Become A Volunteer
Volunteers are the heart of WayForward and vital to the success of all of our programs.
By volunteering, you’ll help build a community where everyone can thrive. While you give your time and talent to help build stability for others, you’ll also meet new people and have the chance to try out new activities and learn new skills while experiencing the satisfaction of serving your community. We offer one-time and recurring volunteer opportunities, which are listed below.
"I would tell everyone to just sign up for one shift to volunteer inside of the food pantry. You will get a great sense of the support, kindness and inclusivity that is what WayForward is all about. You will feel so warm and welcomed that you will want to come back for more. It almost feels like a family! "
Jonathan Morkved, current volunteer
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Pack Food Deliveries
Pack refrigerated, frozen, and shelf stable items into grocery bags and stage the orders for next day delivery. You will stand and walk throughout these volunteer shifts. Volunteers ages 12-15 must be accompanied by an adult. Volunteers 16 and up may volunteer independently.
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Warehouse Receiving & Unloading
Help ensure that WayForward’s food pantry inventory is augmented, maintained, organized, and safe so that guests can receive the nutrition they need to thrive. You will join an experienced team of volunteers to: Represent WayForward’s values during food rescue, food drives, or while unloading food delivery trucks Safely label and store incoming food in 3 […]
Help a Senior with Light Chores
Some seniors in our community need a bit of help to keep things tidy, organized, or maintained so that they can remain in their independent household. Enjoy a one-time chore or developing a relationship with your senior as you help on a recurring basis. All homesites are visited and approved by a WayForward case manager.
Clean Team – Food Pantry
Help us make the Food Pantry shine for those we serve and to maintain best practices for health and safety. Join several other volunteers on Thursdays* from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. Sweep the floors, vacuum rugs, wipe down food counter-tops, mop floors, etc. We need your help once a week, every other week, or even once a month!
Clutter Care Volunteer
Is organization your superpower or would you like it to be? You can directly help senior clients maintain their independence by providing indoor chore help specifically targeting clutter. Clutter affects safety in the home and housing stability. Collaborating with the WayForward Seniors Program Manager and individual seniors. you will help create and carry out a […]
Volunteer Driver (Rides)
Help seniors by providing door-to-door transportation to their appointments.
Be part of a team that provides a dignified and respectful shopping experience for guests accessing WayForward’s food pantry by: Warmly greet guests, donors, visitors, and staff Check in certified WayForward guests or register uncertified guests Receive incoming calls to the Distribution Center Maintain an organized, clean work station, reception area, and guest restrooms Assist […]
Guest Check-Out Assistant
Be part of a team that provides a dignified and respectful shopping experience for guests accessing WayForward’s food pantry by: Warmly greet food pantry guests when they are ready to check out Measure and record food weight for each guest when they have completed their shopping Assist guests to their vehicles, if needed Maintain a […]
Be part of a team that provides a dignified and respectful shopping experience for guests accessing WayForward’s food pantry by: Warmly welcoming food pantry guests, explaining the pantry flow, and offering assistance, as needed Assist with other food pantry tasks, as needed and as time allows The ideal volunteer will be available for a minimum […]
Support the Seniors Program at WayForward’s main office! Arrange transportation for or food delivery to seniors from a list of available volunteers. Tasks include updating Google Sheets logs, listening to voicemail, making phone calls, and sending emails. The ideal volunteers will be available regularly on Thursdays or Fridays for about 2-3 hours per week.
Be part of a team that provides a dignified and respectful shopping experience for our guests. Responsibilities include: Sort and stock food donations during open pantry hours Provide shopping assistance to pantry guests, as requested Offer emergency food bags, if needed Collect donations The ideal volunteer will be available for a minimum of one weekly […]
General Volunteer Interest
If you do not see a volunteer opportunity that interests you currently listed above, please fill out the Inquiry Form and be sure to share how you might like to donate your time to further WayForward’s mission to create food security and housing stability.