Frequently asked questions
Below are the answers to some of the questions we get the most about volunteering here at the CFWMC. If you have a question that isn't answered here, please contact Lauren, our Program and Volunteer Coordinator at: email@example.com.
How do I get started?
Can my child volunteer?
Yes. However, due to legislation (Title 23, Chapter 63) that amended the Child Protective Services law in 2015, we have had to change our policy to require ALL volunteers under the age of 18 remain under the supervision of a parent, guardian, group leader or other adult who has their child abuse/state police clearances. Children under the age of 14 may not volunteer out in the actual Warehouse, at all. Our Volunteer Coordinator and other staff reserve the right to refuse any child the right to continue volunteering at the Community Food Warehouse, at any time if we feel it is unsafe.
Can I volunteer at the CFWMC to get my required service hours?
Children: Due to the change in Child Protective Services law, if you are under 18 or the leader of a group/club which includes children under 18, you must contact Lauren, our Volunteer and Program Coordinator to discuss the requirements.
Court-ordered: Yes, we will accept some court-ordered volunteers. Please ask your probation officer to send your information to Lauren. An interview will be required prior to volunteering.
When are volunteer shifts?
Most volunteer shifts are during our hours of operation, which are Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. On Tuesday evenings throughout the school year volunteers from various groups pack bags for our Backpack Program. Also, at least once a month, volunteers sort donated and salvage goods in the evenings. We also have at least one special event a year, and multiple community events, which support the CFWMC. Those events are often on Saturdays and Sundays. When you complete your volunteer application, please be sure to indicate your hours of availability and what you are most interested in doing.