Get Involved

Volunteering Takes Time, Energy, Commitment and Sometimes Money

Why then would you like to volunteer at Hospitality House food pantry?

Hospitality House is known as the organization in Southwestern Oakland County where service minded people join together to help their neighbors by providing a

  • smile
  • kind look
  • word of encouragement
  • helping hand
  • hug
  • empathetic ear

Our family of volunteers are encouraged to share with each other and those seeking help in a compassionate and tender hearted manner with respect for each individual who enters our facility.

We provide a variety of interesting service opportunities for groups, individuals, students.  Some of these include

  • sorting food
  • stocking shelves
  • assisting clients
  • donation tracking
  • fund raising
  • special events
  • office support
  • holiday programs
  • back to school programs
  • Board member leadership
  • Special Committees

If you have a passion or idea not mentioned please contact us and share with us your vision.  You could be the spark that generates a new avenue of service at Hospitality House.

Find the opportunity that's right for you, please call or stop by the pantry to get started.

To expedite the process please complete the online Civil Rights Training.  After you completed the video please complete the Civil Rights Sign off form here. Print out your results when completed and bring them with you when you come to the pantry.

Frequently Asked Questions

We have volunteer opportunities for any age. However, volunteers under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. 

All minors under the age of 13 must have written parental consent to work at the pantry alone. 

This consent is signed by the parent or guardian on the back of the application.

Dress is casual. If working with clients shopping for food, warehouse, food drives or food deliveries, please dress for warehouse work with closed toe shoes.

If your group is larger than 10 persons we suggest that you reserve several days to accommodate all of your employees as we typically can't provide work for more than 10 persons at one time. 

Groups typically will do shopping or warehouse/facility related work. 

The group coordinator should call the pantry to reserve a date and time, and have their staff complete the online civil rights training. And complete the Civil Rights Training signoff here.

Or you may email the pantry at info@hhfp.org to schedule a day/time.

Yes! You can sign up to volunteer as a shopper and get started here!

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Feel free to call the pantry to obtain additional information. Or come into the pantry during normal business hours. We'd love to talk with you in person!

Step 1: Complete an application or register online.

You can register online here!

If you would like to explore other opportunities feel free to stop by the office!

Pantry hours are Mondays (Noon- 7pm), Thursdays (10am - 2pm) and Saturdays (11am - 2pm) and applications can be picked up and or completed during these times. 

You can also download our application here, complete it at home and bring it in!  Please bring your completed applications to the training.

Step 2. Complete the Civil Rights Training 

Click here to take the online test.  When you are done take a screen shot and print the results out.  Attach the results with your application.

Step 3. After you watch the video complete the Civil Rights sign up here

Don't forget to print out your form and bring it with you on the day you volunteer!

Step 4: Start volunteering!

There are several categories of volunteer opportunities

Board membership: Responsible for the overall direction and governance of the agency. Board members work to assure the long term viability of the organization. Board membership positions are limited in availability so please submit a resume and your interest to info@hhfp.org and someone will get back to you.

Shopper: Our most common and numerous type of volunteer opportunity where you escort our wonderful clients through the pantry as they shop!  Suitable for high school aged minors, adults, and groups!

Warehouse staff volunteer: Stocking shelves, unloading food from delivery trucks and cars. These positions are less numerous but nevertheless are great opportunities for young children or groups to help out when the volume of work exceeds our normal capacities. Needs of the warehouse vary, so call first to find out if this is something we can accommodate! (Suitable for high school aged minors, adults, and groups and minor children with a parent or guardian.)

Administrative Staff volunteer: Do you like to serve as a receptionist?  Interested in data entry and book keeping? Then these opportunities might be right for you.  These roles are for adults only

Event based volunteer: These are typically annual activities that the pantry sponsors where we could use a helping hand.  Events include but are not limited to our annual Golf Outing, Santa Shop, Back Pack Program, etc. call the pantry, check out a call for need on our website and or Facebook page or email us at info@hhfp.org if this might interest you!

Employee/Group volunteering

Typically this will be for corporate organizations who are looking to have their staff come in.  If your group is larger than 10 persons we suggest that you reserve several days to accommodate all of your employees as we typically can't provide work for more than 10 persons at one time.  Groups typically will do shopping or warehouse/facility related work.  The group coordinator should call the pantry to reserve a date and time, and have their staff complete the online civil rights training

The type of volunteer opportunity you work in would determine when you could volunteer.

Because our shopper is our most ample volunteer opportunity most people volunteer during some segment of our normal business hours. (Mon: Noon - 7pm, Thurs: 10am - 2pm, Sat: 11am - 2pm)

Volunteers choose how frequently and how many hours they like to work within the prescribed business hours of the pantry under most circumstances.

Students typically volunteer outside of school hours. (Monday afternoons or Saturdays)

Yes, however please keep in mind that the organization utilizes the Good Moral Character guidelines as established by the MDHH to assess good moral character. Generally such guidelines prohibit offenses of a violent or sexual nature, offenses involving guns, and offenses involving children.  

Students and those serving Court Ordered Community Service can get verification of their community services hours from the Executive Director upon request.