Come volunteer with us!
What to expect on Saturday mornings
Volunteers show at the back door of the church, they will be greeted by someone who will review our volunteer expectations, listed below, and help them find some tasks to help get everything set up. Please go where is needed before we because you will have a chance to choose where you want to volunteer during our hours of operation later. As soon as we have all the food, clothing, and coffee ready to go we gather for a quick orientation and this is where all volunteers are assigned a station for the morning. We will then open the doors and begin distributing food, clothing, and hospitality. After all of neighbors have left we will stay to clean up the space and put all of our supplies away.
Captains are model volunteers who display the qualities that make Loaves and Fishes a welcoming, safe, and open space for everyone. A captain is a:
calm, trustworthy leader who upholds our mission.
visible, knowledgeable leader who is a resource to both volunteers and guests.
dedicated, reliable leader who works toward social justice and finds the dignity and humanity in all volunteers and clients.
Loaves and Fishes at its core is about offering hospitality to our neighbors. We ask that our volunteers join us in showing hospitality by:
Being a friendly face, getting to know guests and volunteers, being overly kind, being slow to anger, committing to seeing the dignity found in everyone, and working hard to provide the highest quality of customer service to our guests.
Loaves and Fishes does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, language, age, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, veteran’s status, or disability, and volunteers should report any instance of discrimination to a captain.
If you have any questions, comments, cares, feedback, or concerns, please talk to a captain. Remember that we are better together.
Nuts and Bolts
Volunteers on Saturday mornings should arrive between 7:30-8:00 AM and should plan on staying until 11:00 to help clean up.
Volunteers who need a community service form filled out need to talk to a captain or our director.
Volunteers should come dressed in clothing that is appropriate to work in, and this includes wearing closed toed shoes.
Please park in the parking lot located across the street from the St. Paul and St. James on Olive Street. The parking spots behind the church are not all for the church, and cars will be towed if they are not in the right spots.
Services for Volunteers
Volunteers can receive the same bag of groceries that is given out to guests who are not volunteering, if they arrive before 8:00 AM.
Volunteers may visit the clothing closet only on the first Saturday of the month.