Current Volunteer Opportunities

Please note: FamilyWorks requires all volunteers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Urgent cover opportunity: food rescue volunteers

We are looking for on-call volunteers to cover volunteer absence. Our volunteer helpers go out in the FamilyWorks van and rescue food from our supermarket partners. The van goes out four mornings a week, rain or shine. This role is an essential part of our food bank operations, for bringing in food and for building relationships with local businesses. You would be helping one of our experienced food rescue drivers. Volunteers must be over 18 years old, be able to lift 50 lbs and not afraid of mornings or rain! This is the non-driving role.

Availability: Tuesday-Friday 7:45-8 am start, variable end time (10-12, depending on day)

Five FamilyWorks staff members pose at the open back door of our Mobile Food Pantry, painted green with vivid multi colored artwork depicting local wildlife and produce.

Mobile Resource Distribution Volunteer

We are looking for a volunteer to accompany the Mobile Food Pantry to a mobile home community to provide Family Resource Center services and resources along with a staff member. Spanish speaking skills are preferred!

This role includes:

  • Assisting in unloading FRC items off mobile food pantry truck to organize and sort items on outreach table
  • Distributing diapers, family activity packets, and hygiene items to participants
  • Utilizing a tablet to check in participants who participate in the diaper program (training will be provided!)

Availability: Available now, Fridays, 12:30 – 3 PM

Mobile Food Distribution Volunteer

Help pack the Mobile Food Pantry, head out with a staff member to our outreach site, assist distribution, and then pack up and back to the food bank.

Volunteer qualifications:

  • Over 18 years of age
  • Able to lift 25 pounds
  • Agile enough to get in and out of Mobile Food Pantry
  • Comfortable working with a diverse community of participants in-person, socially-distanced
  • Patient, empathetic, with good customer service skills
  • Spanish speaking preferred

Availability: Starts June 3rd, Fridays, 12:00 – 3 PM

Children and their caregivers stand in a circle around a play parachute, some with arms raised, taking part in an activity.

Playgroup Assistant

At our playgroups, parents and caregivers of young children (birth to 5 years of age) are invited to bring their youngsters and join together to play, read, sing, and have snacks. Summer playgroups will take place outside, in public parks, with a possibility of indoor playgroups depending on the weather.

This role includes:

  • Assisting staff in gathering supplies, toys, and snacks for families
  • Engaging families in activities, including story time, arts and crafts, and sing-alongs.
  • Helping to bring supplies back to FamilyWorks.

Looking for a playgroup assistant for both our English and Spanish playgroups. Some knowledge of Spanish is preferred for the Spanish playgroup assistant

Availability: Starts June 8th, Wednesdays 10am – 12 pm, English and Spanish playgroups alternate weeks.

A volunteer hands a participant some bok choy at our food bank's produce station.

Produce Station Volunteer

Help with the last few preparations for food bank distribution, and then keep the produce station stocked and assist our participants while they select their produce.

Volunteer qualifications:

  • Over 18 years of age
  • Able to lift 25 pounds
  • Comfortable working with a diverse community of participants in-person, socially-distanced
  • Patient, empathetic, with good customer service skills

Availability: Starts June 9th, Thursdays 2:30 – 6:15 pm.

Farmers Market Gleaning Volunteer

We are looking for a volunteer to help with food rescue at the Wallingford farmer’s market, Wednesdays from 6:00 – 7:30 pm. The position involves leaving crates with receptive vendors, collecting the food-filled crates when the market closes, and then delivering them back to the food bank.

You will start and end your shift at FamilyWorks and will be riding along in our FamilyWorks van. This is a non-driving role.

Volunteer qualifications:

  • Over 18 years of age
  • Able to lift 25 pounds

Availability: Starts May 25th, Wednesdays 6:00 – 7:30 pm.

Family Resource Center Distribution Volunteer

We are looking for a volunteer to distribute essential hygiene items, diapers & wipes, period packs, and more to our participants during their visit to our food bank. Volunteer will also have to keep track of items distributed with a checklist and tablet-based database (full training will be provided!).

The ideal volunteer will be:

  • Comfortable working with a diverse community of participants of different backgrounds, which includes single adults and families
  • Welcoming, empathetic, and patient
Availability: Every other week, Thursdays, 2:45 – 6:15 PM

Food Bank Intake Volunteer

Our intake volunteer greets our participants and checks them in by scanning membership cards using a tablet-based database. Full training will be provided.

The ideal volunteer will be:

  • Comfortable working with a diverse community of participants of different backgrounds, which includes single adults and families
  • Welcoming, empathetic, and patient
  • Speaks Spanish, Mandarin or Russian 

Availability: Weekly, Thursdays, 2:45 – 6:15 PM

Supermarket Saturday Food Drives are back! May & June 2022​

Our food drives are a very important way to stock our Food Bank. The event involves interacting with shoppers and informing them of the non-perishable foods the Food Bank needs. Donations are then gratefully collected.

When: The fourth Saturday of the month from 10 am to 1 pm, in one hour shifts
Where: Wallingford QFC, 1801 N 45th St.

Requirements: You must be at least 16 years old to volunteer. Please read and follow the instructions on the sign-up sheet regarding proof of COVID vaccination

Photo of the FamilyWorks Food Rescue van, showing logo and artwork (hand drawn fresh produce)

On-call opportunity: food rescue volunteer, driving role

We are looking for food rescue volunteers, who are happy to drive our van, to provide cover if our regular volunteers are unavailable. Our volunteer drivers go out in the FamilyWorks van and help rescue food from our supermarket partners. The van goes out four mornings a week, rain or shine. This role is an essential part of our food bank operations, for bringing in food and for building relationships with local businesses. Accompanying you will be one of our experienced food rescue volunteers and full training will be provided.

Volunteers must be over 18 years old, be able to lift 50 lbs, have a safe driving record and not afraid of mornings or rain! You must be happy to provide a copy of your ID and your personal insurance documents.

Availability: on-call shifts: Tuesday-Friday 7:45-8 am start, variable end time (10-12:30, depending on day)

A FamilyWorks volunteer loads a bag of groceries into their car for delivery to a home-bound participant.

On-call opportunity: home delivery driver

We are looking for home delivery drivers to provide cover if our regular volunteers are unavailable. Volunteers use their own car to deliver food bags to participants with 4-5 deliveries per route. A route will take between 1-2 hours (majority 1 hour). Food bags are picked up from FamilyWorks, Wednesday or Thursday mornings.

Availability: on-call shifts: Up to two hours on Wednesday mornings or Thursday mornings.

On-call opportunity: Food Bank Intake Volunteer

We are looking for someone to cover food bank intake when our regular volunteers are unavailable. Our intake volunteer greets our participants and checks them in by scanning membership cards using a tablet-based database. Full training will be provided. We aim to provide at least one weeks notice for cover shifts so this opportunity would be great for someone with a flexible work schedule.

Availability: on-call shifts: Tuesdays 12-2, Thursdays 3-6, Fridays 11-1.

Reading Buddies

Encourage and support a love of books by reading with 2nd graders. Reading Buddies runs while school is in session, Wednesdays 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM at the Wallingford Boys & Girls Club.

Volunteers must be over 18 years old.

Availability: Postponed with unknown start date. If you are interested in volunteering as a Reading Buddy for the 2022/23 academic year, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Kat Johnson.