Volunteers are the heart and soul of AEFB
Ashland Emergency Food Bank is fueled by volunteer effort. Members of the community manage daily operations, stock our shelves, man our food drives, and generally make the place work.
In 2015, 214 volunteers contributed 6,045 hours to staff operations, and another 400 participated on site during bi-monthly food drives. Volunteers span the community, from teenagers to seniors, each with a desire to contribute time and talents to our work.
Every morning a team of 4-6 volunteers is on site to stock the shelves, conduct customer intake and assist customers with shopping. Members of our Leadership Team, many of whom are long-time Food Bank volunteers, oversee each shift and provide consistency from week to week.
Helping with food drives
Every other month, the Ashland Food Project collects its magic green bags from more than 2,000 local households. Food drive Saturdays require 30-40 volunteers on site at the Food Bank to receive, weigh, sort and shelve 20,000-25,000 pounds of food. This is a marvelous opportunity to see community in action and to work side by side with neighbors and friends. Food drive days are a good option for students to accumulate community service hours and, at the same time, see the tangible benefits of their efforts.
We welcome groups of friends, co-workers or team members who would like to volunteer together at one of the six annual AFP food drives.
Tours and service opportunities
We regularly host school groups (ranging from preschoolers to college students), youth organizations and businesses seeking opportunities for community service. This help is invaluable. Even more important is the opportunity for us to spread knowledge about the Food Bank to neighbors who may need us. We ask every volunteer who visits us to serve as an emissary to the greater community.
Please contact us at 541-488-9544 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to learn more.