We LOVE our volunteers!

Face to Face now has online volunteer scheduling

Click the link below to see all the volunteer opportunities available.

Volunteer Opportunities

Every Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, dedicated volunteers give their time to help Face to Face guests. Some volunteers prepare or serve meals, some help in the Legal Center, Health Center, Social Services Center or in our computer lab.  Some others give their time to our Auction or Turkey Trot fundraisers. We rely on the energy and enthusiasm of many volunteers each week to make a difference in Germantown. See below for the different volunteer opportunities.

Dining Room

Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays

Meal Prep: Assist with kitchen duties such as chopping vegetables, dish washing, food pantry organization, and plating meals. Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays: 10:00am–1:00pm
Sundays: 11:30am–2:30pm

Meal Serving: Help set-up, serve and clean-up the day’s meal. Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays: 11:30am–2:30pm
Sundays: 1:00pm–4:00pm

Breakfast Help: Assist with meal prep and serving breakfast. Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays: 9:00am – 10:30am (currently on hold)

Health Center

Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays

10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Medical professionals (M.D., D.O., RN, LPN) assist in the assessment, treatment, and education of the health needs of guests.

Social Services Center

Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays

Assist in assessing guests’ needs and
identifying resources.

10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Legal Center

Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays

10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Legal professionals (attorney, paralegal, law student), assist with expungements, vital documents, and various legal issues.

Art Program

Fridays

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Share your creative talents and work with our budding artists

Computer Workshop

Currently closed due to COVID-19

Monitor guests using computers in the
computer lab.

Event Support

Join a committee to assist with Face to Face’s Turkey Trot or Spring Auction fundraiser.

Garden

Help in our garden with planting, weeding, and harvesting produce and herbs.

Maintain Our Facilities

General Cleaning, Carpentry, Electrical and Plumbing Work, Painting, Photography, Security Substitute.

Contact Becky Messa with any volunteer questions

Group Volunteers

We can accommodate groups as large as 5 people for meal prep and 10 people for meal serving. Periodically, we can schedule groups as large as 15 people.

These larger groups help with gardening, cleaning the facility, organizing the pantry, sorting donations or other tasks that are needed to be completed at the time. We request that groups are flexible in the tasks given and understand that we are limited in how frequently we can accommodate larger groups.

For more information, contact our volunteer coordinator, Becky Messa, at becky@facetofacegermantown.org

Volunteer From Your Own Home, School or Office

Would you like to make an impact at Face to Face while working from your home, school, office, or religious organization? It is a wonderful way to help our guests and involve children, family or friends at a time that is convenient for you. Consider one of the ways below.

Casserole Cooks

Volunteers can sign up to cook specific casseroles in their own home. Face to Face provides the recipes and food preparation tips. Every week hundreds of meals are served to individuals and families. Once a week we use 20 home cooked casseroles that have been prepared by volunteers. Consider joining the Casserole Cook Program where you commit to making 2 casseroles 4 to 5 times a year. We request all casseroles be delivered frozen. Click below to schedule delivery. Click here to schedule

 “Fill a Bag for Face to Face” Campaign

Distribute bags in your school/church/corporate community with instructions to fill the bag with items we need from the list below. Let them know when you are picking up the bags (one or two weeks later), and then schedule your delivery to Face to Face. Here are items that we always need:
  • Gift cards to Acme, Pathmark, CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens & Target. They are given to guests in need of items such as medicine, diapers, or food for when we are closed.
  • Toiletry kits contain regular sized necessary personal care items for guests who have access to a shower. These kits are distributed on a regular basis. You just need to fill a Ziploc bag with an individual-wrapped bar of soap, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, tooth paste and toothbrushes, skin lotion, and disposable razors. Although we are grateful for any size, 8-to-16-ounce sizes are preferred. This helps families and guests for an extended time.
  • Shower Kits contain travel sized personal care items for guests who use our washeteria. We believe that there is no need more basic than having the opportunity to take a private, hot shower. When clients visit our Washeteria, they are given a zip-lock bag containing necessary toiletries. To assemble these kits, include a washcloth, trial-sized shampoo, soap, deodorant, shaving cream, lotion, and a disposable razor.
  • Snack Bags: Fill a lunch bag with individual portions of nonperishable items such as cheese crackers, cookies, apple sauce, juice boxes, trail mix bars, and other soft or easy to chew items. These bags are given out to guests to help them have a light meal during the times that our building is closed.
  • Sandwich bags: Lunch bags filled with a sandwich and a snack item or beverage. Sandwiches can be PB&J or lunchmeat. Please avoid ham or other pork products since many of our guests do not eat them. Sandwich bags must be scheduled with Face to Face staff in advance and should be donated in quantities of 100 or more so that all guests can have one. These bags are given out to guests to help them have a meal during the times that our building is closed. Please note: holiday dates fill up quickly, so schedule at least a month in advance.

Support the Mission

Your financial support is vital to our daily operation. Gather your friends, family and/or students and host an event that can raise critical funds. Below are a few ideas:
  • Birthday Celebration Instead of gifts, ask your friends and family to consider donating to Face to Face in honor of you.
  • Wedding Favors In lieu of having traditional wedding favors, share your love by helping others in need and donate to Face to Face.
  • Dress Down Day Pay to wear a certain color or dress in a specific theme (Eagles, Phillies, school/work colors) on a predetermined day in support of Face to Face.
  • “Make it Count” Coin Drive Ask students and teachers in your school to bring in a coin each day for as many days as you’d like.
  • “Face to Face Coin Drive: Count It and Make It Count!” Campaign! You collect the coins and count to see how much you have collected.

Support the Mission Fundraising Event:

Gather your group and brainstorm ideas that are feasible for you. Consider ideas that are engaging and fun so people will want to participate. Below are a few ideas:
  • Car Wash
  • Ice Cream Social
  • Bake/Hoagie Sale
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Talent Show
  • Garage Sale
  • Trivia Night
  • Pub Crawl
  • Art Show
  • Concert
  • Cook-Off
  • Exercise Class
  • Host A Social Gathering

Amazon Smile

Shop on AmazonSmile and support Face to Face at the same time. All you need to do is designate Face to Face as your charity of choice and Amazon will automatically donate 0.5% of your purchase to Face to Face. Remember to shop on smile.amazon.com (it offers the same items and deals as amazon).

Wish List:

Bulk Toiletries

These items are helpful when a guest has a specific individual need and does not require a full shower kit. 

  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo (6 ounces or larger)
  • Conditioner (6 ounces or larger)
  • Soap
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Body Lotion
  • Razors
  • Shaving Cream
  • Feminine Hygiene Products

Kitchen Pantry Items

  • Coffee
  • Olive Oil
  • Rice
  • Dry beans (all kinds)
  • Bulgar Wheat
  • Red Wine Vinegar
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • White Vinegar

Clothing/Other

  • Men’s boxers, NEW
  • Women’s underwear, NEW
  • Unisex elastic waist sweatpants
  • Unisex sweatshirts
  • Unisex solid-colored T-shirts
  • Coats (only November to January)
  • Blankets

To schedule delivery, contact Becky Messa at Becky@facetofacegermantown.org

We thank you for your interest in Face to Face

Help Our Neighbors

Due to space limitations, we can only accept items on our wish list. Please consider helping our neighbors by donating the items we cannot accept. We are grateful for your generosity.

Whosoever Gospel Mission Thrift Shop

(215) 438-3094

101 E Chelten Ave Philadelphia, PA 19144

Accepts donations Monday- Saturday 9:30-4:15

Will accept all clothing (men and women), household items, books, toys, or games

Divine Light Women’s Shelter

Call Paula at (914) 564-1063 for details and times

75 W Sharpnack St. Philadelphia PA 19119

Accepts men’s and women’s clothing, bedding, small household appliances and food items

Janes United Methodist Church

Call (215) 844-9564 for details and times

47 E Haines St. Philadelphia, PA 19144

Will accept all clothing, food and most other items

Cradles to Crayons

www.cradlestocrayons.org/philadelphia

Accepts a variety of children’s items: toys, clothing, books, etc. Please visit the link above for more information about accepted donations and to find a drop off location near you.

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