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Locally Founded. Locally Funded. Locally Focused.

An online donation or a child offering their piggy bank...  volunteering for one hour at an event or four hours every week at Father Fred...  organizing a food drive at your office, church, neighborhood or "buying double" at grocery and donating...  purchasing a 4H hog to donate to our food pantry or donating extra dishes you don't use... every one of these acts make a difference.

Off-Site Volunteer Opportunities

Gather Your Group & Give Back

Is your volunteer group or business looking for a way to give back to the community? Here are some opportunities that your group can participate in to support our neighbors in need. What we have to offer our local families is a direct result of the generosity of our community.

Birthday Bags

Help to make a child or a family member’s birthday special. Collect donations for birthday bags. Bags include a disposable 9X13 cake pan, frosting, cake mix and candles.

Bags can be purchased or decorated by hand for a personalized touch.

Welcome Baby

Collect the following new items for layettes: bibs, burp clothes, newborn diapers, swaddles, onesies, mitts, hats, sleepers, socks, ointment, baby wash, baby wipes, and receiving blankets.

Grow a Row

Plant an extra row of veggies in your garden and give the produce from that row to the Father Fred Food Pantry.

Personal Care Drive

Collect donations of essential items like diapers, pull ups, shampoo, laundry soap, floss, toothpaste and toothbrushes, disposable razors, feminine care products, bath soap, deodorant, etc…

Back to School Drive

Collect school supplies, like pens, pencils, notebooks, tissues, glue sticks and paper packs and deliver to The Foundation for distribution in September.

Arts and Crafts Drive

Collect felt, pipe cleaners, beads, glue, construction paper, Popsicle sticks and other craft items. Assemble kits for distribution to children at The Father Fred Foundation.

Sporting Goods Drive

Collect all types of new and gently used sporting goods equipment for distribution to children at The Father Fred Foundation.

Toy Drive

Collect all types of new and gently used toys, including games and stuffed animals for distribution to children that visit the clothing store with their parents.

Fall Food Drive

  • Late September
  • Volunteers at stores hand out fliers and collect food and monetary donations.
  • Sorters of food at Father Fred Foundation
  • Drivers to collect food at the stores

Toys for Tots Distribution

  • Early December
  • Set up/Decorations
  • Stock/Inventory Management
  • Distribution
  • Tear Down

Frostbite Food Drive

  • January/February
  • Volunteers at stores hand out fliers and collect food and monetary donations
  • Volunteers at drop off location to collect food and monetary donations
  • Sorters of food at Foundation
  • Drivers to collect food at the stores

Bi-Annual Garage Sale Fundraisers

  • May and September
  • A wide variety of positions
  • Set-up
  • Day of Sale – cashiers, runners, department heads
  • Tear Down- end of sale
  • Clean- up – Monday after sale

Email Sue Bauer, Volunteer Coordinator at sbauer@fatherfred.org for more details on any of the volunteer opportunities.

How

One person CAN make a difference.  How?...

What we have to offer local families in need is a direct result of the generosity of our community. We welcome your ideas, your time, your donations, your questions. Call us at 231-947-2055.


See our "ideal items to donate" list, bottom of our home page.

 

 





 


Our guest services and donation hours : Tuesday through Friday 10am - 2pm*
* food pantry / clothing  open on Wed until 7 pm and financial assistance until 6.30 pm

The Father Fred Foundation
826 Hastings
Traverse City, MI 49686

(231)-947-2055