Volunteers help to accomplish Project Angel Food’s mission in a variety of ways. Even one day, or a few hours, of volunteering can make a world of difference to our most vulnerable neighbors. Since 1989, we've delivered over 15 million meals to more than 22,000 critically ill people. Our volunteers not only help with preparing meals and delivering them, and also folding and stuffing letters, beading bracelets, and calling clients to see how they’re doing.
Volunteers can sign up on their own, with a group of friends, family or co-workers. They can spend one day, or many years, in service to our community. We have some volunteers who started in high school or college and have now been with us for 10, 15 and even 20 years, and are bringing their children with them now.
Becoming a volunteer is as easy:
1. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Schedule a time to volunteer.
If you’re looking to foster team building while giving back, Project Angel Food is ideal for student, community and corporate days of service. Groups of up to 15 people may volunteer in the kitchen Monday–Friday from 8:15 a.m.–12 p.m. during the morning shift and 1-4 p.m. during the afternoon shift.
Groups of more than 15 people and groups interested in volunteering on Saturdays (or anytime outside our regular schedule) may partner with Project Angel Food to sponsor a Customized Volunteer Experience.
Groups of all sizes should complete the online Sign Up form or email email@example.com and a staff member from Volunteer Services will be in touch.
Providing some relief to our staff meal delivery drivers, volunteers deliver meals to 8 to 10 clients between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. every Sunday through Friday. The routes are within greater Los Angeles City area and take approximately 2 hours to complete. Volunteers drive their own vehicles, pick up at Project Angel Food, deliver the meals, and email in the results.
Pick-ups and deliveries follow all COVID-19 mitigation guidelines, including masks, gloves, and distancing.
Project Angel Food’s kitchen is 80% volunteer-driven. Kitchen volunteers don’t need to be great cooks, simply take direction from our professionally trained chefs. You’ll join compassionate people in chopping vegetables, stirring sauces, mixing batter, baking cookies, and packaging the meals.
We have shifts Sunday through Friday from 8:15 a.m.–Noon and 1–4 p.m.
For the safety of all volunteers, staff and clients, all volunteers must have received a COVID-19 vaccination and be 14 years of age or older. Volunteers aged 14 or 15 years must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. Volunteers aged 16 or 17 years must have a parent or guardian sign a liability waiver form.
Volunteers who have a varying schedule, don’t particularly have an affinity for cooking and love to show off their organizational or creative skills, may help on an as-needed basis in our offices. There are various projects, including mailings, donor and client outreach, assembling gift bags for events, decorating client birthday bags or meal delivery bags, making Feed Bead bracelets, packaging Project Angel Food’s Do Gooding Good Cookies, and countless other tasks requiring nimble and creative hands.
Volunteers are vital to the success of our fundraising events and present unique opportunities to engage with our supporters. From annual events like Bowling for Angels, Angel Awards, Lead with Love Telethon, to bespoke chef’s dinners and private parties, volunteers help us secure much-needed resources for our mission in fun, social settings.
For the safety of all volunteers, staff and guests, all volunteers must have received a COVID-19 vaccination and meet the age requirement based on specific event requirements.
The isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic has emphasized the loneliness of many of our clients, as well as some of our volunteers. The Telephone Angels program adds human contact to the lives of both our clients and volunteers through regularly scheduled phone calls to check in, share updates and add brightness to the day. The commitment of the volunteer helps to build a friendly bond and give the client and volunteer something to look forward to each week.