We've donated money to our local food pantry for many years. They do a great job; in addition to food, families serviced by the pantry can take advantage of programs during the holiday season and at back-to-school time. They can also receive financial assistance, college scholarships, and summertime camperships. I've been thinking about volunteering there for some time, and tonight I went to a volunteer orientation.
There were six other people in tonight's session. Some of them looked old enough to be retired, but I suspect the younger ones might be between jobs and have extra time on their hands. The volunteer coordinator did a great job of explaining things.
I learned the pantry only has three paid employees, but 200 volunteers that do most of the day to day work. It surprised me to hear that the pantry area has all the help it can use, and actually has a waiting list for potential volunteers! However, they need help in the office area with receptionist chores and taking data from clients.
Sadly, the open shifts won't fit around my work schedule, so I can't sign up for a regular time slot. I will add my name to the Special Events list, and wait for them to call me.