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Five Ways Volunteers Can Change Lives Around The World

Volunteers are the heartbeat in what we do as an organization. Without them, Convoy of Hope could not make the impact we do.

“Our volunteers contribute to the quality and quantity of the assistance we provide others,” Convoy of Hope’s Volunteer Engagement Manager Laura Tourville said. “We would not be able to accomplish as much we do as an organization without the sacrifice and dedication of our volunteers continually showing up to provide hope to those that need it.”

In recognition of National Volunteer Week, here are a few ways to volunteer with Convoy of Hope. 

  1. Hygiene Kits & Baby Care Kits are full of resources that disaster survivors and people in crisis need. You can pack kits at home, with your church or community group, or with a handful of friends. Ship the kits to our World Distribution Center and we will get them into the hands of people who need them most. To learn more or sign up, click here.
  2. Community Events have looked different since the pandemic. To keep our volunteers and Guests of Honor safe, we’ve adopted a contactless point of distribution model. It takes teamwork to distribute groceries, hygiene kits, and other necessities to thousands of people at our events. Masking, social distancing, and hard work are top priority. To learn more, click here.
  3. Disaster Response is one of Convoy of Hope’s most well-known initiatives. We respond swiftly to natural disasters and humanitarian crises with the help of volunteers in affected areas. Volunteers help with delivery of supplies, debris removal, and other tasks to deliver hope when survivors need it most. To learn more about our disaster services team, click here. To inquire about and apply for a volunteer position [email protected]
  4. Truck Drivers often help Convoy of Hope on a volunteer basis and deliver supplies to communities who need them. On both long and short hauls, our volunteer truck drivers are pivotal to the work we do domestically. To apply to be a driver, click here.
  5. Hands of Hope is an opportunity for people in and around Springfield, Missouri, to serve at Convoy of Hope’s World Distribution Center. The event takes place most Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Central time. Volunteers participate in projects like sorting and bagging groceries, packing hygiene products, and prepping baby care kits. To get involved, click here.

“I think it’s great that people you don’t even know are going to benefit from the projects we did tonight,” Becky Stegner, a decade-long Hands of Hope volunteer said. “They’re probably going to be super thankful for it and think, ‘If somebody took time out of their evening in the middle of the week to help me, I should look for something to do to help somebody else down the road.’”

Volunteer opportunities are everywhere, and the impact one person can make by giving their time is endless. Thank you to all of the people who have shared hope around the world by volunteering, wherever they are.

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Volunteering

Hands of Hope Volunteers pack meals and kindness

Becky Stegner has been volunteering at Convoy of Hope’s weekly Hands of Hope event for over a decade.

“I think it’s great that people you don’t even know are going to benefit from the projects we did tonight,” Becky remarked while unboxing groceries for an upcoming distribution event. “They’re probably going to be super thankful for it and just think, ‘If somebody took time out of their evening in the middle of the week to help me, I should look for something to do to help somebody else down the road.’”

Although the pandemic has required that volunteer opportunities take on a new form in order to keep participants safe, chances for people to donate their time have not been in short supply. Around the world, Convoy of Hope’s partners have been pitching in to prove that with a little time and effort, you can make a big difference in the world.

“Volunteering is important for Convoy,” Convoy of Hope’s Volunteer Engagement Project Coordinator Bethany Burrows pointed out. “It provides an opportunity for people to give. It’s a great way to easily acquaint people with our initiatives and the vision and heart behind the organization. In general, I love volunteering because it can give people a way to create community and provide purpose and create change in lives with minimal financial and time commitment.”

Bethany went on to explain that volunteer opportunities have helped cultivate some of her closest friendships and shaped her career over the years.

“Our volunteers help contribute to the quality and quantity of the assistance we provide others,” Volunteer Engagement Manager, Laura Tourville added. “We would not be able to accomplish as much we do as an organization without the sacrifice and dedication of our volunteers continually showing up to provide hope to those that need it.”

From Community Events and grocery distributions, kit packing parties, and disaster response initiatives, Convoy of Hope is able to help people because of our volunteers. We are incredibly grateful for the ways our supporters have chosen to give their time throughout the past year, and how they’ve prioritized the safety of those involved.

As a new year begins, we are excited to see how people like you will choose to make a difference.

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“There’s nothing I can’t do,” Philippines Volunteer with physical disability serves her community

Linda volunteers at one of Convoy of Hope’s many Children’s Feeding program centers based in the Philippines. She was familiar with feeling ashamed of her physical disabilities, but she’s found confidence and purpose by working with Convoy of Hope staff and serving the children in our program.

“There’s nothing I can’t do,” she says.

Watch this video to see how Linda is making a difference through Convoy of Hope.

 

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How to change the world in 2021

It’s a new year and many of us need a fresh start. Whether it’s setting up ways to be more generous, finding new opportunities to volunteer, or being proactive in your kindness, here are several ways you can make 2021 the year you start changing the world for the better.

 

Smart Giving

Use these apps and platforms to make being generous even easier!

  • RoundUp – Use this app to “round up” your purchases to donate a few cents each time you make a transaction. It might not seem like a lot, but your donation will go a long way and we’re thankful for every penny.
  • Amazon Smile – By selecting Convoy of Hope in your Amazon Smile profile, a portion of every purchase you make helps us serve those in need.
  • Alexa – If you use any Alexa-enabled device, simply say, “Alexa, make a donation to Convoy of Hope,” and they will help you donate any amount using your Amazon Pay account.
  • PayPal, Amazon Pay, & Apple Pay – Convoy of Hope is an option for giving on each of these platforms.
  • Recurring Donation – You can set up a recurring on Convoy of Hope’s website to donate whatever amount you choose each month to help us in our mission to feed the world.

 

Volunteering

Search around your local community for ways to volunteer your time or look for opportunities to help your favorite organization from the comfort of your own home. Here’s how you can volunteer with Convoy of Hope:

  • Build Hygiene & Baby Care Kits – Visit convoyofhope.org/kits for instructions on how to build these kits from simple items you can buy from your local store. Then, pack them up and ship them to Convoy’s headquarters, where our staff will help to distribute the kits across the world.
  • Learn about Convoy of Hope’s volunteer opportunities at events or our headquarters at convoyofhope.org/volunteer.

 

For more ways to make a positive impact on the world this year, follow us (@convoyofhope) on social media.

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In the midst of COVID-19, Volunteers are vital

In a world where everything feels unpredictable, Convoy of Hope has been overwhelmed with the commitment of our volunteers, who work behind the scenes and help us complete hundreds of projects. Volunteering looks different right now (everyone is in masks and socially distanced), but 50 to 100 volunteers still regularly show up at Convoy of Hope’s World Distribution Center every Tuesday night to give their time at Hands of Hope. 

Thanks to the hundreds of Hands of Hope volunteers in Springfield, Missouri — the hometown of Convoy of Hope’s headquarters — we’ve been able to complete projects that help all our program areas. Just recently, Hands of Hope volunteers unloaded an entire tractor-trailer by hand, repalletized more than 2,000 cases of drinks that shifted during transit, quality-control checked and palletized 1,200 hygiene and 97 baby care kits, and readied more than 18,000 protein shakes. 

That’s a lot of product that is now ready to go out from our distribution center and into the hands of those who need it. And it’s just one example of one night of volunteering! 

Before COVID-19, we would have twice as many volunteers come to a Hands of Hope event. However, to keep our volunteers and staff safe, we’ve limited the number of volunteers who can participate each week. Numbers may have changed, but the work and the dedication of our volunteers hasn’t.

Thank you to all our volunteers serving with us during this difficult season. We could not do the work we do each and every day without your time and support.

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