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Frequently Asked Questions

Can we bring children?

Those working in the market and the kitchen must be at least 16 years old and wear close-toed shoes. Children are welcome to volunteer with a parent or guardian.

Can we arrive late?

It is difficult for us to place volunteers after a session has begun and difficult if volunteers leave before we have served all our clients. We prefer that you can start on time and stay for the duration of the session. If you are late and assignments have been made, you will be asked to help wherever needed or may be asked to come another time.

Can we just show up or do we need to sign up ahead of time?

While we welcome walk-in volunteers, please know that we cannot guarantee we have a spot for you that day. Some shifts are full! We strongly recommend starting a volunteer account online and signing up ahead of time. Groups need to sign up by emailing with the date of interest, desired shift time, and number of volunteers you will bring. We will respond to the request within two business days.

Can we bring in donations when we volunteer?

When you come in to volunteer, we would be happy to take gently used (or new) clothing (in-season only), such as shoes, coats, pants (any kind), shirts (any kind), socks, underwear and any and all sizes including men’s, women’s, baby and children’s. We always have a need for bedding, such as pillows, blankets, quilts and throws. Items, such as dishes, utensils and any/all misc housewares, are a big hit here also for our clients! 

In addition, we would be grateful for any non-perishable food items. White rice or rice-type items, canned meat, cereal, juice and ramen are always popular. Personal care items, such as shampoo, conditioner, liquid soap, deodorant, toothpaste and diapers, are also appreciated.

We appreciate monetary donations too. For every $10 that is donated, we are able to purchase $100 worth of food. 

We are grateful for any and all donations!

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