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Help us deliver food to thousands of people in need each year!
Jewish Family Service of San Diego is a client-centered, impact-driven organization working to build a stronger, more resilient community. We believe our volunteers are the backbone of our Agency. We strive to ensure that each volunteer is treated with dignity and respect. Our goal is your success. Be our partner in Moving Forward Together. Program:
The Hand Up Food Pantry believes in helping clients reach self-sufficiency by providing a 'hand up’ not just a hand out to clients experiencing food-insecurity. They accomplish this by connecting clients to resources in addition to providing emergency food relief to 800 families each month at distributions through San Diego County. In the past year, the Hand Up Food Pantry has provided 8,969 clients with 310,000 meals.
Goal of Position:
Our monthly St. Paul’s Distribution sees a wide diversity of people who are in need of food assistance. We serve a large population of Mandarin speaking people with whom we often have trouble communicating. These volunteer would help us with translation, communicating important information, and clarifying distribution details.
Gain nonprofit experience
Directly service people in need of emergency food assistance
Learn valuable interpersonal and conflict management skills
Help the Hand Up Food Pantry assist a larger group of people with food assistance and case management
Help clients understand intake forms
Translates relevant forms from English to Mandarin, Spanish, or Tagolog
Communicate information from Pantry Staff to relevant clientele, including schedule changes and finding out about client food needs
Proficient in spoken and written English and Mandarin, Spanish, or Tagolog
Should be comfortable interacting with many different people in a span of two hours
Must be a strong communicator
Must be very patient and empathetic with clientele
Comfortable working with diverse populations and must possess multicultural sensitivity
Must be able to provide own transportation to the distribution site
Must be at least 16 years old
Complete a volunteer application at www.jfssd.org/volapp
Should commit to coming to a distribution at least once per month.