We Love Our Volunteers
Our organization is operated by volunteers. Here are a few common questions and answers about volunteering with the Orangevale-Fair Oaks Foodbank.
What is required to volunteer?
We ask that all volunteers start by signing up for a volunteer shift. When you arrive you will fill out our volunteer form so we have your information on file. Please wear closed toed shoes for safety reasons. Make sure you have clothes that are easy to work in. Sometimes we do get a little dirty, so be prepared for that as well. Grab a nametag when you arrive so everyone knows your name and ask questions if you’re not sure of your task. Questions are welcome and we want you to feel comfortable in what you are doing.
Are children allowed to volunteer?
During the Covid-19 Crisis, we are asking that only families that have come before bring children that are 10 and older. If it’s your first time, please hold off until the stay-at-home orders have been lifted.
For most things, children are allowed and will enjoy volunteering. However, there are several shifts that for various safety or logistics reasons, children are not allowed. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult during the entire shift. A great way for children to be involved is to help with or to host a food drive.
Do I need special training to volunteer?
On your first shift, we’ll give you a tour of the food bank so you have an idea of what it is we do and to share our mission. Then we’ll work on plugging you in to that day’s work. We will pair you up with a seasoned volunteer to help guide you through the work. As you become more comfortable, there will be different opportunities in different positions. We suggest everyone move around a bit and try out a few shifts to see what fits best for you.. If you have the time and want, there are possible opportunities to help out with our specialized positions like computer intake and riding or driving our delivery truck.