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Making A Difference

In Our Community

Volunteers are the backbone of our organization!

 

If you’ve got time and interest, we have volunteer jobs that may be just what you're looking for!  Fighting hunger is hard work and can be very rewarding. We couldn’t accomplish what we do in the community without our dedicated volunteers. We're always looking for people to join the team and help us battle in the fight against hunger in Josephine County!

 

Event Volunteer

Purpose:

• Event volunteers are a vital part of community relations for the Food Bank. Event volunteers assist with set-up, take down, and the staffing of booths at food bank events in the community.

 

Responsibilities:

• Set-up or take down booths for Food Bank events

• Staff booths for Food Bank events

• Receive donations and write receipts

• Tell people about the Food Bank and answer questions

 

Qualifications:

• A valid Oregon drivers license and insurance

• A genuine concern for local families in our community

• A desire to help

• Children are welcome to help out with signed parental consent and adult supervision

 

Time Commitment

• Volunteers are needed for a variety of food drives and events throughout the year.

 

Resources Provided

• Volunteer orientation

• Basic event training

• Rolling event tote with all necessary materials, instructions, and checklists

 

 

Warehouse Volunteer

Purpose:

• Warehouse volunteers help the Warehouse Coordinators with various projects to help meet the needs of the Josephine County Food Bank.

 

Responsibilities:

• Sort and re-box donated food for distribution to local food pantries

• Consolidate and rotate food in the warehouse for maximum quality and efficiency

• Pull (prepare) various food orders for distribution

• Clean and help maintain the cleanliness and organization of the warehouse

 

Qualifications:

• A genuine concern for local families in our community

• A desire to help

 

Time Commitment

• Volunteers are needed Monday-Thursday from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

• Can volunteer on a daily basis, once a week, or can be considered “on-call” for backup

• Can volunteer for specific events or food drives

• The amount of time needed varies by projects

 

Resources Provided

• Volunteer orientation

• Training for specific projects

• A food bank vehicle may be available for volunteer projects

 

 

Raptor Creek Farm Volunteer

Purpose:

• Raptor Creek Farm (RCF) is the Food Bank’s production garden to help meet our local fresh produce needs. The farm is harvested almost entirely by volunteers and has provided thousands of pounds of fresh, local produce for families in Josephine County.

 

Responsibilities:

• Harvest produce

• Box produce for transportation and distribution

• Help load produce for transportation

• Additional garden duties available

 

Qualifications:

• A genuine concern for local families in our community

• A desire to help

• Children are welcome to help out with signed parental consent and adult supervision

 

Time Commitment

• Volunteers are needed Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

• May volunteer daily, weekly, or as desired

 

Resources Provided

• Volunteer farm orientation

• Basic harvest technique training

• Transportation assistance may be available

 

 

Fresh Alliance / Wal-Mart / Bread Run Volunteer Driver

Purpose:

• Fresh Alliance, Wal-Mart, and Bread Run volunteer drivers are an essential part of the Food Bank team, bringing in food, bread, and resources from local grocery stores including Safeway and Albertson’s. This provides additional food for local families that would otherwise be thrown away.

 

Responsibilities:

• Drive a Food Bank truck to pick up donated product from a variety of locations

• Sort and re-box donated product for loading, tracking, and distribution

• Bring product back to warehouse for distribution

• Be friendly and jovial with our Fresh Alliance, Wal-Mart, and other community partners

 

Qualifications:

• A valid Oregon drivers license and insurance coverage

• A genuine concern for local families in our community

• A desire to help

 

Time Commitment

• Volunteers are needed Monday-Thursday, 8:00 am – 11:30 am and 11:55 am – 2:00 pm

• Can volunteer on a daily basis, once a week, or can be considered “on-call” for backup.

 

Resources Provided

• Volunteer orientation

• Training for specific projects

• A food bank vehicle for community partner pick-ups

 

 

Gleaning Volunteer

Purpose:

• Gleaning is harvest a field that has been commercially harvested or is deemed not economically viable. The Food Bank is developing a corps of gleaners who will be available to bring in fresh local food that would otherwise go to waste in the field and getting it to local families in need.

 

Responsibilities:

• Harvest produce from participating local farms

• Box produce for transportation and distribution

• Help load produce for transportation

 

Qualifications:

• A genuine concern for local families in our community

• A desire to help

• Children are welcome to help out with signed parental consent and adult supervision

 

Time Commitment

• Volunteers are currently needed on Tuesdays from 8:00 am to 11:00 am

• Gleaning will likely be an on-call activity and flexibility is appreciated.

 

Resources Provided

• Volunteer gleaning orientation

• Basic harvest technique training

• Transportation assistance may be available

Volunteer Job Descriptions

The following volunteer jobs are described below. Not all positions are available all the time, but don't let that discourage you. We can use your help! If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call and we can discuss the volunteer position you are interested in.

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