Holiday Volunteering


Volunteer Needs Day Of

To make the holiday special for your elderly friends and neighbors, we celebrate by serving a traditional meal at eleven sites throughout five counties. About 400 volunteers are needed. If you have just one hour or the whole day, we have a volunteer assignment for you. Please read the job descriptions below to see what suits you best. When you’re ready to sign up, go to register.littlebrothers.org.

Cooking

Prepare the meal. The meat is pre-cooked so it needs to be sliced and reheated. Prepare and cook the potatoes and other sides. Plate the meals for restaurant style serving (servers will deliver to the tables). Package up leftovers. Must be age 13 and older to work in the kitchen.

Dining Room Set-Up and Greeting

Set the tables, decorate the dining room, and prepare beverages. Greet the guests and volunteers. Have them sign-in and give them a nametag.

Serving

The host makes welcoming remarks and has someone say grace. Serve the meal (as plated by the kitchen crew). The host makes announcements throughout the meal, and starts a non-alcoholic champagne toast. Collect dirty dishes and bring to the kitchen between courses. Wrap and distribute flowers, party favor, and leftover food to the elders as they leave.

Clean-Up

Clear, clean, and sanitize the dining room tables. Wash, rinse and sanitize the pots, pans, and dirty dishes. Clean and sanitize the counter tops. Anything belonging to Little Brothers needs to be packed and returned to the office. Sweep and mop or vacuum the floors before leaving. Arrive at serving time to eat and enjoy a meal with the elderly guests before starting cleanup.

Transport Elderly Guests

Pick up elderly guests and drive them to and from the dinner party. Greet them at their door and assist them to and from the vechicle. Once you are assigned your passengers, call them the day before with your expected arrival time. Greet them at their door and assist them to and from the vechicle. Arrive at the dinner party about 1/2 hour early.

Meal Delivery

Pick hot meals to deliver to home-bound elders. Plan to stay for a short visit – you may be their only visitor for the day. Please limit yourself to just 2 or 3 deliveries. If you have more time, return to the site for more.

Musical Entertainment

Provide musical entertainment as guests arrive and throughout the meal. Take a break when the meal is served to eat with the elderly guests.

Gift Delivery

Pick up a gift and flower from Little Brothers and deliver it to an elderly friend at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility. Plan to visit the elder for a short while – you may be their only visitor for the day.


Volunteer Needs Before and After

A lot of preparation goes into planning the holiday meal celebrations and we need help in the days and weeks prior to the holiday. Consider coming in to the office to make phone calls or do a craft project at home. When you’re ready to sign up, go to register.littlebrothers.org.

Make and answer phone calls

Make calls to either elders or volunteers in preparation for the holiday. Answer calls during peak times the week of the holiday.

Deliver supplies to a meal site

Come to Little Brothers to pick up all of the food and supplies and deliver it to one of the eleven meal sites the day before the holida.

Make and fill treat baskets

Create small treat baskets for Easter and Thanksgiving using items similar to individual size deli containers. If possible, fill with individually wrapped candy. It’s a great project for a group. The baskets are given to each elder with their holiday meal.

Decorate bags

Decorate new grocery bags provided by Little Brothers. Bags can be decorated in batches of 25 to 100 or more. It’s a great project for a group. The bags are used for home meal delivery.

Bake desserts

Bake traditional desserts that can be eaten with a fork including pie, cake, cupcakes, brownie, etc. 

Bake cookies

Bake traditional Christmas cookies. A small plate of assorted cookies is given to each elder on the holiday. 

Office cleanup

Sort and put away all of the supplies returned from each site the day after the holiday.


Register Online

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the holidays. After you’ve reviewed the volunteer opportunities you can sign up online at register.littlebrothers.org. For more information, please call Carol Korpela, Program Director at 906-482-6944 or email carol.korpela@littlebrothers.org.

About your registration

Once you register to volunteer, you will be expected at the site for your volunteer assignment and you will not be receiving a confirmation phone call. However, if you provide your email address, you will receive an automatic volunteer assignment confirmation. If you have any concerns about your registration and want a verbal confirmation, please call Carol Korpela, Program Director at 906-482-6944 or email carol.korpela@littlebrothers.org

Volunteer background checks

When you register, you’ll notice we ask for your birth date. We do this for several reasons. One, it helps us to know how many more volunteers we need. We don’t include small children under the age of 10 in the volunteer counts because often, they cannot carry out the duties of an adult. But, their involvement is still important and appreciated because we like to provide a familial atmosphere and the elders really enjoy interacting with them.

Second, we need to know our volunteers are age appropriate for the assignment. For example, drivers need to be over the age of 18.

Finally, we want to ensure the safety of our elders and volunteers so we will perform a background check using the State of Michigan service – ichat (internet criminal history access tool.) We know you are concerned about the confidentially of your personal information. We take it seriously. Only authorized personnel who have been vetted have access to your information. Our online registration is secure. Note that it is preceded by the secure version, https. If you aren’t comfortable sharing it through our online portal, you are welcome to call in your volunteer registration over the phone at 906-482-6944.

About the online registration system

We are so appreciative to the Michigan Tech Enterprise Team, IT Oxygen, who created this online registration system specifically for Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly. It was made possible by the generosity of donors Mel and Gloria Visser. Thank You!