Volunteering at Friedens
Current and past pantry guests become part of the Friedens team by giving their time to volunteer. Over 30% of our volunteer force is made up of community members who also use our food pantry.
Most of our pantry locations are completely operated by volunteers, with staff support as guidance. With over 2,500 volunteers serving yearly, these family members are integral to our operations and to the communities they serve.
Additionally, our volunteer opportunities provide options to build skills in customer service and warehouse operations, growth coaching and peer mentorship, and a referable experience for future employers. Our volunteer family members become community ambassadors contributing to a greater good – building dignity, job skills, hope and peace alongside their community.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the questionnaire below!
Frequently asked questions
Due to our limited capacity, we depend on volunteers to meet their obligations. If you cannot make to a shift you signed up for, you must email email@example.com and let us know as soon as possible.
If you fail to show up three times to your scheduled volunteer shifts, you will be barred from volunteering with Friedens in the future.
We have a few different opportunities for children (under the age of 18) to volunteer at Friedens. Please see specific details for each age group below. We do schedule students for community service hours. Student groups may be scheduled on a case-by-case basis depending on availability and need.
Teen Volunteer Opportunities
16 & 17 years old:
- Minors age 16 & 17 are eligible for all shifts without a parent or guardian
- Anyone 16 or older can volunteer after attending an orientation with a guardian and completing a youth waiver.
Family Volunteer Opportunities
All youth 15 years and younger must contact the Volunteer Manager to sign up for a shift. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the schedule.
9-15 years old:
- Minors are able to volunteer at any shift as long as they are accompanied by an adult.
- A parent or guardian must attend orientation
We would be happy to host your organization or group. To get scheduled, email email@example.com with your group size and your general availability (weekdays, weekends, evenings). Groups of 15 or fewer are the easiest to place, but larger groups can usually be accommodated.
All volunteers should wear clothing that is comfortable and can potentially get messy. We also require all volunteers to wear closed-toed shoes for safety and to refrain from any offensive writing on shirts, hats, etc.
Volunteers are not required to bring any materials with them, but we do suggest leaving valuables at home as we can’t always assure a locker. Also, if volunteers would like to bring a snack, there is a refrigerator at each location.
Only street parking is available at of our sites but all are easily accessible via public transportation.
Friedens welcomes volunteers that need to perform volunteer service hours for church, school, or court. On your first day, you should come prepared at the initial orientation with any paperwork requiring a signature or date. We cannot guarantee availability for community service hours. Please be sure to track your own hours and the Volunteer Manager will provide a verification once completed. Minors seeking mandated service hours are welcome to participate, with parent or guardian supervision. We encourage all volunteers to continue their service to Friedens beyond their mandated hours. We appreciate your service in any capacity as we fulfill the mission of providing emergency food relief and other services to the Friedens community.
Absolutely! 30% of our volunteers are also pantry shoppers.
Friedens Pantries exists because of the support of our neighbors
With multiple food distribution programs that distribute more than 1.3 million pounds of food to our neighbors each year and wrap-around support that helps clients achieve a sense of belonging and empowerment, Friedens Pantries aims to end hunger and create a safe space for all. Make your impact today!