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Volunteer Opportunities

We have a variety of volunteer activities that can be matched with your abilities and availability. There are volunteer activities that range from 1-2 hours each week to an occasional special project that might involve 10-12 hours of your time. We have a variety of tasks that can be matched with the types of activities you prefer as well as your special skills. We will consider new volunteer activities as well as fundraising events should you have any other ideas and talents that you wish to share with our organization and clients.


Adopt a Facility

An individual or group may consider a long-term commitment and "adopt" a facility. Volunteers have the opportunity to participate in any of a number of activities that take place at our various facilities. You may participate in spring cleaning, maintenance and gardening activities at the Haven shelter, Head Start schools, or our affordable housing complexes.

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Clean up, Painting, and Beautification Projects

Some of our elderly clients need help to maintain their home or clean up their yards. Others may not be able to remain in their home unless modifications are made to accommodate their wheel chair or grab bars are installed in their bathrooms. Volunteers are needed to clean up, paint, or make an elderly person's home handicap accessible.

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Community Advocacy

Assistance is needed for community advocacy on a variety of issues. A big issue in our community is the "wage gap" and the difficulties people face when trying to make  ends meet. The wage gap is the difference between earnings at minimum wage and the hourly rate or "living wage" needed to be economically self-sufficient in eastern Idaho. Another issue is the need to make changes in the usury laws to place limits on profit-making fees and interest rates that are imposed by fast cash, payday loan, income-tax loan companies, title loan companies and established banking institutions. Unregulated, high-interest loans, and high service charges take advantage of and place an unfair burdens on poor working families who may need cash to pay for food, rent, or car repairs. To make everyone's voice heard in our community, there is a need to encourage our participant families to vote, participating in voter registration drives, and to become involved in the political process in order to elect officials that will advocate on their behalf.

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Community Outreach

We are always reaching out to those in need and to those that can lend a helping hand. We need people that are willing to distribute brochures and forms to our facilities and other agency offices as they go about their daily activities. We need those that are comfortable with public speaking to speak on behalf of those struggling in our community or to be involved with EICAP teaching and training programs, e.g., family literacy, nutrition, household budgeting, and life and workplace skills.

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Fundraising Team

If you enjoy planning special events you may wish to join our fundraising committee and help raise money to support our programs and services. For example, the Santas for Seniors program is an annual event in which funds are needed to purchase Christmas gifts for Seniors in our communities. A dinner, art auction, and mulch sale are other annual fundraising event ideas that we need assistance in planning and many helping hands to help at the event.

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Group Activities

There are many activities that are suitable for clubs, church groups, or a group of friends, or classmates. A group could assume the responsibility for raising the necessary funds and decorating a room at the Haven Homeless shelter for single women and families. You may consider organizing a fundraising event or donation drive for items needed for our programs or facilities. 

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Holiday & Special Events

We need to efforts and talents of our volunteers to host special holiday events for the children at the Haven shelter and at our Head Start education centers.

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Mulch Sale Coordinators

We are looking for 1 or 2 volunteers to develop and coordinate the first annual spring mulch sale to benefit our community assistance and family and life skills education programs. We anticipate that the mulch sale will take ~10 hours a week over a period of several months to develop a sales strategy, identify the mulch products that will be sold, coordinate with wholesale mulch company, and recruit volunteers. For the first and each year that the sale takes place we anticipate that the mulch sale coordinator will require 30-40 hours a week for 4 weeks.

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Office Activities

The EICAP Main Office in Idaho Falls and the Outreach center in Salmon, ID are very busy and would be able to use your help with many of our office activities. For example, you may help with compiling documents and stuffing envelopes for bulk mailings or escorting clients in our buildings.

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Scrapbooking and Graphic Design

We have opportunities for those experienced in making scrap books, digital scrapbooks, and or poster presentations to help us develop memory books and posters to share, with others, the accomplishments of individuals and families that are working hard for a better life. We need help in developing new brochures and for the updating of older ones.

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Social Entrepreneurship

We are looking for volunteers to spear head the development of social business ventures that will benefit the communities and towns in which they are located, the employee/clients who will be using the employment opportunities to develop their work place skills, and the customers who will be purchasing goods or services from the new business ventures.

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Teaching & Training

There are many teaching and training opportunities for volunteer with our organization. Trained volunteers would be able to teach or assist with household budgeting, parenting skills and health & nutrition classes in our family development programs. Tutors are needed in the evenings to help clients at the Haven improve their reading skills or obtain their high school equivalency degree.

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