Volunteers Make A Difference

It's easy to make a buck. 

It's a lot tougher to make a difference. 

~Tom Brokaw

 

 

 
Volunteers

We come in all different shapes, sizes, backgrounds, ethnicities, and from many communities.  While we have different reasons for volunteering, we are united in our mission to serve the hungry in our community.  And, we are making a difference, one person at a time.

 

There are many opportunities for you to volunteer at our food pantry.  Check out what we have to offer, and if you would like to join our team, please fill out the appropriate volunteer application.  All with a desire to serve are invited to join us!

Volunteer Opportunities

Mobile Food Pantry (MFP) Volunteer

5 Saturdays a year

Volunteer Opportunities from 7am - 1pm

Mobile Food Pantry (MFP) Events are one day events where volunteers serve 25,000+ lbs. of food to 250 people in 3 hours.  Events are held no matter the weather either in the parking lot outside, or in the Karin Johnson Fellowship Hall inside.  Volunteers can choose from a host of positions including client registration, hospitality, parking lot attendant, truck worker, bagging, set up, clean up, and more!

Pantry Day Volunteer

Tuesdays 12:00 - 3:00pm

Thursdays and Saturdays 8:30-11:30am

Pantry day volunteers run the food pantry.  They work in one of two areas.  The first area is the registration table where each client signs in. 

 

The second area is the shopping space. Prior to opening, volunteers set up the shopping area which includes pulling out rolling shelves, stocking shelves, breaking down cardboard, bringing out food from walk in units and shelves.  During pantry shopping time, they assist clients, keep shelves stocked, and help in whatever needs to be done.  After pantry is over, volunteers stock shelves, wipe down tables and carts, put away rolling shelves, sweep, and make sure the shared space is clean.

Jewel & Fresh Thyme Pick Up Volunteer

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays

9 - 10:30am

Jewel & Fresh Thyme volunteers use their personal vehicle to pick up donated, FREE food from the Jewel-Osco at Caton Farm Road and Route 59 in Plainfield and from Fresh Thyme across the street from St. John. Volunteers work in teams and transport donated groceries from Jewel (4 miles to St. John) and Fresh Thyme (across the street) to St. John where they unload and store the foods.

Delivery Day Volunteer

Every Wednesday

8 - 11am

Every Wednesday, we receive between 5,000 - 12,000 lbs. of food from Northern IL Food Bank.  Teams of volunteers unload cases of food and either shelf or store them in designated spots.  Carts, hand carts, recycling bin on wheels, and a pallet jack are available to use.  Volunteers also bring broken down cardboard boxes to the parking lot for recycling.

Leadership Team

One Team Meeting A Month

Currently 10am - Noon, flexible

Pastor Robin oversees the Food Pantry Leadership Team headed by Director, Dawn MacGregor.  The team meets once a month for two hours to plan, problem-solve, and organize.There are a few Leadership Team opportunities currently available. Each position requires a one-year committment beginning in June.  If you are interested in talking about open Leadership Team positions, please contact Pastor Robin or Dawn MacGregor at 815.439.2320 or email at stjohnfood@gmail.com.

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