Volunteer

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.  You can print out your results when completed and bring them with you when you fill out your application!

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Volunteer Application

Complete the online civil rights test!

Don't forget to print out the results at home and bring them with you to orientation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How old do I have to be to volunteer at Hospitality House?

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

All minors must have written parental consent to work at the pantry. 

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

 

How should I dress to volunteer?

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.

What if I have a group who wants to volunteer?

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

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

Do I have to register to volunteer?

Yes!  Please call the pantry to obtain additional information.  Or feel free to come into the pantry during normal business hours.  Complete an online application and drop it off at the pantry!  We'd love to talk with you in person!

What are the steps to becoming a volunteer?

Step 1: Complete an application.

Please do not seek to complete the application the day of training as it would require us to delay training and negatively impact others to accommodate you.

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: Come to the pantry to complete your pantry orientation and training.

Training take place only on Saturdays at 10am and lasts for 1.5 hours.  (Call the pantry to see when the next training session is!)  If training is canceled for some reason it will be posted on our Facebook page and or our website so check before you come!  You can start volunteering immediately the same day after training if you desire!

Step 4: Start volunteering!

What type of volunteer opportunities exist at the pantry?

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

When can I volunteer?

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)

Can I complete my community service here?

Yes, however please keep in mind that while HHFP is "felony friendly" we cannot provide community service hours for those who have been adjudicated for criminal sexual conduct.  Please note that we reserve the right to run background checks on all volunteers.

Students can get verification of their community services hours from the Executive Director upon request.