Before registering to be a shoebox processing center volunteer, familiarize yourself with these tips to help the process go more smoothly.
7. Early Birds Could Get the Time Slot
Speed up the registration process by filling out a volunteer profile in advance. If you already have an updated volunteer profile, you can go directly to reserving a time slot.
6. Be Ready to Roll Out
Registration opens online on different days for different processing centers, September 12-15, and stays open until mid-December. Check out the rollout schedule.
5. Be Flexible
Have a few options in mind as you register. Shifts are much more likely to be available on weekdays than weekends. You also are more likely to find a spot faster if you start with broad search parameters.
4. Teens Make Great Processing Center Volunteers
If you’re at least 13 years old, you’re not too young to volunteer at a processing center! In fact, it can be a great activity for your family, church group, or student organization to do together. Volunteers ages 13-17 require adult chaperones; at least one adult for every four youth.
3. Divide and Conquer
If you can’t find a time slot to accommodate a large group, try registering in a series of smaller groups. You are more likely to receive a wait list notification if your group is smaller.
For example, if your wait list group numbers 50 and 45 slots open up, you will not receive a notification that slots are available for your group of 50. However, if you have placed two groups of 25 people on the wait list, you will be notified each time 25 slots open up.
2. Don’t Be Discouraged: Keep Checking While You Wait
If you haven’t been able to secure a time slot, check back frequently to see if slots have reopened. It’s common for volunteers to reschedule their time slots when scheduling conflicts arise. Slots can fill back up quickly since registration is first come, first serve, so respond ASAP to wait list notifications.
1. Be Sure to RSVP with Changes
Update your individual reservation if your plans change or your group registration if your volunteer group size changes. It’s important for us to have an accurate count of volunteers so we can make spaces available to those on the wait list. We can process the most shoebox gifts when all of the processing centers are fully staffed with volunteers.
To learn more about volunteering at a processing center and to see a list of Frequently Asked Questions click here.