Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities
Weekly Food Run
Each week you will pick up donated food from a commercial food donor and deliver it to an assigned Island Harvest agency. This position requires a car, a weekly commitment, and some lifting (up to 30 pounds). Most runs take about an hour.
“On-Call” Food Run
If you cannot make a weekly commitment but are flexible and can work on short notice, you can help fill in when a volunteer cannot make his/her scheduled run or when we receive last minute donations.
Deliver Island Harvest food containers to registered food donors. Requires a monthly commitment.
Van Drivers and Truck Assistants
Drive one of our commercial vans or help pick up and deliver food on one of our refrigerated trucks with a staff driver. This position requires a commitment of two full weekdays per month; you must be able to lift up to 50 lbs.
Assist the warehouse coordinator with inventory control, lifting food onto and off of vehicles. Help with the distribution of food to our member agencies. Assist with clean up and garbage disposal. You must be able to lift between 40 and 60 pounds.
Help us expand our network of food donors! You’ll help educate potential donors about our programs and the advantages of donating excess food to Island Harvest.
Plan a Food Drive or Fundraiser
Have a food drive campaign at your school, club or office, or organize a bake sale, car wash or other activity to raise funds for Island Harvest. Ideal for children and adults.
Help at events such as food shows, concerts, fairs and large food drives.
Help with data entry, phone answering, and administrative and clerical tasks in one of our three locations. Opportunities are available in our development, volunteer coordination and program services departments.
Join us by speaking at Long Island schools, civic organizations and other groups about hunger awareness, nutrition and the food rescue work at Island Harvest. All speakers will be trained and speaking engagements will be scheduled in advance.
Donor Task Force
Comprised of volunteers, the Island Harvest Donor Task Force is a liaison between Island Harvest and the businesses that donate food. Task force members visit food donors to ensure that they have adequate food rescue supplies and that collections are timely and meeting their needs. Task Force members also work to re-activate lapsed food donors and secure new ones.
Donate Your Expertise
Island Harvest can use your specialized skills and services. Help is needed, in areas such as carpentry, truck repair and maintenance, painting, advocacy, graphics, public relations and information technology…and so many more! You can support Island Harvest through direct contributions and in-kind gift donations.
* You MUST have a valid NYS Driver’s License on file with Island Harvest when picking up food in either your own vehicle or an Island Harvest vehicle. You will be asked to provide the following information:
- Copy of Driver’s License
- Copy of auto insurance policy
- Abstract of driving record (MV15/c. Visit NYS DMV; A small fee for the abstract may apply.)
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