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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:


How do I get started?

Click here to get the Volunteer Application. Print, complete and mail, or print, complete, scan and email to our Volunteer and Program Coordinator, Lauren at:


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.



Can I schedule a group?
Yes- but the larger the group, the more notice we will need. We are a small food bank and have a dedicated group of regular volunteers- in order for us to have enough for your large group, we have to plan ahead. 




Do I have to stay for my whole shift?
In order to successfully complete projects, we ask that all volunteers arrive on time and plan to stay for the entirety of their scheduled time. If you are unable to attend your scheduled shift, please notify us as soon as possible.
What should I wear for my volunteer shift?
You must wear closed toe shoes, and we recommend wearing clothes you don't mind getting dirty-especially if you will be out in the Warehouse.
What's the best way to stay up to date on current volunteer opportunities?
The best way to stay up to date on our current volunteer opportunities is to contact our Volunteer Coordinator!
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