help get the word out: putting up posters in the Community, handing out flyers, and participating in door-to-door communications in neighborhoods within a one mile radius of the event site.
National Breast Cancer Foundation:
Women volunteers will be needed for this area who will work directly with NBCF. The volunteer should be warm and compassionate. Some will receive breast cancer education training prior to the event.
Volunteers who serve as police or security guards will be pre-recruited. Other volunteers will help provide perimeter security, security in other site areas, traffic control, parking assistance and more.
Volunteers will be unloading & organizing shoes, measuring and sizing individuals and providing our young guests with new shoes.
Volunteers will be there to honor and assist veterans and their families for their service and to help them in finding information about some of the services that are available to them.
Volunteers will help manage all volunteer activities at the volunteer rally on Friday night and the day of the event; registration and distribution of t-shirts.