Volunteer work includes all ages, diverse religious and ethnic groups. Individuals with varied ability levels and economic resources can provide useful services. You can be a productive team member, meet other people who share your convictions, and have fun! Volunteers are the lifeblood of many non-profits, and MANNA FoodBank relies heavily on the goodwill of their volunteer corps to helps serve our mission to involve, educate, and unite people in the work to end hunger in Western North Carolina.
In order to volunteer at MANNA FoodBank, we require you to attend a volunteer orientation as well as fill out this Volunteer Application form below.
Volunteer Application Form”
Once you have done so, we can proceed with volunteering!
- You will be offered meaningful and valued work.
- The food you help select, sort, and pack will provide meals for people who seek emergency food assistance throughout Western North Carolina.
- You will work with organized, trained, caring professionals.
- You will work in a clean and safe area.
- You will enjoy hands-on work and meet other like-minded volunteers.
- You can choose service opportunities where your interests can help fill MANNA’s needs.
- You will feel great about yourself, because you can make a positive contribution to your community!
- You will make a difference and we thank you!
What Motivates our Volunteers?
If you ask 100 people, you will probably get 100 different answers. Here are some we hear most often at MANNA:
- Personal satisfaction from meaningful work which contributes directly to my community;
- Humanitarian insight into the problems of waste, hunger and poverty;
- Putting beliefs into action;
- Educational and interesting work experience.
What Services do Volunteers Perform?
- We ask volunteers to work in our warehouse processing area, which represents the heart of MANNA FoodBank’s operations. You will be trained to conscientiously check, clean, label, sort, and box salvage food and non-food packaged items. These items will then be made available to our member agencies for distribution throughout Western North Carolina.
- Special fund-raising events such as the Blue Jean Ball and the Ingles Giving Tree are always in need of helping hands and minds to perform a variety of services.
- MANNA provides many other specialized volunteer areas that need staffing on a regular basis. Such opportunities include:
- food stamp outreach;
- becoming a member of MANNA’s Speakers’ Bureau and speaking on behalf of MANNA at community events;
- working closely with our partner agencies to further communication and monitor their compliance with MANNA’s guidelines;
- packing bags, loading and unloading trucks, and driving for MANNA Packs for Kids Program;
- office and computer based work.
- Good judgment
- Willingness to follow instructions and work cooperatively as a team member
- Ability to perform and follow through on unsupervised duties on an individual basis
- Commitment to quality and excellence
During the summer, warehouse processing takes place
- Monday-Thursday and Saturday (9am-12pm and 1pm-3pm).
- Thursday evenings 4pm-6pm and 6pm-8pm
Special projects take place year round: “on call”, evening, weekends, and holidays
How you can get involved
Call our Volunteer Coordinator during office hours to discuss our flexible scheduling options. You’ll get a warm welcome from our professional staff and lots of information on volunteer opportunities.
Questions? We welcome them! Whether you become an active volunteer at this time or not, we’re always glad to talk about MANNA FoodBank’s role in our community.