We at CORA are very familiar with the community service requirements for some Chatham schools, and wholeheartedly support this program. We know how important it is for young people to develop a compassionate heart and take action.
Because CORA functions more like a grocery, letting clients choose their food, we have very few volunteer opportunities “in-house” for youth. Volunteers must be 18 to help clients through the pantry, and our hours are 10 am to 2 pm during school hours. However, there are many things kids can do to earn service hours through CORA with a little extra initiative and creativity. Here are some ideas:
If you are under 18 years of age and are looking for ways to volunteer and/or need community service hours for school or scouts, we have the following suggestions:
Volunteering after Pantry hours and on weekends are unfortunately extremely limited, but you can do some of the above activities anytime and still make a difference in your community and help a family in need.
Some other examples that students did last year are:
Gabriella and Sophia Campana and Sean and Rachel Stephens present a check for $600 to CORA! They raised the money by baking Irish Soda Bread for St. Patrick’s Day and selling to neighbors and friends.
If it would helpful for you to tour the pantry, we can arrange something on a weekend. It might help you to start thinking about some other creative ways to contribute.
We have more information on all of the programs mentioned here. Let us know what interests you and we’ll send the appropriate material. (BTW, gathering items for the Birthday Closet is always a popular project for kids and youth groups – because they know what kids want!)
Feel free to call or email. We are happy to work with you to find something that is not just rewarding but fun.