How can you help?
DEAM needs volunteers to help in the office, food pantry and clothing closets. Volunteers interview clients to identify those with emergency needs, provide funds and referrals to other services, stock the food pantry and prepare food and supplies for distribution to clients. Volunteers also repackage dry products such as rice, bundle tea, sugar packets and laundry detergent into re-sealable plastic bags, so economy-sized boxes of these are most welcome, as are donations of resealable bags. At the clothing closets, volunteers help stock and organize clothing items and assist clients with clothing selection.
Volunteers are carefully trained on job procedures and are always paired with at least one other volunteer while on duty. Volunteers come from several surrounding counties and usually work only one morning a month.
Donations of non-perishable food items that are especially needed include canned meats, pasta (1 lb. boxes), pasta sauce, Jello(small boxes), corn muffin mix, jelly and oatmeal. Also always needed are toiletries, diapers for babies and adults, feminine hygiene products and paper goods. DEAM buys many canned fruits and vegetables from the Atlanta Food Bank at pennies on the dollar, so financial donations are always greatly appreciated to help fund these purchases and maximize the benefit of your donation dollars.
Financial Donations are always much needed and greatly appreciated. In addition to helping stock the food pantry, DEAM relies completely on your contributions to fund financial aid for life-sustaining prescriptions, prevention of eviction and loss of water, gas and electricity services.
For questions on DEAM services, what to donate and how to volunteer, please contact info@DEAMDecatur.org.