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VOLUNTEERING
Last year the West Seattle Food Bank had over 300 volunteers that served over 21,000 hours. We are grateful to have so many local community members helping us in a variety of ways to carry out our mission.

HOURS

Volunteer shifts typically fall during regular business hours:

  • 9: 00 a.m. – 3: 00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday
  •  9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday
  • We do not have any regular volunteer positions over the weekend (unless it’s for a specific event).

VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS

  • Volunteers must accept and promote the mission, vision, values of the West Seattle Food Bank.
  • Volunteers must adhere to our policy to provide services without regard to race, color, age, sex, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability.
  • Volunteers for WSFB must maintain confidentiality of clients, other volunteers, and donors.
  • Volunteers are expected to follow all volunteer policies and procedures which will be provided during orientation.

VOLUNTEERING WITH GROUPS

  • WSFB can occasionally accommodate a small group of volunteers.  To schedule a small group for volunteering please contact the food bank at least 2-3 weeks in advance.
  • An alternative way to get larger groups involved is to hold a food drive.  How to hold a food drive   For more information and materials for organizing and holding a food drive email Judi Yazzolino, Development Director, at judi@westseattlefoodbank.org.

VOLUNTEERING WITH CHILDREN

  • Due to safety concerns, volunteers working at the West Seattle Food Bank must be at least 13 years of age.
  • Volunteers under the age of 18 must have a parent/guardian sign their application in permission of volunteering.
  • An alternative way to get children involved is having a food drive. Click here for more information.
  • Another way to get children involved is the PCC food re-packaging parties held at the West Seattle Food Bank usually from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. on the second Monday, every other month (dates subject to change). This is a family friendly event that is open to the public to come and help re-package food for distributions. For more information about these events please visit http://www.pccnaturalmarkets.com/events/ws.html .
  • WSFB can also arrange for a food bank tour for your child, their organization or their school class, upon request.

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Court- Ordered Community Service:

  •  To apply for Court-Ordered Community Service you must come in our office, Monday-Friday 9am-2:30pm, fill out a volunteer application and then have a short interview with our Operations Manager.  An appointment is not needed.
  • WSFB cannot accept individuals for community service for any charges pertaining to theft, assault or any violent crime. You must have and present WSFB with all pertinent and appropriate court documents pertaining to the community service requirement.
  • We can provide you with letters and reports for the hours worked, however, it is your responsibility to request, obtain and forward these documents to your court.
  • If accepted, we may not be able to provide you with all of the volunteer hours to fulfill your entire community service requirement so we always encourage you to look into other agencies.

Service Learning Requirements for School

  • We try to incorporate students into our volunteer schedule, typically for our Wednesday 4-7 pm food distribution, but space for school service learning is very limited because our office hours are Monday – Friday 9am – 3pm except on Wednesdays.

CURRENT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Board Members – Board Members are responsible for ensuring effective and fiscally sound programs and operations; providing leadership, advice and direction to the staff and volunteers of the organization; and assisting with the general promotion of the West Seattle Food Bank to support the organizations’s mission, vision and values.  Board Job Description 

Food Rescue Drivers – Assist staff and at times drive the WSFB van to collect the donated goods from our Seattle and West Seattle Food Rescue Partners.  Food Rescue Driver Volunteer Description

Home Delivery Drivers – Pick up groceries from the WSFB and delkiver them, using their personal vehicle, to the homebound elderly and disabled residents in the West Seattle area. Home Delivery Volunteer Description

Event Volunteers – Help set up and work at various events, representing the WSFB, including food drives, manning festival booths, collecting donations at community events and helping out at various fundraising and volunteer events. Event Volunteer Job Description

Baby & Child Corner Volunteers – The Baby Corner provides assistance to moms in need who require essential baby items such as diapers, clothing, equipment, car seats, etc. .  Baby Corner Volunteer Job Description 

Mailing Volunteers – Volunteers help prepare various WSFB communications such as newsletters, invitations to events and other informational materials to be mailed out to community members and donors.  Tasks include stuffing, sealing and labeling envelopes and newsletters so they are ready to be mailed. Mailings Volunteer Job Description

Please, download, print, fill out the application and bring it into the food bank Monday or Friday 9am – 1pm at West Seattle Food Bank, 3419 SW Morgan Street, Seattle, WA. 98126  Volunteer Application   At that time you will have an interview with Lester Yuh, our Operation Manager, to see what your time availability is and what you are interested in doing.