Volunteers

Big Bend Cares could not function without its volunteers. People living with HIV/AIDS come from all ethnic, cultural and lifestyle backgrounds; therefore, volunteers are needed from all segments of the community. Listed below are the ways in which you can get involved as a volunteer.

Board of Directors

You can apply to become a member of the Big Bend Cares Board of Directors. Board members must prepare for and attend monthly board meetings, serve on one committee, engage in fund raising for the organization, be a good community representative for the agency, and more. Additional information is available on the Board Application, which is located on the Big Bend Cares Board of Directors Roster.

 Education/Prevention

Providing prevention outreach to the community through health fairs, public speaking, and training, the Education volunteer is able to reach people of all ages and walks of life. Education volunteers are required to complete the HIV/AIDS 500/501 training, and commit to a regular volunteer schedule.

Special Events

Each year, Big Bend Cares sponsors fund-raising events. Special Events volunteers assist with the planning and implementation of these exciting programs.

Office Support

Office Support volunteers are able to utilize their organizational and clerical skills to provide much needed assistance with daily operations.

Volunteer Preparation

Depending on your level of volunteer participation, you may be required to attend some volunteer training. Training for the front desk consists of a one hour orientation, and a half-day training, but most other positions do not require training or orientation. For more information about becoming a volunteer, please call Kathryn Bachman at 850-656-2437, ext 301, or e-mail kbachman@bigbendcares.org.

 

Volunteer Opportunities 2018 – Calling All Volunteers!

Thank you for all you have done and continue to do for the fight against HIV/AIDS! We couldn’t do it without the selfless effort and dedication you all provide for Big Bend Cares. We want you to know that your generosity and donation of time does not go unnoticed and is very much appreciated. Below you will find a list of our volunteer opportunities. If you have any questions, please feel free to call Kathryn Bachman at (850) 656-2437 ext 301 or email at kbachman@bigbendcares.org. We hope you will consider becoming a part of our Volunteer Program for the year 2018!

Front Desk/Reception and Back-up Coverage

Big Bend Cares provides the unique opportunity for volunteers to run the front desk. Persons who run the front desk are trained to greet clients, connect guests with staff, send faxes, assist with office support, etc. This position requires volunteer training and commitment to the same shift each week. Shifts are Monday-Friday 8:30am-12:30pm/12:30pm-5:00pm. We also see volunteers for Back-Up Coverage – individuals who can cover front desk without advance notice (very helpful!).

 

Food Bag Stuffing:

Each month, we offer the opportunity for groups to stuff bags with nonperishable food items for our clients. Below are the dates for 2018. Please contact Kathryn if you would like to join one of these groups or sign your group up for a future, unfilled date. We generally stuff bags on Saturday beginning at 9:00am. This time can be adjusted to the needs of your organization.

Food Bag Stuffing Date Volunteer Organization
   
January 6th, 2018 Rickards NHS
February 10th, 2018 Big Sister Little Sister
March 10th, 2018 FSU Alpha Epsilon Delta
April 7th, 2018 Rickards NHS
May 12th, 2018 Bible Based Church
June 9th, 2018 Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church
July 7th, 2018 Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church
August 11th, 2018 Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church
September 8th, 2018 Bible Based Church
October 6th, 2018 Bible Based Church
November 3rd, 2018 Pre-Physician Assistant Club – FSU
December 1st, 2018 Impact @ FAMU

Internships

Big Bend Cares has the opportunity for a part-time intern to develop fundraising and special event planning skills. If you are a detail-oriented person who is passionate about our mission and interested in learning these skills, please send your resume to kbachman@bigbendcares.org.

Tallahassee AIDS Walk

February 17, 2018 | Cascades Park
This event raises awareness of HIV/AIDS, provides members of the community with connection to resources, and is a major fundraiser of Big Bend Cares. Volunteer Opportunities, Before Event:

  • Hanging posters
  • Sending letters
  • Phone Calls

Volunteer Opportunities, Day of Event:

  • Food/Water Stations
  • Route Markers / Cheering
  • Parking
  • T-shirt distribution
  • Greeting
  • Set up / Clean up

Artopia

June 23, 2018 | Donald L. Tucker Civic Center
This annual event is a charity art auction. Local artists, businesses and individuals donate art and other items to be auctioned off. There are many tasks associated with this event that need to be completed during the months of April, May and June. Volunteer Opportunities, Before Event:

  • Data entry
  • Tagging items for auction
  • Phone calls
  • Hanging posters

Volunteer Opportunities, Day of Event:

  • Set up/ Clean up
  • Greeting
  • Art Police

Holiday Angels

December 2018, Big Bend Cares
This event allows members of the community to support families affected by HIV/AIDS by purchasing gifts for children of clients of Big Bend Cares. Over 300 children receive gifts because of this event. BBC delivers these gifts to families in late December. Please contact Kathryn if you are interested in being a Holiday Angel by sponsoring a child/children this year. Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Sponsor a family of 1-8 children
  • Donate wrapping paper or tape
  • Shopping Day 
  • Wrapping Day

 

Client Holiday Dinners

November 2018 | Good Samaritan United Methodist Church
For this event, Big Bend Cares hosts a dinner at a local church for clients to attend.  
Volunteer Opportunities: 

  • Set up / Clean up
  • Serving dinner

December 2018 | Trinity United Methodist Church
For this event, Big Bend Cares hosts a dinner at a local church for clients to attend.  
Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Set up / Clean up
  • Preparation of side dishes
  • Serving dinner

Alternative Holiday Market

December 2018 | John Wesley United Methodist Church, 1689 Old St. Augustine Rd. Tallahassee
At this event, volunteers help represent Big Bend Cares by effectively interpreting the mission of our agency to community members who are looking for charities to support during the holidays. Please contact Kathryn if you are interested in volunteering for one or both days. The hours are 9 am – 4 pm on the 2nd (volunteers can help for half or the entire day), and 1 pm – 4 pm on the 3rd. 

Volunteer Responsibilities:

  • Booth set up
  • Discuss agency mission (We can organize a training session for volunteers who are unfamiliar with our agency).
  • Encourage community members to support the agency

 

Note: Some Volunteer positions require an orientation/interview that will include an overview of the agency and specific information necessary for the position you are applying for. If you have already completed the orientation for previous events, it will not be necessary to attend one again. All training that is required will be provided by the agency unless otherwise noted. There will be other activities added to this list as they arise. If you would like to receive updated opportunities or have any questions on volunteer training, please contact Kathryn Bachman at 656-2437, ext 301 or email at kbachman@bigbendcares.org.