Harvest Hope Food Bank utilizes more than 8,000 volunteers a year in order to keep operations running at our various facilities. Last year volunteers put in more than 63,000 hours of service with Harvest Hope saving us over 1 million dollars in staffing costs! All volunteers are required to go through a volunteer orientation.
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Emergency Food Pantry
We currently have two full time Emergency Food Pantries at our Shop Road facility in Columbia and on 12th Street in Cayce. In addition we have two part-time food pantries at our Florence and Greenville branches. These pantries help any individuals or families that come to our doors looking for assistance during their time of need. Each of these pantries utilizes volunteers to help sort and pack food as well as work in client intake.
We are always looking for volunteers to help us with our many community events. Often we have 5 events in the community on the same day! This means we need volunteers to hand out brochures, speak to people, collect food at food drives, and educate the public about the wonderful things we do here at Harvest Hope.
Like all organizations, we have an abundance of administrative tasks that need to be done but we try to minimize staffing costs so we can spend the money on food. Areas include data entry, phone calls, filing, etc.
Skilled Professionals or Interns
In addition to our other volunteer opportunities, we always have a need for skilled professionals and/ or interns that can help in a variety of ways such as: marketing, writing, fundraising, program management, graphics, public speaking, grants, etc.
Our ability to work with groups changes throughout the time of year and per facility. If you are interested in bringing in a group please fill out the group inquiry form here.
A fun place to work inspecting, sorting, and boxing the donated food that comes in through our community food drives. This job does require light physical activity (bending, light lifting, etc.) and is a great team building project for small groups!
Court Mandated/Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI) Community Service
We accept court mandated and PTI community service on a case by case basis. Please note that we never accept those with charges of violence, theft, sexual misconduct or drug distribution. Please contact your local branch to see if you qualify to serve your hours with us.
We are always in need of volunteers to help us with an array of special projects. Please call your local branch to find out about our current volunteer needs.