Volunteering your time is a rewarding way to contribute to the crucial work of our local hunger relief organizations. Our Community Food Partners—PORCH, TABLE, OCIM, and IFC—all rely on volunteers to help collect, sort, bag, and deliver the thousands of pounds of food needed to feed the children and families served by their programs. It takes hundreds of volunteers to meet the daily, weekly, and monthly commitments of these organizations to provide hunger relief in our community. Weaver Street Market encourages our owners and shoppers to volunteer. Most likely, you’ll see old friends and make new ones!
One-Time Volunteer Opportunities
Transplanting Traditions Community Farm
Join us for a work day and community tour at the farm on September 23 from 9 AM to 1 PM. Complete farm projects alongside community members and farmers. Paint a new barn, mulch pathways, and weed. Read more.
Orange County Schools
We’re hosting a food sort for winter break backpacks for students in the Orange County schools. It will be at the Weaver Street Market Food House in Hillsborough this December, either December 17 or 18. Stay tuned for details.
Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities
TABLE depends on volunteers to prepare, pack, and deliver bags to kids every week, as well as to collect food, plan, and volunteer at special events, assist with PR, and much more. Learn more on their website at https://www.tablenc.org/community-member or contact TABLE at email@example.com.
Currently, their volunteer shifts are as follows:
- Tuesdays, 2:30-4:30 PM, 3:15-5:30 PM
- Wednesdays, 2-4 PM
- Thursdays, 1:30-3:30 PM; 5:15-7:15 PM
Food Sorts for Backpacks
- Mondays. 3:30-5:30 PM (kids shift); 6-8 PM
- Tuesdays, 4:30-6 PM; 6-8 PM
- Wednesdays, 4:30-5:30 PM (kids shift), 6-8 PM
- Thursdays, 9 AM-12 PM (fresh food)
- Thursdays, 10:30-11:30 AM, 11 AM-12 PM, 2-4 PM, 2:30-3:30 PM
PORCH, Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Hillsborough
Chapel Hill Food Sort
PORCH needs volunteers to help sort, bag, and deliver the non-perishable products donated through its monthly neighborhood food drives. The food sorts are on a Monday each month, from 8:30 to 11:00 am at the parish office at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 940 Carmichael Street, Chapel Hill. For sort dates, visit PORCH online (here, scroll down for dates). If you have questions, contact PORCH at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The neighborhood coordinator is the point person in a neighborhood for monthly food drives. The coordinator picks up donations from neighborhood porches and delivers them to the food sort. The time commitment is four hours per month.
WSM Food House Food Sort
We need volunteers to help us sort and bag the fresh produce donated to PORCH through the Round Up! campaign. The volunteers meet on a Tuesday each month from 4:30 to 6 PM at the Food House at 437 Dimmocks Mill Rd, Suite 10, Hillsborough. To sign up as a volunteer, please contact Brenda at email@example.com.
Dates for 2017:
Orange Congregations in Mission, Hillsborough
OCIM needs volunteers for its food pantry and its Meals on Wheels program. OCIM facilities are located at 300 Millstone Drive, Hillsborough. For additional information, contact Kay at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The current volunteer shifts are as follows:
Meals on Wheels Drivers
- Monday-Friday, pick up meals 10:30-11 AM, routes take about an hour. Volunteers use their own cars.
Substitutes for Food Pantry Shifts
- Monday-Friday, shifts are 9 AM-1 PM and 1-5 PM. Receive donations and pack orders for recipients.
Inter-Faith Council, Chapel Hill
IFC offers a number of volunteer opportunities. Interested community members are asked to attend a volunteer orientation that offers an overview of the IFC facilities, the services offered, and how volunteers participate. The orientations are held at 7 pm on the second Tuesday of every other month in the second floor conference room of the Douglas Building at 110 W. Main Street in Carrboro.
Piedmont Farm Tour (April)
Each year, over one hundred volunteers make the Piedmont Farm Tour possible by greeting visitors at farms and explaining the tour procedures. About two months before the tour (which is the fourth weekend in April), the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association puts out a call for volunteers, who can choose from the available farms. Farm Tour volunteers receive a free tee shirt and tour button to use on the other day of the tour. (They don’t receive the raffle coupon described above.) Learn more and sign up at https://www.carolinafarmstewards.org/ft-volunteer/.
Eastern Triangle Farm Tour (September)
The Eastern Triangle Farm Tour is also supported by a crew of volunteers. Volunteers receive a free tee shirt and tour button to use on the other day of the tour. Learn more and sign up at https://www.carolinafarmstewards.org/etft/.