Collection Box Coordinator

To place our iconic boxes locally as part of their daily life and every few months tally up the funds before paying them in to Guide Dogs.

The time commitment for this role is flexible and would include spotting opportunities to place boxes during your daily activities.

  • Identifying and placing collection boxes in suitable locations
  • Talking to the shop owner, receptionist etc. at the location about how the boxes will help Guide Dogs and what we do
  • Emptying boxes every three to six months (as they get full) and banking the income through the paying in book provided. Give a receipt and letter of thanks to the hosts
  • Keeping a written record of the location of all boxes for your supervisor, the dates they are emptied and the dates/amounts banked
  • If boxes aren’t collecting much, you’ll decide to move them to a better location. Your supervisor may also ask you to remove boxes
  • Reporting any stolen boxes to the Local Mobility Team
  • Spotting the potential for further fundraising amongst the box holders for Community Fundraisers
  • Various and local surroundings 
  • Willingness to talk to people about Guide Dogs
  • Good communication and organisational skills
  • Team working when working with a local fundraising group or others
  • Support us to enable more blind and partially-sighted people to enjoy the same freedom of movement as everyone else
  • An opportunity to build experience for your CV
  • Regular and ongoing support from Guide Dogs
  • Payment of out of pocket expenses agreed in advance
  • Basic induction to Guide Dogs and to the role
  • Not for this volunteer role
  • 18 years

Meet one of our existing Collection Box Coordinators

Through setting out the boxes I have met lots of new people and always seem to be on the go"

Lena

Lena has been volunteering since 2010.

"My husband and I have placed 34 counter boxes in local shops. Through theses 34 boxes we have raised £1,161 in just over 6 months. I visit the shops about once every three months and keep a record of the box numbers and amounts received.

I think every box opened with contents between values £40 to £70 is an achievement. I am so surprised at the kindness of people in this economic environment who are willing to put money in our boxes.

I worked all my life and when I retired I found I was very bored! I did genealogy research for other people to try to fill the gap and made friends by email through this, but I wasn’t out and about. By volunteering for Guide Dogs I find that the public have many questions and I love being able to answer these. Through setting out the boxes and other volunteering roles I have met lots of new people and always seem to be on the go.

Placing boxes can be done as part of your daily life as you go to the shops, the pub, cafés etc., at a time that suits. All Guide Dogs boxes together could generate £1m."

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