Volunteering During COVID-19 Pandemic
As of July 29, due to the recent uptick in positive COVID cases surrounding the Delta variant, we will be conforming to the recent Orange County mandate regarding masks. We will now REQUIRE all volunteers to wear masks at all times, whether you are vaccinated or not, in all public areas of the Food Bank.
Below are guidelines we are following to combat the spread of the Coronavirus in our facility.
- Volunteer shifts are limited to no more than 40 volunteers at a time. Volunteers are then split into groups of 10 throughout the warehouse.
- Volunteers are being checked in by our front desk team instead of tablets.
- Volunteers are no longer writing their names on volunteer stickers.
- Volunteer orientations are no longer being held in the break room. This will help avoid large gatherings.
- There are hand sanitizing stations throughout the facility.
- We are asking anyone that is sick to please refrain from volunteering.
If you are unable to find a volunteer shift, please check back. Volunteer shifts are changing daily. You can also help these 3 ways: start a virtual food drive, make an online donation, and help spread the word on social media by following @feedhopenow.
We Love Volunteers!
Second Harvest Food Bank relied on more than 39,000 volunteers last year whose hours totalled 111,420. It's pretty incredible to see so many caring individuals pass through our warehouse throughout the year. Our various volunteer opportunities offer fun and unique ways for individuals and groups to contribute their time, talents and resources to help our neighbors in need.
Please review the following info below before signing up for a volunteer shift at our main facility.
Please note that our online calendar will only show volunteer opportunities in Orange County. If you are interested in volunteering at our Volusia or Brevard branches, please see the information below:
- Brevard County Volunteer Opportunities
Daily food sorting, assisting feeding partners with loading of food and light warehouse tasks (sweeping, organizing, order pulling, file sorting).
Please call: 321-733-1600
- Volusia County Volunteer Opportunities
Order Pickers (Ages 18+): Available Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday between the hours of 7am-12pm and 1pm-3:30pm. Volunteers are needed to help pick orders in our warehouse for our feeding partners. Volunteers must be able to stand, bend and lift up to 20 pounds.
Donation sorters: Available from October to December. Volunteers are needed to sort and box donations to be distributed to feeding partners.
Please call: 1-386-257-4499
Are you interested in learning more about our volunteer opportunities? Sign up here to receive Volunteer Voice in your inbox each month.
Become a Virtual Volunteer
Fight hunger without even changing out of your pajamas! Start a Virtual Food Drive and help provide meals to your neighbors in need.
We're Looking for Brand Ambassadors
Second Harvest Food Bank's Ambassador Program aims to engage energetic and committed community volunteers in the mission and work of the Food Bank by serving as Hunger Champions in our community. Sign up to be a Second Harvest
Become A Volunteer Captain
We are searching for Volunteer Captains to help our staff in the warehouse who run our volunteer projects.
- Be an established volunteer with SHFB and have at least 100 volunteer hours
- Have helped out in all areas: sorting, production, etc.
- Attend a Food For Thought tour. Sign up at www.FeedHopeNow.org.
- Be available at least once a week and be at least 18 years old
- Be flexible and help out in the areas that are most needed
- Be able to provide directions to our volunteers
- Be able to utilize a manual pallet jack (not required, but definitely helpful)
- Have a desire to help make projects run smoothly and effectively all while the volunteers are enjoying themselves
If you are interested in becoming a Volunteer Captain, please inform one of our volunteer staff leads. A recommendation from a lead is required for the Volunteer Captain role.
If you have any questions, contact Mindy Ortiz at MOrtiz@feedhopenow.org
Please Read Before Signing Up
* Each individual volunteer must register on their own. This allows us to keep accurate track of hours per volunteer.
Court Ordered Community Service
We are not able to accept court-ordered community service volunteers at this time.
Volunteers have to be at least 10 years old with a chaperone who is 18 years or older in order to help out in our facility, 16 years old without a chaperone. We also now have a "Family Night" or a "Family Day" for families with children ages 5-9 years old.
Closed toe AND closed heel shoes are REQUIRED to help out in our facility. Please wear appropriate length shorts that are not too revealing. Also, no see through shirts, spaghetti straps, or crop tops, please.
What type of volunteer are you?
Individual: Simply sign up for an available shift on the calendar.
School/kid groups: We require there to be two chaperones (age 18 or older) for every 5 kids in a group.
- A group consists of 5 or more volunteers.
- Step 1: Find an open shift with the number of slots that you need on our volunteer calendar.
- Step 2: Once you find an opportunity, email us at email@example.com. Please provide the following information: Name of group, number of volunteers, volunteer opportunity date/shift, and your cell phone number.
(Example: Donation Sorting 1/1/14 8:30am shift).
- Step 3: Wait for your response email to confirm your group reservation.
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For any additional questions, please contact:
The Volunteer Department at 407-295-1066 ext.1047