We don’t use the word “essential” lightly. Our ability to deliver loaves and energy cookies twice a month is dependent on a cheerleader coordinator within the community. This hub leader serves as an anchor for the volunteer bakers in a specific geographic area and in support of a specific food bank partner or partners.
A robust set of tools has been built to make the cheerleading easy to execute or to delegate to helpful volunteers.
On average the volunteer time needed to be a hub leader is 10 hours or so a month. Most of that is passive time, receiving the donations twice a month. But active time is what helps us build community and improve our impact to our food bank partners.
Here is a short list of the essential tasks to be a hub leader:
- Communication – twice a month email communication using the CL email tool. Provide meaningful updates and/or requests to your hub members. Topics include…
- New Program Logistics – (Holiday Cookie, New Formulas, Supply Delivery…)
- Major member milestones – (anniversaries, volunteer time, achievements)
- Request help from hub members – ask for assistance getting the donation to the food bank
- Reinforce the value of the donation to the food bank – updates from the partnered food bank.
- Manage Bread & Cookie Donation – ensure that the loaves and cookies get to the food bank. (This doesn’t mean taking them yourself, it is an easy task to request help from others.)
- Understand the monthly local delivery or shipment process for supplies. If you manage a local shipment that involves a couple of hours each month.
- Coordinate an annual food bank tour – individually or in concert with other hubs that support the same food bank. This is also a great “task” for an enthusiastic hub member.
What follows are the essential agreements to be a CL hub leader:
- Your Photo or Avatar will be part of your profile – this livens up the CL Community and creates a familiar face for hub members to find.
- The existing partnered food bank will be the exclusive beneficiary – you cannot solicit new partners independently, but working with Community Loaves HQ, new partnerships may be pursued as needed.
- Use the hub leader management tools exclusively for all CL functions.
- Ask bakers to use the support resources directly vs. serving as a liaison for logistics inquiries. Creates unnecessary complexity – FAQ’s. (email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org )
- Stay in contact and elevate any concerns or recommendations directly to me – your ideas big or small, help us continue to build a stronger program – email@example.com
- Any and all press inquiries need to be directed to Community Loaves. From there we will respond as a team.
- All branding and communication elements are the property of Community Loaves and usage needs to be approved by the mothership.
- Creation of any tools – including handouts, flyers, cards, etc.. to support the Community Loaves effort need to be approved by Katherine Kehrli and the communications team.