PURPOSE: To prepare and provide food supports to individuals accessing the Mid West Simon Food banks in Limerick, Clare and North Tipperary
SKILLS / QUALIFICATIONS:
ï Commitment to supporting diverse individuals in a community engagement setting. ï Ability to express compassion and empathy for those living on a low income. ï Excellent customer service skills. ï Strong interpersonal and communication skills. ï Basic understanding of English language
ï Ability to lift up to 20 lbs of weight several times during the shift. ï Good mobility required for bending and reaching etc. ï Ability and willingness to work in a team environment.
REPORTS TO: Foodbank & Distribution Coordinator.
DESIRABLE CHARACTERISTICS: Reliable, trustworthy, have integrity, patience, punctual, empathetic
RESPONSIBILITIES: ï Distribute food items to individuals accessing the food support program. ï Prepare food distribution room – sort and stack items in an orderly manner on the shelves. ï Ensure product quality through proper sorting techniques ï Ensure food distribution warehouse and all storage space is clean and tidy each day. ï Ensure the sorting area is safe – maintain clear walkways and exits. ï Unload donated items from the vehicle upon arrival. ï Use correct body mechanics while lifting heavy items. ï Ensure personal hygiene and cleanliness. ï Ensure all interactions with individuals are maintained with confidentiality except where required by law to report.
LOCATION: Unit 36, Eastlink Business Park, Ballysimon, Limerick.
ORIENTATION & TRAINING: Program-specific orientation provided by the Foodbank & Distribution Coordinator followed by on-the-job training with the Foodbank Operative. On a daily basis, one-on-one mentoring with experienced volunteers will be provided. Attend periodic in-service education sessions when offered.
TIME COMMITMENT: A minimum of one half-day per week, Monday to Friday. Shifts vary based on the programs/activities happening that particular day. All volunteers as asked for a commitment period of at least SIX months.
BENEFITS: ï Develop time management, inventory-control and coordination skills. ï Develop interpersonal and communication skills by working in a team environment and interacting with clients. ï Gain experience while contributing to an efficient functioning of a non-profit, multi-service community based organization. ï Engagement with community members in a unique setting.