AI did a search and there was a thread for Free cakes for kids, this is the same concept - to volunteer cakes for foster children, but a different operation. Anyone here done any work for them and how was the experience?
I haven't, but as someone who moves around the country a lot and likes to donate cakes for organizations such as this, I would just contact them, ask for references from a couple of their volunteers, and inquire about their policies. How do they verify that the kids they serve are in need? Do they offer any reimbursement towards supplies in the form of a set reimbursement fee or offering donated supplies to volunteers? How do they determine which volunteer makes a certain cake request? How often should you expect a cake request if they assign them? How much liberty do you have in design (do they take picture suggestions from clients or just ask about interests/themes)? How are family emergencies handled if the baker is unable to fulfill an order? Are they a legal nonprofit for tax purposes? How do they screen their potential bakers? How many servings and what level of "wow factor" is expected from volunteer's cakes?
These are the questions I have when choosing which organization to volunteer with. Many of them should be answered in a faq portion of their website, but for any that aren't, you want to email them and check how promptly and efficently they get back with you to answer your questions. I have done Free Cakes 4 Kids, Icing Smiles, and a local start-up one in the past and to me, Icing Smiles has the best organizational system...but they also have the slowest lagtime between signing up and actually getting a cake request which frustrates me since I know I will only be in an area for a limited amount of time.
Thanks CoveredinGrace, those are really good questions :)
You're welcome. Happy caking!