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VOLUNTEERING
Last year the West Seattle Food Bank had over 200 volunteers that served over 11,110 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. Click here for information and materials for organizing and holding food drives upon request.

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 upon request.

COMMUNITY SERVICE

  • Court- Ordered Community Service:
    • 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, but space for school service learning is very limited due to the fact that we are typically open during school hours.
    • Participating in community events may be a good option to fulfill this requirement, as they typically take place on weekends.  Please contact Nicole at nicole@westseattlefoodbank.org to be placed on the list. We will notify you when an opportunity arises.

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 2013

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 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 and fill out the application and mail it into:  West Seattle Food Bank, 3419 SW Morgan Street, Seattle, WA. 98126  Volunteer Application