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Without the hard work and good hearts of more than 100 volunteers every week, there would be no Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank. It’s that simple.
All you need to volunteer is a positive attitude and a willingness to help your neighbors. We have many volunteer opportunities for all skills and ability levels. Come volunteer, and you might help with:
If you have a group, we would love your help with a project! Please contact our volunteer coordinator Megan at email@example.com to discuss details and possibilities.
Volunteers must be at least 16 years old to volunteer at the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank.
Volunteers between the ages of 13 and 15 are welcome and encouraged to attend IFCB Family Weekends but must be accompanied by a parent/guardian or adult chaperone.
**The dashboard has a built in feature that won't allow new volunteers to sign up for shifts until after attending an orientation.
***The volunteer dashboard does not always display properly using Google Chrome. We recommend using another browser.
IFCB Family Weekends!!!- Family weekend are held on the first Saturday of every month and are opportunities designed for teens (13-15 years old) to volunteer with their families (parents, guardians, grandparents, cool aunt/uncle, etc). We request that families register each family member and sign-up for Family Weekends using our volunteer dashboard.
PCC Food Packaging Work Parties- Every other month PCC Natural Market purchases bulk food at wholesale prices and with the help of volunteers, packages food into family-sized portions for distribution at partner food banks like us. This is a great volunteer project for families and there is no minimum age to help.
Volunteer with Eastside Baby Corner (EBC)- Volunteers 7 years old and up are encouraged to volunteer at Eastside Baby Corner. The work done at EBC directly benefits families who shop in our clothing bank. Volunteers under age 14 must be accompanied by an adult during their entire shift.
Help grow food at the Pickering Garden- The Pickering Garden is a community learning garden and all of the food grown there is donated directly to the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank. There is no minimum age to volunteer but minors need to be accompanied by an adult.
Volunteer at the annual Issaquah Turkey Trot- Open to volunteers 12 years old and up.
Volunteer at the Holiday Gift Barn- Select shifts will be open to volunteers 12 years old and up. Teens under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. The Holiday Gift Barn is traditionally held during the first full week in December. Volunteer sign up opens on November 1st.
Volunteer with the Hope Festival- The Hope Festival is an annual event held in February that provides food, clothing, hygiene items, books, toys, haircuts, etc. to local families and individuals in need. More than 200 volunteers are needed are needed to help make this event happen. The volunteer opportunity is open to volunteers 13 years old and up.
Other Ways to Help:
Help pack lunch boxes for Lunch for the Break
Help pack Issaquah Power Packs
Organize a food drive, toiletry drive, diaper drive or cold weather gear drive
Help pack emergency care packages- Care packages can include things like socks, gloves, beanies, hand and foot warmers (or other seasonally appropriate items), non-perishable snacks, mini first aid kits, hand sanitizer, hygiene kits, emergency blankets,etc.
Do you have skills that could help Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank at a higher level? Our Board Committees might be right for you!
Our board committees include stewardship, operations, personnel and board development. We are looking for members with experience in marketing, fundraising, event planning, grant writing, CRM database, legal, facilities management, volunteer leadership and connections in the community.
Contact Cori Walters for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-392-4123 x12
*All new volunteers are required to attend a 30 minute, new volunteer orientation before volunteering.
**We accept court ordered community service volunteers but reserve the right to ask you how many hours you are required to serve and what your infraction was. We reserve the right to decline volunteers based on the nature of the offense.
***Court mandated community service volunteers may experience a brief delay between registration and approval. New volunteer applications automatically go into a "pending" status which gives us time to read applications, ask questions and gives volunteers time to attend orientations.