Volunteering with Shared Harvest Foodbank
Welcome! We're so glad you're here!
If you are coming in a group, we encourage you to carpool as parking is very limited.
Additional parking can be found in the grass. Please do not block our dock doors used for deliveries.
When you Arrive
Please sign in at the kiosk.
Click find my account and type in just your first name or phone number to search.
Once all volunteers arrive, we will escort you into the warehouse.
Some things to know before you volunteer:
We welcome and encourage youth volunteers, 10-17 years old. As an integral part of our Mission, "to raise awareness about the impact of poverty", we provide opportunities for young people to participate in sorting, packing, and distributing food to assist our neighbors in need.
10-14 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian
15-17 years old, may come unaccompanied with the signed consent of a legal parent or guardian (this will be prompted in VolunteerHub when you click signup)
When you arrive:
Please register for your event before you arrive. Some events fill up fast and you may not have a job to do if you walk in without registration.
Please wear closed toed shoes and seasonally appropriate clothing. Events are either held outdoors or in our warehouse.
If you are coming in a group, consider carpooling as parking is very limited.
Please enter at our main entrance and sign in at the kiosk. Someone should greet you and usher you as a group into the warehouse when we're ready to begin.
What kind of activities will I be doing?
We have a variety of standard and special projects throughout the year.
Examples of our standard projects include:
CSFP (Senior) Box packing
Sorting & Packing bulk food or produce for distributions
Packing pre-sorted donations for Pantries
Drive-thru Food Distributions
*Please note that this is not a full comprehensive list of what we projects we have for volunteers. We cannot guarantee working on any specific project during volunteer sessions. The activities are decided based on donations received and the needs of Shared Harvest and the community at that time.
How should I dress?
Please dress comfortably and seasonally appropriate. Closed toed shoes are required for safety reasons. Avoid excessive jewelry or loose hanging strings. Wear sunscreen for outdoor activities.
Should I bring anything?
No, we ask that you leave all personal belongings in your car. Only water is permitted in the warehouse. Please do not bring food or other drinks.
How long will the volunteering be?
Most volunteer opportunities are 2 hours long except for our distributions which are typically 3 hours.
Do you accept court-mandated community service volunteers?
Currently, we are not accepting court-mandated volunteers. We hope to expand our programs in the future to allow us specific times for these individuals to give back to their community.
Do you offer weekend or evening volunteer opportunities?
All our regular onsite volunteer opportunities run Monday-Friday between 9am-3:00pm. See our sign-up page for a time that works for you.
Saturdays and evenings we host offsite drive thru food distributions in Preble, Miami, and Darke Counties. The exact dates and times vary based on host availability.
For more information on those or to sign up, visit their landing pages here:
Still have questions?
Students and minors are welcome to volunteer. Shared Harvest is a great way to fulfill your Community Service Seal or Honor Role volunteer hours. Keep in mind that our current onsite opportunities are Monday-Friday between 9am-3:00pm. Consider volunteering during school breaks or at our Saturday off-site distributions.
Registration is required.
If you or your child is volunteering with Shared Harvest and need hours tracked for school or other, it is the volunteer's responsibility to track. Hours can be tracked on our Volunteer management site, VolunteerHub. We do also have forms available if you do not have one and a Foodbank staff member is happy to sign off on your hours.