Vineyard Community Services welcomes individuals, families, corporate groups, church small groups and ministry/service partners to volunteer with us. We have a wide range of opportunities for volunteers – including packaging, registration, stocking, cart pushing, as well as helping us educate others about what they can do to help fight hunger.
There are many different aspects to our Food Pantry and each is equally important! You have the option of being on a schedule or showing up when you are available.
Those under the age of 16 will need to be accompanied by an adult. Groups of children 8-12 years should have chaperones to accommodate a 2 children to 1 adult ratio.
-We have a variety of volunteer roles available in Saint Paul!
Saint Paul Volunteer Events:
– Fridays from 10:15 am to 1:15 pm
– Saturdays from 8:30 am to noon
– Our hope is that volunteers will serve at least a 3 hour shift.
If you would like to volunteer with us we would be pleased to have you. To begin, contact us at [email protected]. We will answer any questions and send you an word document application you can fill out and send back. You can also access a hard copy of the application by coming into the food shelf during a volunteer event or download it from the link below and print it off. Please email or call and let us know when you are coming so we can be ready for you.
Call or Text: 952-595-5980
Email: [email protected]
Packaging Volunteers inspect the food for good quality and package it in boxes and carts for neighbor orders. Some of these volunteers also use pallet jacks to move large pallets of food to convenient packaging areas.
Greeter/ Welcome Volunteer
Enthusiastic, friendly, and warm. They will encourage neighbors to use their facemask, hand sanitizer, and social distance. They should enquire if the neighbor is visiting us for the first time or if they have visited us before and offer an intake form if it is appropriate, then instruct them to the appropriate intake line. They may also offer Daily Breads and Bibles.
Parking Lot Curbside Intake Volunteer
Speaks with our mobility challenged neighbors who use curbside pickup. Patiently and kindly instruct on how the form should be filled out and the process that the neighbor will encounter. Will walk a lot in and out of the building with Intake Forms.
Scale and Order Processor
This person weighs the boxes of produce and processes the order to completion in the system. This person also interacts with neighbors by checking identification and sending the grocery order out the door with the neighbor.
Moves the carts through a cycle of loading, quality assurance, guest verification and courteous delivery of goods to a neighbor’s car – then back to the pantry to reload.
Intake volunteers should be welcoming, patient, warm, and willing to engage in friendly conversation, encouragement and prayer if wanted. They should be discreet and protect the dignity of the neighbor. They should be able
to type and enter each neighbor’s information into the MyFoodShelf.com system. Determine if there are any special needs we can try to accommodate (like religious food choices, allergies, diapers, pet food). Suggest additional resources. Uses Grasshopper phone system, so they can help curbside as well. They can offer Bibles and Daily Breads and Snap information. This position takes some extra training and requires that a person have a personal relationship with Jesus and feels comfortable praying with neighbors.