COVID-19 Update:

Volunteers are an essential part of our operation — they nearly double our workforce! Volunteer activities continue to operate in accordance with CDC recommendations, and tasks have shifted to reflect our highest needs. Out of an abundance of caution, the following changes are effective until further notice:

  • We cannot accept volunteers under the age of 10.
  • Anyone who has traveled to — or been in close contact with someone who has traveled to — an area with widespread, ongoing community spread (including all international and cruise travel) in the last 30 days cannot volunteer.
  • All group volunteer opportunities are closed through April 30.
  • Tuesday evening sessions are discontinued.
  • Orientation is no longer required for new volunteers. Individuals who would like to volunteer with us for the first time should follow the instructions on this page.
  • If the CDC considers you or someone in your household as high-risk, we do not recommend that you volunteer at this time.
  • We are building a Rapid Response Team of volunteers who would like to be on-call for new needs, as they arise. This situation continues to evolve quickly, and our Rapid Response Team will grant us the flexibility to adapt as necessary. To join this group, check the “COVID-19 Rapid Response Team” box on the first step of your registration form.

As always, please cancel your shift if you are experiencing symptoms of illness (e.g. fever, shortness of breath, and/or cough). Contact Katy or Shana at (303) 652-3663 so that we can plan accordingly.

For more information on our response to the coronavirus, please visit this page.

Volunteer as an Individual or Family

How to Get Started as a New Volunteer

Step 1: Create a Volunteer Profile online.

  • If you are registering on behalf of your family, you must complete a separate profile for each family member, regardless of their age. If necessary, you may use the same email address for multiple family members but please create unique usernames for each individual.

Step 2: Schedule your first volunteer shift.

  • Access our online Volunteer Portal.

  • View the calendar of open shifts to sign up for an opportunity. You may alternate between list or calendar view.

  • Click on a particular date to view a list of available shifts and tasks.

  • To commit to a shift, click the “Sign Up” button.

Age Eligibility

5 years and older.

Chaperone Requirements

Children ages 5-15 must have an adult chaperone with them; we require at least 1 adult for every 3 children.

Schedule & Tasks

Volunteer shifts for individuals and families are offered on weekdays between 7:00 AM and 4:30 PM, with evening shifts available on Tuesdays until 6:30 PM. We have many tasks for volunteers to choose from: please see below for detailed descriptions.

Location

Community Food Share’s warehouse is located in the Colorado Technology Center in Louisville: 650 S. Taylor Avenue, Louisville, CO. We also offer offsite volunteer opportunities in Boulder, Broomfield, Lafayette, and Longmont (see below).

Go to Group Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Activities for Individuals & Families

Sort produce and canned goods, restock shelves, repackage food, and help us maintain a clean, food-safe facility.

Where: Community Food Share
Shift Lengths: 2-3 hours
When: Weekdays, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM, and (on Tuesdays only) 4:00-6:30 PM

Assist in local gardens to cultivate, maintain, and harvest fresh vegetables to be donated to Community Food Share and our partner agencies. Activities vary, based on gardens’ needs, but can include hand and tool weeding, planting seeds, transplanting seedlings, and harvesting vegetables, as well as general garden set-up and maintenance.

Age restrictions vary by site. All volunteers must have completed an orientation before attending any Garden Share events.

Where: Garden sites throughout Boulder
Shift Length: 2-4 hours
When: Weekday mornings — please contact the Volunteer Department at (303) 652-3663 for an up-to-date schedule as these opportunities are weather dependent

Work directly on farms in Boulder and Broomfield Counties to harvest excess produce. Interested volunteers are “on-call” as gleaning opportunities become available at short notice. Age restrictions vary by site. All volunteers must have completed an orientation before attending any Garden Share events.

Where: Farms throughout Boulder County
Shift Length: 2-4 hours
When: Weekday and weekend shifts available — please contact the Volunteer Department at (303) 525-3491 for an up-to-date schedule as these opportunities are weather dependent

Volunteer Activities for Individuals

Assist our Partner Agencies as they collect food for their pantries. This activity requires training and includes working with our computer inventory program.

Where: Community Food Share
Shift Length: 2-5 hours
When: Mon & Wed, 9:00 AM-2:00 PM | Tues, 9:00 AM-6:00 PM

Help assist our truck drivers with unloading and sorting food donations. Driver’s Assistants must be at least 16 years old. Requires bending, stooping, and lifting (30-40 lbs)Please remember to wear sturdy, closed toe shoes and comfortable clothing. Torn/ripped clothing and tank tops are prohibited.

Where: Community Food Share
Shift Length: 2.5 hours (2 volunteer openings per shift Mon, Wed, & Fri and 1 volunteer opening per shift Tues & Thurs)
When: Weekdays, 1:00-3:30 PM

Assist participants in our onsite pantry, Feeding Families, by sorting, restocking, and organizing foods. This is an excellent opportunity to directly serve our participants. Requires some bending and lifting (30-40 lbs).

Where: Community Food Share
Shift Length: 3 hours
When: Wed, Thurs, & Fri, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM and 12:00-3:00 PM

Greet participants and assist with check-in. This activity requires training and includes computer work. Do you speak Spanish? Your assistance would be especially helpful with this activity, though it’s certainly not required!

Where: Community Food Share
Shift Length: 3 hours
When: Wed, Thurs, & Fri, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM and 12:00-3:00 PM

Greet guests and answer phone calls while performing other office tasks. Do you speak Spanish? Your assistance would be especially helpful with this activity, though it’s certainly not required!

Where: Community Food Share
Shift Length: 3 hours
When: Weekdays, 12:00 PM-3:00 PM and as needed

Our mobile pantries bring fresh produce, dairy, non-perishables, and bakery items to outdoor locations in Longmont. Assist with the set-up and help visitors collect food. Requires some bending and lifting (30-40 lbs). Do you speak Spanish? Your assistance would be especially helpful with this activity, though it’s certainly not required!

Where: Offsite (Longmont)
Shift Length: 2 hours
When: First & Third Tuesdays of the month, 12:00-2:00 PM | First & Third Thursdays of the month, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM | Additional shifts and locations available during summer months.

Prepare food orders for delivery to our Partner Agencies. Volunteers work in a small team to build pallets of product. Requires some bending and lifting (30-40 lbs). Must be at least 16 years old.

Where: Community Food Share
Shift Length: 2-5 hours
When: Weekdays, 8:00 AM-1:00 PM

Transport food from our warehouse to seniors in Boulder, Broomfield, Lafayette, and Longmont; assist shoppers; or deliver food directly to homebound seniors. We are specifically looking for volunteers who can make a six-month commitment for two shifts per month.

Where: Offsite
Shift Length: 2-5 hours
When: 1-2 shifts/month — please contact our volunteer department for an up-to-date schedule

Do you like to meet new people? Are you looking for opportunities to network? Become a Volunteer Ambassador and attend community events on behalf of Community Food Share. You’ll have the opportunity to tell others about our work, and recruit new volunteers and supporters. We’ll provide all the training and materials you need.

If you are interested in joining our group of Volunteer Ambassadors, please reach out directly to Katy Voldrich, Volunteer Manager, at kvoldrich@communityfoodshare.org or (303) 652-3663 ext. 202. Sign-up for Volunteer Ambassador shifts is managed outside of our regular Volunteer Portal.

Our ongoing tasks include nutritional programming and education, translation services, and on-call delivery drivers. We also have special event opportunities including our annual food drives — volunteer for Hunger Hurts Fund & Food Drive in the spring or Let’s Bag Hunger Fund & Food Drive in the fall. Additionally, you can give your time at our Annual Golf Tournament in the fall.

Questions?

Please call (303) 652-3663, and ask to speak with a member of our volunteer department.