About Friend, Inc.: Volunteer Opportunities
To volunteer for any of our needs, please or call Cathy Dill at (610) 683-7791.
Friend, Inc. currently operates the Northeastern Berks Food Pantry. We serve residents of northeastern Berks County which includes the boroughs of Kutztown, Lyons, Fleetwood, and Topton and the townships of Albany, Greenwich, Maxatawny, Maidencreek, Richmond, Ruscombmanor, Rockland, District and Longswamp. Volunteers are needed to sort food donations, stock shelves, clean workspace, and distribute food to clients.
Money Management/Budget Counseling
Volunteers are needed to help families manage their income. Upon completion of training, volunteers will provide budget counseling to our clients. This volunteer task requires an ongoing commitment. Budget counseling covers such topics as the psychology of spending, differentiating between needs and wants, developing a spending pattern, understanding credit issues, scams, and other topics.
Annual Benefit Auction
The Annual Benefit Auction, held each spring, is one of our largest fundraisers. Individuals, organizations and businesses donate various items to be auctioned off with all the proceeds going to Friend, Inc. It’s an evening of fun, food, and fellowship. Volunteers can contact and pick up auction donations from merchants, assist with clerical tasks, help set up and break down the hall and work the evening of the event.
Each year at Christmas time, Friend, Inc. and area businesses, churches and organizations make Christmas special for local families by donating holiday dinner boxes, turkeys, and gifts of clothing and toys to the children. This project is truly what Christmas is all about - GIVING! Donations of children’s gifts, senior citizen’s gifts, turkeys, Holiday Dinner boxes, and many other items are always welcome and needed at this time.
Dozens of breweries, wineries and vendors from across the country gather each February for FriendFest, an an annual benefit beer and wine festival. Each session features music from local bands as attendees sample a variety of wines, beers and other treats. Vounteer needs include security, pourers, ID checker, runners, wine check, and water people.
Brake the Cycle of Poverty Bike Ride
This annual benefit bike ride is held at the Kutztown Park and features courses for all abilities. This is a fun and energetic event for everyone, from families to cycling enthusiasts. Volunteers needed for registration, SAG support, and rest stops.