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 & 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. Submit a copy of your COVID-19 vaccination HERE. You can also bring a copy for us to look at before your first volunteer shift.
2. Read a copy of our Volunteer Handbook.
3. Sign up & attend an on-site Orientation & Onboarding session.
4. Once your account has been activated, you can visit the Online Volunteer Portal to view, edit, & 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.
We rely on our dedicated volunteers for daily coverage & 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 shopping session on Thursday evenings.
Thursday Eve Shift, 4:15 PM – 6:45 PM
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your large group would like to help the pantry, consider hosting an in-person or virtual Food & Fund Drive!
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 us at email@example.com.
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.
You can see the available training sessions and register here.
Our volunteers are the lifeblood of our pantry! We have a variety of volunteer roles that need coverage for our daily AM & PM programs. New volunteers will assist as Shopping Assistants and/or Inventory Assistants. With additional training, volunteers can also help as a Check-In Desk Volunteer.
Shopping Assistants – Shopping Assistant Volunteers assist our clients with their pantry shopping visit, answering questions and helping with various pantry related tasks including cleaning, stocking and more.
Inventory Assistants – Our Inventory Volunteers help to ensure that our pantry is stocked during our various programs and also assist with other various pantry related tasks.
Check-In Desk Volunteers – With additional training, our Check-In Desk Volunteers greet clients and oversee our client check-in process. They also answer client questions, refer services and assists with other pantry related tasks.
Volunteers should plan to wear closed toe shoes (no sandals) and sleeved shirts when helping at the pantry. All clothes should be appropriate for a pantry / warehouse setting.
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 us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you need to cancel your volunteer shift and it’s more than a week out from the shift, you can do so yourself through our volunteer management portal. If your shift is less than a week away, please email our Director of Operations at email@example.com with as much notice as possible.
Our policy is to close if both Boulder Valley and St. Vrain Valley School Districts are closed. If only one school district is closed, our Executive Director will make the call whether or not to close. Volunteers should plan to check their emails and the website for notifications on closures.