Volunteers are the reason FIRC is able to:
- Organize donations at Summit Thrift and Treasure, which supports 35% of FIRC’s program costs
- Serve over 2,000 individuals at the food bank
- Raise over $65,000 for the emergency assistance fund thanks to the volunteer-organized FIRC Bag Project
Without volunteers FIRC would not be able to serve Summit County. There are many volunteer opportunities available at FIRC. Contact FIRC at 970-455-0223 or email [email protected] for more information and to get started.
Summit Thrift & Treasure Volunteers
Volunteers are essential to the Breckenridge and Dillon Summit Thrift & Treasures’ success. The revenues from the stores are used to support FIRC’s emergency assistance and parenting education programs, so we work very hard to keep costs low. As a result, we rely on a very small staff and volunteers to organize the store and sort donations.
How to Volunteer:
Volunteers are welcome at Summit Thrift & Treasure in Breckenridge and Dillon during our operating hours. Volunteers can sign up online for morning or afternoon shifts.
Join the STT volunteer club:
Volunteers who join the Summit Thrift and Treasure (STT) Club and volunteer 10 or more hours a month qualify for STT benefits including $40 of STT Club Bucks to use at the store or to donate to your favorite FIRC program. Work in the thrift store is very hands on, so please wear comfortable clothing and shoes.
Reasons to volunteer at Summit Thrift & Treasure:
- It is the biggest volunteer need at FIRC
- Volunteers are key to the store’s success
- You will have the first chance at buying donated items
- Staff members in Dillon are bilingual in English and fluent in Spanish so it’s a great opportunity to practice a second language.
- The staff at the stores are a wonderful group who enjoy making work fun.
- The schedule is very flexible, even if you can just help for an hour it makes a difference
- You will stay busy and see your accomplishments
- Volunteer hours count for community service
FIRC Food Pantry
Volunteers are the reason FIRC was able to serve over 2,000 families and individuals last year through the food bank. Volunteers assist with check in of food pantry clients and organization of food donations during the food pantry hours of 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Silverthorne or Mondays and Wednesdays in Breckenridge. Or you can help organize the food bank outside of those hours or help with food pick-ups. Please contact Jonnah at 970-363-9275 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or sign up online.
FIRC Bag Project
The FIRC Bag Ladies are a group of volunteers that formed in 2008 with the goal of raising money for the FIRC food bank and emergency services program. The two founding volunteers saw the need for reusable grocery bags and knew they could obtain donated material from Summit Thrift & Treasure. They thought the project would be a success if they could raise $300, but six years later the project has raised over $75,000, gained 35 volunteers and they now sell everything from grocery bags to wine bags to aprons and more.
The FIRC Bag Project received the prestigious Volunteers of the Year award from The Summit Foundation for their outstanding commitment to helping people in our community. Volunteers are always welcome to join this enthusiastic group.
Anyone who can sew, has product or design ideas, or wants to help in the Bag Shop can contact Anita at 970-455-0223 or email [email protected] for more details. The FIRC Bag Shop is located in La Riva Mall in Dillon above the bowling alley in Suite 11. Gatherings are held once a month.
Wine bags available at the following locations: Caamanos, Dillon Ridge Liquors, City Liquors, Breckenridge Distillery, Frisco Fun & Formal
Cooking Classes :
Are you passionate about Cooking, Food or Nutrition Education? Then the FIRC is looking for you! Cooking Matters is a 6 week cooking and nutrition education program that teaches participants skills to begin to make healthy food decisions for themselves and their family. Classes run throughout the year and are taught at the FIRC office in Silverthorne and at schools throughout Summit County. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer with this fun and engaging program, please contact Matt Madsen at (970) 455-0236 or [email protected]