Be a hunger-fighting hero.

 

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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!
 

At this time, our Tuesday evening volunteer shift is at capacity. Thanks to our dedicated volunteer base, we are no longer accepting new Tuesday evening volunteers. We greatly appreciate volunteers joining us for our day time shifts. Currently Metro Caring is assessing our ability to host additional service hours on evenings or weekends. We invite you to join our volunteer waitlist so we can contact you when weekend or evening volunteer opportunities become available.

To be added to the wait list, please email Megan Maes, Volunteer Resources Manager, at mmaes@metrocaring.org.


Individual Volunteers (14+ years old)

Volunteers serve in a variety of rewarding ways. 500 weekly volunteers help us accomplish our mission through greeting participants, conducting one-on-one conversations to connect participants to resources, keeping our market and warehouse stocked and organized, and more. Find a list of our roles on the right.

Our volunteers shifts are Monday-Friday in the morning (9:00am-12:30pm) and afternoon (12:00-3:30pm).

  1. Apply now! Fill out an application.
  2. Attend an orientation, where you will 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.
  3. Start volunteering as soon as the next day!

If you have questions, contact Megan Maes, Volunteer Resources Manager, at 303-350-3699 or mmaes@metrocaring.org.


Group Volunteers

Groups are a valuable resource in helping accomplish the work that Metro Caring does. Because of group volunteers, Metro Caring is able to distribute 2+ million pounds of nutritious food to hungry families and individuals while also providing education and tools to help participants improve their health and reach their potential.

This is a great opportunity for team-building and collaboration, as you’ll work together to complete tasks and work toward a common goal. You will be building community among colleagues, while simultaneously serving your community.

Our group volunteers shifts are Thursday in the afternoon (12:00-3:30pm)or Friday in the morning (9:00am-12:30pm) and afternoon (12:00-3:30pm). We recommend submitting your request two months in advance. While we make every effort to accommodate specific date requests, we appreciate any flexibility you may have.

For additional information, see our FAQ section below.

Youth Volunteers (0-13 years old)

We have the power to inspire the next generation to become active, informed and generous members of society. Younger generations have always encouraged us to make the world a better place. If we nurture an interest in giving back, we can instill a love of volunteering from an early age.

Join us for our family-friendly volunteer opportunity hosted on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 5:30-8:00pm. Children ages 0-13 are welcome to join us for a behind the scenes volunteer opportunity helping to process donations and support the operations of our Fresh Foods Market.

To volunteer as a family:

  1. Fill out an application.
  2. Attend an orientation, where you will learn more about volunteering at Metro Caring, take a tour of our facility, and learn ways to talk to your family about the mission of Metro Caring. You’ll also set your schedule.
  3. Start volunteering!

For additional information, see our youth volunteer FAQs below.

Youth Programming

Can’t volunteer in person? There are endless possibilities for youth to support Metro Caring’s mission at home, school or anywhere! See some of our suggestions or come up with your own!


Individual/Group FAQs

When are volunteer opportunities?

Our volunteers shifts are Monday-Friday in the morning (9:00am-12:30pm) and afternoon (12:00-3:30pm). 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.

How far in advance do I need to reserve a group volunteer shift?

We recommend submitting your request two months in advance. While we make every effort to accommodate specific date requests, we appreciate any flexibility you may have.

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, check out the different Volunteer Roles on the right.

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 suggested items. If you are interested in coordinating a food drive, check out the Give Food section of our Donate page.

Can children volunteer?

Yes! We accept volunteers who are 14 (in high school) or older. 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, complete our online application. 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!

Youth FAQs

What ages of children can volunteer?

Volunteers who are 14 (in high school) or older are welcome to volunteer without a caregiver in our warehouse helping to sort through donations or stock shelves in our Fresh Foods Market. We also have a family friendly volunteer opportunity on the 2nd Tuesday of each month that children under 14 are welcome to join with their caregiver.

Does a caregiver have to supervise their child while volunteering?

Yes, for volunteers under 14 we ask that a caregiver be actively engaged and providing supervision and support to their child at all times while volunteering. We also ask for a 1:2 ratio (1 caregiver to every 2 children). Volunteers who are 14 or older are welcome to volunteer without a caregiver.

What types of volunteer roles will my child be doing?

Volunteers who are 14 or older are welcome to volunteer in our warehouse. For safety reasons, children under 13 are welcome to help process donations and support the operations of our Fresh Foods Market outside of the warehouse.

Can I bring a snack for my child?

Yes of course!

Does my family have to commit to the full shift from 5:30-8:00pm?

We recognize that a full volunteer shift from 5:30-8:00pm could be challenging for young children. Families are welcome to participate in the volunteer opportunity for the duration that works for them. We do ask that families start volunteering at 5:30pm.

Is Metro Caring able to teach my child about poverty alleviation?

Due to limited staff capacity, we are not able to offer a youth focused curriculum. 

 

Volunteer Roles

Click on each image for a description of the role.