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Volunteering at
Bread for the City

Volunteers serve as important partners in Bread for the City’s work. Contributed hours at our food pantries, orchard, clothing room, rooftop gardens, events, and centers ensure we remain able to help 8,000 – 10,000 people each month. We can’t do it without you!

Visit our online shift calendar to sign up today! The sign-up form will only accept a volunteer count below remaining slots. If you are having trouble finding a date for your group size, we’re glad to help! Contact the Volunteer Engagement Staff with questions.

Northwest Center

1525 7th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001


Southeast Center

1640 Good Hope Road, SE
Washington, DC 20020


City Orchard

12001 Old Baltimore Pike
Beltsville, MD 20705


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Ready to serve? We look forward to working with you!

Please note: For-profit entities have different sign-up procedures. Please contact the corporate partnerships associate to get started.

Before you arrive, please review the volunteer documents below, particularly the liability waiver and volunteer handbook. Community groups are encouraged to review our group scheduling procedures.  Though most shifts are separated into specific morning and afternoon blocks, you are welcome to arrive later or depart earlier. Let us know your arrival/departure change through the comments section of your sign-up form.  Look for an automatic confirmation in e-mail after you submit.


Sort, hang, and arrange clothing donations. During open hours, offer customer service to Bread for the City’s client population.



Help bag and distribute food items. Offer hospitality to Bread for the City clients as they select groceries to take home!


Each month, about 35 seniors (60 years of age and over) pick up a special 30 lb box of food. Up to two volunteers are needed to assist. Duties may include carrying a box to a car, signing new seniors up for the program, and collecting signatures.

Office Support

Administrative volunteers help with filing, scanning, data entry, shredding, and other tasks. A background check, confidentiality agreement, and other paperwork are required for some roles.  Administrative volunteers should complete all volunteer documents.  Please sign up through our online shift calendar for a general morning or afternoon slot at our Northwest Center.



• Advocacy Admin Support Volunteer – Bread for the City’s Advocacy Department seeks two volunteers to serve two days a week for four hours each.  Most work will be executed at the Southeast Center (1640 Good Hope Road SE).  Volunteers who are able to serve for an extended period (two or more months) preferred. Duties include: data entry, telephone monitoring, light client outreach at NW and/or SE centers, reminder and update calls, filing and organization, and administrative support for advocacy team. Interested candidates should complete all volunteer documents and submit a résumé on our volunteer interest form.

• Bulletin Board Display – Volunteers are needed at least once per season (four times per year) to update multiple bulletin boards at Bread for the City’s Southeast Center.  Submissions should be creative and informative.  Past topics have included information tied to psychological well-being, health, diet, local resources, financial savings, and more.  If you’d like to prepare a bulletin board display, please review Bread for the City’s annual report to learn more about our client population, then submit your bulletin board idea to the Volunteer & In-Kind Manager. Displays remain visible to clients for approximately 3 months.  Please note: Bulletin boards volunteers are expected to donate their own supplies.

Social Services


Bread for the City’s Housing Access Program (HAP) needs volunteers to answer client questions and help individuals complete paperwork. HAP sessions are weekly, and volunteers for this opportunity must be trained by members of the Social Services program.

At present, the greatest need for support is Thursday morning from 10 am to Noon, helping clients complete housing applications.  Individuals who plan to commit for multiple months preferred.  Express your interest here!

Note:  Active HAP volunteers should report their hours at least monthly through the comments field on the special project volunteer form.  Please send your number of hours completed, timeframe, department, center, and supervisor when you submit. Completion of this form helps to ensure that Bread for the City always has a record of your service. Thank you!


On Tuesdays and Thursdays, two volunteers are needed at the Southeast Center from 9 am to 12:30 pm and/or 2 pm to 5 pm to support the diaper program. Responsibilities will include answering calls, restocking, and running on-site errands.


Other Skilled Volunteers

Note:  Active skilled volunteers should report their hours at least monthly through the comments field on the special project volunteer form.  Please send your number of hours completed, timeframe, department, center, and supervisor when you submit. Completion of this form helps to ensure that Bread for the City always has a record of your service. Thank you!



Bread for the City’s clients speak many more languages than found among the talents of our staff. If you are a bi- or multilingual speaker, we’d love to have you on our bilingual volunteer roster as a potential bridge over language barriers.  One of our immediate needs is a lunchtime volunteer that will support staff 2 to 4 times a month in improving their informal, conversational Spanish speaking skills.  Each week would focus on a different topic (colors, vacations, work, etc.) to give staff conversational practice in that specific sphere.  If you’re Spanish-fluent and fun, we’d love to hear from you!  Apply here.


Do you love Bread for the City? Can you help us inspire more people to serve? The Volunteer Program is looking for volunteer ambassadors who’ll commit to learning more about the organization, then represent us at various volunteer fairs and community events. Participants are asked to learn and demonstrate organizational knowledge. To learn more, please sign up here.


Do you have business knowledge or a unique skill you can teach our clients? Bread for the City has multiple programs (pre-employment, Women Strong, etc.) that frequently need “knowledge sharers” who better prepare our clients for the workplace and life in general. Please contact a member of the Volunteer Program Staff if you are interested in this opportunity.


Volunteer drivers are occasionally needed to pick-up in-kind donations and support other efforts. If you can help, please sign up here.


Click here to explore internships at Bread for the City.

Off-Site Volunteers

Looking for an in-office volunteer activity for your team?  Consider developing care kits for those we serve!

(any number of items, any combination)

• Toiletries, such soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, lotion, shampoo, conditioner, lip balm, or deodorant.

• Personal care items, such as a small comb/brush, wet hand wipes, dry tissues, nail clippers, band-aids, lip balm, and cough drops.

• Nonperishable individual snacks, such as cereal bars, dried fruit snacks, or crackers.

Consolidate your items in a plastic bag that zips or seals in another manner.  Volunteers sometimes include notes of encouragement in their care kits.

Those interested in off-site volunteering might also consider a donation drive to collect in-kind goods.


Cyber-allies help Bread for the City to expand our reach through social media. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and subscribe to our blog. As often as you can, like and share our posts! With your support, more people will learn about Bread for the City’s work and engage with the organization. (No volunteer hours are earned for cyber-ally support.)

Scroll to the bottom of any page on the Bread for the City website to connect to our social media!

Volunteer Orientation

Not sure where you should serve?  We’re glad to answer your questions and help you match with an opening. Join us at our next information session on volunteer engagement.

RSVP for Volunteer Orientation

BFC Icon Volunteer Documents

All volunteers are required to read the volunteer handbook and complete the Bread for the City liability waiver. Orchard volunteers must also complete the UDC liability waiver. Extended service volunteers (one month or more) and individuals completing court-mandated community service should complete all documents below, then scan and/or return them to a member of the Volunteer Program Staff.

BFC Green Logo Background Check for Long-Term Volunteers Background Check for Law Clerks, Interns, and Long-Term Volunteers Download
BFC Green Logo Sexual Harassment Training Prevent Sexual Harassment Download
BFC Green Logo BFC Anti-Harassment Policy BFC Anti-Harassment Policy Download
BFC Green Logo Bread for the City Liability Waiver All volunteers must sign before serving. Download
BFC Green Logo Client Confidentiality Agreement For ongoing volunteers providing direct services. Download
BFC Green Logo Code of Conduct For extended service volunteers. Download
BFC Green Logo Community Service Timesheet For volunteers reporting hours to third parties. Download
BFC Green Logo Computer Security Policies For admin volunteers and interns. Download
BFC Green Logo UDC Liability Waiver For orchard volunteers. Download
BFC Green Logo Volunteer Agreement For all volunteers. Download
BFC Green Logo Volunteer Application For extended service volunteers. Download

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Volunteer Engagement Staff

Thank you for choosing to serve with Bread for the City!

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Sonya D. Springfield

Volunteer & In-Kind Manager

Sonya D. Springfield leads Bread for the City's vibrant volunteer engagement program and its associated staff. She is also the manager over in-kind donations and the BFC website, and site lead for the Grocery Plus and Farmers Market programs.

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Jess Yarger

NW Volunteer Coordinator

Jessica Yarger joins Bread for the City for 2018-2019 as our NW Volunteer Coordinator. She is a member of the Lutheran Volunteer Corps.