There are many ways that you might be able to help with our mission of providing joy to the homeless by giving them new socks, even if you only have a few hours a month … or even if your have a few weeks per month! We know you have lots of other things to do and so we appreciate whatever you can help with.
Here are some of our activities that volunteers (sock angels) can really make a difference:
- Sock Inventorying, Sorting and Boxing
- Sock Pick Up
- Sock Delivery
- Admin Assistance
- General Office Work
- Organizing a Sock Drive or Drives
- Holding a Fund Raiser
- Starting a mini The Joy Of Sox in Your Area
Sock Inventorying, Sorting and Boxing
This may not sound like a lot of fun, but it actually it’s a pretty nice event – and we serve food! When we deliver our new socks to shelters in the Philadelphia region we deliver them in cardboard boxes 16″ x 16″ x 16″. We have found this to be a convenient size to both pack and deliver to the facilities.
The way they get into the boxes is what this volunteer opportunity is all about. Whenever we accumulate a lots of socks (several thousand) we need between 6 – 15 volunteers to sort them (men’s socks, women’s socks and children’s socks) and count them. We then assemble the boxes and put the socks into the boxes. The boxes are taped up and labeled. They are then ready for distribution at a later date.
Sock Pick Up
Whenever schools, companies, or churches do sock drives they sometime request that we pick the socks up at their location. For this volunteer opportunity we occasionally need people to drive to the locations where the drive was held and pick up the socks and bring them back for later inventorying, sorting and boxing. This can be done by one person, or two if the volunteer wants company for the ride. The sock pick up area could be Philadelphia, suburban Philadelphia, and parts of Delaware and New Jersey.
While at the facility we’d like the volunteer to thank the group, explain the impact the donated sock swill have for the homeless, take a few pictures of the socks and the group (for Facebook, blog, etc.), and give the group a certificate of appreciation.
This is what we are all about. Getting the socks to the shelters and facilities that help the homeless. For this volunteer opportunity we need two people per vehicle. A week or so before the delivery the shelters need to be contacted and a schedule developed. We need to know the hours that they can accept donations and whether then need men’s, women’s and/or children’s socks.
The boxes socks are then loaded into the volunteers vehicle and delivered to the facility. The sock pick delivery area could be Philadelphia, suburban Philadelphia, and parts of Delaware and New Jersey.
Note – some of the shelters are in pretty bad areas so this may not be of interest to everybody.
We get lots of phone calls and emails and occasionally we need some help responding to all the inquiries. For this volunteer opportunity you would need to have access to email and a phone and be trained how to respond to the inquiries. You would also need to be comfortable accessing and entering information into programs such as Excel and Word, and cloud-based sites such as Dropbox and Asana. This could be done from any location.
We have lots of projects in our master plan that need some research. For this volunteer opportunity you need to be both detailed oriented and curious. You would also need to be comfortable accessing and entering information into programs such as Excel and Word, and cloud-based sites such as Dropbox and Asana. This could be done from any location.
We do lot of good things that are not getting the PR that we would like. For this volunteer assignment we simply need someone who is good at PR. This could be done from any location.
General Office Work
We have several office projects that could benefit from a few hours of clerical work in the office. This could range from organizing a mailing list, putting together a mailing, getting items ready for a presentation or talk, organizing our marketing material. For this volunteer opportunity we need someone who is organized and detailed oriented. Most of this would be done in our office, but some could be done online.
Organizing a Sock Drive or Drives
We get a lot of our socks from sock drives. For this volunteer opportunity we are looking for people to organize socks drives in their community. Socks drives are fun and can help raise awareness of the plight of the homeless.
Holding a Fund Raiser
Donations are the life blood of a nonprofit and we are always looking for ways to increase our monetary donations. For this volunteer opportunity we need people who feel comfortable raising money for The Joy of Sox. It could be as simple as organizing a “dress down day” at your work or school or hosting a cocktail party, or as complex as getting a professional sports team to sponsor an event for The Joy of Sox.
We are sure there are a lot of volunteers with creative ideas and perhaps they can help with fund raising.
Starting a mini The Joy of Sox in Your Area
Our mission is to provide joy to the homeless by giving them new socks.
Our vision is to be able to give new socks to all the homeless across the country a few times a year.
This volunteer opportunity will take a lot of time and energy, but will also be very rewarding. If you’re interested in really getting involved please review our website and Facebook page and contact us for more information.
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Thanks so very much!!