Volunteer - Bread for the City

Each day, Bread for the City partners with community members like you. Volunteers serve in every Bread for the City department, and whether you can give two hours or two hundred hours, we thank you for taking a step to help!

Sign up for a shift today!

Important Volunteer Information

All new volunteers must complete our General Liability Waiver and review our Volunteer Handbook. Everyone must present proof that they’ve received the COVID-19 vaccine and at least 1 booster.

  • COVID-19 policy: Please bring proof of COVID-19 vaccination, including a physical card, a picture of the card, or via a verification app. All personnel inside BFC centers are still required to wear a mask as we serve immunocompromised populations. Thank you for understanding!
  • Accessibility: While many tasks require some lifting, bending, and standing, we can also arrange for activities like bagging to be done while seated. Please let us know if you require to sit intermittently or for the full duration of your shift, and never do physical activity that could hurt your body. Please let us know how we can be of support to you in any other way during your time with us!
  • Attire: We recommend comfortable clothing and supportive, close-toed shoes. You may want to bring a water bottle and/or a snack.
  • Cancellations: If you cannot attend your shift, please cancel your spot on Volunteer Hub with ample notice so others can join us. Our teams rely on you!
  • Groups: Contact us directly at volunteer@breadforthecity.org to coordinate a group volunteer session.
  • In-Kind Donations: Please contact us directly at InKindDonations@breadforthecity.org.

Please contact volunteer@breadforthecity.org with further questions.

Northwest Center

1525 7th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001


Southeast Center

1700 Marion Barry Ave SE
Washington, DC 20020


BFC Icon Volunteer Opportunities


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!


Rooftop Garden Volunteers

Plant, water, weed, and tend to various edible fruits, vegetables, herbs, and ornamental flowers. Join a community of growers to learn how to care for a garden of your own! Bread for the City’s Sustainable Agriculture Department and Foodways Team will be on hand to train new growers. Volunteers are required to attend a general, open-to-the-public training session before serving as a regular Garden Volunteer during the work week.

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.



• Admin Support Volunteer – Bread for the City seeks two volunteers to serve two days a week for four hours each. Volunteers who are able to serve for an extended period (two or more months) are 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. Interested candidates should click here.

BFC Icon Volunteer Documents

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

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Volunteer Engagement Staff

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

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Kyah Campbell

Manager, Volunteer Engagement & In-Kind Giving

Kyah Campbell joins Bread for the City in 2019-2020 as our SE Volunteer Coordinator. She is now serving with us full-time as our Volunteer Engagement Manager, SE.

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Kamashae Tolliver

Volunteer Engagement Associate

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Izzy Moody

Volunteer Engagement Associate

Bread for the City’s Northwest Center will be closed for all services on Friday, July 12, for building maintenance.