Volunteer Notes, Part II: Storage Bins and the Wagon

We keep discovering that there are things that we didn’t think about in the Procedural Manual, so we’ll update these Notes periodically until every contingency has been covered (sometime in April, I suspect):

  • The Wagon: I brought in a garden wagon that we can use to haul bins from the Great Room to the  Storage Area.   …This will enable the Salvation Army to reclaim and use their carts.  Caution: the wagon has sharp corners that could go through drywall very handily.
  • Five Small Bins: Five smaller bins contain unused clothing and blankets for the evening’s use. Regarding the 12 larger bins…
  • 12 Larger Bins: Our guests who plan to return the following day can use these bins to store their blankets and pillows during the day.  These bins are not for storing personal items; personal items should be removed from the premises every AM.
  • Where the wagon and bins should go. Please put these items in the storage room in front the bins marked “Easter, Valentine’s Day and any season of the year except for Christmas.  Malcolm needs access to the Xmas bins during the day to put away leftover decorations. Additionally, keep access open to the CERT Team’s radio station.
  • Food: Bring only enough food from the Food Bank for the evening and morning’s meals. Please don’t stash extra food in the kitchen.  This needs to go back to the Foodbank or be stored away in the storage area.
  • Clothing: If a shelter guest needs clothing (gloves, coat, hat, etc), you can find same in the Food Bank, in big bins.
  • Reimbursement for supplies. If you purchase food or supplies (milk, eggs, etc), send a message to cw.shelter@usw.salvationarmy.org.  We’re holding a powwow this week to talk about supplies and reimbursements, and there are funds for that.
  • Showers.  An issue we’re working on.


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