Volunteer

Volunteers are the lifeblood of The Caring Cupboard. The Caring Cupboard relies on volunteers to distribute food to those in need and therefore play a key role in ensuring that people in need have access to nutritious food. We hope that you can join us in our mission to alleviate hunger in the Palmyra and Annville-Cleona areas. Help us build a healthier community; ask your friends, co-workers, or family to join your efforts and spend a day making a difference in your community!

Volunteer Opportunities

We offer a variety of volunteer opportunities to meet every skill and age level. 

First, click here to register as a volunteer. A new page with a form will appear. PLEASE remember to add your phone number so that we may call you. Thanks!

Warehouse/Stocking

Volunteers sort non-perishable food items and nonfood items. Volunteers will be checking for secure packages, food quality dates, and sorting into set categories. Performs basic housekeeping chores as needed. Disposes of dated food as needed.

Age requirement: 18; minors may be asked to be accompanied by an adult
Physical Requirements: Must be able to lift 20 lbs or more
Takes place during our hours of operation
Our Volunteer Hours:
Monday: 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. and 3 to 5 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:00 to 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 

                                                                                     Special Events

Volunteers assist in various activities from food and fund drives to our annual golf tournament. These events will be on the volunteer calendar for sign-up as they become available. Events may occur during the weekday, evening, or weekend. 

Age requirement: 18
Physical Requirements: A variety of skills and requirements
Hours dependents on time of event. Planning and/or organizing may take place at various times.
 

Client Assistant

Volunteers assist clients as they shop our free choice food pantry operation (this means families shop with guidelines like they would in a regular store); answer questions about policies and procedures. Experience in customer service and social service experience is beneficial.

Age requirement: 18; minors may be asked to be accompanied by an adult
Physical Requirements: Must be able to lift 20 lbs or more
Takes place during our hours of operation
Our Volunteer Hours:                                                                                                   Monday: 3 to 5 p.m.
 Wednesday: 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 to 7 p.m.
 Friday: Noon to 2 p.m.

 

Court Ordered Community Service

We accept community service volunteers for court-ordered community service on a case-by-case basis. Community Service volunteers assist in our quality assurance program.  You must provide documents as proof of your violation. 

Age requirement: 18; minors are asked to be accompanied by an adult
Physical Requirements: Must be able to lift 20 lbs or more
Takes place during our hours of operation

Our Volunteer Hours:                                                                                            Monday: 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. and 3 to 5 p.m.
 Wednesday: 8:00 to 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 to 7 p.m.
 Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Volunteer Dress Policy:

Please use your best judgement when coming to volunteer at The Caring Cupboard. Depending on the volunteering position, you may be asked to stoop, bend, lift, and carry items. Closed-toe shoes are recommended but not strictly enforced. If you are wearing suggestive or inappropriate clothing, you may be asked to leave and return when you are able to change or at your next shift. 

Food Safety Guidelines:

  • In order to prevent contamination of food products, no persons with cold symptoms, flu, boils, sores, infected wounds or any other infections or communicable diseases are permitted to contact food.
  • Volunteers must wash hands before beginning shift, and after eating, drinking, using the restroom, and otherwise soiling hands.