In 2019, 517 volunteers contributed 6,992 hours of time to the CFWMC. That time is equivalent to almost $70,000 in salary!
Our dedicated volunteers are what enable us to accomplish all that we do, and we are so grateful for each of you.
Below are a few of the ways our volunteers spent all of those hours!
Volunteers are needed in various capacities to help with annual food bank events as well as other community events that benefit CFWMC. Empty Bowls, Farm Day in Town and the Race to End Hunger are events that provide great volunteer opportunities for everyone from individuals to large groups.
Once a month, volunteers pack food boxes for senior citizens participating in the senior box distribution. Volunteers may also be needed to assist with deliveries to the senior box distribution sites around the county.
Each Tuesday during the school year, volunteers from several school districts pack bags of food for elementary school children to take home for weekend meals. Individuals are welcome to join a packing team.
Every other month, (6 times/year), volunteers are needed to pack food boxes for a special distribution for veterans and active-duty military members and their families. This is a great volunteer opportunity for a smaller group of 5-7 people.
Volunteers are needed to inspect, sort, and repack donated goods. This is a good fit for groups of 5-15 people.
Many farmers donate large amounts of surplus produce to CFWMC during our local harvest season. Volunteers are needed to harvest this produce from the field that will be distributed to families in need as soon as possible. This type of volunteer work is not pre-scheduled, and gleaners are needed sometimes with only 24 hours’ notice.
Regular office volunteers provide a much-needed service to the food bank. Tasks include filing, answering phones, data entry among other office duties. This is a volunteer opportunity which requires a weekly commitment of at least 2-3 hours between the hours of 7:30am-3:30 pm.
Please note: if you would like to organize a volunteer session for a large group, we typically require at least one month's notice, but recommend contacting us earlier, if possible. We will do our best to accommodate you, but because we are a small food bank, opportunities for large groups are often booked in advance.
If you're interested in volunteering, we'd like to chat. You can get started by completing our Volunteer Application. Once you have completed it, please print, scan and email to:
or you may mail to:
Community Food Warehouse of Mercer County
109 S. Sharpsville Ave.
Sharon, PA 16146