How to Volunteer

Imagine. A world without hunger.

You Bring Hope

Do you have a servant’s heart and searching for an opportunity to provide help and dignity to people in need? You are invited to join our most valuable resource – a volunteer.

Volunteers unload trucks, repackage and organize food, guide our clients through their shopping experience, and make deliveries to our homebound clients.

Our volunteers are a powerful example of what a mighty team can do to make our community a better place. Their spirit of giving, kindness and compassion is endless.

Volunteers are needed, so please contact us to talk about how you can join our team. By sharing your time and talents to help feed our most vulnerable neighbors, you can make a difference, too.

Interested in Serving?

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Answers to Questions

About Volunteering

What opportunities are available for volunteers?

We need all sorts of help, but our team members:

  • Unload trucks of food and supplies
  • Sort food donations
  • Stock food and items
  • Drive trucks
  • Conduct client intake
  • Fill grocery orders
  • Delivery of groceries to homebound residents in Johnson County
  • Help us raise funds
  • Clean our buildings and storage areas
Will someone train me on what is needed?

Absolutely. On a volunteer’s first day, in addition to a safety and role orientation from the pantry manager, each new volunteer will “buddy” with an existing volunteer who is available to answer questions.

What are the requirements to be a volunteer?

Most of our volunteers commit to 1 day a week. Some volunteer in the summers or when they are on school break. Our volunteers all do hands-on work, understanding and supporting our mission. We are flexible and find the right fit for each person who wants to volunteer. We can accommodate travel and vacations, only asking for sufficient notice for scheduling purposes.

How old do I need to be to volunteer?

High school and college students are very welcome. Youth between ages 10 and 15 can volunteer with their parent. We ask that the parent supervise the youth’s engagement in their volunteer assignment.

How often would I expect to work at the pantry?

Some volunteers serve once a year, and some serve every week. Some volunteer in the summers or when they are on school break.  But they all do hands-on work, understanding and supporting our mission. We are flexible and find the right fit for each person who wants to volunteer. We can accommodate travel and vacations, only asking for sufficient notice for scheduling purposes.

What are the normal hours for volunteer help?
Volunteers are needed Monday through Friday between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
What is expected if I want to deliver to homebound clients?

We always need volunteer drivers to deliver food to clients within Johnson County. Our drivers use their own vehicles and pick up the orders from our food distribution center during our normal operational hours of noon to 3 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month. Typically, a driver could have two to three deliveries.

Is there a need for volunteers who offer special skills?

Absolutely! For example, we are always looking for people who:

  • Have leadership experience and would like to serve as team leaders for at least one work shift per week.
  • Have computer skills, such as Word, Google Docs.
  • Have strength capabilities to help unload trucks of heavy boxes and totes.
  • Have truck-driving experience and can drive a 24-foot box truck (no Commercial Driver’s License required).
Can I volunteer with a friend or group?

We welcome friends who would like to volunteer together. Just note those details when you complete the form. The executive director will work with you on what will work best for you and the pantry. If you wish to have a group volunteer, we will consider those requests and, if feasible, try to accommodate as possible.

Icon-Food-Pantry-1Who Makes It Work

45

churches
and affiliates


 

55

businesses, service organizations
and local foundations


 

200

individuals
and families


Behind the Scenes

With Our Volunteers

Our generous volunteers are shining examples of how a committed group can move mountains for people in need. No job is too big or small for them. They step up every day to give hope and help the most vulnerable in our community.

The Interchurch Food Pantry of Johnson County is unique because it is run entirely by volunteers. Even the executive director and the daily managers are not paid. In 2021, pantry volunteers donated 20,000 hours to help feed hungry families. That is nearly 385 hours a week!

Caring volunteers stock shelves, fill orders, distribute food and reach out with kindness and compassion to give hunger relief to people who don’t have enough to eat. They are our greatest asset, and their spirit of generosity is inspiring.

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Icon-Food-Pantry-1We invite you to join this enthusiastic team of givers and doers and be a beacon of hope and light in our community.
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