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 three full time Emergency Food Pantries at our Shop Road facility in Columbia, on 12th Street in Cayce and on White Horse Road in Greenville. In addition we have a part-time food pantry at our Florence branch. 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.
“Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” -Margaret Mead
Do I have to schedule in advance or can I just show up to volunteer?
All volunteering must be scheduled in advance.
What should I wear?
Volunteers must wear closed-toed shoes to work in the warehouse. Sneakers are best, please no high heeled shoes. Jeans or shorts and sweatshirt or T-Shirts are best. Please dress for the weather as our warehouses are not heated or cooled.
How old do I have to be to volunteer?
Each location and each activity has different age limits. However the general limit is that volunteers must be 10 years old to work in one of the warehouses. Volunteers ages 10-15 must have one adult supervisor per five youth.
Do I need to bring anything to my volunteer session?
Please bring your positive attitude, flexibility, and compassion!
Is there a place to lock up my personal belongings?
There are a limited number of lockers available in the emergency food pantry in Columbia. Our other locations do not have any. Please plan to lock your personal belongings in the trunk of your car or leave them at home. Volunteers may not listen to MP3 players or talk on cell phones while volunteering due to safety reasons.
Do I have to attend a training session prior to volunteering?
All individual volunteers are required to attend a 1 hour orientation and food safety class. Group leaders are asked to attend and disseminate the information for their group.
Will I be required to lift heavy objects?
Each job has different levels of physical activity including some that have none at all. If this is a concern please speak to us before coming in.
How do I get started?
Sign up for a volunteer orientation online or call the branch closest to you for more information.