Volunteer with Us
Caring for Friends has volunteer opportunities for every age and every ability.
* Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Please sign up with the adult’s username and password.
Explore Our Volunteer Opportunities
To ensure everyone who wants to share food and friendship with our neighbors in need can support our mission, we offer a variety of opportunities. Whether you want to deliver meals and visit with a homebound senior, pack snack bags at your school, or cook meals in our commercial kitchen, we welcome your assistance — in person or from the comfort of your home.
Your generous gifts of time, compassion, and resources make a huge impact on people in need. Thanks in advance for your help!
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Cook in Our Kitchen
Caring for Friends’ professional kitchen at 12271 Townsend Road, Philadelphia is looking for individuals or groups of 10 or more people interested in preparing food with our trained staff. Children need to be 12 years or older to volunteer in our kitchen.
Or Cook in Yours
Caring for Friends provides materials so you can make meals at home. You provide the contents, the food, and time to drop them off at a local food pantry. You can make and donate as many as you’d like. Many meals are prepared by caring neighbors in the comfort — and safety — of their homes on a regular basis throughout the year. Some are cooked in a community kitchen by a faith-based group or a group of friends at their home! Check out these tips for cooking at home.
You can pick up trays at our warehouse, or at a pantry/freezer site near you.
Our visitor volunteers make weekly or bi-weekly home visits to deliver meals to seniors, veterans, or those with disabilities. Spending time with isolated neighbors and providing free food is what makes Caring for Friends different from other community service agencies.
Once you sign up, you’ll be matched with a client – or more than one – close to your work or home. You then spend about an hour per week to deliver meals and have a short visit. The meal can be made by you or picked up at one of our warehouses.
Want to help, but can’t make an ongoing commitment? Volunteer with us as a driver!
We have generous organizations donating food, as well as people in need of food throughout the Philadelphia region, so no matter where you live or work, we can use your help!
Volunteers who help assemble snack bags will place 6-9 items in a bag for our homebound seniors, people living on the streets or in shelters, and children and their families in need. The bags consist of a variety of items, such as a breakfast item, a caring note, and a drink! This is a great family activity, as we take kids as young as 8.
Hunger is an issue 365 days a year, so volunteers are always needed! Join us at our warehouse to help with critical office work, such as data entry, phone outreach, and inventory. Some volunteer work may even be completed from your home.
We rely on the help of the community to keep our facilities up and running and would greatly appreciate a gift of time to help with maintenance projects, such as:
- Equipment repair
- Warehouse revitalization (painting, flooring, etc)
For those who want to support our mission, but would prefer to do it from the comfort of their own home, we have at-home volunteer opportunities.
Write Caring Notes
In everything we do, we strive to provide not just food, but also friendship. Sometimes, this comes in the form of a caring note – a hand-written word of inspiration to brighten someone’s day. We are always in need of caring notes from caring people like you! Learn more about these notes and how you can get them to us. *NEW: We now have Coloring Caring Note Templates!
*We do not accept caring cards for community service hours.
Host a Virtual Food Drive
You can host a food drive through your computer – and because you’re donating funds instead of goods, we can stretch your money further! A $10 food drive donation can buy twice as much peanut butter, canned tuna, and some of our other most-needed items. Learn how to organize your own virtual food drive.
Many jobs can be done virtually, as can many volunteer opportunities for administrative projects. Whatever you’d like to do, we likely have a place for you. Contact us to learn how.Contact Us
You can make your own snack bags at home for folks facing hunger and homelessness. Find out how.Make Snack Bags
This typically off-site volunteer event occurs at the location of your choice, and makes for a great team-building experience. Groups of up to 20 make snack bags that your group purchases; bags consist of nonperishable, healthy food for our client friends and other individuals to ensure they have a hearty start to each day.View this Opportunity