WDA Volunteer Opportunities
Here are just a few ways that you can Volunteer in Just Do 2 Opportunities in the Western Dietetic Association District:
- Help with WDA meetings – organize food pick up, distribute handouts, room set etc…
- Help organize the Spring Social.
- Volunteer to help MANNA with their Ingles Giving Tree Promotion. This year MANNA will be staging a “new” look and “new” food tree at the Asheville Mall food court. They will not need volunteers at the tree this year, but instead at the local store level. Volunteers are needed on November 16, 21, 22, 23 and 24 for a 2 hour commitment to provide information to shoppers at their local Ingles store about most suggested food items needed for food donations. For more information contact Karen Etheredge at MANNA (828-299-3663, email@example.com).
- Help WDA with their web site.
- Volunteer to teach a nutrition class at your local school or church.
- Volunteer for Meals on Wheels, an elderly feeding site or an after school nutrition program.
- Volunteer at your local soup kitchen or food pantry.
- Write a letter or visit your NC representative about nutrition policy issues
- Represent your district at the annual ADA Public Policy Workshop
- Volunteer speaking time in your area of expertise or interest
- Conduct a food drive at a district or state meeting or as a group
- Represent your district at health fairs
- Work a fundraising activity for the association
- Serve on an ADA, NCDA, or district committee
- Introduce speakers, assist with sessions, work the bookmart or the marketing booth, and/or serve on the planning committee for NCDA’s Annual Meeting
- Organize a fundraising 5K, or volunteer for an existing race
- Serve on your local dietetic association board as an officer or committee chair
- Add your name to ADA’s database for volunteers and leadership by editing your ADA profile page, or by completing ADA’s opportunities to serve survey
- Organize a district group to volunteer for Meals on Wheels
- Set up an “Ask the RD” table during National Nutrition Month at the grocery store
- Serve on your favorite DPG board or committee
- Serve as an author, content advisor or reviewer for an ADA Position or Practice Paper
- Organize a mentoring program
- Organize a district speaker’s bureau
- Organize a district journal or book club
- Serve as a district association liaison on a School Health Advisory Council
- Write articles for the NCDA newsletter or Web site
Here is a letter from Karen with Manna Food Bank asking for volunteers for the Ingle's Giving Tree Promotion. This is a great way to give back to the community to Just Do 2!
Dear MANNA Volunteers,
The holidays are nearing and it's time to begin planning for our seasonal Ingles Giving Tree promotion! Can you please help?
This year we will be staging a "new" look and "new" food tree in the Asheville Mall food court. We will not need volunteer representation at the tree this year as in years past, but instead at the local store level.
Ingles is allowing MANNA to promote "giving" through an in store icon promotion November 16 through November 29th. Each cashier station will have a placard/ icon encouraging a $1 donation for MANNA during this time. MANNA will have 2 food barrels in each of the 38 stores during the holiday encouraging food donations as well.
Volunteers are greatly needed to take the promotional information package to the store nearest you in WNC, introduce yourself and MANNA to the front end manager, and then apply the icon information placard to each register stand. I will be in touch with the stores prior to your arrival to let them know you will be coming. Set-up time is pending, but we are hoping we can have this completed with volunteer support by Friday, November 14th.
Volunteers are also greatly needed during the promotional time frame (Nov 16-24) for a 2 hour commitment to provide shopper's with a hand-out of most suggested food items, and the icon promotion hand-out as shoppers enter Ingles stores.
Please let me know if there is an Ingles near you where you can:
1) Deliver/ set-up promotional materials, meet front end manager
2) Volunteer for 2 hours during peak shopping times Nov 16, 21, 22, 23, 24.
As always, my BIG THANKS for your ongoing dedicated support of MANNA and to those in need in WNC.
Kind Regards, Karen
Find Out More About How WDA Volunteers Helped Feed the Hungry At the Empty Bowls Luncheon
Manna Food Bank Empty Bowls Lunch
By Ruth Collins, Dietetic Intern, Western Carolina University
On Thursday October 16, I participated in the Seventh Annual Empty Bowls Lunch, an event put on by Manna Food Bank to commemorate World Food Day. I went with my preceptor, Nilofer Couture, RD, and we volunteered three hours of our time for this wonderful cause. This benefit was held in the conference room at the Double Tree Inn in Asheville, NC. Pottery crafters from all around Asheville donated samples of their art and a huge variety of small handcrafted bowls that the soup was served in. Lunches included a selection of soups and bread with drinks all donated by local restaurants. The guests paid $20 per meal and they could take home one of the small bowls donated for this charity.* A huge turnout of over 600 people attended this event. Our duties as volunteers included handing out bags containing information about the event to each customer, running the drink table and just helping out where help was needed. Volunteering with Manna was a great experience with great people. The warm and giving attitude of everyone involved made for a very positive atmosphere. Being a member of WDA and NCDA, I was able to go onto the NCDA website and log my hours for the Just Do 2 campaign by following the Just Do 2 link on the NCDA site. There are definitely more than “just 2” activities that you can do in your community. Go to the NCDA site and check out the list of activities that qualify as volunteer opportunities for Just Do 2.
Reminder: Your login is your EIGHT DIGIT Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics member number (this will require you to enter one or two zeroes at the front of your number). Your password is your last name with the first letter capitalized.