Volunteer

Give the gift of your time and talent and make a direct impact in the fight against hunger. Volunteering is a great way to make new friends, learn skills, and have fun while making a difference..

We welcome individuals, businesses, faith-gased groups, social clubs, service organizations, and families and small groups of friends to get involved as volunteers at Haven From Hunger.

For all our volunteers, a friendly and welcoming attitude is essential, as is the willingness to work with individuals from a variety of cultures and with some individuals with limited English skills

We welcome volunteers of all ages, but those under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

How to Volunteer

Please review the opportunities below, then email volunteer@havenfromhunger.org to let us know what opportunity you're interested in and whether you're interested in helping one time or on an ongoing basis.

Thanks for your interest in volunteering!


VOLUNTER OPPORTUNITIES

OFFICE

Receptionist
Duties: You'll help in the office with filing, answering phones, and other office work as needed.

Qualifictions: Computer skills are helpful, but not required.

Hours: 
Two shifts available:
— 9 to 11
— 1 to 5

Days: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

FOOD PANTRY

GREETER
Duties: As a greeter, you'll welcome customers to the pantry, provide each with a numbered ticket, and be sure each has brought with them the required documents — a photo ID and a piece of mail addressed to them that has been postmarked within the last 30 days. For customers new to the pantry, you'll provide an application and refer them to staff for an intake interview.

Qualifictions: A friendly and welcome attitude is essential, as is the willingness to work with individuals from a variety of cultures and with some individuals with limited English skills.

Hours: 
Two shifts available:
— 10:15 to 12:30
— 12:15 to 2:30

Days: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

CUSTOMER CHECK-IN
Duties: You'll check in customers by entering their ID numbers into a computer.

Qualifictions: A friendly and welcoming attitude is essential, as is the willingness to work with individuals from a variety of cultures and with some individuals with limited English skills. The ability to sit comfortably for the duration of the shift is required. Basic computer skills are helpful but not required — we can train you.

Hours: 
Two shifts available:
— 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
— 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Days: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

STATION MANAGER
Duties: You'll keep the food pantry shelves stocked and help clients select food.

Qualifictions: A friendly and welcoming attitude is essential, as is the willingness to work with individuals from a variety of cultures and with some individuals with limited English skills. The ability to lift up to 25 pounds is helpful but not required.

Hours: 
Two shifts available:
— 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
— 12:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Days: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

CUSTOMER CHECK-OUT
Duties: As each customer leaves the pantry, they place their order on a scale. You'll make sure their order is placed properly on the scale and will record the weight of each order on a written ledger.

Qualifictions: A friendly and welcoming attitude is essential, as is the willingness to work with individuals from a variety of cultures and with some individuals with limited English skills.

Hours: 
Two shifts available:
— 10:30 to 12:30
— 12:30 to 2:30

Days: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

CUSTOMER CHECK-OUT
Duties: As each client leaves the pantry they place their order on a scale. You'll make sure their order is placed properly on the scale and will record the weight of each order on a written ledger.

Qualifictions: A friendly and welcoming attitude is essential, as is the willingness to work with individuals from a variety of cultures and with some individuals with limited English skills.

Hours: 
Two shifts available:
— 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
— 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Day:: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

Community Dinners

DINING ROOM SET-UP
Duties: You'll help store perishable foods from the food pantry and set up the dining room for dinner service by moving tables and chairs and setting tables with place settings.

Qualifictions: A friendly and welcoming attitude is essential, as is the willingness to work with individuals from a variety of cultures and with some individuals with limited English skills.

Hours: 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.

Days: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

COOK DINNER (may be combined with serving dinner)
Duties: You'll prepare dinner under the guidance of Haven staff. The meal includes soup, main course, vegetable, starch, bread, salad, and dessert. You can bring food to prepare or use our food.

Groups of 4 to 6 are welcome, as are individuals.

Qualifictions: Cooking experience is helpful but not required. The willingness to follow instructions regarding safe food-handling practices is essential, as is the willingness to work with individuals from a variety of cultures and with some individuals with limited English skills.

Hours: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Days:: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

SERVE DINNER (May be combined with cooking dinner)
Duties: You'll plate food at the serving table and serve dinner guests at their tables. After dinner, you'll wash dishes, clean dining room, and reset room for food-pantry service.

Groups of 4 to 6 are welcome, as are individuals.

HOURS: 4:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Qualifictions: A willingness to follow instructions regarding safe food-handling practices is essential, as is the willingness to work with individuals from a variety of cultures and with some individuals with limited English skills.

Hours: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Days:: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.





Connect with Us

Donations from individual donors and local businesses make up the lion's share of Haven from Hunger's funding. We also receive grant funding from foundations.

Haven from Hunger is also funded, in part, by the City of Peabody Department of Community Development & Planning, the City of Salem Department of Planning & Community Development, U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development.

Haven from Hunger does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, familial status, disability, ancestry, age, marital status, public assistance status, sexual orientation, veteran history/military status or genetic information. Haven from Hunger is an Equal Opportunity Employer.