Volunteer

Thank you for your interest in helping to end hunger in Coastal Georgia. Many of our programs are entirely volunteer run; without the enthusiasm of our volunteers, these programs could not exist. The volunteer time, energy, and dedication mean that thousands of families in our 21-county service area are able to live without the uncertainty and fear of being at risk for hunger.  Please visit our Programs page for a more thorough description of how we serve the people of Coastal Georgia.

Here at Second Harvest, we have multiple volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups. Whether you are interested in becoming a regular volunteer or just helping out as time allows, we can work around your schedule. We do prefer to schedule our volunteers ahead of time due to space constraints. However, if you have a few open hours in your day please give us a call.

If you are interested in COURT-RELATED COMMUNITY SERVICE hours, you must make an appointment.  Please see below under Volunteer Guidelines and then Court-Related Community Service Hours for requirements.

 

INDIVIDUAL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES IN SAVANNAH

GROUP VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES IN SAVANNAH 

Please sign up by clicking on the link above or contact our Community Relations Manager in Savannah, Paula Hall at 912.721.1795 or phall@helpendhunger.org

BRUNSWICK INDIVIDUAL & GROUP VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES 

Please contact our Community Relations Coordinator in Brunswick, Kalista Morton at 912.261.7979 or kmorton@helpendhunger.org.

 

Seniors, especially those on a fixed income, are vulnerable to hunger near the end of the month. On the third Saturday of each month, volunteers pack 1,800 brown paper grocery bags with nutritious food. These bags are distributed to eligible seniors with the help of our community partners. This opportunity is perfect for groups and individuals, but it fills up fast so please plan ahead.
Our Kids Cafe program serves children who are eligible for free and reduced price school lunch by providing dinner during the school year at a variety of sites in Coastal Georgia. The food is prepared in our state-of-the-art kitchen and taken out every day to Kids Cafe sites. If you are interested in tutoring or volunteering at an off-site Kids Cafe location, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator and we will refer you to the appropriate location.
Second Harvest volunteers pack between 1,000-1,500 boxes of food each week, which are then distributed to the more rural counties in our 21-county service area. Those in need are able to receive an emergency box of food. This box packing opportunity is perfect for small or large groups. Individuals may also participate by helping out a previously scheduled group.
Sorting and Stocking
We rely heavily on food drive and retail donations. All donated food has to be sorted by food type, checked for damage and stocked on shelves in our Partner Market Place or packed into boxes for our partner agencies to order from our inventory. This is a great opportunity for individuals or small groups.
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Other needs may arise at Second Harvest. If you are interested in donating your time in some way other than those listed above, please contact us—we’d love to work with you.
Volunteer Guidelines

AGE REQUIREMENTS:
All volunteers must be 16 years and older. Volunteers between the ages of 12-15 are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult. The adult must stay for the duration of the volunteer hours.

ATTIRE:
NO open toe shoes (i.e.: flop flops, sandals or clogs) allowed at any time. Please dress appropriately to work in a warehouse and according to the weather (inside/outside).

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY LEVEL:
While some of our volunteer activities require volunteers to be able to lift, we have plenty that do not. We welcome handicapped and disabled volunteers, but need to know these limitations in advance in order to schedule appropriate opportunities.

COURT-RELATED COMMUNITY SERVICE:

BEGINNING JULY 1, 2020, we will begin scheduling COMMUNITY SERVICE VOLUNTEERS in our WAREHOUSE again.

You are eligible to be a part of our court-related community service program provided you meet the following criteria:

  1. You are at least 18 years old.
  2. Your charge is not related to sex, violence, weapon possession or any form of theft.
  3. You have been assigned or requested to perform at least 20 hours of service.
  4. You must bring proof of your charge, written documentation from the probation officer, counselor, attorney or another official, including phone numbers, fax numbers and other contact information.
  5. Complete and sign the Community Service Worker Guideline Form.

If you have any further questions about our court-related community service program or would like to schedule an appointment to complete your hours, email or call Kendra Washington at kwashington@helpendhunger.org or 912-721-1792.

This is a tobacco, vape, and e-cigarette (ie. Juul) free workplace.  No concealed weapons or firearms of any type are allowed on premises.