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Supporting the Volunteer Needs of Food Pantries and Soup Kitchens in NYC

 In 2012, the New York City Coalition Against Hunger (NYCCAH) launched a strategic volunteerism initiative, Ending Hunger Through Citizen Service, which aims to transform the way people think and act to end hunger in their communities, and engage more volunteers in high-impact activities that:

  • Address the root causes of hunger (e.g. policy advocacy)
  •  Sustain and strengthen the government nutrition assistance safety net (e.g. SNAP outreach)
  • Support the organizational capacity development of anti-hunger and anti-poverty organizations (e.g. skills-based volunteerism)

NYCCAH is committed to working with community-based feeding programs to support their volunteer needs – both skilled and unskilled. Below is a description of the types of support NYCCAH can provide, depending on the type of volunteers you need. This list may be adjusted depending on an organization’s particular needs and circumstances.

 

If you need direct service volunteers for help with food distribution, NYCCAH will…

  Help you set up an account on www.hungervolunteer.org to post volunteer opportunities.

Ø  Include your volunteer needs in our internal system, which we use to make volunteer referrals and plan days of service for volunteer groups.

Ø  Include your volunteer needs in our monthly Vol Opp email alert to the NYCCAH volunteer network, and share with other networks, as appropriate.

Ø  Regularly communicate with you about any trainings, webinars, resources, or other opportunities we arrange to help support food pantries and soup kitchens meet their volunteer needs.

 

If you need skills-based volunteersto help with a specific project and/or ongoing organizational capacity support, NYCCAH will…

Ø  Help you set up an account on www.hungervolunteer.org to post volunteer opportunities.

Ø  Meet with your staff to assess skills-based needs and capacity to recruit and manage skills-based volunteers.

Ø  Help draft a volunteer project description for the desired skills-based project/role.

Ø  Include your volunteer needs in our monthly Vol Opp email alert to the NYCCAH volunteer network, and share with other networks, as appropriate.

Ø  Assist with volunteer management for the skills-based project, as needed.

Ø  Regularly communicate with you about any trainings, webinars, resources, or other opportunities we arrange to help support food pantries and soup kitchens meet their volunteer needs.