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VOLUNTEER

Without the hard work and good hearts of more than 100 volunteers every week, there would be no Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank. It’s that simple.

All you need to volunteer is a positive attitude and a willingness to help your neighbors. We have many volunteer opportunities for all skills and ability levels. Come volunteer, and you might help with:

  • Food Bank: Sorting foods, packaging bulk foods, stocking, cleaning, and assisting clients.
  • Clothing Bank: Sorting donations, hanging clothing, cleaning, and assisting clients.
  • Groceries to Go personal shoppers: Packing grocery orders for families/clients who have obstacles that prevent them from shopping for themselves such as transportation, health or mobility challenges.
  • Handyman: Doing repairs, helping with inventory projects, cleaning.
  • Driving: Picking up food from local grocery stores, delivering food to clients (Groceries to Go home delivery), picking up rescued food from ISD school partners and transporting food for special events.
  • Events: Assisting with upcoming special events and fundraisers.
  • Harvest Issaquah & Farmers Markets: Harvesting fresh produce from community fruit trees and collecting produce at local farmers markets.
  • Food Drives: Collecting food, assisting with food intake, sorting donations, and transporting food between location.

If you have a group, we would love your help with a project! Please contact our volunteer coordinator Megan at megan@issaquahfoodbank.org to discuss details and opportunities.

Please Read Volunteer Guiding Principles, Rights, and Expectations​.

Volunteer Program Age Requirments

  • ​Daily Volunteer Team: All volunteers must be at least 16 years old to participate. 
  • IFCB Family Weekends (1st Sat. of the month): 13-15 years old with a parent or adult chaperone.
  • PCC Food Packaging Work Parties: No minimum age. ***Please sign up through PCC Community Markets***
  • Special events:  Minimum age requirments are occasionally owered for special programs and events.

How to get started:

  1. Register as a volunteer.
  2. Check your inbox for a "welcome" email containing login credentials for the volunteer dashboard (check your spam box if you don't see it).
  3. Use the volunteer dashboard to schedule a new volunteer orientation (orientations are held weekly on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays).
  4. Use the dashboard to sign up for volunteer shifts. (Volunteers are "approved" after orientation)
  5. Sign up for volunteer shifts and start having fun at the food bank. : )​

Register To Volunteer Today!


Under 16 years old but still interested in volunteering? You are never too young to change the world. Here are some great local volunteer opportunities and ideas to help get started:

IFCB Family Weekends!!!- Family weekend are held on the first Saturday of every month and designed for teens (13-15 years old) to volunteer with their families (parents, guardians, grandparents, cool aunt/uncle, etc). We request that families register each family member and sign-up for Family Weekends using our volunteer dashboard.

PCC Food Packaging Work Parties- Every other month PCC Natural Market purchases bulk food at wholesale prices and with the help of volunteers, packages food into family-sized portions for distribution at partner food banks like us. This is a great volunteer project for families and there is no minimum age to participate.

Volunteer with Eastside Baby Corner (EBC)- Volunteers 7 years old and up are encouraged to volunteer at Eastside Baby Corner. The work done at EBC directly benefits families who shop in our clothing bank. Volunteers under age 14 must be accompanied by an adult during their entire shift.

Help hand out t-shirts at registration, be a route volunteer or serve as a Gobble Wobble volunteer at the Issaquah Turkey Trot - The Issaquah Turkey Trot is an annual, 5-K fun-run event held on Thanksgiving morning. The run is family oriented, non-competitive and LOTS of fun. (Costumes and turkey hats are strongly encouraged.) 100% of the profits from this event benefit the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank. The Issquah Turkey Trot has raised $280,000 over the past 8 years. Click here to volunteer.

Volunteer at the Holiday Gift Barn- Select shifts will be open to volunteers 12 years old and up. Teens under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. The Holiday Gift Barn is traditionally held during the first full week in December. This year's event will be held December 3rd - December 7th, 2018. Volunteer registration opens on November 1st.

Other Ways to Help:

Help pack lunch boxes for Lunch for the Break

Help pack Issaquah Power Packs

Organize a drive:

  • Food/Cereal
  • Diapers
  • Personal care products & home cleaning products
  • Socks, underwear, gloves, hats & cold weather gear
  • Camping gear (new or used)

Help pack emergency care packages- Care packages can include things like socks, gloves, beanies, hand and foot warmers (or other seasonally appropriate items), non-perishable snacks, mini first aid kits, hand sanitizer, hygiene kits, emergency blankets,etc.


Do you have skills that could help Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank at a higher level? Our Board Committees might be right for you!

  • Our board committees include stewardship, operations, personnel and board development.  We are looking for members with experience in marketing, fundraising, event planning, grant writing, CRM database, legal, facilities management, volunteer leadership and connections in the community.  

Contact Cori Walters for more information: cori@issaquahfoodbank.org or 425-392-4123 x12

Important things to know:

All new volunteers must attend a 30 minute volunteer orientation before they can start volunteering. It covers the basics. Orientations are held Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays.

We accept court ordered community service volunteers but reserve the right to ask you how many hours you are required to serve and what your infraction was. We reserve the right to decline volunteers based on the nature of the offense.

Court mandated community service volunteers may experience a brief delay between registration and actual approval. New volunteer applications automatically go into a "pending" status which gives us time to read applications, ask questions and it gives volunteers time to attend orientations. 

Volunteer logs are printed every Friday. If you need a log for school or for court, please email megan@issaquahfoodbank.org to request a log. (24 hour notice is required.)
 
Questions? Email megan@issaquahfoodbank.org or call 425-392-4123, x10