Volunteering at Bread for the City

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Thank you to our network of dedicated volunteers who make our work possible!

Opportunities for Individuals

Most of Bread for the City’s individual volunteer opportunities are appropriate for regularly attending volunteers who make a weekly commitment for a period of at least three months. To join our team of regular volunteers, we ask individual volunteers to meet the following guidelines:

  • Serve one shift weekly or biweekly, either 9:00am-12:00pm or 1:00pm-5:00pm, Monday through Friday (excluding Friday afternoons).
  • Make at least a 3-month commitment to their shift, to ensure a service stable environment for our clients.
  • Be accompanied by an adult if you are 15-17 years of age.
  • Be able to provide their own transportation to either of our centers, located at 1525 7th Street NW, Washington DC 20001 or 1640 Good Hope Road SE, Washington, DC 20020. Please note: We can provide transportation assistance for Client Volunteers.

If you can commit to these guidelines, the next step is to attend a Volunteer Information Session!

Volunteer Information Sessions 

  • Northwest Center – Tuesday, August 12th at 11:00 AM
  • Southeast Center – Wednesday, August 27th at 11:00 AM

Please RSVP to attend an Information Session by contacting volunteer@breadforthecity.org.

Check out our current opportunities for individuals here!

Interested in internships? See our available internship opportunities!

Opportunities for Groups

There are many ways for groups of volunteers to get involved at Bread for the City! If your group would like to serve, please contact volunteer@breadforthecity.org or reach a Volunteer Coordinator by phone at 202-595-7865.

Wednesday Fruit Harvests at City Orchard

UDC Muirkirk Research Farm
12001 Old Baltimore Pike
Beltsville, MD 20705

If interested, please contact: volunteer@breadforthecity.org

Description: Every Wednesday during the growing season, volunteers are needed help to tend several varieties of crops, including strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, apples, persimmons and Asian pears. All of the fruit grown and harvested at City Orchard will be distributed to DC residents in need through Bread for the City’s two food pantry locations. Additionally, Bread for the City can provide transportation and train volunteers on-stite. All experience and skill levels are welcome!

Number of Volunteers Needed: All are welcome, including individuals and groups of up 15

We are currently seeking volunteers to help from approximately 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM (specific times can be flexible) on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, August 6th
  • Wednesday, August 20th
  • Wednesday, August 27th
  • Wednesday, September 10th

Many more dates are available as well. Please contact volunteer@breadforthecity.org to discuss additional opportunities.

Weekend Produce Gleaning

Northwest LocationCity Year
1525 7th Street NW

If interested, please contact: volunteer@breadforthecity.org

Description:  Each growing season from the beginning of May through the end of October, Bread for the City partners with several local farmers markets to glean or “rescue” leftover produce. We then rely on many dedicated volunteers to help us sort and pack this produce into family-sized servings so that we can quickly and efficiently distribute it to our food pantry clients the following week.

Number of Volunteers Needed: 5-20

We are currently seeking volunteers to help on Sundays from 2:00 – 4:00 PM on the following dates:

  • September 7th
  • September 14th
  • September 21st
  • October 5th
  • October 12th

Many more dates are also available to assist with our gleaning program. Please email volunteer@breadforthecity.org to inquire about additional dates.

Free Farmers Markets

Southeast Location
1640 Good Hope Road SE

If interested, please contact: volunteer@breadforthecity.org

Description: Volunteers will help bag and distribute fresh produce to our clients in an outside market at our Southeast Center. These events take place rain or shine. Please ensure your volunteer group is dressed properly for the weather.

Number of Volunteers Needed: 6-10

We are currently seeking volunteers to help from 9:15 AM – 12:15 PM on the following dates:

  • Friday, August 29th

Free Produce Giveaways

Northwest Location
1525 7th Street NW

If interested, please contact: volunteer@breadforthecity.org

Description: Volunteers will help bag and distribute fresh produce to our clients in an outside market in front of our Northwest Center. These events take place rain or shine. Please ensure your volunteer group is dressed properly for the weather.

Number of Volunteers Needed: 4-6

We are currently seeking volunteers to help from 9:15 AM – 12:15 PM on the following dates:

  • Friday, September 5th

“Crop Mobs” at City Orchard

UDC Muirkirk Research Farm
12001 Old Baltimore Pike
Beltsville, MD 20705

If interested, please contact: volunteer@breadforthecity.org

Each month, Bread for the City will host a “Crop Mob” at City Orchard! Crop Mobs are an opportunity for our friends and volunteers to collaboratively tend to the orchard through maintenance and harvesting tasks, while also building community. All of the fruit grown and harvested at City Orchard will be distributed to DC residents in need through Bread for the City’s two food pantry locations. Additionally, Bread for the City will provide on-site training for volunteers. All experience and skill levels are welcome!

Number of Volunteers Needed: All are welcome, including individuals and small and large groups

We are currently seeking volunteers to help from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM on the following dates:

  • Saturday, August 9th
  • Sunday, September 14th
  • Saturday, October 11th

Clothing Program Group Opportunityphoto (4)

Southeast Location
1640 Good Hope Road SE

If interested, please contact: volunteer@breadforthecity.org

Description: Volunteers will help to sort donations, hang and merchandise items, and keep our Clothing Room neat and tidy so that clients have a dignified and respectful experience.
Number of Volunteers Needed: 5-10

This opportunity is available for two or three hour-long shifts during the following times:

  • Mondays from 1:00 – 5:00 pm
  • Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2:00 – 5:00 pm
  • Fridays from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm or 1:00 to 5:00 pm

Food Pantry Group Opportunity

Northwest Location
1525 7th Street NW

Description: Volunteers will help sort and bag fresh food donations, including fresh produce and bread. This food is then directly distributed to our Food Pantry clients.
Number of Volunteers Needed: 5-10

This opportunity is available on an as-needed basis. If interested, please contact volunteer@breadforthecity.org.

Representative Payee Program Group Administrative Project

Bread for the City is looking for volunteer groups to help with Representative Payee Program, one of our main social service programs, in June, July and August.  Volunteers will assist with a variety of clerical tasks including preparing mailings of monthly statements, photocopying and filing.

Currently, we are seeking a group of 5-10 to assist with this task on the following date:

  • Wednesday, August 6th

Please contact volunteer@breadforthecity.org if you’d like to help.

 

Professional Opportunities

We currently do not have any professional volunteer opportunities open. Please check back later.