Current Volunteer Opportunities

Food Bank Operations Shift

Receiving deliveries, sorting donations, packing food bags and more! Volunteer qualifications: over 16 years of age, able to lift 25 pounds.

Availability: Wednesdays 9 AM – 12 PM

Mobile Food Pantry Shift

Help pack the mobile 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, and good customer service skills

Availability: 3rd Thursday of the month, 12:30 – 2:30 PM

Food Bank Set-Up and Distribution

Help with the last few preparations for food bank distribution, help with either distribution or remaining tasks for that week.

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, and good customer service skills

Availability: Fridays, 10:30 AM – 1:15 PM

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: If you are interested in volunteering as a Reading Buddy for the 2021/22 academic year, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Kat Johnson by September 22, 2021.

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 a food rescue volunteer, who is 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)

On-call opportunity: food rescue volunteer

We are looking for on-call volunteers to cover if our regular volunteers are unavailable. 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 (10-12:30, depending on day)

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Starting September 29

Community Closet sorting, set-up and assisting participants

The Community Closet is a program that allows participants to shop freely for any items they need which include clothing, shoes, toys and other miscellaneous items. It is located at the Wallingford Presbyterian Church, a five-minute walk from FamilyWorks.

Volunteer qualifications:

  • Comfortable working with a diverse community of participants which includes single adults and families in-person, socially-distanced
  • Ability to be relational, empathetic and patient
  • Customer service skills
  • Organizational skills are helpful
  • Able to lift at least 25 pounds

Availability: Wednesdays, 2 – 5 PM

Starting October 6

Mobile Food Pantry Shift

Help pack the mobile 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, and good customer service skills

Availability: Wednesdays bi-weekly, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Supermarket Saturday Food Drives will return in 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 third Saturday of the month from 9 am to 1 pm, in one hour shifts
Where: Wallingford QFC, 1801 N 45th St.
Requirements: Participating young children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Resource Center

Our Empowerment Champion welcomes families and individuals with dignity and respect, and is the first point of contact for people who come to our Family Resource Center.

The ideal volunteer feels comfortable interacting with people from all walks of life, including those experiencing homelessness, and seeks to create an environment that is positive and empowering for our participants. Tasks include distribution of diapers and hygiene items, sorting and receiving donations, assisting with our shoe program, and general organizing and tidying.

Availability: (When our Resource Center reopens, date tbd) Tuesday 9:30 am – 12:30 pm, Spanish speaker. Please contact Kat Johson, Volunteer Coordinator.

PCC Bulk Food Packaging Party: currently paused

PCC Community Markets donates thousands of pounds of nutritious, bulk foods to their partnering food banks. Help nourish our community by packaging this food into family-sized portions! FamilyWorks Food Banks uses the portioned food during regular distribution for those in need.

Work Stations will be set up prior to volunteer arrival. Volunteers will be scooping bulk foods into family-sized portions, with a label. We appreciate those that can help with the clean up as well.

When: The first Wednesday of the month from 6 pm to 8 pm, every other month
Where: Wallingford Food Bank, FamilyWorks, 1501 N 45th St.
Requirements: Participating young children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.