Volunteer as an Individual or Family

Age Eligibility

5 years and older.

Chaperone Requirements

Children ages 5-14 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. Weekend opportunities are available on the third Saturday of the month from 9:00 AM until noon. 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).

How to Get Started as a New Volunteer

Step 1: Complete a Volunteer Application online
(Note: If you are completing required service hours, you must complete this application)

  • If you are registering on behalf of your family, you only need to fill out one application. Please indicate your family’s name (i.e. “Smith Family”) in the space marked “Group Name”.

Step 2: Attend orientation

  • New volunteers must attend a 30-minute orientation to take a tour of the warehouse, learn about the volunteer tasks available, and review safety guidelines.

  • Orientation is offered every Monday at 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM (excluding national holidays). If you need to schedule an orientation outside these times, please call our office at (303) 652-3663 and speak with a member of our volunteer department.

Step 3: Schedule your first volunteer shift

  • After you attend orientation, you can access our online Volunteer Portal.

  • When logged in, click “Check Your Schedule” on the left to view a calendar of open shifts.

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

  • To select a shift, click the green “Schedule Me” button.

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-4:30 PM, with extended hours on Tuesday evenings (drop-in 12:30-6:30 PM; no sign-up needed for returning volunteers). Saturdays: Third Saturday of the month, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM (returning volunteers only, please).

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.

Where: Garden sites throughout Boulder
Shift Length: 2-4 hours
When: Weekday mornings — Please contact Leigh Pond at (303) 525-3491 for an up-to-date schedule

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.

Where
: Farms throughout Boulder County
Shift Length: 2-4 hours
When: Weekday and weekend shifts available — Please contact Leigh Pond at (303) 525-3491 for an up-to-date schedule

Volunteer Activities For Individuals

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

Where: Community Food Share
Shift Length: 2-3 hours
When: Wed, 8:00 AM-4:00 PM | Thurs & Fri, 8:30 AM-2:00 PM

Assist our Partner Agencies as they collect food for their pantries. This activity 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-6:30 PM

Greet pantry visitors and assist with check-in. This activity 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: 2-3 hours
When: Wed, 8:00 AM-4:00 PM | Thurs & Fri, 8:30 AM-2:00 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: 1 hour
When: Weekdays, 11:45 AM-12:45 PM and as needed

Sit at the reception desk in the office lobby to greet guests and direct them to the right staff member. If you would like to perform other office tasks while at the front desk, we can accommodate this for you. 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: 1 hour
When: Weekdays, 11:45 AM-12:45 PM and as needed

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.

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.

Assist one of our truck driver’s as they pick up food donations or deliver food orders to partner organizations. Driver’s Assistants must be at least 16 years old. Requires some bending and lifting (30-40 lbs).

Where: Begins and ends at CFS
Shift Length: 4-5 hours
When: Weekdays, 7:00 AM-1:30 PM

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).

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

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 Nina Stubblebine, Volunteer Manager, at nstubblebine@communityfoodshare.org or (303) 652-3663 ext. 202. Sign-up for Volunteer Ambassador shifts is managed outside of our regular Volunteer Portal. Nina will provide you with instructions.

Our ongoing tasks include: nutritional programming and education; translation services; and on-call delivery drivers. We also have special event opportunities including: annual food drives (November and April) and our golf tournament (September).