Volunteering at the Food Bank
Congratulations to Bill Zimmer, our 2012 Volunteer of the Year!
Thanks to our proximity to Penn State, the State College School District, and other groups like RSVP, we receive an abundance of great volunteers during the regular school year. During the summer months and over major holidays, however, we are often in need of additional volunteers. That's when we need volunteers to stock shelves, pack bags and do general office duties. If you would like to help us fulfill our mission of providing food to those in need in Centre County, consider helping out during these times .
Would you or your group like to volunteer? If so, please complete the Volunteer Data Form or Group Volunteer Data Form, whichever is applicable. You can save it to your computer and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Once received, you will be contacted to arrange a time for orientation.
Volunteer shifts are available Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:30-12:30 or 1:00-4:00 (until 5:00 on Mondays) and the second Saturday of the month from 8:00-1:00. Occasionally there may be volunteer opportunities outside of those hours. Please make sure to indicate your hours of availability on the volunteer form.
Volunteer shifts are SCHEDULED. Please do not come to the Food Bank without first scheduling with the Operations Coordinator. There is limited room for volunteers. Groups are used for special projects and events. We do not utilize groups for regular distribution. We rely on our regular volunteers to maintain consistency with distribution. Thank you for understanding this!
STUDENTS: Please DO NOT WAIT until mid to late semester/year to sign up as time slots fill up quickly. We cannot guarantee that we can fulfill the number of hours that you need to complete, especially when requests are made at the last minute. Due to confidentiality, all students in high school or middle school cannot volunteer during client service distribution (no exceptions).
CLIENTS: Effective September 1, 2013, clients are not permitted to volunteer at the Food Bank due to confidentiality and fairness to all clients. This includes family members. We will accept applications of former clients if they have not used services at the Food Bank for 12 months or longer. We encourage clients to give back by volunteering at other United Way partner agenices or other Human Service agencies.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: The Food Bank receives hundreds of applications a year for volunteering. We appreciate that so many want to give their time to help those in need. However, due to space constraints, the Food Bank limits the number of volunteers that can volunteer at one time. Therefore, if we are unable to accomodate you or your group, consider organizing a Food Drive. We can help you by sending materials to assist you in your collection. For more information, contact email@example.com.
Volunteers are the backbone of our operations, and typically provide over 6000 volunteer hours helping the Food Bank! Both groups and individuals volunteer to keep our shelves stocked and bags packed. Some groups decide to volunteer together, usually once a month during non-service hours. A men’s prayer group from Trinity Lutheran volunteer the second Thursday of the month. Groups sort through donations and pack bags for client distribution. Service groups help us greatly to keep up with the needs of Centre citizens and they derive the satisfaction of serving the community together. Thanks to all our volunteers without whom we could not fulfill our mission of providing food assistance to families in need.
Did you know... there are an average of 50 individuals who volunteer at the Food Bank on a regular basis?
There are many, many ways that individuals and groups have helped the Food Bank. Here are some ideas for ways you can help out, too!
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Bank of the State College Area, Inc.
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