SATURDAY DELIVERY TEAM
Thank you for your interest in serving!
Here is some important information so you know what to expect when serving on one of our Saturday morning delivery teams.
We need volunteers to be signed up through our online signup up page by the Thursday prior to our next Saturday delivery. That way we know we have enough volunteers to support our scheduled deliveries.
Be at the warehouse at 9:00 AM sharp ready to start loading. The typical time commitment is roughly 3 – 5 hours, with 5 hours being worst case.
We want you to have a great experience. When you arrive at the warehouse a delivery coordinator will meet you there to show you who we are delivering to and what items are being delivered. They will also answer any questions you may have, and they will give a phone number to call if you run into issues. Also, the driver of the truck and the person towing the trailer will have prior delivery experience and will serve as your team lead. Any complications, questions or injuries should be communicated to your team lead. They can assist with these kinds of issues.
Typically, we will split the volunteers into two teams. One team will go with the truck and the other team will follow the P4C trailer. Each team will do no more than 4 deliveries max. However, most of the time the number is 3 or less. This allows are teams to stay within the 3 to 5-hour time commitment window.
We do adjust our delivery area from time to time to better meet the needs of the community and not over burden our volunteers. The farthest location we have ever delivered to was Alexandria. We always stay within the State of Virginia and never venture outside Fairfax, Prince William, or Loudoun Counties.
Anyone who can walk up a set of stairs and carry a lamp or pillow can support a P4C delivery! We do need some heavy lifters for tables, sofas and dressers, but most items are less than 15 lbs. However, expect a fair amount of walking and many of our clients live on the second and third floor of an apartment. We do provide some moving equipment like a dolly and lifting straps. If you are moving heavy items, be prepared to work through some challenging situations like narrow doorways and tight stairway landings. Remember we work as teams so never feel like you need to move something alone.
We love showing kids what it means to serve. As mentioned above we move a lot of things are light and perfect for them to carry up a set of stairs.
While anyone and everyone can serve with Passion for Community, only active members of New Life Church can drive the truck or tow the P4C trailer. First, sign up and do a few deliveries as a helper. The driver and the person towing the trailer serve as leader for the delivery team. Not only should these folks be experienced with using the equipment, but they should also be familiar with the delivery process and common issues that can occur. Second, if driving the truck, you will need to provide a copy of your driver’s license for insurance purposes and you will need to pass a simple background check (no special license or commercial license is required). If you have a pickup or SUV that can tow at least 5,000 lbs. and you want to tow the trailer contact firstname.lastname@example.org to go over the towing procedures. On delivery day, both the truck and trailer are stored at the P4C warehouse. After finishing your deliveries contact the delivery coordinator to let them know how the delivery went. Also let them know if the truck needs fuel (between ½ and ¼ of a tank) and shred the delivery paperwork since it contains Personal Identifiable Information (PII).