How Can I Volunteer?
THE COMMUNITY HARVEST FOOD HOTLINE
VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS: Consistent availability on the same day of the week on a long-term basis; Valid Driver's License; Ability to lift up to 50 pounds solo and up to 75 pounds in tandem.
Volunteers are the back-bone of Community Harvest. They are unsung heroes who are willing to share their time, talents, and energy to deliver hundreds of pounds of food each day to hot meal sites, soup kitchens, and pantries who provide food for the under-served and those in need. They are kind at heart, generous, dependable, and dedicated. They have developed strong bonds with the agencies and people they serve each day. Quite frankly, the Community Harvest mission could not exist without them.
We are looking for a few more permanent volunteers. Our volunteers work one day each week from approximately 7:00 am to 1:00 pm. These hours fluctuate slightly, depending on the day of the route. Our Monday and Friday routes tend to be the longest, because caterers and restaurants often hold events over the weekend and/or freeze healthy food until the end of the week. We have two types of positions that we are currently trying to fill:
DRIVER: The driver's primary responsibility is to drive a 14' refrigerated truck. A CDL is not required, but prior experience driving large trucks is preferred. The average route consists of food pick-ups at approximately 15-20 different food donors and then delivery to six agencies each day. The driver helps load and unload the truck at each of the food donor and delivery sites.
DRIVER "BUDDY": The buddy accompanies a driver on the route and typically loads lighter boxes or bags of food from smaller food donation sites on his own while the driver waits in the truck. The buddy works with the driver to load and unload large food donations and assists by completing a food log, so all donations can be tracked and recorded.If you or your organization would like to participate in Community Harvest’s effort to help stop hunger in Stark County, call the Food Hotline at (330) 493-0800.
Thank YouWith much appreciation, we would like to recognize the following regular volunteers for their tireless commitment and devotion to the Community Harvest program: