ACCESS Volunteering Strengthens Community
Our volunteers are the reason ACCESS is able to help 1 in 4 Jackson County residents annually, and provide meaningful support to our most vulnerable neighbors. Volunteering is also an opportunity to build lasting connections which strengthen the social fabric of local neighborhoods and our larger community.
Volunteers Serve the Community with…
- Greeting/checking-in clients
- Computer data entry
- Pantry cleaning
- Restocking shelves
- Setting up tables and sections
- Sorting, bagging, and boxing up food
- General pantry support
- Delivering pre-filled food boxes
- Driving the ACCESS van
- Signing in participants
- Helping place items in participants’ vehicles
- Sorting, bagging, and boxing up food
- Preparing food for distribution
- Sharing professional knowledge with class participants
- Great for lenders, home inspectors, realtors
- Greeting participants in a friendly manner
- Directing participants to the appropriate ACCESS building
- Collecting mail and UPS deliveries
- Restocking brochures and magazines
- Communicating participant needs with front desk staff
- Signing people in
- Handing out bedding and food
- Escorting participants to the storage area
- Signing people out
- Cleaning the facility
Last year, ACCESS volunteers generously gave nearly 45,000 hours of their time to help feed, warm, and shelter people in need.
Join Our Volunteer Community of Over 700 Rogue Valley Residents!
ACCESS, our clients, and our community partners are truly grateful for the dedicated service offered by this group of volunteers — week after week and year after year.
Our volunteer opportunities also continue to evolve and expand. We’d love to find a role that is just the right fit for your interests and availability, and that also allows you to engage with the community in a way that is meaningful for you.
It’s organized. There’s a place for you and a need, and it’s nice you know? And those who need assistance, it’s fun to work with them because they’re personable and they’re in need and they’re just real people. You know they’ve got personalities, they laugh at funny things, and you know but they’ve got issues that they’re dealing with because they have needs. And it provided us an opportunity to come out of ourselves a little bit more and show a little more compassion, and it’s just a comfortable place because you have this opportunity to reach out and to share and not really put your arms around people, but your heart goes around people. And at the end of the time you spend, you know, your heart, part of your heart is just left where you served.
Volunteer with ACCESS
If you’d like to join the team and serve in the community, please apply to volunteer or call our Volunteer Coordinator at (541) 613-8948.
Please note, all volunteers must sign up in advance.
Frequently Asked Questions
ACCESS has opportunities available for both individuals and groups – ranging from helping in our food bank to presenting information during homebuyer education classes. Whether you are looking for a one-time opportunity or for a weekly part to play, your service is welcome! Please fill out the form for either an individual or a group to apply and learn about the current opportunities available.
Wonderful! Volunteer groups are especially appreciated in our food bank warehouse. We welcome groups of all sizes to help us re-pack food in our warehouse to be distributed in food banks throughout Jackson County. Please fill out the group volunteer application to let us know how your group would like to help!
Most volunteer shifts range from 2 to 4 hours, depending on the activity, and we can usually find a role or adjust the schedule to match your availability. We have opportunities for those who wish to volunteer occasionally, and for those interested in a weekly schedule. Just let the Volunteer Coordinator know what works best for you when you apply!
“I love knowing that the time I spend volunteering with ACCESS directly improves the lives of those I come in contact with. I know I am making a difference.”
– ACCESS Volunteer