Berkeley Food & Housing Project celebrates the efforts and amazing contributions of its volunteers every spring with a delightful evening of food, fun, and fellowship. Last year, volunteers enjoyed a buffet of good food prepared by the chef of Musical Offering, engaged with an inspiring speaker, BFHP Board President & Senior Lecturer at U.C. Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy, received personalized certificates of appreciation with gift cards, entered raffles, shared their volunteer stories, and took home unique and touching parting gifts.
The homeless men, women, and children that Berkeley Food & Housing Project serves are the recipients of a lot of kindness and dedication from many excellent volunteers who devote their time and energy to helping ease and end the crisis of homelessness in our community. Last year, we calculated our total volunteer hours for the year was 6,873.5. The dollar value of each volunteer hour is $27.59, (based on the Corporation for National and Community Service’s dollar value per hour for the state of California found here). The volunteer hours for last year and the dollar value of those hours is $189,639.87. We also estimated the dollar value of the food donations that came from the groups that cook at our men’s shelter. Our best estimate at $150/night, (which is low), was about $42,000. In conclusion, our totals were were 6,873.5 volunteer hours and $231,639.87 worth of volunteer hours and volunteer-donated food. That result represents approximately 5% of our operating budget. Thank you volunteers for all you do for the agency.