Volunteer with Us--For Memories of a Lifetime

Volunteers are the lifeblood of any non-profit organization and Gemma's Angels is no exception. Dedicated volunteers are essential to the ongoing success of our programs and we offer many volunteer opportunities for those who want to “give back” to the community. Volunteerism is a great way to meet new people, learn new skills, gain insight, grow personally, and help build a better society.

We Need Volunteers and Volunteers to Manager those Volunteers!

How to Volunteer:

1. First, click on the below link to register on our volunteer database. Choose whatever peaks your interest. When we have openings, we will email you. 
https://www.gemmasangels.org/volunteer

2. Click and/or review the volunteer openings below:


Gemma's Angels Auction Nights - Tuesday afternoons/evenings

We need three or more volunteers to help Tuesdays, late afternoon or early evening at the Roots Produce Auction in Manheim. Depending on which and how many volunteers are available, we can leave Hershey at 2 pm or later and work at the auction until 7 or 8 pm. i.e. the earlier we arrive and bid, the earlier we can leave.

While we bid on fresh produce, volunteers obtain the items we bid on and fill and sort those items in our Mobile Farmer's Market vehicle. This is a great volunteer activity for work groups, church groups, youth groups, etc.

Once we finish, all volunteers department back to their home locations and the Mobile Market returns to Hershey to await produce distribution the next day.

Volunteers must be age 18 but can be ages 14 to 17 if accompanied by an adult. Drivers must be minimum of age 25, have pre-approval and required a good driving history.

We're using SignUp.com (the leading online SignUp and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming SignUps.

Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our SignUp on SignUp.com: http://signup.com/go/x1eFUY
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.

Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

Mobile Market Wednesdays - daytime hours

We need both drivers and attendants for the Mobile Market every Wednesday daytime. Drivers must be registered prior to volunteering and must be a minimum of age 25 and have a good driving history.

We will conduct a produce distribution using our new vehicle. We will meet at the parking lot of the GIANT supermarket, 277 Hershey Rd, Hummelstown, PA 17036 (on Rt 39 just north of HersheyPark).
- Plan to arrive at 9:00 am, unless otherwise noted
- We are trying out different schedules which will vary depending on the traffic and the schedules of the various soup kitchens, shelters and food banks we will stop at.
- We will return the vehicle to Hershey typically at about 4 pm.

Any questions, call Mike Macchioni at 686-7503

You must be age 18 or age 14 to 17 if accompanied by an adult.

We're using SignUp.com (the leading online SignUp and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming SignUps.

Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our SignUp on SignUp.com: http://signup.com/go/x1eFUY
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.

Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.


Manager, Social Media

Responsibilities include developing our online social media and web presence in order to increase our presence and work in the region to a wider public. The Social Media Manager will help us to investigate future opportunities and emerging social media technologies which may provide opportunities for us to raise our profile. They will also help to produce our members e-newsletter. The Social Media Manager position plans and executes our social media presence on the web. Average of five (5) hours per week. This position can be shared by two volunteers working in tandem. Knowledge and experience in social media technology is preferred. Proficient in the use of computer applications, Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook, social media tools, Hootsuite and Google forms. We will teach appropriate systems if necessary.  

Manager, community outreach

This position is responsible for developing, implementing and maintaining an exemplary volunteer program to provide a workforce through the use of corporate, community and individual volunteers. The position's goal is to significantly scale up volunteer leverage enabling Gemma's Angels to fulfill its mission. This position's success should ultimately result in volunteers with a deeper engagement and commitment to increasing the consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables for at-risk children. This position seeks out opportunities for Gemma's Angels to table at community fairs, festivals, health fairs or other public events. The Manager of Community Outreach is responsible for scheduling of volunteers, setting up and planning for the event and scheduling the use of the mobile food market for display and coordinating the appearances of our mascot, Farmer Andy, at events.

Coordinator - All Kids Farmer's Market/MOBILE FARM MARKET

The Volunteer Coordinator of the All Kids Farmer's Market and the Mobile Farmer's Market is responsible for developing, implementing and maintaining an exemplary volunteer program to provide a workforce through the use of corporate, community and individual volunteers. The position's goal is to significantly scale up volunteer leverage enabling Gemma's Angels to fulfill its mission. This position's success should ultimately result in volunteers with a deeper engagement and commitment to increasing the consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables for at-risk children. This position can be shared with one volunteer handling volunteers and drivers for the All-Kids portion of the program and another handling the Mobile Farmer's Market portion. The All-Kids program will visit backpack and similar school-age food programs, provide students an opportunity to choose their own produce to take home and to provide an educational component. The Mobile Farmer's Market part of the program provides regular stops to deliver free fresh produce at soup kitchens, homeless shelters and food banks in Dauphin and Lebanon Counties.

Coordinator - christmas/Holiday Special Events 

This position plans and executes holiday parties for five homeless shelters in the Harrisburg, PA area involving over 100 children and adults. This is a non-paid, volunteer position resulting in memories that will last a lifetime. The job entails five (5) hours per week prior to the Christmas holiday and more hours as events occur. The Coordinator is responsible for recruiting, directing and maintaining an exemplary volunteer program to provide a workforce through the use of corporate, community and individual volunteers. This position can be shared by two volunteers handling separate functions/parties at different facilities. Assists in planning, ordering items for, and execution of events. Utilizes online Google forms and other online software to ensure proper data entry and information collection on donors and children’s gift lists for parties. Facilitates meetings with shelter staff to ensure smooth event execution Job Requirements High School Diploma or GED equivalent . Bachelor's Degree in Marketing, Business Management or similar field preferred. Knowledge and experience in Holiday Special Events Coordinator Job description The Special Events Coordinator position plans and executes holiday parties for five homeless shelters in the Harrisburg, PA area involving over 100 children and adults. This is a non-paid, volunteer position resulting in memories that will last a lifetime. The job entails five (5) hours per week prior to the Christmas holiday and more hours as the events occur. The Coordinator is responsible for recruiting, directing and maintaining an exemplary volunteer program to provide a workforce through the use of corporate, community and individual volunteers. This position can be shared by two volunteers handling separate functions/parties at different facilities. Utilizes online Google forms and other online software to ensure proper data entry and information collection on donors and children’s gift lists for parties. Facilitates meetings with shelter staff to ensure smooth event execution. 

Chairperson(s) - Mobile Market Seasonal Cookbook Project

Gemma's Angels is seeking a chairperson(s) to help us self-publish a Mobile Market Seasonal Cookbook as a fundraiser. Recipes would include those based on using WIC staples and local, fresh fruits and vegetables with an emphasis on sustainability, making our cookbook very unique. Recipes would be tested at and in cooperation and assistance with residents of local shelters. Great for 55+ 


Volunteer - Ongoing, by Project or for an Event

Below are the various programs in which we seek volunteers on an ongoing or seasonal basis. If you need more information on any of the opportunities, please feel free to email us at volunteer@gemmasangels.org or call us at (717) 298-0150:

Truck Farm Trailer Garden-on-Wheels

  • Volunteer Assistants Needed  for this traveling, edible garden-on-wheels that teaches young children the job of growing food. It gives them a hands-on look at the source of the food that fuels their growing bodies and minds.

    Gemma’s Angels Truck Farm Trailer will visit youth groups, camps, schools, etc. to deliver interactive and educational lessons about the benefits of nutritious produce. It's all designed to engage young people in healthy eating and to teach sustainability. Spring/Summer, 2017

Community Outreach Events/tabling

  • Volunteers needed to work at tables at Community Events to promote the consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables for at-risk children. Volunteers will work at community fairs, festivals, health fairs or other public events. Will also work with our mascot, Farmer Andy.

All Kids Farmer's Market/Mobile Farmer's Market

This is a rendition of what our mobile market will look like.

This is a rendition of what our mobile market will look like.

  • Volunteer Drivers Needed and Volunteer Market Assistants Needed for this amazing new program unique to Pennsylvania! 

    The vehicle will be used to transport produce on a regular basis to our 25 client site and will visit children’s backpack sites, summer camps, and food banks to act as our new All Kids Farmer’s Market. Children will be allowed to go on the bus and choose their own produce to take home. There will also be an educational component i.e. oranges have beta carotene which helps your eyesight, etc.

We need drivers, age 25 and over with a good driving record and volunteers 18 or older (or age 12 and up accompanied by an adult) to help with the program. Note: All adults involved in this program must undergo a PA State Child Abuse Background Check provided at no cost to you. We will coordinate your check through our organization account.

REVERSE FOOD TRUCK

  • You've seen the now popular food trucks all over the U.S. serving up delicious food. But there's a new trend called Reverse Food Trucking and we love to be trendy!

Rather than serving food, our food truck does the opposite. It accepts food donations. Think of it as a food shelf on wheels. The Reverse Food Truck furthers our mission to put hunger, so to speak, in the rear view mirror. Simply put, we go to event where there are a lot of people, they stop in and drop off food instead of buying it. 

christmas/Holiday Special Events

This little guy at Interfaith Shelter had a LOT to tell Santa!

This little guy at Interfaith Shelter had a LOT to tell Santa!

  • Volunteers also needed to help conduct holiday parties in five homeless shelters in the Harrisburg, PA area involving over 100 children and adults. We help Santa provide gifts for the children, do arts and crafts and provide fresh fruits and vegetables. LOTS of holiday fun and memories that will last a lifetime!

orchard/farm gleaning

  • Volunteers needed to conduct gleaning of orchards and other similar locations. We are given permission by local farmers to scour their farms after the harvest to take what has been left. Often, hundreds if not thousands of pounds of beautiful, fresh produce is left behind and can be harvested in this manner. This is a GREAT project for families or groups, large and small and typically conducted on weekends.

Mobile Market Seasonal Cookbook Project

  • Committee Persons are needed to help us self-publish a Mobile Market Seasonal Cookbook as a fundraiser. Recipes would include those based on using WIC staples and local, fresh fruits and vegetables with an emphasis on sustainability, making our cookbook very unique. Recipes would be tested at and in cooperation and assistance with residents of local shelters.

FUNDRAISER VOLUNTEER

  • Several times each year, we will hold various events as fundraisers for Gemma's Angels. These events are vital to maintain our ability to deliver fresh fruits and vegetables to our client base. Of great importance is finding those who will provide sustaining funds so that we can guarantee our operations including vehicle insurance, liability insurance, vehicle fuel and maintenance and, of course, the cost of the fresh produce we provide to our families and children.

HersheyPark Volunteer Program

How it works:

  • YOU work a 4 to 5 hour shift at HersheyPark rides, retail, foods or parking; 
  • WE get $6.00 per hour and
  • YOU immediately get a voucher (sometimes up to 2 or 3) for a HersheyPark daily pass.
  • There is a lot more detail and information at the following link: http://www.gemmasangels.org/hersheypark/

How do I Become a Volunteer for Gemma's Angels?

STEP 1: REGISTER IN OUR VOLUNTEER DATABASE

Complete the entire form including your address AND PHONE NUMBER so we may contact you!

Complete the entire form including your address AND PHONE NUMBER so we may contact you!

Click here to go to our online volunteer database.

Please make certain you complete the entire form including your phone number. If you want to volunteer, we'll need to have a way to contact you!

Volunteer Database

This volunteer database also serves as our email newsletter which we use to send notices those interested in our volunteer opportunities.

If, for example, you checked “Christmas Party Volunteer,” you'll receive emails about upcoming holiday events where we need volunteers. Again, we can't emphasize enough how important it is to add your phone number so we can call you!

and also make sure you add your phone number so that we can call you by phone.   http://www.gemmasangels.org/volunteer