Volunteer Schedule for Patriotic Drive 2011

Patriotic Drive: March 1 — June 30, 2011**
Donation Drop-Offs at the Armory:
March 15 – May 5 during scheduled days and times of operation only
Monday and Friday 9am–4pm
Tues, Wed, Thurs. 12pm–4pm
Friday April 22-Good Friday
Monday May 30-Memorial Day
WEEKENDS: 9am to 4pm daily (unless otherwise noted)
Sat.  March 5:  PREP & LABELING–till Noon only
Sun. March 27: PREP
Sat. April 16:    PREP
Sat. April 16:    DOWN & DIRTY NIGHT RUN (7pm-10pm @ Castaic Lake Recreation Pk)
Sun. April 17:   DOWN & DIRTY MUD RUN (7am-2pm @ Castaic Lake Recreation Park)
Sat. April 30:    ASSEMBLY
Sat.  May 14:   ASSEMBLY (“Big Sunday” Weekend)
Sat.  May 21:   PREP (Armed Forces Day)
Sat. May 28:    ASSEMBLY (Memorial Weekend)
Sun. June 5:    ASSEMBLY/PREP
Sat.  June 18:  ASSEMBLY/PREP
Sat. June 25:   ASSEMBLY or Yard Sale if needed
**Due to the possibility of unexpected Military Operations, this schedule is subject to last minute changes.
Please check your emails, Twitter and our Website before you leave for the Armory.
All volunteers must sign in at the front table.  Please print out this Release form, fill it in and bring with you to the armory:  Volunteer Release Form

We accept item donations in-person at the armory only during our Volunteer Hours of Operation as stated above, from March 15- May 5.
“Prep Day” work consists of sorting donated items, folding shirts, screening letters, and otherwise preparing the products and the Assembly Line for our Assembly Days.
“Assembly Day” work includes production of the care packages, labeling, taping, custom forming, letter reading and writing, running packages, re-stocking the lines, breaking down cartons and many other tasks.
We have seated and standing jobs for everyone on both Prep and Assembly Days.
We have a “Labeling Day” scheduled to label and custom form completed care packages:
Friday February 11, 2011  from 9-2
Please join us for any time you are available that day.
As in the past, we welcome children ages 12 and older to all activities at the Armory; those ages 12-16 must have a responsible adult with transportation on the premises. Due to insurance, liability and safety concerns, we must strictly adhere to these rules–there will be NO EXCEPTIONS.  Younger children are encouraged to write letters and organize recycling drives from home.
COMMUNITY SERVICE certificates are provided for students who require documentation of the number of hours they volunteer. In order to obtain a certificate, it is necessary to SIGN IN upon arrival on the Community Service sign-in sheet, and SIGN OUT upon departure when finished each day.
We greatly appreciate your volunteer efforts and spirit!  To ensure your own safety and enjoyment, and to preserve our welcome at the Armory, we ask that you read and follow the following requirements:
1. Parking will be in the parking lot surrounding the building and on the dirt lot adjacent to the building.  Please follow the directions of the Soldier-Guard at the Gate.   No vehicles are allowed in the motor pool area (where the Military vehicles and our supplies are located). There are no exceptions, even for dropping off or moving donations.
2. Speed limit on base is 10 miles per hour. In congested areas, the limit is as slow as safety permits–even if that means a complete stop for an extended time.
3. Inside the Armory, volunteers are ONLY allowed on the Drill Floor; please do not go into Military offices or upstairs.
4. Food and Drinks:
~Please bring your own on Prep Days and Weekdays. As volunteers may not use the Armory Kitchen or refrigerator at any time, consider bringing a small cooler.
~We will provide lunch on Assembly Days only.
~Marsha Roseman, our Catering Director, and assigned volunteers are the only people allowed in the Kitchen at any time.
5. Clothing, Shoes, Purses, etc.
~Please wear closed-toe shoes
~Wear comfortable clothing; please avoid political statements on clothing..
~Please lock purse or other valuables in your car: We do not have a safe place for them and will not accept responsibility for personal property.
6. Sign-In and Release Form
~All volunteers must sign in at the Volunteer Table by the front door and fill out a new Release form for the current Drive–even if you have volunteered in the past.
~Please wear a nametag at all times.
~To receive Community Service Credit, you MUST sign-in upon arrival and sign-out upon departure at the COMMUNITY SERVICE TABLE–this is separate from the Volunteer Sign In Table.
7. Donation Drop-Off:
~Please drive to the Northwest Corner of the parking lot to drop off donations.
~Fill out the donation log-in sheet and receive an acknowledgment.
8. Register to Volunteer:
If you have not already done so, please sign up to work on the Assembly days by emailing volunteers@operationgratitude.com; write “Operation Gratitude Volunteer” in the subject line.  State day(s), shift(s), number of volunteers and email addresses. Shifts are 9am-12; and 1pm-4pm.
9. TWITTER and Website Announcements:
Please always check our Twitter account: www.twitter.com/OpGratitude and/or our website: www.OperationGratitude.com and/or your emails for last minute schedule changes or closures prior to leaving for the armory.
10. Questions:
~At the Armory:
Supervisors will be wearing Royal Blue T-shirts–please follow their instructions.
~By Email: volunteers@operationgratitude.com (write “Operation Gratitude Volunteer” in subject line)
~InfoLine: 818-909-0039

Please email volunteers@operationgratitude.com or info@operationgratitude.com for address.

Parking available in the dirt lot adjacent to the Armory premises.  Please follow the directions from the Soldier-Guards.

For additional Volunteer Activities throughout the country, click here:  Get Involved

Thank you for your kind support!

About Operation Gratitude

Operation Gratitude annually sends 200,000+ care packages to Veterans, First Responders, New Recruits, Wounded Heroes, their Care Givers, and to individually named U.S. service members deployed overseas and their families waiting at home. Each package is filled with food, entertainment, hygiene and hand-made items, as well as personal letters of support. Our mission is to lift the spirits and meet the evolving needs of the Military and First Responder communities, and provide volunteer opportunities for civilians anywhere in America to express their appreciation to all who serve our nation. Each package contains donated product valued between $45 and $100 and costs our organization $15 to assemble and ship. Since its inception in 2003, Operation Gratitude volunteers have shipped more than 1.6 Million Care Packages.
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