Helping Hands Around the Milk Bank

A volunteer moves a tray of thawing breastmilk.

There is so much happening on any given day at Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas. The lab staff is busy processing and pasteurizing milk, the donor coordinators are managing new and existing donors, orders are being placed and packed, milk donations are coming in and so much more. With so many different things going on at one time, extra help from volunteers can help the day run a little more efficiently.

 

Many volunteers help assemble educational materials for potential donors. These “new mom packets” are available at hospitals, WIC clinics and doctors’ offices for anyone who is interested in donating milk. MMBNT is on track to distribute nearly 10,000 packets this year, so when volunteers assemble these, it is an invaluable help to the Community Relations staff.

2 volunteers pose with packets they have assembled.

Other volunteers work alongside Program Assistants to log incoming milk donations, as well as pack orders for hospitals and outpatients. These volunteers get a first-hand look at both the beginning and the end of milk’s journey through MMBNT.

 

For those who qualify, there is even the opportunity to assist staff in the lab. These volunteers complete extra training in order to work in the lab, and they come in on a consistent schedule.

 

Most volunteers do come as individuals, but many school, workplace and charity groups have also donated their time to MMBNT. If you have an interest in milk banking and want to get involved, consider becoming a volunteer!

 

For more information about volunteer opportunities, email Mary Ashley Ray at maryashley@texasmilkbank.org.