1507 Grimm Drive
Erie, PA 16501
Phone: 814-459-3663
info@eriefoodbank.org
Mon – Fri, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

1507 Grimm Drive
Erie, PA 16501
Phone: 814-459-3663
Mon – Fri, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

FAQ

FAQ


How do I become a volunteer?

The first step is to email us at volunteer@eriefoodbank.org or call us at (814) 459-3663, ext. 106.  An email does not automatically sign you up, but it shows your interest. You will receive a response within 2-3 business days to discuss your volunteer opportunity.

What do I need to wear when I volunteer?

All volunteers MUST wear closed-toed shoes at Second Harvest. You should wear comfortable clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty. The warehouse tends to be hot in the summer and chilly in the winter, so layered clothing is suggested. 
 

Can I bring a group?


Yes.  Our volunter projects can accomodate groups of various sizes and can provide team builidng opportunities.

  
I want to volunteer, but I never know my schedule in advance.  Can I just show up? 


Unfortunately we cannot accommodate walk-up volunteers. All volunteer shifts have a maximum capacity due to space and resource limitations. It is our goal to provide the best possible experience for each of our volunteers, so it is important for us to know in advance when you are coming in order to provide the supplies and supervision to get the job done.


Can children volunteer at Second Harvest?


Yes! We would love for your family, school or youth group to join us.  Volunteering is a great way to teach children that community service is not only the right thing to do, but it is fun to do it.  All children and youth under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult (see Chaperone policy below.)


Are chaperones needed for children younger than 18 years old?


Yes. All children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.  
·         Youth ages 10-18 require one adult for every ten individuals. Two adults must accompany groups with 10-20 youth. One additional adult for every 5 more youth. 
·         Every 10 children age 6-9, must be accompanied by two adults while volunteering at Second Harvest. Three adults will be required for groups of 10-20. One additional adult for every 5 more children.   
*Adult chaperones must be willing to accept responsibility for each youth in your group.


What kind of things will I be doing when I volunteer at Second Harvest?

    Please click here for more info.

What if I need to cancel?


Please contact our volunteer coordinator at volunteer@eriefoodbank.org or call (814) 459-3663, ext. 106 as soon as possible (preferably at least a week in advance) so that we can invite other volunteers to take your place.

Can I bring  more people in my group than originally signed up?

 
Unfortunately, we cannot accept walk-up volunteers. If you find more people want to join your group while volunteering at Second Harvest, please contact our volunteer coordinator at volunteer@eriefoodbank.org or call (814) 459-3663, ext. 106 as soon as possible to see if there is room available.  We may already be full for that shift and some or all of you may need to rescheduled.

Is SHFB able to accomodate the special needs of a handicap or disabled volunteer?


We are able to accommodate special needs, but we evaluate our ability to accommodate on a situation-by-situation basis. Please call (814) 459-3663, ext. 106 to discuss your specific needs.


Can I use your conference room for meeting space before or after our project?


SHFB has two rooms available for meetings or luncheons. Please contact the volunteer coordinator for availability at volunteer@eriefoodbank.org or call (814) 459-3663, ext. 106.

Can I volunteer at Second Harvest to complete my required community service hours?


We accept most court-related service hours.  Contact volunteer@ereiefoodbank.org call (814) 459-3663, ext. 106 to discuss requirements for court-related community service.


Where is Second Harvest Food Bank located?

 
Click <here> for directions to Second Harvest. Please enter through first door on side of the building. This door will have a red awning with “Volunteer Entrance” written across it.


Do I have to volunteer for the entire shift?


No. Our activities are set up to last the entire shift.  However, you can leave whenever you would like.  It is very important that you arrive on time so that we can begin the project in a timely manner.