Neighbourhood Support New Zealand have been approached by two partners, Red Cross and the Student Volunteer Army, both who are urgently in need of extra volunteers. The team at Neighbourhood Support New Zealand are putting the call out to anyone who may have some extra time available, even if it's only an hour or two each fortnight, to get in touch with these two organisations and offer a hand.
The Red Cross are urgently looking for volunteer Meals on Wheels drivers to deliver weekday lunches. The Red Cross Meals on Wheels service supports elderly, ill and disabled people living at home by providing them with healthy meals.
Volunteer Shift Details
Weekdays around lunchtime
Typically 1-2 hours per shift
Duration may vary daily depending on the number of meals and traffic in each location
Short-term, flexible volunteering is an option
Most volunteers only deliver once every 2–4 weeks
Ability to pass an NZ Police Vetting check
A full, clean driver's license
Ability to use your own vehicle (petrol will be reimbursed)
To find more information or to volunteer, please contact the Red Cross directly by visiting https://www.redcross.org.nz/get-involved/volunteer-opportunities/meals-wheels-driver/.
Student Volunteer Army
The Student Volunteer Army are looking for volunteers to 'Shop and Deliver' and to help in the Call Centre.
SVA runs an online grocery store, in conjunction with New World supermarkets. People who need groceries can shop on the store site using their own funds or a Ministry of Social Development funded voucher. Volunteers are needed to receive orders, shop for groceries and deliver them; as well as help answer calls in the Call Centre.
About half of the current deliveries are to people who have been caught short by the need to isolate, with no groceries in the house and no funds to purchase them from a regular supermarket website. SVA works with the Ministry of Social Development, who provide SVA with funds to pass on to the recipients, to offer grocery vouchers for people in need to do their shopping. The other half of the deliveries are going to people who are using their own funds to buy the groceries, but might not be able to afford the supermarket delivery fee; or might not be able to use a computer to shop with a supermarket online, in which case a volunteer can take a phone order.
Volunteer to shop and deliver by:
checking out the SVA Grocery Training (for volunteers)
emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to let her know:
the days and times that you would be available to shop and deliver
your nearest New World supermarket
Volunteer for the Call Centre by:
watching the Call Centre introduction training material
emailing email@example.com to let her know the hours/days that you would be available to take calls
No vehicle is required for this role, you can take the calls from your own home.
Volunteers who wish to help with this role will need to be police vetted, as they may receive callers' credit card details.
About Neighbourhood Support New Zealand
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