BECOME A VOLUNTEER

BECOME A VOLUNTEER

YOU CAN HELP END HUNGER.

 
We simply couldn’t do what we do without our volunteers. Each year, more than 8,000 volunteers step through our front doors and become a part of the solution to hunger in our community. They bring their passion, energy and skills to the table so they can put food onto the tables of their neighbors in need. No matter your age or ability, you can play a role in solving hunger. Sign up to volunteer now at the hunger solution center nearest you.

VOLUNTEER INFORMATION

IN THE VOLUNTEER CENTER

Almost every day, volunteers give their time in our volunteer center sorting and repacking donated food to be redistributed to people facing hunger in our community. Individuals and groups welcome. Specific family nights available.

In the Kitchen

Want to help build a healthier community through nutrition education and cooking classes? Become a Nutrition Ambassador with The Kitchen at Second Harvest. Nutrition ambassadors help facilitate and support nutrition education interventions through cooking classes for kids and adults, recipe sampling and more!

In the COMMUNITY

Volunteers support various community events throughout the year, such as food drives and fundraisers. Contact our Volunteer Coordinator to be added to our e-mail list to find out about these opportunities.

Volunteer drivers deliver food drive boxes and pick up full donation boxes from local schools and businesses utilizing our company vans and small trucks. Must have current WA driver’s license. Please email our Volunteer Coordinator for more information.

Employee Match

Your gift of time or money could be matched by your employer! Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions or volunteer hours made by their employees, retirees, and/or employee spouses. Check with your human resource department to confirm if a matching program exists and multiply your impact today!

MEET YOUR VOLUNTEERS

“It’s fun and fulfilling to serve. Not only is it great to serve, you get to meet other people out here in the community doing it too.”

-Jean Blok, Mobile Market Volunteer, Kennewick

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do I sign up?

Signing up to volunteer is easy! Most opportunities are listed on our events calendar. Select the location you are interested in volunteering at below to view our current opportunities.

Volunteer in Spokane

Volunteer in Tri-Cities

What if I need help with the volunteer website?

If you need assistance, please contact our Volunteer Center.
Spokane: Savannah Olsen, savannah.olsen@2-harvest.org  or (509) 252-6283
Tri-Cities: Christine Garcia, christine.garcia@2-harvest.org  or (509) 545-0787

Can children volunteer?

Anyone 14 and older may volunteer. Volunteers under 14 must be accompanied by a parent or adult chaperone and must stay with their parent/chaperone in the assigned work area(s). Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate children under 9-years-old.

For some volunteer opportunities, a minimum age requirement may apply. Please see the details in the event descriptions on our events calendar for more information.

If you have additional questions, please contact our Volunteer Center.
Spokane: Savannah Olsen, savannah.olsen@2-harvest.org or (509) 252-6283
Tri-Cities: Christine Garcia, christine.garcia@2-harvest.org  or (509) 545-0787

Are you able to accommodate the special needs of a handicapped or disabled person as a volunteer?

We do everything possible to allow volunteers with special needs to volunteer with us.

For additional information, please contact our Volunteer Center.
Spokane: Savannah Olsen, savannah.olsen@2-harvest.org  or (509) 252-6283
Tri-Cities: Christine Garcia, christine.garcia@2-harvest.org or (509) 545-0787

Can I volunteer if I have food allergies?

Because the food we receive and sort is donated from many different places, we cannot guarantee that our food hasn’t come into contact with certain food items, such as peanuts. Also, because we work with donated food, we may not know which food product volunteers will be packing the day of the activity.

For additional information, please contact our Volunteer Center.
Spokane: Savannah Olsen, savannah.olsen@2-harvest.org or (509) 252-6283
Tri-Cities: Christine Garcia, christine.garcia@2-harvest.org or (509) 545-0787

Do I need to schedule in advance, or can I just show up?

All volunteers must be scheduled in advance through our volunteer website. Once you are signed up for an event, you will receive a confirmation email. You will receive instructions from our staff upon arrival the day of your event.

What if I want to book a group or reserve spots for multiple people?

All group volunteer opportunities need to be scheduled with our Volunteer Center staff. It is helpful if you have dates and times in mind ahead of time. Please try to book groups 1-2 months in advance, as our events do fill up quickly! If you have changes or cancelations, please contact us as soon as possible. The Ideal group size is 15 volunteers per shift.

If you are interested in booking a group to volunteer at Second Harvest, please contact our Volunteer Center.
Spokane: Savannah Olsen, savannah.olsen@2-harvest.org or (509) 252-6283

Tri-Cities: Christine Garcia, christine.garcia@2-harvest.org or (509) 545-0787

Do I need to attend a training or orientation before volunteering?

Most volunteer opportunities do not require any advanced training. You can expect to receive an overview of expectations and your role at the beginning of your volunteer shift.

How do I get there, and is there parking?

For volunteer opportunities at Second Harvest facilities, parking is available onsite.

Spokane: We are located at 1234 E. Front Avenue Spokane, WA 99202. Click here for directions to our Spokane location

Tri-Cities: We are located at 5825 Burlington Loop Pasco, WA 99301. Click here for directions to our Pasco location

Does Second Harvest accept court-related community service volunteers?

Second Harvest does not provide court-related community service.

Do you provide documented proof of volunteer hours?

We can provide documented proof of volunteer hours upon request. At the end of the shift, please let the Volunteer Center Supervisor know if you need this for work or school purposes.

Additionally, you can access logged service hours directly through volunteer hub, the site used to sign up for volunteer opportunities. Click on “Your Name” in the top right corner of the site. Then, click on the “View Hours” tab. You can view your volunteer history through this tab as well.

How do I get involved in the Kitchen at Second Harvest?

The Second Harvest Kitchen is located at our Spokane facility. If you are interested in the Second Harvest Kitchen, visit secondharvestkitchen.org or contact us by phone at (509) 534-6678 for more information.

What other opportunities to volunteer exist at Second Harvest?

Interested in clerical work? Volunteers are scheduled for administrative projects on an as-needed basis. Please contact Jill Wilson at jill.wilson@2-harvest.org or (509) 252-6257 for more information. (Spokane Location)

Interested in driving? Volunteer drivers are needed to help deliver to and pick-up food drive orders from area businesses, schools and organizations. No commercial driver license is needed. Please contact Jill Wilson at jill.wilson@2-harvest.org or (509) 252-6257 for more information. (Spokane Location)

Please take a look at any special events that may be coming up on our events calendar for other opportunities.

OTHER WAYS TO GET INVOLVED

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