Volunteer

Volunteer at FOOD Share
Become a part of the team that feeds over 74,500 Ventura County residents each month! Volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups are available Monday through Friday at our FOOD Share warehouse, at events, and with our farm and gleaning partners. Shifts vary depending on opportunity. Not all opportunities are available. Please contact our Volunteer Department to find out.

Hours: We operate Monday – Friday from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.

The first step to becoming a FOOD Share volunteer is to attend a 45 minute group volunteer orientation. Volunteer orientation consists of a tour of our facilities, signing our volunteer paperwork (application, waiver, and pledge), and receive a hard copy volunteer handbook, your FOOD Share name badge, and FOOD Share t-shirt (while supplies last).

Group orientations take place every:
Tuesdays & Thursdays 9am / 10am / 2pm / 3pm
Wednesdays 9am / 10am

Email volunteer@foodshare.com with your selected date and time.

Become a FOOD Share Volunteer

Volunteer Opportunities

Event Worker Volunteer

Assist our Event Coordinator with the coordination and/or implementation of fund raising activities, information booths at community events, parades, etc. Volunteer duties vary and may include: manning a booth, distributing FOOD Share information and materials, meeting and greeting attendees, registering attendees, running booth activities, parking logistics, serve food, sell raffle tickets, decorate, set-up and break down of booth, and perform other duties as needed. Join our FOOD Share On Call Events Volunteer Team.

FOOD Share’s Partner Agency – CEDC HOMEWORK CLUB VOLUNTEER

Date: October 31, 2018

Division:  Resident and Community Services

Supervisor: Director of Resident and Community Services

Status: VOLUNTEER, 1 YEAR POSITION

 

ORGANIZATIONAL MISSION:

Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation’s (CEDC) mission is to provide comprehensive housing services and community economic development activities, through a community-building approach, that facilitates self-sufficiency for individuals and families who are most lacking in opportunity in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, and adjacent areas of Los Angeles County.

 

Incorporated in 1981, Cabrillo’s early roots were in response to a farm worker community’s demand for secure housing. Although this continues to be important, today there is a more widespread need for affordable housing in this region. As such, Cabrillo now provides housing for low-to moderate-income residents and families, including farm workers, seniors, veterans and individuals with disabilities.

 

DEPARTMENT OVERVIEW:

CEDC’s philosophy is that residents, especially those with special needs, thrive in independent living situations when a comprehensive and coordinated service safety net exists. To remain true to its mission, CEDC has made Resident and Community Services an essential part of the fabric that defines their organization.  Resident and Community Services provides referrals, linkages to community resources, coordinates educational workshops and organizes community-building activities for residents of CEDC and the surrounding community. RCS provides for the social service and mental health needs of CEDC residents.

POSITION OVERVIEW:

The homework club volunteer position requires a motivated and resourceful individual who is sensitive to the needs of youth and has experience working with diverse, low income populations. Under the direction of the Director of Resident and Community Services, Homework Club Volunteers provide support to a diverse group of youth, from elementary through middle school in order to help them achieve academic success.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Responsibilities and duties include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Provides homework assistance to youth, elementary age through middle school
  • Engages with youth in a meaningful and interactive manner
  • Provides positive role modeling through positive, respectful interactions with youth
  • Plans and coordinates on-site educational activities that may include, but are not limited to, STEM related activities, games, arts and crafts and game activities
  • Provides oversight of groups of students to ensure a safe and appropriate learning environment
  • Assists youth with building reading skills
  • Assists with maintaining records that demonstrate participant attendance and goals
  • Coordinates and participates in planning processes with the Director and other RCS Team members in order to guide the activities and efforts of the Homework  Clubs

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE:

Previous experience working with youth in a position of leadership

 EDUCATION:

High School Diploma or GED equivalent

 PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

Bilingual and bi-literate (English/Spanish)

Strong background working with youth from low income backgrounds

Strong background working with youth in a role of leadership

Ability to pass a background check

 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

Ability to work independently and as a team

Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing

Ability to establish and maintain professional boundaries

Ability to create and plan suitable activities that enhance academic success

TIME COMMITMENT

Seeking volunteers that can engage in long-term, consistent opportunity to assist and encourage the club’s mission and growth

Please contact this partner agency directly:  

Janice Aharon-Ezer, MFT

702 County Square Drive | Ventura, CA 93003
Tel (805) 659-3791 ext. 141 | Fax (805) 659-3195

JAharon-Ezer@cabrilloedc.org   |  www.cabrilloedc.org

 

 

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Rescued Food Sorting

Inspect, sort, and box food (produce, canned and packaged) for agency distribution.

Activity is based upon availability of product.

Gleaners/Pickers

Work directly in the fields to pick produce for distribution. We are in need of volunteer pickers and drivers who are willing to go out into local backyards and private orchards to help pick the bounty available in Ventura County.

Gleaner Pick-up Drivers

Drives designated routes, readies truck for produce picks, oversees group of pickers/gleaners, and drive back to FOOD Share warehouse.

Must be a minimum age of 21 and under the age of 75.

Senior Nutrition Garden

Assist Program Manager, Gray Wilking, in the Senior Nutrition garden located adjacent to FOOD Share. Tasks vary and can include hand weeding, weeding with garden tools, harvesting vegetables, planting seeds and installing irrigation.

Every Monday and Wednesday from 8:00 am – noon.

You must sign up ahead of time in order to enjoy this fun volunteer opportunity.

SENIOR Share Program

Fill bags of food for low income seniors at various distribution sites located throughout the county.

This program operates in every city and distributes every other week of the year, Monday-Friday during morning hours.

FOOD Share & Friends Mobile Pantry

The regional food bank’s newest program, FOOD Share & Friends, is a mobile food pantry that delivers food and farm-fresh produce to food insecure individuals with limited access to traditional food pantry sites and programs. FOOD Share and Friends will also connect people with the food bank’s cross-sector partners, who offer basic needs services, such as employment, housing and health security. Together, through FOOD Share and Friends, this local collaborative will strive to help individuals in need to achieve stability and self-sufficiency.

Kids' Farmers' Market (KFM)

Assist a child in preparing healthy snacks at our Kids’ Farmers’ Market sites. Help our nutritionist with the children, chopping, measuring, washing, cleaning, clearing & setting up tables, help kids take produce at the market portion of the program. You must pass a background check in order to start volunteering for this program. These volunteer openings take place once a month.

CSFP

Bread Sorting

Inspect, sort, and box bread into various categories made ready for agency distribution.

Produce Sorting

Inspect, sort, and box produce (fruits and/or vegetables) for agency distribution. For scheduling and safety reasons we ask that your group has a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 15 people. You must pre-schedule your group with with FOOD Share’s Volunteer Department to enjoy this volunteer opportunity. Groups over 15 are asked to split up to glean, garden, or sort produce. Activity is based upon availability of product.

FOOD Share Teaching Garden

Help our volunteer, Kathleen O’Connell, maintain our garden, and learn about gardening in the process.

We need volunteers to help water every Monday and Friday. Come when your schedule allows.

Clerical Assistant Volunteer

Provide administrative/office support to staff for various programs, data entry, filing, organizing, copying, putting packets together, making thank you cards, sending cards, and making thank you calls to donors. Computer experience may be required for certain projects.

Food Drive Volunteer

Assist Food Drive Coordinator in organizing and carrying-out food drives in neighborhoods/work places/schools/churches/clubs.

Truck Drivers

Truck Drivers

Drive designated routes for food pick-up and/or deliveries.

Class “C” drivers license and satisfactory DMV driving report required. Must be a minimum age of 21 and under the age of 75. May be on an on-call basis.

Truck Driver Assistant

Assist the truck driver with loading and unloading of pick ups and deliveries of food products. May be on an on-call basis.

Pantry Volunteer Assistant

Help at our partner pantry agencies with duties specified by agency contact. You would become their volunteer.

Warehouse

Assist our warehouse staff in a variety of warehouse duties such as pulling orders, assisting agency shoppers with loading and unloading their vehicles, cleaning our cooler and freezer, etc.

FOOD Share Academy

Other Opportunities

  • Wash food collection bins as needed
  • Wash FOOD Share trucks as needed

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To become a volunteer, please complete the FOOD Share volunteer form.

Christina Forino
Volunteer Coordinator
(805) 983-7100 ext. 104