Volunteer

Volunteer

By giving of your time, you can make a difference in the lives of hungry children, seniors and families.

Food Bank of the Rockies needs volunteers all year long to help us with our programs. We’re excited you’ve considered us for a fun, productive activity for you or your group!

To volunteer in Denver, keep reading below. You can also learn more about volunteer opportunities at our Western Slope and Wyoming branches.

Volunteers must be at least 14 years old (accompanied by an adult) or 16 years old to volunteer on their own. Volunteers must be 18 years or older to volunteer in our kitchen. For Saturdays, prior authorization is required for younger volunteers – please contact the volunteer department for additional information.  Please note all volunteers must wear closed toe shoes (no flip flops, sandals, etc) and clothing appropriate for a warehouse setting.

More information can be found in our Volunteer Handbook

Are you a large group of 25+, youth/school group, or developmentally disabled or diversion group? Click on each to find out more information on our guidelines!

 

Not scheduled yet and ready to volunteer in Denver?

Step 1 – Check out our Informational LetterVolunteer Handbook and Frequently Asked Questions first!

Step 2 – View our Volunteer Calendar to register and see what shifts are open for sign up!  (You can find a step by step guide here!)

Step 3 – Come on in and volunteer for your shift!

register

Regular Volunteer Opportunities in Denver

(All opportunities take place at our main warehouse, 10700 E 45th Ave, Denver CO 80239  unless otherwise noted.)

Most opportunities are Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm.

Please note at this time we will place volunteers in the different areas as needed to ensure we are effectively fulfilling our mission. Our needs do change on a daily basis, but here are our areas listed in priority order: Distribution, USDA/CSFP, and Nutrition Network. 

Descriptions of opportunities are listed below, or download our informational letter for a printer friendly version!

Distribution:

Pull and build orders from warehouse inventory for our member agencies. Requires the ability to repetitively lift 10-30 lb cases. This is the area we need help most!

Reclamation:

Inspect, clean, sort and box items received through food drives and grocery rescue before they are distributed to clients via our member agencies. This area requires an attention to detail and is a low-impact/physical area (great for those with certain limitations), though it does require standing for the shift.

USDA – CSFP Box Packing:

Work in an assembly line filling boxes for the USDA’s CSFP food program. A wide variety of positions within this area are available from low impact to physical tasks. Great for team building. For groups 10 or larger.

Community Kitchen:

Help prepare meals for our Kid’s Cafe program. Work may include prepping food, cooking, cleaning, and other duties. Must be 18 for this area. This area has very limited availability.

TEFAP Nome Street:

Pull and build orders at our warehouse for agencies participating in USDA food distribution programs. This opportunity is located at 3900 Nome ST, Unit T, Denver, CO  80239. Requires the ability to repetitively lift 10-20 lbs. Find out more information here!

Office Work:

Assist with mailings, non-solicitation phone calls, filing and/or other miscellaneous tasks. Available on a very limited basis.

Nutrition Network – After School Snacks:

Build snack orders and load them into vehicles for our agencies that participate in the after school snacks for tutoring program and then transport the orders to the waiting vehicles from our warehouse. This is available on Tuesdays.

Nutrition Network – Totes of Hope™ Programs:

Build orders and load them into vehicles for our agencies that participate in our Children Totes of Hope™ programs. This is available on Fridays.

For weather closures/delayed openings, please check our homepage or call our
main line at 303-371-9250.

Important Information

For more information about volunteering at Food Bank of the Rockies, please view our frequently asked questions.

Come dressed appropriately for warehouse work. This includes wearing closed-toed shoes.

Most opportunities are at our main warehouse location 10700 E 45th Ave, Denver CO 80239.

Unloading & Parking buses at our main location – check this out!

Our Nome Street facility is located at 3900 Nome St, Unit T, Denver, CO 80239

We will consider misdemeanor court ordered community service on a case-by-case basis.

Looking to volunteer on behalf of an agency?  Learn about our VIP Program!

Entrance & Parking

Our volunteer parking (parking is plentiful but we always recommend carpooling) and entrance is located at the south end of our building, facing I-70! Enter through the door with the sign “Volunteer Entrance” above it and we’ll get you all set up in our Welcome Center. Please plan on arriving 10-15 minutes prior to the start of your shift.

If you’re volunteering at Nome Street, our building is located in the southeast corner of the office complex. You can park along the south end of the parking lot and come up the stairs to our office at 3900 Nome Street, Unit T, Denver CO 80239 – Map

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us. If you have additional questions, please email volunteer@foodbankrockies.org or contact us.