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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, packaging, cleaning, serving clients
  • Clothing Bank: sorting, hanging, cleaning, serving clients
  • Handyman: doing repairs, inventory, cleaning
  • Driving: Grocery rescue drivers/Grocery store pick up, home delivery drivers (Groceries to Go), Elementary School Food Share Drivers
  • Events: assist with upcoming special events
  • Harvest Issaquah & Farmers Markets: harvesting local produce from community fruit trees, serving as a food bank ambassador and collecting produce at local farmers markets
  • Food Drives: food intake, sorting and pick up

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 possibilities. 

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***

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 every Monday & Friday).
  4. Use the dashboard to sign up for volunteer shifts.
  5. 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 are opportunities 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 help.

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.

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. Volunteer sign up opens on November 1st.

Volunteer with the Hope Festival (March 3rd, 2018)- The Hope Festival is an annual event held in February that provides food, clothing, hygiene items, books, toys, haircuts, etc. to local families and individuals in need. More than 200 volunteers are needed are needed to help make this event happen. The volunteer opportunity is open to volunteers 13 years old and up. Please click HERE to sign up.

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.

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. (Please give 24 hour notice).