The Wakefield Food Pantry depends on its many volunteers! Currently, a dedicated group of over 60 volunteers keep the pantry running on a day to day basis. But, there are countless other volunteers that are instrumental in bringing in food and funds on an ad-hoc basis — all of which are needed to continue to provide for those in need.
SUBSCRIBE — The best way to learn about volunteer opportunities is to become an email subscriber HERE. Below are examples of activities, events and commitments that may be of interest to you.
We often need help with food drives and other special events. Such annual events include the U.S. Postal Service Letter Carrier Food Drive in May, fundraisers throughout the year, and Holiday Gift Basket support.
Additionally, take on a project on your own:
Run a Food Drive
Organize a food drive at your business, club or house of worship. Invite your colleagues to bring non-perishable food to your next function, workplace or civic facility for a day, week or month.
Get more information on how to run a successful food drive HERE.
Sponsor a cash donation event or drive
Invite your colleagues to bring monetary donations to your next function, or to your workplace or civic facility for a day, week or month. Every dollar that is donated gives us $4 worth of buying power at the Greater Boston Food Bank!
Sponsor a Business Challenge
Your group can agree to match monetary contributions received and tracked by the Wakefield Food Pantry for a one-month period, for any percentage you choose. Please call us to discuss specific details. Your organization will receive the maximum possible local publicity for your generous financial support.
Run a Fundraiser
Organize and run a fundraiser such as a car wash, tournament, or yard sale giving proceeds to the pantry.
Corporate Support of Volunteer Efforts
Some organizations support their employees’ volunteer efforts with matching funds to the non-profit. This is a welcome benefit to the Food Pantry.
Ongoing Volunteer Positions
The volunteer positions listed below require a greater commitment of time and effort. If you are interested in any of these, please submit an application of interest by clicking on the button at the bottom of this page. Our volunteer coordinator will contact you shortly thereafter.
Greater Boston Food Bank Delivery
Each Monday we need help unloading and storing the thousands of pounds of food that we get at the Greater Boston Food Bank. Volunteers must be strong and able to lift at least 50 lbs at a time.
Substitute Guest Support
Although we generally are well staffed we always are in need of substitutes for sickness, vacations, appointments, etc. These individuals would be trained in serving our guests and “on call” for those times when we need help.
The Wakefield Food Pantry could not exist without the work done in our committees. We are always looking for skilled volunteers that are looking for more long-term projects developed and/or organized by our committee members.
The Community Relations Committee is responsible for our image in the community. The Committee coordinates public speaking events, interacts with the media, and develops and maintains relationships with businesses, civic organizations, and other community organizations to further our mission.
The Development Committee develops and maintains a fundraising plan and assists with fundraising events and initiatives. The committee also pursues grants and cultivates new donors and encourages past and current donors to continue support.
The Finance Committee is responsible for developing and monitoring fiscal procedures, status, and annual budget with staff and other Board members.
The Information Technology Committee is responsible for all of the technology and systems including the website, databases, social media and any other systems used for storage and communication. Supporting the staff and Board of Directors with IT tasks is also a responsibility of this group.
The Board Advancement Committee is responsible for coordinating ongoing board and committee recruitment efforts. Members also oversee Board orientation, education, annual evaluations, and also provide outreach and support to board members and volunteers.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors (BOD) is our governing body and is responsible for overseeing the pantry’s activities. The BOD focus on the mission, strategy, and goals.
Currently, the full Board meets once a month, September through June, on the 3rd Monday evening of the month. Occasionally, an extra meeting or two may be required.
The Board has a minimum of 7 and a maximum of 10 members. Each Board member serves a 2-year term but can be re-elected. The officer positions (President, VP, Clerk & Treasurer) serve 1-year terms and can also be re-elected.
We are always looking for skilled volunteers to join our board and in order to help ensure that no one goes hungry in our community.