GETTING STARTED

 
 
Meet Diane, one of our veteran volunteers!
Diane volunteers regularly and is part of a team that runs our Thursday night distribution in Martindale. Become a volunteer, and these are some of the things you might be asked to help out with!

 
                            
Volunteers are an integral part of our operation. In 2016, volunteers donated over 22,000 hours of time to us.
 
     
  A group of volunteers fills orders for our Home-Aide Program.  
 
After completing the Volunteer Application Form here, please read through the Orientation Manual to complete the process.

A photo ID will be requested on your first day, so please make sure and have it ready to go. Volunteers will be able to schedule their own shifts after orientation has been completed online and they have received their Volunteer pin number. Depending on your interests and skills, you may want to volunteer in the front office, in the warehouse, at a public food distribution, or for a special project/event. You can read more about the different volunteer positions below.
 
    Volunteers who require verification of their service hours will need to bring any documentation provided by the appropriate institutions. 
    If you will need a report verifying the time you have volunteered with the Hays County Food Bank, please provide us with 48 hours’ notice to produce your report. 
    Volunteers under the age of 18 will require the approval of the parent/guardian in the form of an additional Volunteer Liability Waiver form. 
    Businesses may want to volunteer through the HOPE Program found under the Corporate Volunteering Tab. 
    Groups of students or adolescents may want to volunteer through the YEAH Program found under the Youth Volunteering Tab. 
    Children under 14 must have a parent or guardian present.
 
For more information about volunteering, please contact our Volunteer Services Coordinator, at (512) 392-8300 Ext. 222.
 
 
Volunteer Shifts Typically Available
 
 
Shift Descriptions
 
Drivers
Primary Duties: Driving vans to pick up food from H-E-Bs in San Marcos (1&2), Kyle, Buda and Wimberley. Vans pick up food every day in the morning, even on weekends. Drivers will also drive vans to and from distributions and help load/unload all food items. Other duties include interacting with clients and handing food out to clients. Those interested must be 25 or older and have a clean driving record. Bring your social security card and valid driver’s license when you come to volunteer orientation.

Warehouse
Primary Duties: Assisting the operations team in picking up food from local H-E-B stores, weighing and sorting food, checking for signs of contamination or damaged goods, creating food boxes or bags for pick-up, loading and unloading vans. Other duties include but are not limited to sweeping, mopping, taking out trash and recycling, and general clean-up of work areas.

Distribution
Primary Duties: Loading and unloading vans, setting up food for distribution to clients, interacting with clients, and handing food out to clients.

Front Office / Client Services
Primary Duties: Assisting office staff in answering phones, assisting clients, folding brochures and assembling promotional materials, entering data into spreadsheets or databases, making copies, and other miscellaneous clerical duties. Front office volunteers require an additional training session after the regular volunteer orientation.

Adopt-A- Farm
Primary Duties: Traveling to gardens and farms and planting, weeding, harvesting, and generally helping out the local farmers. In return, the farms donate a portion of their fresh produce to the food bank.

Special Projects / Events
Depending on the specific project or event, the type of work volunteers will be doing can vary greatly. Call 512-392-8300 to see if there are any special projects you or your group can get involved with or contact Development and Special Events Manager, Ashley Hurst.

Speaker’s Bureau
Primary Duties: Speaking on behalf of the Hays County Food Bank at events throughout the area. Click here for more information. Interested individuals contact Communications Coordinator, Mallory Raschke.
 
Social Media Ambassador
Primary Duties: Utilize your own personal social media in order to increase awareness of the Hays County Food Bank. Click here for more information.

Board of Directors
Primary Duties: Serve on governing board of 501(c)(3) corporation which requires, among other things, attendance at monthly Board meetings, committee work, personal monetary donation to Food Bank, fundraising/food drives, volunteering at Food Bank and special events. Contact Food Bank’s Executive Director at (512) 392 -8300 for referral to Board’s Nominations Committee.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
               
 
 
 
 
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