Volunteers are a key part of collecting and sorting supplies, and lend crucial administrative support as SOS works to raise public awareness and grow its impact. Supplies Over Seas COULD NOT complete its mission to deliver health and hope without the extraordinary efforts of our volunteers.
Last year SOS volunteers logged over 19,000 hours! And as SOS continues to reach more medically impoverished communities with more recycled and re-purposed materials, our need for volunteers grows!
Volunteers sort supplies from 9 am – noon every Monday through Thursday.
The Wednesday volunteer shifts are reserved for those with medical background who have prior “first sort” experience.
Saturdays Sort Sessions
Individual and Group Volunteers are needed for the regular “Saturday Sort Sessions” that take place every second and fourth Saturday of the month from 9am – noon.
In order for SOS to provide an organized and meaningful volunteer experience, SOS requests that all individuals and groups register for these sort sessions. SOS schedules volunteer “Sort Masters” to lead the sort sessions and must prepare supplies to sort with our warehouse team. If we do not know your person or group is coming, we will not be prepared for you or your group to have a productive experience.
Please fill our our Volunteer Form to register for a sort session. Once you receive confirmation, please relay logistic information to your group. Call our office at 502.736.6360 with any questions.
Up-coming 2017 Saturday Sort Sessions
- January 14 & 28
- February 11 & 25
- March 11 & 25
- April 8 & 22
- May 13 & 27
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Volunteering can be a great team building exercise! If you have a group of ten or more people, SOS will schedule a sort any time that is convenient for your group. Generally, groups sorts last 3 hours. Please be aware, your groups is welcome to use our conference rooms for a meeting.
To maximize the impact your time at SOS, facilitate communication and ensure your group has “great time doing good” prior to contacting SOS please gather the following information:
Please complete our Volunteer Form and submit it to schedule. Call our office at 502.736.6360 if you have any questions. After your volunteer date is confirmed, please communicate relevant information to your group regarding logistics. Please Arrive 15 Minutes Prior to your Scheduled Start Time
What Should We Wear?
Our warehouse is partially climate controlled. We invite you to dress in layers and wear comfortable shoes.
Volunteers may be looking small print on supplies – those who wear “reader/cheaters” consider bringing your glasses.
Can Children Volunteer at SOS?
Due to the nature of the materials volunteers sort (e.g. sharp objects, medical supplies), please be aware that we have a minimum age requirement of 16 years of age. For children that wish to support the mission of SOS, we welcome the opportunity provide a tour and develop a classroom, club or service project that is fun and educational.
Where is Supplies Over Seas located?
1500 Arlington Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206
In case of inclement weather, SOS follows the University of Louisville Weather Schedule
What Can We Do Generate Excitement About Our Up-Coming Volunteer Experience?
- Collect Medical Supplies (Glasses, Walkers, Canes, Crutches, Gauze, Band-Aids, First Aide, Removable Casts, Hospital Supplies, etc) Note: We not accept liquids, medications or nutrition) – Suggestions for collecting medical supplies and equipment
- Make Team T-shirts
- Consider a Group Donation to SOS
Other Ways to Contribute to the Mission of SOS as a Volunteer
- Special Events Volunteer
- Community Outreach
- Front Office Work
- Data Entry
- Collection Volunteers
- Media Skills