Volunteering at MCHPP
The value of MCHPP’s volunteer efforts cannot be overstated. They play an important role in fulfilling our mission; from preparing and serving healthy meals, to strengthening community partnerships, to greeting each client with a smile. Each volunteer’s generous donation of time and skill allows MCHPP to reduce hunger for so many people, in so many ways.
People volunteered at MCHPP in 2020
Volunteer Mission Statement
As volunteers at MCHPP, we provide our neighbors in need with healthy food and foster an atmosphere of warmth, compassion, and respect for members of our community.
Hours volunteered in 2020
“The most important thing I like is that volunteering keeps me in touch with my community, and I can use my time to help people who are in need.”
Reliable volunteers are needed for a variety of opportunities that can fit a range of schedules. Volunteers are welcome to help out as often as they are able to, and schedules are flexible.
By volunteering at MCHPP you can:
– Help to fulfill MCHPP’s mission of providing hungry people with access to healthy food
– Gain new skills and experiences
– Meet other friendly, compassionate people
– Make a difference as a team, with your school, family, church, or other group
– Fulfill community service hours required for school or another entity
During the pandemic MCHPP is relying on dedicated and reliable volunteers to ensure our programs continue to provide food to the community while keeping everyone safe and healthy.
All volunteers, staff, and visitors are required to complete a self-evaluated health screening and sign in and out for contact tracing. Everyone is given a disposable mask to wear the entire time they are at MCHPP. Volunteers and staff are expected to remain socially distant as much as possible while here.
Monday through Saturday Volunteer Drivers support MCHPP by driving to local super markets and picking up food donations. Volunteer Receivers process and sort the donations in preparation for food distribution in our Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry. Other Food Bank volunteers sort dry goods, meat, pet food, or prepare boxes of non-perishable items for Food Pantry clients.
The Soup Kitchen is open for lunch Monday through Friday from 11am-12:30pm and Saturday from 12-1:30pm. Volunteers prepare lunch, dish to-go containers, wash dishes, and serve lunch to guests to-go through our front door.
Food Pantry Volunteers work Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday assisting clients shop in our grocery store style pantry. Volunteers support clients during the intake process, manage the distribution of food to clients in the pantry, and assist clients to their cars.
Throughout the year, the Merrymeeting Gleaners harvest and distribute surplus produce from local farms to MCHPP, other partner organizations, and directly to community members at produce sharing tables. During the spring, summer, and fall, they are gleaning and doing deliveries Monday through Saturday. There are opportunities to work on farms such as Growing to Give, Goranson Farm, Six River Farm, and Whatley Farm. Volunteers also work as delivery drivers, farmers’ market gleaners, and support for the sharing tables.
There is always a need for volunteers! Gleaning is a great group opportunity or a chance to work as a family. If you have specific questions about the Gleaners, contact Julia Nelson at email@example.com.
Court Mandated Volunteer Service
MCHPP is currently unable to accept court-mandated volunteers who have less than one month until their service requirement is due. Additionally, due to the limited number of available shifts we are unable to guarantee any amount of service hours.
Sporadic, Seasonal, and Other Programs
Needs in our community change with each season, and so does our pool of dedicated volunteers. In the summer months, volunteers serve lunches to children and teens for our Summer Food Service Program, as well as pick up leftover food from local farmers’ markets, and help garden around our buildings. During the school year, volunteers are needed to pack bags of food for children to take home on the weekends, through our BackPack Program. Additionally, year round we host monthly Mobile Pantries, where volunteers give out groceries to community members. Volunteers also help deep clean the facilities throughout the year.
At this time MCHPP is unable to host most volunteer groups. If you have specific questions please reach out to Heather, the Volunteer Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 725-2716 x305.
Due to the limited number of people MCHPP is able to have in our building at any given time the agency is unable to accommodate volunteers younger than grade 9.
Grade 9 and older: No supervision required in the Food Bank and Food Pantry. However, volunteers under 18 years of age are not allowed to be alone with an unrelated adult, including riding in agency vehicles. No one under the age of 16 is allowed to use a knife or work in the Soup Kitchen unsupervised.
Thank you so much for all you do to alleviate hunger in our community! Times are tough for everyone and your dedication to supporting our mission is greatly appreciated. Thank you for being flexible, hardworking, and for choosing to spend your time with us!
Volunteer and Client Services Manager
MCHPP wants to hear from you! If you’re interested in volunteering, please fill out the application or contact Heather with any questions you may have. We welcome any feedback on your experience as a volunteer, as well as any ideas you have.