Harvest of Hope Pantry
Volunteer

Volunteering at Hope Pantry

Our organization revolves around the efforts and dedication of our volunteers- they are the lifeblood of the pantry! We welcome your support of our mission to provide healthy supplemental food to Boulder families and individuals in need of food assistance within a safe, welcoming and non-judgmental environment.
We are currently looking for volunteers to assist shoppers on the pantry floor, help with inventory by stocking shelves and collecting donations, check-in clients at the front desk, pack orders for delivery clients, and support the overall flow of our pantry programs.


How to Sign Up
1. Complete the Online Application.
2. Watch the Orientation Video before your training shift.
3. Attend a Training Shift. Every new volunteer is required to attend one training shift to familiarize themselves with our mission and program information. You will be able to sign up for your shift when you complete your application. (Please watch the orientation video before the training shift.)
4. Once you have completed orientation and your shadow shift, log in to the Online Volunteer Portal to view, edit, and sign-up for volunteer shifts.

*Please note that we have a minimum age of 14 years for all pantry volunteers and any volunteer under 16 years must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Individuals

We rely on volunteers for daily coverage and program support. Click Here to learn more about volunteer roles.

Volunteer shifts are Mondays – Fridays
AM Shift, 8:30 AM – 11:15 AM
PM Shift, 11:30 AM – 2:15 PM

We also have a late shopping session on Thursdays.
Thursday Eve Shift, 4:15 PM – 6:45 PM

Groups

Looking to schedule a group volunteer project?

Occasionally, we recruit small groups (6-8 people) to help with a variety of special projects here at the pantry including repackaging bulk foods, bagging lunches, stocking and organizing donations, and more. Questions? Send an e-mail to the Volunteer Manager.

If your large group would like to help the pantry, consider hosting an in-person or virtual Food Drive!  

Volunteering FAQs

Our pantry is located at 4830 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO 80301. Get Directions

New volunteers must first go through an initial pantry orientation and training to get acquainted with our pantry’s processes, procedures and operations. After training, volunteers can sign up for a range of shifts in various roles during one of our pantry’s programs which run every Mon. – Fri., 8:30 AM – 11:15 AM and 11:30 AM – 2:15 PM, and Thurs. evening from 4:15 PM – 6:45 PM.

Our pantry runs a weekly Thursday evening program, staffed by volunteers from 4:15 PM – 6:45 PM. Currently we don’t offer any weekend volunteer opportunities.

We do allow for family volunteer participation, but each family member must first go through an initial pantry orientation and training to get acquainted with our pantry’s processes, procedures and operations. Also, we do have a minimum age of 14 years for all pantry volunteers and any volunteer under 16 years must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Yes! We’re always looking for groups to help with a variety of special projects here at the pantry including repackaging donated hygiene products, pantry cleaning, stocking and sorting donations and more. As our pantry has limited space, we limit groups to 15 people or less. All volunteers under 16yrs old must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. To schedule your group’s visit, e-mail our Volunteer Manager.

Yes! All new volunteers must first attend an initial pantry orientation and training to get acquainted with our pantry’s processes, procedures and operations before they are able to sign up for future volunteer shifts. Follow the steps at the top of this page to schedule your training shift.

Volunteers are the lifeblood of the pantry! Your role in providing food to those in need is direct, impactful, and rewarding.  Roles include: Check-In Desk, Shopping Assistant, Inventory, Packing Orders for Delivery, and Delivery to Clients. Let us know your interests and your skills, and we hope to find you the perfect fit!

Check-In Desk:  Greet clients and oversee the client check-in process. You may also answer client questions, refer services and assist with other pantry related tasks as needed.

Shopping Assistant: Assist our clients with their pantry shopping visit, answering questions and helping with various pantry related tasks including cleaning, stocking and more.

Inventory: Ensure that our pantry is stocked during our 2 shopping programs (serving clients with kitchens, and clients without kitchens) and also assist with other various pantry related tasks.

Packing Orders for Delivery: Assemble food orders for our clients, pulling items from the shopping floor, or from the back of the Pantry.

Delivery to Clients: Make an impact to those in need by delivering food to clients who may have mobility or transportation limitations. You will use your own vehicle and typically deliver within a 10 mile radius. This is an independent role but one is that incredibly valuable to our clients who rely on delivery services.

Please wear closed-toe shoes (no sandals) and sleeved shirts when helping at The Pantry. Clothing should be appropriate and comfortable for a grocery pantry and warehouse setting where you may be bending and/or lifting. Temperatures can be lower if you are moving items from the walk-in cooler.

Yes, volunteers are allowed to complete community service hours at our pantry, we just ask that you commit to a minimum of 20 hours of service, and tell us the charge. Not all are eligible for service at the pantry.

To coordinate your service, reach out to the Volunteer Manager.

We encourage volunteers to utilize Volgistics to set their own schedule. If you need to make changes to your recurring schedule, email the Volunteer Manager. Need to cancel within 24 hours? You can email Scheduling

Yes. Pantry policy is to close if both Boulder Valley and St. Vrain Valley School Districts are closed. If only one school district is closed, the Executive Director will decide on a pantry closure. Volunteers can visit the Harvest of Hope Pantry website (front page banner), Instagram and Facebook to check for a notice of weather closure.