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 shirts with sleeves (long or short).

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

Not scheduled yet and ready to volunteer in Denver?

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

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

We are looking for volunteers for our 8th Annual Panerathon on 9/7 (Sunday)click here to find out more! 

Step 3 - If you are already a registered volunteer – please try using your email address as your login! (You can find a step by step guide here for that too!)

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 – 11:30 am 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 10-20 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. Requires standing and minimal lifting.

USDA – CSFP Box Packing:

Work in an assembly line filling boxes for the USDA’s 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. Please sign up in advance since this area has very limited availability.

Nome Street:

Pull and build orders at our warehouse, located at 3900 Nome ST, Unit T, Denver, CO  80239. You’ll be helping agencies participating in USDA food distribution programs. Requires the ability to repetitively lift 10-20 lbs.

Office Work:

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

Nutrition Network – After School Snacks:

Fill snack orders and assist with transporting the orders to waiting vehicles at our warehouse. Available on Tuesdays.

Nutrition Network – Totes of Hope™ Programs:

Fill our Totes of Hope™ for Children weekly (Fridays) and Totes of Hope™for Seniors monthly. Great for small groups.

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 and shirts with sleeves (no halters or tank tops please.)

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

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!

Parking

Watch for the big Food Bank of the Rockies sign and turn in our parking lot at 10700 E. 45th Ave., just north of I-70 and east of Havana, between Embassy Suites and Denver Mattress on the south side of 45th Avenue. Here’s a map of our location.

Park on the east side of our building between the Volunteer Parking signs. Doors open at 8:30 am. Plan to arrive 10 – 15 minutes prior to your scheduled shift start time. Near the ramp by dock door #1 on the northern end of the east side of the building, you’ll see a Volunteer/Agency entrance.  Come inside and follow the yellow and black striped line on the floor to the Volunteer Area with the big purple wall. There you’ll see a table where you can sign-in and create a name tag. Have a seat and we will put you to work shortly!

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.