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Sunday Food & Clothing Bank (Volunteer)

Sunday Food & Clothing Bank.

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Sunday Food & Clothing Bank (Volunteer)

Sunday Food & Clothing Bank

Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in. - Author Unknown

The Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank (IFCB) serves an average of 400 households each week thanks to the amazing team of volunteers who come in each day to make it all possible. The Sunday volunteer crew helps get the food and clothing bank ready for client service hours on Monday and processes donations that come in during the weekend.

Food Bank Tasks May Include:

  • Processing food donations
  • Sorting and restocking foods
  • Portioning bulk foods
  • Date checking foods and checking donations against Food Lifeline recall lists
  • Updating inventory cards
  • Cleaning, organizing, and sanitizing food surfaces

 

Clothing Bank Tasks May Include:

  • Emptying the donation drop box
  • Accepting donations and issuing donation receipts
  • Sorting new donations
  • Assessing the quality of donated goods to determine what items should be kept and what items should be donated onward
  • Hanging new items and creating outfit displays
  • Creating a unique, welcoming and enjoyable shopping space

Basics:

The Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank is located 179 1st. Ave., S.E. Issaquah, WA 98027.

Age requirements: The minimum age to volunteer at the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank is 16 years old. IFCB Family Weekends are offered on the first Saturday of every month and are open to teens 13-15 years old when accompanied by a parent or adult. Volunteers under 13 years old are welcome to attend PCC Food Packing Parties that are held at our food bank. Volunteers of all ages are also encouraged to volunteer at the Pickering Garden. Food grown at the Pickering Garden is regularly donated to the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank and goes directly to helping families in need.

Special events may also have reduced age requirements that will be noted in the position description. Other exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis (example: teen service organizations with adult chaperones).

General Safety Stuff: The IFCB staff strives to provide a welcoming and inclusive volunteer environment, and to prevent injuries. Some tasks may involve standing for extended periods of time or lifting (generally 30-60 lbs.). Please notify a staff member if you have any lifting restrictions or if you need assistance, special accommodations or modified tasks.

Since some bulks foods that get portioned may include nuts or other potential allergens, please let staff know if you have any food allergies that require particular caution so we know not to assign food portioning tasks.

Other stuff you might be wondering:

Q. Where should I park?
A. Free public parking is available in the lot directly across the street from the food bank, on the other side of the green space dividing the two parking lots and by the community center. Free street parking is also available alongside our building. We kindly ask that volunteers avoid parking in the side ally (which we use for deliveries) or in parking spaces designated for Spa Chi.

Q. What should I wear?
A. The dress code for the food bank is pretty casual and IFCB is definitely a "jeans and a t-shirt" sort of place. Please plan to wear something comfortable that you can move in and something that you don't mind getting dusty or dirty. It is strongly advised that you wear comfortable, closed toe shoes since the floors can be rather hard on feet and you'll want to protect your toes.

Q. What should I bring?
A. All you need to bring is a positive attitude, an open mind and a desire to help. We generally provide water, tea, coffee and donuts/pastries. Please feel free to bring your own munchies if you would like to stop for a snack. A fridge and a microwave are both available for volunteer and staff use.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please email megan@issaquahfoodbank.org or call 425-392-4123, ext. 10.
 

 

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