“I think what makes Metro Caring so special is its ability to bring out the best in people whether it be a volunteer or participant. Everyone is happy and joyful!” – Metro Caring Volunteer
Volunteer at Metro Caring
Volunteers play a vital role in Metro Caring’s success and are critical to every component of service. In return, volunteers have the satisfaction of making a difference in the lives of hungry families and being part of a tight-knit community. Metro Caring could not exist without its volunteers!
To learn more about individual and group opportunities, click the tabs on the left.
FAQs about Volunteering at Metro Caring
When are volunteer opportunities?
Our volunteers shifts are Monday-Friday in the morning (9:00a-12:30p) and afternoon (12:00-3:30p), as well as Tuesday evenings from 5:30-8:00p. Some volunteers are here daily, weekly, or monthly – you can pick a schedule that works for you.
Do you have weekend volunteer opportunities?
We do not have weekend volunteer opportunities at this time.
What work do I do as a volunteer?
We have a variety of volunteer roles, from helping participants shop in our market to helping prepare food in a cooking class to sorting through donations. To learn more, click on the Individual Volunteer Opportunities link.
What do I wear to volunteer?
We ask that you dress appropriately for the work you might do. Please wear closed-toe shoes and clothes that you might be okay with getting a little dirty.
Do I need to bring anything?
It might be helpful to bring a water bottle and a sweater (between our cooler and freezer, it can tend to be a little cool in some places).
What if it snows?
Metro Caring’s snow policy aligns with Denver Public Schools. If DPS is closed, we are too, and you do not need to show up for your volunteer shift. Check our website for updates if you’re unsure.
Where are you located?
We are located on the corner of 18th and Downing, at 1100 East 18th Avenue Denver CO 80218.
Can I bring food to donate?
Of course, we welcome that! We always appreciate donations of tuna and peanut butter or other healthy items as seen on our website here. If you are interested in coordinating a food drive, click here for more info.
Can children volunteer?
Yes! For children 13 and under (not yet in high school), they can volunteer with parents or guardians helping package toilet paper or clip and organize coupons. For children 14 and older (in high school), they can volunteer without a parent or guardian in our warehouse helping sort through donations or stock shelves.
Do you accept people who need to do community service?
Yes, we can help people fulfill community service hours. We ask that you commit to 40 or more hours of service, as we do a lot of training and it takes a while to become proficient in your volunteer role.
What if I have a food allergy?
We cannot guarantee that our volunteers will not come into contact with their allergen while volunteering in our market or warehouse. Many of the donations we receive are loose items or in compromised containers, which puts the food items at risk of cross contamination. For volunteers with more severe food allergies, volunteering at our welcome desk might be the best fit.
How do I start volunteering?
First, we need an application from you, which you can fill out here. Once we receive your application, you will be invited to attend an orientation. At orientation, you’ll learn more about volunteering at Metro Caring, take a tour of our facility, and do some hands-on training before your first day. You’ll also set your schedule – you can even start the next day!