We Need Your Help! Hurricane Irma Emergency Food Relief: Donate Now
As a result of power outages due to Hurricane Irma, millions of Florida families were forced to throw away food. Thankfully, several of our generous Product Partners have pledged 25 truckloads of fresh produce and proteins ready to be delivered to our UP Centers. Unfortunately, the fuel and freight costs to cover these additional shipments will cost our organization $60,575. Please consider making a donation to sponsor a pallet or truckload to help ensure this donated product can make it into the hands of those who need it most during this difficult time.
“As a volunteer, I have experienced firsthand the impact we have on members of our community. The sense of gratitude that comes from giving back to my hometown can’t be put into words.” – Eric T.
It is the only through generous investment of time and talent that we are able to lift the lives of struggling families in our community. Volunteers ensure the smooth daily operations of our campus, so that our financial resources can be utilized in the most effective way possible. In 2015 5,334 hours of service, by 188 volunteers, were recorded by our volunteers. We simply could not operate without you!
With many shifts available each week, individual volunteers assist with everything from bagging groceries, to staffing our Welcome Desk and working in our warehouse. Opertunities are available in 1) Class facilitators/Instructors, 2) Life Skills Mentors, 3) Mock Job Interviews 4) Food Pantry, 5) Intake Reception Desk, 6) Member Share Grocery Program Membership Desk and Stocking Shelves and 7) Thrift Center.
*Children must be ten years of age or older in order to participate in our regular volunteer opportunities. Youth under 16 years of age must have a parent or adult guardian present at all times while volunteering. Children of all ages are invited to participate in our monthly Family Volunteer Nights!
UP of Indian River County welcomes groups of all sizes to volunteer on our campus! Faith-based organizations, community groups, schol groups, civic clubs and business can make a positive contribution to our mission. We offer flexible options to accommodate groups of all ages and abilities each day of the week. In 2015, Over 35 groups from churches, businesses, neighborhoods and professional associations assisted UP with larger projects such as painting the center, landscaping, and gathering and sorting food at large food drives.