Volunteer FAQ's

We’re still open! In response to Gov. Inslee’s most recent announcement, we’ve made additional adjustments to our already strict safety measures. Check out this video to see how it works. Here are the new guidelines:

  1. Health screening and handwashing for everyone who enters the building
  2. Medical grade masks required for all staff, volunteers, and offered to shoppers. No one can enter the building without a mask.
  3. Shoppers are asked to adhere to their assigned shopping time whenever possible to reduce the number of people waiting to shop at any one time.
  4. Volunteers will be limited to ensure that the building does not go above 25% occupancy at any given time.
  5. Staff will be utilizing alternate work spaces to ensure greater social distancing.
  6. Our rigid cleaning schedule continues with daily high touch surface cleaning, twice weekly disinfectant sanitization sprays, and weekly deep cleans.

Wow! I just reviewed your next phase food distribution management process. It is so well thought out and empathy built into the process for those of us that desperately need food resources. By empathy, I mean providing a buzzer for those that do not have mobile to receive a text that it is their time to enter the facility. And, alphabetized time slots so everyone doesn't show up at once. Each process keeping everyone as safe as possible. Thank you so much for being so caring, thoughtful, and people process-driven. Stay safe and bless all of you.” - Elizabeth, IFCB Recipient

Updated November 23, 2020

Q. Can I drop in at the food bank to volunteer?
A. No, everyone must be pre-registered to sign up, as we are strictly limiting the numbers of volunteers in the building

Q. Can I wear a mask when volunteering?
A. Yes, masks (and gloves) are required and can be provided

Q. How are volunteers managing social distancing in such a small space?
A. We are limiting the number of volunteers for every shift and spreading out the work around the building

Q. What if I've recently traveled outside the state?
A.  Please refer to our Safety & Travel Policy

Q. Can my 18-year old youth volunteer without a parent?
A. Yes, we’re counting 18 as an adult. High schoolers aged 16 or 17 must be accompanied by a parent who is also registered to volunteer.

Q. I need volunteer hours, how do I do that?
A. Contact Lisa BEFORE signing up to volunteer.  Due to our social distancing/cross contamination protocols, we can’t guarantee that all hours can be completed at IFCB.  We recommend spreading volunteer hours across a number of organizations.  Some of our community partners are needing volunteers, we recommend contacting Griffin at the Catholic Community Services Meals Program GriffinC@ccsww.org and Linda at Eastside Friends of Seniors Lindaw@eastsidefriendsofseniors.org , both organizations are looking for volunteers

Q. I need a record/certificate/letter, for court/employer/school, is this possible?
A. Yes, please contact Lisa BEFORE signing up to volunteer. At least one weeks’ notice is required to produce a signed record and accompanying letter/reference

Q. Can I volunteer as a driver?
A. Yes, we’re taking contact information (availability/size of vehicle etc.) and we’re contacting people as needs arise

Q. I can’t leave the house but I want to volunteer, is there anything I can do to help?
A. Yes, please share our wish list/volunteer sign up with family and friends.  Email Lisa and she will add you to the list of volunteers interested in any at home projects that arise.