Volunteers are the lifeblood of STEAC. In fact, the organization couldn't operate without the volunteers. On average, some 200 Yolo County residents volunteer for the organization. STEAC's many volunteer jobs are outlined below.
For more information or to volunteer, contact the STEAC office at 530-758-8435 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteers are needed to meet with clients to fill food orders from the STEAC food closet, located in Central Davis. Other work includes cleaning and stocking shelves, sorting, picking up food donations and taking food to the warehouse. Flexible shifts are available.
Food Drives and Sorting
Throughout the year, STEAC sponsors drives to collect food for donations through the closet. The drives are done with individuals, schools, community groups such as the Boy Scouts, businesses groups such as the Realtors and with the U.S. Post Office. STEAC needs volunteers for sorting food and transporting items to the warehouse. Volunteers with trucks are especially needed for these drives.
Volunteers are needed to answer phones, enter data and assist with the database, help with client review and other tasks in the STEAC office.
Marketing and Outreach
STEAC has embarked on an aggressive program to become better known in Davis, Woodland, West Sacramento and in the rural areas of Yolo County. Marketing minded volunteers are needed for graphics creation, newsletter and brochure production and distribution, United Way presentations, attending nonprofit events, press relations, attending business functions, web page management and more.
STEAC holds various fundraising activities during the year, including soliciting funds from special and annual gifts, major donor gifts, grants from public agencies and foundations, donations from churches and businesses, planned gifts and the annual holiday program.
STEAC also hosts special events and raises funds via the Internet. Volunteers are needed to help organize and plan fundraising events and participate in workplace giving campaigns in cooperation with the United Way chapters in Woodland and Sacramento.
Volunteers who have skills or an interest in learning the techniques of fundraising are needed in this important area.
SUIT UP FOR SUCCESS PROGRAM
STEAC's Suit Up for Success Program Needs Volunteers and Clothing Donations
With the economy recovering and people looking for jobs, the Short Term Emergency Aid Committee’s Suit Up for Success Program is experiencing a greater demand than ever for its service, and needs the public's help to support this program.
Designed to help low-income job seekers obtain work attire for interviews, program "graduates" receive professional clothing, and newfound self-esteem to make their job quest a success.
On average, 70 percent of these graduates land a job. "When I'm able to help someone through this program, I feel that I have really made a difference in someone's life," said Katy Zane, associate director of STEAC.
The beauty of the program is it can be virtually self-funding through clothing donations made to All Things Right and Relevant (R&R) Thrift and Consignment store, which is where clients meet a STEAC 'personal shopper' volunteer to assist in the clothing selection.
The way it works is people can take gently used clothing to R&R and ask that it be put on consignment for STEAC. Proceeds from the sale of the donated items fund a STEAC account at R&R which pays for clothing selected by Suit Up participants.
Clothing can be for men or women, formal or informal, and must be clean, wrinkle free and seasonal (winter only). Consignment drop off times are 10:30 a.m. 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and 5 p.m. 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at R&R, 2801 Spafford St. (5th & Pena) in Davis.
Consignment forms and more information can be downloaded at www.rrconsignments.org. "Knowing you can help someone find a job is a great incentive to clean out your closet," Zane said, adding that it turns the task into a labor of love.
STEAC is also in need of volunteers who can spend 1-2 hours a week as a personal shopper, helping someone “Suit Up” for a successful interview. Contact the STEAC office at 758-8435, or email email@example.com if you are interested in volunteering.
Adopt-A-Family Holiday Program
During the December holiday season, STEAC sponsors a program that encourages local residents to "adopt" an individual or family and provide them with gifts and food. Hundreds of volunteers are needed to match the adopters to the adoptees, collect the gifts and assist with the distribution.
The annual program begins in October and continues through the middle of December.
For more information or to volunteer, contact the STEAC office at 530-758-8435 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.