Pantry Packing Room Volunteer (Core or Occasional):
Package bread, produce and other bulk food items. Stock shelves and pack custom grocery orders according to items selected by the client. Distribute completed orders to the clients. Must be physically able to reach for items on shelves and lift a grocery bag. Openings at all pantry sites during scheduled service hours.
Pantry Registration Desk Volunteer (Core):
Greet clients as they arrive. Monitor the sign-in process. Locate client record or create record for first-time clients. Assign a number. Prepare packet for intake volunteer. Inform new clients about pantry and resource center procedures. Requires good interpersonal and computer skills and the ability to handle multiple tasks at once. Openings at all pantry sites during scheduled service hours.
Pantry Intake Interview Volunteer (Core)
Interview new and continuing clients. Record new information and/or update information for the client database. Complete grocery order form and route to the packing room. If there are additional needs beyond food, offer the opportunity to meet with an information specialist. Requires good interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with diverse clientele in a non-judgmental and sensitive manner. Ability to converse in a foreign language helpful but not necessary. Openings at all pantry sites during scheduled service hours.
Data Entry Volunteer (Core):
Input, update and correct information in our client database. Requires good computer skills and accurate typing ability. Flexible schedules available (does not need to be during scheduled pantry service hours.)
Centerpiece Project Volunteer (Core in Van Nuys):
"Baskets of Hope" centerpieces are an important SOVA fundraising project that increases community awareness of hunger and of SOVA's needs. Attractive containers filled with canned and packaged foods are “rented” to families and community groups in exchange for a tax-deductible donation to SOVA. Volunteers customize the baskets with ribbons and bows, freshen the contents and replace the cellophane as needed, process orders and may deliver and pick up baskets. Great for crafters! Flexible schedules available (does not need to be during scheduled pantry service hours.)
If you are interested in pursuing a volunteer opportunity with SOVA please contact Felice Resnick at (818) 988-7682 x118 or email FResnick@jfsla.org.