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! You are welcome to come by one of our events to meet someone from our team and get the volunteer application, or you can fill out the contact form below.
Saint Paul Needs:
– Fridays from 10:30am to 2:30pm
– Saturdays from 8:30am to noon
– Our hope is that volunteers will serve at least a 3 hour shift.
If you would like to volunteer with us please use the contact information below. We are happy to answer any questions or concerns. We can also email you a Word Doc. application, which is convenient to fill out and email back; or, you can use the PDF form application below by printing it out and bringing it with you the first time you come to volunteer, or scanning it and emailing it.
Call or Text: 952-595-5980
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.
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.