Fighting Hunger. Sustaining Hope.

Volunteer Opportunities

GROUPS: Gather groups of young and old alike to help with sorting and repacking projects. We can typically accommodate groups Tuesday through Friday between 8:30 AM and 11:30 AM or Monday evenings between 4:30 PM and 7:30 PM. Once each month we have an afternoon/evening group project. Groups of up to 12 people work best. Availability of group projects varies. Contact Leah or Dean for more details.

FULFILL REQUIRED SERVICE HOURS: Accepted on a case-by-case basis. Volunteers must be 16 or older, or accompanied by an adult. Applications must be submitted and screened, and a volunteer orientation is required.

ONGOING / WEEKLY VOLUNTEERS: Volunteers must be 16 or older, or accompanied by an adult, and generally work one four-hour shift per week. Applications must be submitted and screened, and a volunteer orientation is required. Current needs are listed below, followed by descriptions.

ONGOING / WEEKLY VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: If you are interested in any of these ongoing opportunities, please complete the online application.

Monday Mornings:
Carts - 9 AM to Noon
Cooking Demonstration 
Stocker, Produce – 7 AM to 9 AM
Substitutes – 8 AM to Noon
Truck Driver - 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Truck Helper - 7 AM to 10 AM 
Truck Helper - 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Truck Helper - 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Truck Subs – 7 AM to 10 AM

Monday Evenings:
Sorter, Staples - 5 to 8 PM
Subs - 5 to 8 PM

Tuesdays:
Cooking Demonstration  
Distributor, Produce - 8 AM to Noon
Sorter/Stocker, Produce - 8 AM to Noon
Substitutes – 8 AM to Noon
Truck Subs – 7 AM to 10 AM

Wednesdays:
Cooking Demonstration 
Substitutes – 8 AM to Noon
Truck Subs – 7 AM to 10 AM

Thursdays:
Cooking Demonstration
Stocker, Produce – 8 AM to Noon
Substitutes – 8 AM to Noon
Truck Subs – 7 AM to 10 AM

Fridays:
Cooking Demonstration
Interviewer - 9 AM to 11:30 AM
Stocker, Produce – 8 AM to Noon 
Substitutes – 8 AM to Noon
Truck Helper - 7 AM to 10 AM
Truck Subs – 7 AM to 10 AM

Saturdays:
Truck Helper – Once a Month, 7 AM to 10 AM
Truck Helper – Once a Month, 7 AM to 10 AM
Truck Helper – Once a Month, 7 AM to 10 AM
Truck Subs – 7 AM to 10 AM

Sundays:

Truck Driver - Once a month, 7 AM to 10 AM
Truck Driver - Once a month, 7 AM to 10 AM
Truck Driver - Once a month, 7 AM to 10 AM
Truck Helper – Once a Month, 7 AM to 10 AM
Truck Helper – Once a Month, 7 AM to 10 AM
Truck Helper – Once a Month, 7 AM to 10 AM
Truck Helper – Once a Month, 7 AM to 10 AM

Truck Subs – 7 AM to 10 AM

Position Descriptions:

There may not be current availability for all jobs.

Agency Packing – Pack food items for outside agencies. Follow packing lists for appropriate items and quantities. Help in other areas when packing is complete. Must be able to stand, walk, lift, push and pull.

Backpack Packing – Following packing lists, pack appropriate items and quantities for our Backpack Program. Help in other areas when packing is complete. Must be able to stand, walk, lift, push and pull.

Carts – Responsible for providing clients with carts; insuring that carts get returned to the building; count cart inventory at the beginning and end of the day; and storing carts at the end of the shift. The Carts Volunteer should be able to stand, push, pull and duck under low entrance.

Communications Volunteer – Assist the volunteer coordinator with volunteer-driven communications including digital message boards, email and print newsletters, mailings, Facebook, etc.

Cooking Demonstration – Prepare and serve the provided CHAMP recipe to clients in St. Joe’s lobby. Samples will be prepared and served during the 2nd week of each month. All ingredients and tools are provided. Safe cooking skills, public speaking skills and a desire to work directly with our clients are required. Ideally, this project would be handled by a single volunteer.

Data Entry – Enter volunteers hours into our database. As many or as few hours as you’d like to offer. Flexible morning schedule between 8 AM and Noon, Monday through Friday.

Distributor – Distribute food directly to clients. Basic math skills and good people skills required.

Interviewer – Meet with clients to determine eligibility for our program. This person should enjoy working directly with our clients, have good computer skills, and should be able to follow program guidelines.

Numbers – Greet clients as they arrive. Check client card and identification. Answer program questions and work closely with interviewers and staff to ensure proper program implementation. This position is for people who enjoy working directly with our clients and can work well in some stressful situations.

Operations Assistant – Help Operations Manager with daily duties including moving products out of warehouse, clean-up of distribution area and set-up for the next day. May fill in for distribution or drive to pick-up a donation. You may be doing something different at each shift. Should be able to lift and the ability to use a pallet jack is a plus. Clean driving record required.

Receptionist – Answer the phone, direct calls appropriately, and share program information. Assist staff members with clerical duties. Cover for Recorder as needed.

Recorder – Sign clients into our computer program and prints food tickets for clients. Answers program questions. Covers for Receptionist as needed. Basic computer skills preferred.

Scale – Assist volunteers with weighing their carts before leaving and ensuring the scale is correctly calibrated. May sit or stand, but should be able to read digital scale.

Sorter – Prepare donated food for distribution by sorting and sometimes repackaging items. The ability to lift is preferred.

Stocker – Keep a supply of food available for distribution. Move items from sorting area to counter and get items from freezer or cooler. May help unload trucks, and sort donations as needed. This position includes frequent lifting.

Substitute – We are currently looking for individuals to be contacted on an as needed basis. Volunteers might be asked to do a variety of tasks including distributing food to clients, sorting food donations, or stocking staple items. If interested please fill out our online application and mention this position in the notes.

Truck Driver/Helper – Ride in the infamous St. Joe’s trucks picking up food donations at grocery stores, churches, etc. Most routes consist of a driver and two helpers. Load and unload the truck, and complete daily pick-up sheet. This job includes frequent lifting. Should enjoy working with the public as contacts are made at each stop. No special license is required, but knowledge of trucks is helpful.

If you would like any additional information, please contact Leah Thibodeau at 920-734-9461, ext. 313 or lthibodeau@stjoesfoodprogram.org.

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