Volunteers are the heart of CommUnity
Our clients depend on a diverse group of hundreds of volunteers who keep our programs running smoothly. Each year, volunteers donate more than 30,000 hours of their time to CommUnity Crisis Services and Food Bank. We have many opportunities, and you don’t have to choose just one. Only one application is needed for consideration of multiple positions.
COVID-19 Update: Food Bank trainings have been temporarily suspended. We are instead offering on-site training at the beginning of your volunteer shift. No application is required. No previous experience necessary. Masks are required and we are practicing social distancing. Hand washing stations, gloves, and masks are available for volunteers. Visit bit.ly/pepperwoodpantry to sign up for a shift.
Volunteer in the Food Bank
CommUnity’s food bank distributed over 2 million pounds of food to Johnson County residents last year. When you volunteer in the food bank, you’ll work on a team of compassionate and dedicated individuals and might perform a wide range of tasks, including stocking shelves, assisting clients, or helping with data entry. Must be 16 or older.
Volunteer at a Mobile Pantry
CommUnity’s Mobile Pantry is a “pop-up” pantry that travels to locations throughout Johnson County. We have opportunities for individuals who might want to volunteer once, or on an ongoing basis. Can accommodate groups of up to six people. Duties may include loading the truck at the food bank warehouse, unloading on-site, helping clients shop, and returning items to the warehouse.
Mobile Pantry volunteer shifts are temporarily suspended.
Volunteer on the Crisis Phone Line
Volunteers are trained in a wide variety of counseling techniques and will provide direct support to clients in need over the phone. The training and experience are excellent preparation for those pursuing careers in health care, social work, or related fields.
Volunteer on Chat or Text (remote opportunities available)
Volunteers provide direct support via crisis chat or text. Volunteer on-site or from the comfort of your own home. CommUnity provides extensive training and mentoring in addition to supervision and support while you are on your volunteer shift. You’ll learn a variety of counseling techniques and will provide direct support to clients in need. The training and volunteering experience are excellent preparation for careers in health care, social work, or related fields.
Other volunteer opportunities
School required service
Our one-time Food Bank opportunities are often the best fit for those who cannot commit to at least 6 months of service. Duties include stocking shelves, packing food bags and assisting clients. Minors 13-15 years of age may volunteer, but must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Minors 16+ may volunteer independently.
Our one-time Food Bank opportunities are often the best fit for those who cannot commit to at least 6 months of service. Duties include stocking shelves, packing food bags and assisting clients. Please call Krystal Kabela at 319-351-2726 ext. 111 for more information.
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.
To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC, 20250-9410 or call toll free (866) 632-9992 (Voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.