We are hosting a week of Volunteer Drop-In Days!

For those looking to lend a hand in their community, now has never been a better time. We’ve seen a dramatic increase in the number of individuals served in the food pantry. More than 800 individuals received food from the pantry in the first two weeks of 2019, compared with 510 during the same time period last year.

“We’ve seen quite an increase this month in the number of clients requesting food from our pantry,” said our Executive Director Rick Doane. “Clients are anxious about the government shutdown and how it may affect their benefits. They are worried about how to feed their families. Our pantry waiting room has been full every day this month.”

We’re able to serve clients through a volunteer force of more than 100 individuals, and we need additional help as demand from the community increases. During the Volunteer Drop-In Days, YOU – members of our community – are invited to try out a volunteer shift in the food pantry.

Those interested in volunteering should arrive at Interfaith, 105 Adams St., Quincy, at either 9:30am or noon for a three-hour volunteer shift any day, Monday, Jan, 28 – Friday, Feb. 1.

Volunteers will be required to fill out a CORI background check and registration form. You should be able to be on your feet for the duration of the shift and lift up to 50 pounds. Excellent customer service and communication skills are required. Volunteers must be 16 years of age or older.

The week-long Drop-In Days event will allow volunteers to get a feel for what it is like serving local residents in need by filling grocery orders for clients and restocking the food pantry shelves. Interfaith hopes that many of the volunteers who drop in will be interested in committing to an ongoing three-hour volunteer shift per week.

Those interested in volunteering at Interfaith Social Services are encouraged to contact volunteer coordinator Paula Daniels at 617-773-6203 ext. 28 or pdaniels@interfaithsocialservices.org. Or just stop by the Volunteers Drop-In Days event at 9:30am or noon between Monday, Jan., 28 and Friday, Feb. 1. See you there!