Last week was National Volunteer Appreciation Week and it is always on my list to volunteer more often. Sure, I help out every now and then at my children’s schools, but I’ve always wished to (meant to?) volunteer for a local organization on a consistent basis. Thus began a playground conversation amongst moms regarding positive volunteer experiences, and how I first learned of Note in the Pocket.
Note in the Pocket’s tagline is “Clothing Children with Dignity and Love,” and their sweet background story and grassroots rise is inspiring. They directly serve children in Wake County Public Schools, so I was eager to make volunteering at NITP a priority.
Luckily, it was easy to do so.
I filled out the brief online registration form, selected the day and time that worked best from their volunteer schedule, and was directed to arrive at their volunteer center located in North Raleigh. Simple.
Upon arrival, I was greeted immediately and given my name tag (preprinted, which made me feel welcome). I joined a quick tour, along with a group from the NC Education Lottery also volunteering that day, and then we got to work.
For two quick hours, I folded, sorted, and shelved under the helpful eyes of seasoned volunteers. I met super friendly and interesting people. I enjoyed a breakfast spread from Chick-Fil-A (due to Volunteer Appreciation Week). Most importantly, I saw the mission of NITP in action as I watched an employee pack bags to outfit an entire family of a WCPSS student. Awesome.
There are a variety of ways to volunteer at NITP, from processing clothing donations to delivery driver, to fundraising opportunities like their upcoming annual Socks and Undie 5K Rundie. The minimum age to volunteer is 12 (with an accompanying adult). Groups or individuals are welcome.
Bottom Line: I believe I’ve found the consistent volunteer experience I was seeking. I hope you’ll join me!