The Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank (IFCB) is developing the Harvest Issaquah program, in which we coordinate "Picking Parties"comprised of volunteers aged sixteen and older at local farms and with community members who currently have gardens and would like to donate a portion of their crop to the IFCB for distribution to our clients.
Picking Parties will take place on Thursday afternoons and during Saturday "brunch hours" from June to October and will involve meeting up at the IFCB before carpooling to Picking Party locations, harvesting produce selected for donation, transporting it back to the IFCB, weighing it in, and washing and crating it for future distribution to our clients, as well as other organizations we partner with.
A Lead Volunteer will ideally have strong organizational, interpersonal and communication skills and attention to detail, as well as knowledge of how to use harvesting equipment. It would also be helpful if they have a truck or SUV which can carry items such as pickers and ladders to selected locations, and transport equipment and donations back to the IFCB at the end of the Picking Party. Lead Volunteers will oversee and work alongside Gleaners at Picking Parties. Upon return to the IFCB, Lead Volunteers will weigh in and document donations before washing, sorting and crating donations, with the help of their Gleaners.
The time commitment will vary from 2-3 hours once or twice a week, depending upon your availability as well as the availability of produce for harvest. The harvest season will last from June to October.
As a Lead Volunteer, you would not be required to participate in every Picking Party! We understand that everyone has busy lives and can only volunteer within their own availability; but your commitment and leadership will benefit the IFCB's clients, the community members who have excess produce in need of harvesting, as well as your team.
If you are interested in being a Lead Volunteer for the Harvest Issaquah program, please visit our website to register: issaquahfoodbank.org/volunteer/
- Critical Thinking
- People Skills
- Verbal / Written Communication
Good Match For
Teens People 55+
Requirements & Commitment
- Driver's License Needed
- Must be at least 16
- Orientation or Training
- 2-3 hours per shift, as available