Volunteers play a vital role in all facets of our operation.
There are lots of ways to volunteer. Give your time, talents or resources.
There are many ways to volunteer at the Orangeville Food Bank.
Volunteering allows you to make a positive impact in your community, giving of your time, talents or resources
Some of our volunteers at work
We currently have over 80 volunteers. Last year they donated almost 18,000 hours of time to the success of the operation. Each volunteer is interviewed, has a current police check and is trained in operations and poverty awareness.
There are many roles filled by the volunteers at the food bank. Some volunteer for a weekly shift, sorting food or helping our clients with their shopping. Others do weekly pick-ups at local grocery stores or other businesses both around and out of town. We have a group of volunteers who are involved in the administration of the food bank including creating schedules, banking, answering emails and phone messages and doing regular inventories of the warehouse. Our Board of Directors is also made up of volunteers. We give tours to school children, local organizations and groups from as far away as Toronto. We are always happy to share the wonderful story of the Orangeville Food Bank.
Our volunteers are also involved in many fundraising events throughout the year. Our largest fundraiser, Coldest Night of the Year, is held in February and has raised more than $130,000.00 over the past three years. Our annual food drive in August helps us collect food that is needed to cover the increased need as students head back to school. Our Samosa fundraiser organized and run by one of our volunteers, Philomena, is a very popular event. It generates funds for the food bank as well as providing a delicious snack or meal.
We are “Neighbours helping neighbours, care for our community”.
Looking to volunteer a couple times per year? Participating in one of our events or foodraisers may be the perfect fit for you!
Community Food Sorts – check our events page for upcoming sorts!
We have volunteer roles in our office, warehouse and out in the community for those looking for long term opportunities.
We are currently in need of Garden Volunteers!
The Orangeville Food Bank offers fun and rewarding teambuilding opportunities for groups throughout the year.
- Food Sorts & Tours
Do you need to get your community service hours to graduate? Check out the many ways students can get involved with the Food Bank.
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In the words of our volunteers
13 years ago, when I was semi retired , I wanted to find a way to give back. The Orangeville Food Bank was my answer to help neighbours who have found themselves in difficult circumstances, to live with dignity, to offer a helping hand and a welcoming smile each time they visit.
Been a volunteer for 3 years. I do it because I get out of it much more than I give. The genuine thank you’s from clients is the simple acknowledgement that what I do means a lot to someone.
“Err on the side of grace” is a phrase we often hear at the Orangeville Food Bank. I love that phrase and I love that the people I volunteer with always keep this in mind. Volunteering here has given me a meaningful way to be part of my community.
This is my fourth year volunteering at OFB and I’m grateful to get to work with such wonderful people. To help others is a privilege. You can’t do all the good the world needs but the world needs all the good that you can do.