Volunteers fuel IFFS and there are many ways to lend a hand. Whether you are interested in volunteering solo or with a group, just one time or on a recurring basis, we’d love to have you join us in building a healthy and hunger-free NC!
To get started:
1. Read our Volunteer FAQ– Many of your questions will be answered in this section including how to sign up for a job.
2. Create an online account– You must create an account to sign up for a job.
3. Sign up- After you sign up please check your email for more details.
4. Agricultural Volunteering Only- If you are interested in volunteering on our Teaching Farm, with our Urban Agriculture, or Gleaning program please email email@example.com after creating your account.
How do I create an account up?
Individuals: Use the online form under the Create an Account tab. You will receive a link to your personal volunteer page. Use the link to view available jobs, to sign up and track your volunteer hours.
Groups: Please read each job description carefully for group size, age restrictions and hours of operation before signing up. Select a group leader to create an account using the online form. Be sure to select you are signing up as a group. We will follow up with the group leader to confirm your group.
How old do I have to be to volunteer?
The Inter-Faith Food Shuttle believes that involving youth is paramount to our mission of ending hunger. However, we must provide a safe and productive work environment for all of our volunteers. Therefore, we do have age restrictions. All youth (17 and under) must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 18, and must bring a waiver signed by a parent/guardian. Age restrictions are set according to opportunity. Please refer to the opportunity description to determine eligibility.
Are there evening and weekend opportunities?
We do not have regular volunteer opportunities in the evenings. We do have limited Saturday opportunities for groups and individuals. Please note that our Family days are for families only and we cannot accommodate groups on those designated days.
Is there a dress code?
All volunteers MUST wear closed toe shoes. Please dress in weather appropriate work clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty. This includes warehouse and outdoor opportunities. Shirts need to be short or long sleeved (No tank tops, spaghetti straps, sleeveless, midriff or low-cut tops) Shorts are okay at a respectable length. (Must be no shorter than 7” above the knee.)
What should I bring?
Please refer to the opportunity description for our recommendations. For our outside activities please bring a reusable water bottle. Sun screen and bug spray are recommended.
Can I volunteer with a group?
We do offer group opportunities. Group opportunities will have size restrictions based on space and staff capacity. Please note that Grocery Bags for Seniors and Backpack Buddies are group opportunities only. Groups can also assist on our farm, in our community gardens and with our gleaning program.
Do you accept court related Community Service?
Yes. We welcome court related community service volunteers over the age of 18. To learn more and receive required paper work click here.
Are there special opportunities for Corporate Groups?
We love to have corporate groups volunteer. Please follow the steps to get started. Additionally, your company can browse our Corporate Opportunities page for more ways to fight hunger with the Food Shuttle.
Still have questions?
Please contact Abbey Riesett, Volunteer Manager, Abbey.Riesett@FoodShuttle.org
Have you ever scooped up a handful of soil, discovering that it was full of worms? Or tried a sweet, crunchy carrot pulled right out the ground? At IFFS, we believe that every child should know where food comes from and have enriching experiences outside in nature. That’s why we are excited to host pre-k through 12th grade field trips at the Geer St. Learning Garden in East Durham!
Teachers or youth group leaders have the option to choose one of three themes: Gardening 101, Pollinators, or The Food System. Each field trip includes a garden tour, educational games, and interactive group activities. Fieldtrips can be scheduled for 60 or 90 min time slots. *Group garden tours can also be scheduled for 30min. While there is no cost for fieldtrips, we do ask that groups fill out online or hard copy pre & post surveys to help us evaluate the effectiveness of our programming. Transportation must also be provided. Please note field trips are seasonal: September-November in the Fall and March-May in the Spring.
Field trip descriptions (Lessons are based on Junior Master Gardener Curriculum):
Gardening 101: In this field trip students will learn the foundational elements to start a vegetable garden from the ground up! Specific topics include: Examining different types of garden beds, breaking-down what’s in soil and compost, and learning about six edible plant parts.
Pollinators: In this field trip students will learn about different types of pollinators and the important role they play in our environment! Specific topics include: Exploring pollinator habitats, pollinator identification, and garden interdependence/ecology.
The Food System: In this field trip students learn about what ‘the food system’ is and how they are a part of it! Specific topics include: Defining elements of the food system, conceptualizing how food goes from farm to fork, and understanding how food choices can affect one’s personal health.
If you would like to schedule a field trip please fill out the following request form.: