Twin Lakes Food Bank is dependent on individuals who volunteer their time to serve our hungry neighbors. We simply cannot do what we do without our volunteers. You may volunteer one time only, or on an ongoing basis.
If you’re a new volunteer candidate, please note the days and hours of volunteer opportunities before you apply:
(Closed on weekends)
Age: Volunteers must be 16 years or older to volunteer independently. Volunteers ages 12-15 must volunteer with a parent or guardian. We cannot accommodate children younger than 12 years old at this time. Also, please keep in mind that most volunteer opportunities are on weekday mornings, when youth are usually in school.
Physical: A typical volunteer shift requires volunteers to stand for at least 2 hours. While not required, volunteers may be asked to lift, push, or pull 20+ pounds. Please notify staff of any physical restrictions and we will do our best to accommodate them.
Court-Mandated Hours: If you have court-appointed community service hours to complete, please make sure to notify us when you sign up for a volunteer shift. If two scheduled shifts are missed, your service will be terminated.
Volunteers can sign up for many different jobs from handing out produce to guests to cleaning out refrigerators behind the scenes. Volunteer jobs are as follows:
Operations: assist warehouse with grocery pick-up and drop offs. (This position requires that volunteers be able to lift 50 pound or more.)
Bagging: stock shelves before opening and during service hours.
Perishibles: greet guests, verify tickets, distribute grocery bags and other food items and restock inventory.
Produce: stock, sort, and distribute produce to guests.
Greeter: greet guests, give intake forms to new guests, assist guests with carts, and help them return carts.
Registration: greet guests, register new and returning guests, answer general questions, and provide resources to guests.
Warehouse: build and sort TEFAP/USDA bags, and sort non-perishable food items.
Garden: help weed, plant and maintain organic produce garden.
Pantry On Wheels (POW): Each week on Thursday mornings, a group of food bank volunteers drives to select senior living facilities in Folsom to distribute food.
Angels On Wheels (AOW): The food bank also has a team of volunteers who deliver to homebound senior residents. Team members must be available Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday mornings to pick up groceries for the seniors when the food bank is open and deliver the food. The AOW volunteers usually team up in groups of 2-3 people, and they generally set their own schedule to pick up and deliver food twice a month.
Maintenance Volunteers: Twin Lakes Food Bank is looking for individuals who are skilled at fixing things and tackling household projects. Regular upkeep and maintenance of our facilities is important as it helps the food bank to run smoothly. Projects may take up to 4 hours per week and the maintenance volunteer can set their own schedule.
For more information about the Special Volunteer Opportunities above, please either email Amy at email@example.com or call 916-345-3228.
How do I sign up to volunteer?
Can I sign up for multiple shifts?
Yes! We encourage volunteers to sign up for shifts in advance so they can ensure their volunteer spot. To sign up for multiple shifts at once view the open volunteer opportunities, click all the dates you’d like, and confirm by clicking the “Register” button.
What if I need to cancel a shift?
You can cancel your shift through your confirmation email, on your volunteer profile, or by contacting the Volunteer Coordinator.
What if I have physical limitations?
A typical volunteer shift requires volunteers to stand for at least 2 hours. While not required, volunteers may be asked to lift, push, or pull 20+ pounds. Please notify staff of any physical restrictions and we will do our best to accommodate them.
Can I bring my kids to volunteer with me?
Youth volunteers aged 12-15 must be accompanied by an adult during a volunteer shift. Volunteers aged 16 and up are welcome to come on their own. Unfortunately, we are unable to host those under the age of 12 due to safety concerns.
All volunteers, including kids, need to have a volunteer profile to sign up for shifts. Please see “How can I add a volunteer to my profile?” for more information.
Do you include mentally diverse individuals on your volunteer team at Twin Lakes Food Bank?
Yes, we consider mentally diverse individuals to volunteer on a case-by-case basis. Please contact Amy Brasil directly by calling 916-345-3228 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org for more information before creating a volunteer profile on CERVIS.
How can I add a volunteer to my profile?
In your volunteer profile, you can click “Add an Additional Volunteer to My Profile” under the Profile Management section. Additional volunteers can be family members or even friends. You should only add volunteers to your profile if you plan to sign them up for shifts, and they will be connected to your email address and password login.
Can I complete court-mandated service hours?
If you have court-appointed community service hours to complete, please make sure to notify us when you sign up for a volunteer shift. If two scheduled shifts are missed, your service will be terminated.
My group would like to volunteer sometime soon. What are your opportunities?
Group volunteer opportunities are currently limited. Please email Amy (email@example.com) and tell her how many people are in your group as well as the days and times your group is generally available to volunteer. These opportunities are not always available, and a notice of at least 4 weeks is required.