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Project Angel food

VOLUNTEERS: A GATHERING OF ANGELS

Project Angel Food’s kitchen is 80% volunteer-driven, and even one day of volunteering can make a world of difference to our most vulnerable neighbors. Since 1989, we’ve delivered over 13 million meals to more than 22,000 critically ill people. This is made possible by the generosity of dedicated volunteers who help prepare meals, assist in our office, and staff our events.

Volunteers can sign up on their own, with a group of friends, family, or co-workers, and they can spend one day or many years in service to our community. We have some volunteers who started in high school or college, who have now been with us for 10, 15, or 20 years.

In an effort to minimize the spread of the virus, the Board of Directors have decided to temporarily suspend volunteers in the kitchen and offices.

INDIVIDUALS

Becoming a volunteer is as easy as 1, 2, 3:

1.     Complete the online Sign Up form.

2.     Attend a new volunteer orientation.

3.     Schedule a time to volunteer.

GROUPS

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 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM. We also have a weekend shift on Sunday from 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM.

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 and a staff member from Volunteer Services will be in touch.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

CUSTOMIZED VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCES

Project Angel Food began offering Customized Volunteer Experiences in 2015 and since then we have partnered with over 50 corporations and organizations to create meaningful, dynamic events that build camaraderie and bring medically tailored meals to the homes of those most in need in Los Angeles County.

Our first ever Customized Volunteer Experience was designed for Disney VoluntEARS and they’ve returned 19 times since to help out in the kitchen and at special events. For a complete list of our Customized Volunteer Experience partners, please see the Volunteer Groups page in our annual reports.

When a corporation or organization chooses to support Project Angel Food by sponsoring a Customized Volunteer Experience, benefits may include but are not limited to:

  • Catered lunch for volunteers
  • Custom meal labels featuring your corporation/organization logo and message
  • Social media and website acknowledgement
  • Feed Bead bracelet for each participant (a wearable reminder of your team’s generous spirit)
  • The gratitude and compassion that comes from giving back to those less fortunate

To begin designing your Customized Volunteer Experience, please:

  1. Complete the online Sign Up form.
  2. Email Vesna Fartek, Senior Manager of Community Engagement, or give her a ring at 323.436.5047.

OFFICE PROJECTS

Volunteers who aren’t comfortable working in the kitchen may help us on an as-needed basis with mailings, donor and client outreach, assembling gift bags for events, decorating client birthday bags or meal delivery bags, making Feed Bead bracelets, building boxes for Project Angel Food’s Do Gooding Good Cookies, and countless other tasks requiring nimble and creative hands.

SPECIAL EVENTS

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 and Angel Awards, to bespoke chef’s dinners and private parties, volunteers help us secure much-needed resources for our mission in fun, social settings.

KITCHEN ASSISTANCE

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 meals.

We have shifts Monday – Friday from 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM. We also have a weekend shift on Sunday from 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM.

For the safety of all volunteers, staff, and clients, no one under the age of 14 may volunteer in the kitchen.

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 form.