Many Hands Make Light Work
Committed and friendly volunteers are the heart of PACH Outreach services. If you wish to help for a couple hours a week, a few hours a month, or a few hours once or twice a year, we have a job for you! Volunteers pick up food donations, sort and inspect food, staff the pantry, work in the office, greet clients and help them fill out applications, and assist with food drives, fundraising projects, and distribution of information to the community. PACH could not be successful without its many volunteers.
We match volunteers to tasks based on their interests, the skills they wish to share, and the time they have available. We provide orientation and training for all volunteer opportunities.
If you are interested in volunteering for these positions (except the Building and Capital Campaign), please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, and mention which position you are interested in:
For the Building Renovation opportunities, please contact our Building and Capital Campaign directly.
Current Critical Volunteer Needs
The following positions are in desperate need of volunteers. Please consider one as a way to help PACH Outreach fulfill it’s mission.
Click on the job name or scroll down for a description of responsibilities for each job.
Capital Campaign / Building Renovation
PACH’s Board of Directors has purchased the building at 66 Hollis Street, Pepperell, as the food pantry’s permanent home. The building, formerly a doctor’s office, must be renovated to suit the pantry’s unique needs. We need your support! Builders, electricians, plumbers, heating/ air conditioning companies, flooring, landscaping specialists and general contractors are needed! If you have a few hours to give or would like to get more involved, please contact our Building and Capital Campaign.
Other Volunteer Needs
Food Drive Coordinator(s)
The Food Drive Coordinator serves as a liaison between PACH Outreach and the local schools, churches, businesses, and community organizations who regularly hold food drives to stock our pantry. He or she will work with the community organizers of the various food drives and with PACH’s Pantry and Volunteer Coordinators to insure we have enough outside food drives each quarter to stock the pantry and to plan additional food drives as needed. Tasks include scheduling and helping to publicize the food drives and insuring we have enough volunteers to pick up and deliver the collected food at the appointed time.
Fundraising Committee Members
The Fundraising Committee will work with the Board of Directors and PACH volunteers to plan, organize, and manage at least two fundraising events per year to help maintain the PACH treasury at a level sufficient to meet our growing clientele and demand for services. Ideally, one or two Committee Members would serve as Co-coordinators and liaisons with the Board. The main requirements for this position are enthusiasm and willingness to serve our community, the ability to think creatively, and strong planning, organizational, management, and communication skills. PACH maintains a list of volunteers who are willing to help with such events, and our Publicity Committee will help with publicizing events.
Under the direction of the pantry coordinators and office staff, pantry staff greet clients during our Tuesday and Thursday pantry hours and distribute pre-assembled bags of groceries to them, along with choices of meat, bread, and fresh food from our freezers and refrigerators. Between client visits, pantry volunteers sort and shelve incoming food, clean up the pantry rooms, and assemble bags of groceries if more bags will be needed for upcoming pantry sessions. The pantry is presently open on Tuesday evenings and Thursday afternoons and evenings.
Fuel Assistance Counselors
Fuel Assistance volunteers are trained by the Program Coordinator to counsel clients on what kinds of fuel assistance are avaialble to them and to help them fill out applications. Counselors meet with clients in appointments scheduled during two or three sessions per week from November through April. No single counselor has to be available for all appointment sessions each month. PACH is presently looking for additional counselors for Mondays & Wednesdays.
Drivers/Carriers for Grocery Store Donations
PACH needs a couple drivers strong enough to load and carry bags and boxes of donated meat to the PACH pantry from Hannafords Market on Tuesdays and Thursdays. A single volunteer could do this weekly, or two or more volunteers can share the job, trading off days.Hannafords supplies us with one to a half dozen boxes of meat each week. The volunteer(s)for this will need to pick up the meat, deliver it to the PACH pantry, and store it in our freezers sometime between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday.
This position is currently filled by two people; but we would like to train at least one volunteer as a substitute for when our present helpers are not available. Volunteers may make an initial run with our current delivery volunteers or office manager to see what’s entailed and to learn the ropes.
Coordinator for Salvation Army Bell Ringers
Many individuals in our community volunteer through PACH Outreach as Salvation Army Bell Ringers during the holiday season, benefitting both Salvation Army and PACH Outreach (which receives a share of the donations collected). This program is well-established, with an active list of returning volunteers. A new coordinator is needed to contact volunteers beginning in late October/early November to schedule volunteers and keep the program going between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Two friends or family members could share the responsibilities of this task. PACH has sample information, letters, and schedules available for your use.