Volunteers are the backbone of Christian Clearing House.
Volunteers and churches are an integral part of CCH. Volunteers help the CCH staff on a daily basis. Regular training sessions are conducted to acquaint those interested in the work of CCH. Financial contributions from the community are always in need! Client needs continue to increase and our budget continues to grow. Currently, our budget exceeds more than $400,000 per year (compared to $30,000 in 1995). Donations can be made online by clicking here.
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A portion of our funding comes from events that take place annually. Volunteers are always needed to help with these events.
Takes place in mid-March at Brinkman’s Country Corner. Volunteers pick up donations from Hancock County residents throughout the year. The week prior to the sale, volunteers are at Brinkman’s accepting donations, sorting, stacking and pricing. Volunteers are also needed the weekend of the sale.
Volunteers help with the sale of tickets, cooking, serving and cleaning up. This event takes place in the spring.
This event takes place in August at First Presbyterian Church. Volunteers sell tickets, provide desserts, help serve and clean up. The meal is prepared and served by Olive Garden.
Sycamore Springs Golf Course is the site of this September event. Volunteers help register golfers, provide items for a continental breakfast and desserts for lunch, serve and clean up.
In the past, CCH has held concerts and have been recipients of other community events/ sponsorships i.e. Flirt with Dirt, Classic Car Show. These are planned when there is an opportunity for profit and to expand the understanding of CCH’s mission. We are always open for other fundraising ideas
CCH OFFICE VOLUNTEERS
Duties include greeting and registering clients, filing, pulling previous visit information and tracking client progress while in the office.
INTAKE AND INTERVIEW VOLUNTEERS
Duties include working with clients to determine their needs, input of household data into a computer, discussing client’s financial status and determining how CCH can best be of service. Training is involved as volunteers become proficient in CCH services and other resources offered by agencies in the community.
After training, a new volunteer is assigned as an assistant to an experienced volunteer, until a time they are proficient enough to be on their own. Other volunteers who are not interested in discussing client situations serve to assist the intake and interview volunteer by making copies, filling in forms, and other duties.
TRAINING OF VOLUNTEERS
Periodically, CCH conducts training sessions for incoming volunteers. After the training, new volunteers are asked to complete an application with best dates and times to work. Ongoing training sessions also take place with speakers from various agencies.
Although CCH’s primary function is helping families in emergency financial need, the agency is also involved with many other opportunities to help their clients:
NEIGHBOR TO NEIGHBOR
Volunteers are trained to assist clients with past due American Electric Power bills. Clients are interviewed to determine if they qualify for this program. A computer program is used to input client information. If eligible, paperwork is sent to AEP offices. Final approval is determined by AEP.
PARTNERS IN PROGRESS
We encourage clients to be self-sufficient and understand budgeting.
Volunteers are needed on an as-needed basis to help with mailings. Volunteers are also needed to serve on the board’s organizational committees such as Church Relations, Development/Fund raising, Financial/Legal, Information Technology, Long Range Planning, Marketing/Public Awareness, and Operations committees. Delegates from participating churches are also needed as the liaison between their congregation and CCH.