How To Volunteer

At the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank we are always looking for energetic, kind and reliable volunteers. We want to ensure each volunteer has a positive and rewarding experience with us. Time commitment ranges from once a week to an occasional day/evening throughout the year and during busy peak times.

To volunteer, follow these steps:

  1. Complete our volunteer application form.
  2. Volunteers will then be contacted for a tour and interview.
  3. Please feel free to contact Tara with any questions or concerns you may have at  519-622-6550 ext. 106 or

Group Volunteers

At the Food Bank we welcome a variety of groups to volunteer. Opportunities exist for corporate groups, churches, service groups, schools and others to help in a variety of ways. Volunteer shifts are flexible and can be arranged through the group liaison and Tara.

Student Volunteers

At the Food Bank we offer volunteer positions for students to obtain their 40 hours for graduation. Positions can be limited due to the number of students looking to help out and the time of year. If you’re interested in helping out please keep in mind we do have a lot of students looking to volunteer with limited space, not all students will be accepted.

As a Volunteer you may be involved in helping with any of the following events/areas:

  • Emergency hamper room
  • Clothing room
  • Sorting and packaging food
  • Stocking shelves
  • Participating in fundraising events
  • Serving on the Board of Directors or other Board committees

 Current Volunteer Positions Needed:

  • Potato Blitz – On Feb. 6 the Food Bank will be participating in our annual one day blitz collecting potatos and monetary donations from participating grocery stores in Cambridge. Volunteers are needed for various shifts at various locations. Please contact Tara for details.
  • Clothing Room Sorter – The volunteer will be responsible for sorting incoming clothing according to item, size and gender, while discarding anything ripped, stained or deemed inappropriate. This position requires a 4-6 month commitment. Volunteers needed Thursday afternoons between the hours of 12:00 pm and 4:00 pm. Please contact Tara
  • Emergency Room Attendant – The volunteer will be responsible for assisting clients in obtaining their food hamper. They must be friendly, courteous and assist without judgement. This position requires a 4-6 month commitment. Volunteer needed for Friday afternoon from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Please contact Tara.
  • Emergency Room Quarterback – This volunteer will be responsible for keeping the emergency room fully stocked with food and other misc. items. They will work with the Warehouse Coordinator to determine quantities and monitor signage. Must be able to lift 30 lbs repeatedly. This position requires a 4-6 month commitment. Helped needed Thursdays 10:00 am-12:30 pm and Thursdays 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm. Please contact Tara.
  • Warehouse Support – The volunteer will be responsible for assisting in the warehouse, sorting food and helping with general upkeep. The need for volunteers changes frequently in the warehouse, please contact Tara for more information.