We Love our Volunteers!

Volunteers are at the Heart of What we Do

What Does it Mean to Volunteer at FROM?

FROM relies on volunteers in all parts of our organization. We have volunteers that answer the phone, help in our programs and run Treasures Thrift Shop. We love our volunteers and couldn’t help as many of our neighbors in need without them.

In fact, FROM was founded by volunteers and the organization didn’t have any paid staff for the first 10 years. Even though we have grown and expanded to better serve our community, we still rely on volunteers.

We are blessed to have over 300 volunteers donate their time at FROM each year, but we always have open volunteer positions.

How Can I Volunteer at FROM?

Want to find out more about volunteering at FROM? Fill out our Volunteer Interest Form below and our Volunteer Coordinator will contact you directly. When you submit the form below you consent to a background check and to having our Volunteer Coordinator contact you directly regarding volunteer opportunities at FROM.

Please add any additional comments you'd like to share as they relate to your volunteering experience.
A background check is required for all FROM volunteers. I give permission to Flat River Outreach Ministries to conduct a Criminal Conviction History Check as a condition of my volunteering and/or continued volunteering with FROM in order to ensure the standards and practices of these organizations. I understand that such a Criminal Conviction History Check may be conducted now, or at any time during my volunteer relationship, should I be approved for a volunteer role by FROM. I give permission to FROM, its agents, employees or officers to access any criminal history record produced by any federal, state or local law agencies pertaining to me, knowingly understanding that there is no invasion of my personal privacy or they do so and that information obtained would be handled in a confidential manner.

Check out our Current Volunteer Needs below and then RSVP to attend an upcoming Volunteer Orientation! Volunteer Orientations are a time to learn more about FROM, hear about open positions and see if volunteering at FROM is a good fit for you.

Orientations are held twice a month on the first Tuesday of the month at 6:00 p.m. and the third Thursday of the month at 1:00 p.m. and third Saturday of the month at 10:00 a.m. Please click here to check our calendar for exact dates.

Current Thrift Shop Volunteer Opportunities

Thrift Shop Cashier

Days/Times  Available:  Tues, Wed, Thurs or Fri 1:00-4:00 p.m. or 4:00- 6:00 p.m. Sat: 10:00- 2:00 pm.

Thrift Shop Cashier: Must be friendly and willing to interact with customers while operating touch screen and scanner- based cash register. Work in teams of two for a 2 to 4 hours shift. Requires ability to stand.  Can volunteer once a month, once a week or more.  Must be at least age 15.

Thrift Shop Donation Room Sorters

Days/Times Available: Mon, Wed, Thurs or Sat mornings

Thrift Shop Donation Room Sorters: Must be willing to greet people as the drop off their donations.  Sort donated items and deliver them to the appropriate departments for cleaning/testing and pricing.  Must be able to lift up to 25 lbs.  Great opportunity for a men’s group, college student, stay at home dad, or a new retiree. Also perfect for those who work a 2nd or 3rd shift or are home during the day.

Thrift Shop Re-Stockers

Days/Times Available: Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri and Sat 10:00-1:00 p.m., 1:00-4:00 p.m. or 4:00-6:00 p.m. May have options for later shifts as well- contact for details

Thrift Shop Re-Stockers: Volunteers are needed in a number of departments to sort donated items, check quality, price items and, once they are ready, put them on the shelves in the store.

Thrift Shop Clothing Sorters

Days/Available Times: Sat 10:00- 2:00 p.m.

Thrift Shop Clothing Sorters: Sort through donated clothing to separate into departments (children’s, men’s women’s, etc.). Look for items that are in good shape and able to be re-sold (i.e. free of stains, rips, tears).

Current Program Opportunities

Christmas Toy Store

There are a number of opportunities available before and during our Christmas Toy Store program. As you can imagine, it takes a lot of people to turn FROM into a Christmas Toy store.  We have opportunities ahead of time for decorating, set up, clean up, and more.

Day of opportunities to help with shopping and logistics are also available.

*please note opportunities are available for families to volunteer together behind the scenes prior to distribution day.

Christmas Food Basket

There are a number of opportunities available before and during our Christmas Food Basket program. We have opportunities ahead of time to help pack food baskets.

Day of opportunities to help with the drive-thru distribution are also available.

*please note opportunities are available for families to volunteer together behind the scenes prior to distribution day.

Food Pantry/Office Cleaning

Days/Times:  You choose the time sometime before the Food Pantry opens either  Tuesdays before 2:00 p.m.,  Wednesdays before 5:00 p.m. or Friday before noon. Volunteer one or two hours a week or every other week.

Food Pantry/Office Cleaning: Keeping the hallways  and some specific rooms vacuumed. Dusting, washing tables, door knobs, window ledges etc.

Group Volunteer Opportunities

Want to volunteer as a church, work or social group? Click here to send an email to our Volunteer Coordinator or call (616) 897-8260 to find out more about Group Volunteer Opportunities. We’d love to have your group help us make a difference in our community!

Have Questions?

Have questions and want to connect with someone before attending a Volunteer Orientation? Click here to send an email to our Volunteer Coordinator or call (616) 897-8260. We’d be happy to connect with you to answer your questions or give you more information about volunteering.