Volunteer

 

September 29, 2020 - Volunteers needed for Neighborhood Distributions 

For the past several months, the Foodbank has had the assistance of the Ohio National Guard. They have been instrumental in streamlining our Neighborhood Distributions, enabling the Foodbank to serve thousands of families in a very short timeframe. The National Guard’s time at the Foodbank is coming to an end, so we are asking for your help to keep the distributions running smoothly.

The Foodbank is seeking volunteers ready for a workout! Neighborhood Distributions take place outside, rain or shine, and are a great opportunity to work directly with the individuals and families we serve. This is a physically demanding opportunity, as volunteers are lifting boxes up to 30 pounds into guests’ vehicles. If interested in helping at a distribution, please call 330.535.6900 or email volunteer@acrfb.org
 

September 11, 2020 - Update to face covering policy 

The safety of our volunteers and guests is our utmost priority. As the Summit County Public Health Department recently revised its Face Covering Order, order 2020-09, your Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank will also revise its face covering policy to adhere to these new guidelines. 

All volunteers are required to wear a face covering while on the property of the Foodbank.  We understand there are certain exemptions to face covering requirements under state law, however, the Foodbank is no longer able to accommodate these exceptions in our volunteer center at this time. We also require volunteers to wash their hands before beginning a shift, and stay home if experiencing any symptoms or if COVID-19 exposure has occurred. Volunteers will be spread out throughout the volunteer center to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

Face coverings may be removed in the Foodbank commons area in order to eat or drink,  though volunteers should maintain 6-feet of social distance.
Volunteers are to enter through the front doors of the Foodbank to check in.  If you do not have a covering, you will be given the option to wear a provided mask or to reschedule your volunteer shift for a later date. This current order is mandated by Summit County Public Health until January 8, 2021. 

Please make note, at this time we’re able to accommodate adult and corporate groups of no more than 10 people. We cannot accommodate youth groups, however minors, ages 10 and up, can volunteer with a guardian.

Currently, we’re inviting volunteers back to the facility:

  • Monday-Friday for individuals from 8:30am-3:30pm with a break for cleaning from 12:30pm-1:30pm.
  • Monday-Friday for groups from 9:00am-11:30am and 1:00pm-3:30pm.
  • First and third Wednesday evenings from 4:30pm-6:30pm.
  • Saturdays from 8:30am-11am.
  • We’re actively recruiting volunteers for the Neighborhood Distribution, held the second and fourth Thursday from 1:30pm-4:30pm in July and August.

To promote a safe experience, space is limited for all volunteer opportunities. To ensure a space is open, it is important for all volunteers to sign up for a time slot prior to arrival.

Schedule Your Next Visit

    Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank!

    Here at the Foodbank, we are helping to improve the lives of our community facing hunger, but we can’t do it alone. Join us in the fight against hunger today!


    Volunteer Opportunities

    Our normal volunteer hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30am-3:30pm. A typical volunteer shift lasts two hours.

    Please note, you must be at least 10 years old to volunteer. Youth volunteers age 15 and under must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

    Warehouse Opportunities

    Volunteers have a hands-on experience sorting, inspecting, relabeling or repackaging donated food.

    Office Opportunities

    Volunteers assist with filing, computer data entry, mailings and other essential administrative duties.

    Nights & Weekends

    Warehouse volunteer opportunities are available on Saturday mornings, 8:30am-11:00am (except holiday weekends) and on the first and third Wednesday evenings of each month, 4:30pm-6:30pm.

     

    Neighborhood Distributions

    Volunteers have a hands-on experience loading and unloading groceries and assisting clients at monthly onsite food distributions.

    Special Events

    Volunteers assist with events, activities, campaigns and food drives throughout the year.

    Skilled Volunteers

    Do you have a special skill or interest that you would like to utilize? Fill out the Areas of Experience section of your volunteer profile or add details to your Notes section. We will contact you for roles that fit your skillset.


    Volunteer Registration

    We've created a simple two-step process that will help you register to volunteer, and find the volunteer opportunity that best fits your schedule.

    First Time Volunteers

    Individuals can create an account by completing the appropriate application below.

    RETURNING VOLUNTEERS

    Once your account has been created, log in to our Volunteer Information Center to self-schedule your volunteer opportunity at the Foodbank.

    Please note, if you are volunteering as part of a group, you will find them listed on the calendar once you sign in below.

    SCHEDULE YOUR NEXT VISIT

    FIRST TIME bringing A GROUP

    Please complete the group request form below. A Volunteer Coordinator will contact you to confirm your group’s volunteer activity.

    RETURNING GROUPS

    If you have already completed a group application and volunteered in the past, please contact the appropriate Volunteer Coordinator listed below.

    Corporate Groups: Please contact Samantha Shallenberger at sshallenberger@acrfb.org or 330.777.1061.

    Organizations, churches and school groups: Please contact Tasha Ledrich at tledrich@acrfb.org or 330.777.1065.


    SAFETY IS OUR PRIORITY.

    Please note that open-toed shoes and jewelry are not permitted in our warehouse when handling food. Thank you for your cooperation!

    Questions about volunteering? Please contact our volunteer department at 330.535.6900.