Reintroducing a much-loved program:
The Volunteer Action Center (the vac)!
Are you a nonprofit looking for volunteers? Are you a volunteer looking to give back to your community? The VAC is here to connect the two! Making a profile is easy, fast, and completely free! Sign up today at https://thevac.unitedwaytv.com
Nonprofit Agency Volunteer Opportunities and Donation Needs!
This list will be updated at the end of each month! Please follow us at The Volunteer Action Center of Fairbanks and Tanana Valley Facebook page for daily needs and requests from Tanana Valley agencies!
Volunteers needed to help at the Community Mass Vaccination Clinics. No training necessary for many positions! Lunch will be provided (thanks to the Rasmuson Foundation and the Bread Line, Inc.) To view dates and the signup link, click here!
- USB thumb drives! Any size but the bigger the better!
- Donated laptops to fix up and pass out to local students who have a technology need for 'online-schooling'. Green Star Volunteers will wipe the hard drive and make necessary repairs.
Please drop laptops off in their new laptop donation dropbox at our 1101 Well St. warehouse location.
Green Star needs your help with processing the recyclables collected by the Borough at the Central Recycling Facility. Volunteers help us with some of these tasks:
- Cutting cords off devices and sorting them
- Unloading electronics from the borough’s shipments
- Sorting and packaging electronics to prepare them for shipment
- Dismantling and destroying computer hard drives
- Sorting and preparing batteries for shipment
- Testing and fixing computers and parts for resale
During COVID-19, we are scheduling volunteer shifts from 9 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday by appointment. Please call (907) 452-4152 or email email@example.com to schedule a time to come by and help. Training is provided onsite. All volunteer shifts are conducted at our 1101 Well St. warehouse. Our front door is now the garage door entrance accessed through the gated chain-link fence on the right side of the ACS warehouse we share.
All new volunteers will be asked to sign a waiver and release of liability. Volunteers between the ages of 12-17 must have a parent or guardian sign their waiver. Volunteers under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult at all times while volunteering.
Until futher notice, all volunteers must adhere to the following COVID-19 specific requirements:
- All volunteers must call (907) 452-4152 to speak with a staff member prior to their trip to Green Star to confirm their shift.
- Saturday Volunteer Workdays are canceled until we can determine that it is safe for volunteers and staff. Limited volunteer opportunities during the week are available.
- All volunteers must wear masks to enter our warehouse. They will be checked at the door and prevented from entry unless they are wearing one.
- There should be no more than 20 people at a time in the warehouse, and no more than one person per household unless volunteering as a family.
- A physical distance of at least six feet is maintained between non-household individuals in the warehouse.
- We will be directing traffic through our garage door entrance accessed through the gated chain-link fence. Our main door is shared with our ACS neighbors, and we want to reduce risk to their employees.
- Volunteers are still encouraged to take projects home if possible to limit their time in the warehouse.
- Any persons with symptoms consistent to COVID-19 may not enter our warehouse.
Green Star provides recycling services for various events in and around Fairbanks throughout the year, and we rely on volunteers to help us collect and sort recyclable material during these events! We need a large number of volunteers to help make these events successful.
Typically, volunteers help us with setting up portable recycling bins, monitoring and emptying the bins throughout the event, and sorting and preparing recyclables for delivery to the Central Recycling Facility.
If you can’t get enough of event recycling, consider becoming a Volunteer Leader! Volunteer Leaders help Green Star staff organize collection efforts at the Midnight Sun Festival, Golden Days Parade & Street Fair, and the Tanana Valley State Fair.
To become a Volunteer Leader, you must commit to a one hour volunteer orientation in the spring and at least 8 hours of recycling collection at our various events between June and August. Volunteer Leaders orient and assign tasks to volunteer collectors, oversee the materials sorting station at each event, and assist with monitoring and emptying recycling bins as needed.
Fill out the following form to apply:
FAIRBANKS RESCUE MISSION
To deliver donations, the admin office is available at 723 27th Ave. M-F from 9am to 5pm.
Due to limited availability at the local food bank, the Mission can always use more:
Hamburger meat, chicken, eggs, milk, cheese, butter, pancake mix, syrup, oatmeal, cold cereal, onions, carrots, flour, cornmeal, sugar, potatoes, powdered milk, salad dressings, cheese (sliced and grated), tomato sauce, canned crushed tomatoes, teaspoons, forks, and lunch meats. Also remember the Mission serves on average 150 people per meal, so bulk items are appreciated.
Coats, gloves and hats, snow pants, base layers, winter boots, bras and underwear (men and women), socks (new or gently used), travel size shampoo and conditioner, travel size lotion, toothbrushes and toothpaste, razors, feminine hygiene items, diapers (all children sizes).
Volunteers serve meals, help prep/cook/clean up after meals, sort clothing, fold and address monthly newsletters, recycle, assist in construction and facility maintenance, and more!
Please fill out the volunteer form at this link indicating your areas of interest and availability:
BREAD LINE/STONE SOUP CAFE
Available for donation delivery between 10AM-2PM M-F. 507 Gaffney Road.
Gloves, hand warmers, men's white tanktops and tshirts, chapstick, men and women's underwear (all sizes), winter boots, and belts.
Any and all snacks (e.g. tangerines, chips, homemade cookies, fruit leather), water bottles, phone chargers (all types).
Volunteer from 7am to 10am Monday through Friday. Volunteers help with food prep, packing lunches, serving our guests and cleaning/disinfecting the facility after service. If you’re interested, please reach out to us with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 452-1974.
Follow this link to sign up!
FAIRBANKS YOUTH ADVOCATES (THE DOOR)
Donation deliveries can be dropped off at 138 10th Ave. Preferred drop off times are from 10am to 6pm, but their front door is always open and items can be placed just inside the door. If you have other items to donate, please call: (907) 374-5678
Needed donation items:
USB and USBC phone chargers, deodorant, men's and women's underwear, body wash, combs, brushes, Clorox wipes, gift cards for groceries, and kid snacks (granola bars, chips, etc.)
FAIRBANKS SENIOR CENTER
- Volunteers needed for the Silver Squad Telephone Wellness Check Program. Please sign up here if you're interested! Silver Squad Wellness Callers | United Way of Tanana Valley (unitedwaytv.com)
- Volunteer drivers needed for Meals on Wheels Fairbanks. Routes take 1.5 - 2hrs to complete. Please sign up here if you're interested! Meals on Wheels Delivery Driver | United Way of Tanana Valley (unitedwaytv.com)
For more information, please contact the Fairbanks Senior Center at (907) 452-1735 or email email@example.com.
BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF ALASKA
Continuing to process applications of volunteer adult Bigs via remote methods. Go to https://bbbsak.org to apply to be a Big (mentor for kids during a minimum of 1 year, 2-4 times a month)
THE SALVATION ARMY FAIRBANKS CORPS
Donations can be dropped off Monday - Friday at The Salvation Army at 1602 10th Ave from 10am - 4pm. Please knock on either entrance door and someone will come to help you.
Items for bagged lunch program: bread, peanut butter, jelly, lunch meat, wrapped sliced cheese, individual bags of chips, cookies, crackers, Ziploc sandwich bags, and Ziploc snacks
Volunteers are needed who can interact directly with children, repair and maintain equipment, serve as a Board member, or a Head Start Policy Council member. We need professional volunteers in the areas of medical, dental, mental health, finance, law, human resources, administration, fundraising and marketing.
For more information about becoming a volunteer at Thrivalaska, please contact Lisa McDaniel at 452-4267 x222 or send her an email firstname.lastname@example.org
FAIRBANKS COMMUNITY FOOD BANK
Visit https://www.fairbanksfoodbank.org/index.cfm/m/90/Donate/ to find the Food Bank's Amazon wishlist if you are unable to physically bring donations but still want to help!
You can also bring your donation to the Food Bank (725 26th Avenue)
Our main Food Bank facility is open 9:00am - 5:00pm, Monday through Friday.
Requested donation items: plastic jars of unsweetened applesauce, canned beans (low sodium if possible), canned chicken, canned fish (tuna and salmon), canned meat (SPAM and ham), canned veggies (low sodum if possible), cooking oils (canola and olive oils are best), whole grain crackers, dried herbs and spices (e.g. oregano, basil, cumin, pepper, rosemary, thyme, cinnamon), fruit (canned or dried), granola bars (less sugar and made with oats/whole grains if possible), instant mashed potatoes, past/rice/soup kits (low sodium and high fiber and protein if possible), nuts, pasta (whole grain if possible), peanut butter (low sugar if possible), rice (brown), quinoa, shelf-stable and powdered milk, soup/stew/chili (with meat and veggies; reduced sodium), whole grain cereal (low sugar; high fiber)
For ages 6 and older, and for all abilities! Individuals, families, and groups are welcome! Children under 16 must have adult supervision (parent or guardian) and we welcome Community Service workers.
Volunteers help recycle, sort foods, repackage bulk food, and pack food boxes.
Time slots are available from 1 hour up to 6 hours from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Saturday work is also available (by schedule only)
If you are scheduled for a time slot and cannot make it, please call or email 24 hours in advance so we can find a replacement.
Complete our Volunteer Form and then call 45-SHARE to set up your time.
WOOD CENTER FOOD PANTRY
Drop off donations at
101J Wood Center
1731 Chandalar Drive
Visit https://uaf.edu/ndac/events-programs/food-pantry.php for hours!
Requested donation items: canned food (beans, soup, vegetables, etc.), other shelf stable food items (pasta, granola bars, oatmeal, etc.), and hygiene products (toilet paper, shampoo, soap, etc.)