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Each day the doors of Bread for the City open, we partner with community members like you to help us meet the need. Volunteers serve in every Bread for the City department, and regardless of whether you can give two or two-hundred hours, we thank you for taking a step to help!

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• Contact the Volunteer Engagement Staff.

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

BFC Icon Volunteer Opportunities

All volunteers should sign Bread for the City’s liability waiver and read the volunteer handbook.  Admin volunteers and interns are required to submit all volunteer documents. We look forward to working with you!


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!


On the third Tuesday of each month, about 40 seniors (60 years of age and over) pick up a special 30 lb box of food. Up to two volunteers are needed to assist with the distribution. 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.



• 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


On Tuesdays and Thursdays, two volunteers are needed at the Southeast Center from 9 am to 12:30 pm 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


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.


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, sign up here.


Do you have business knowledge or a unique skill you can teach our clients? Bread for the City has multiple programs that occasionally need “knowledge sharers” who’ll better prepare our clients for the workplace and life in general. Please submit your résumé to let us know you’re interested!


Volunteer drivers are occasionally needed to pick-up in-kind donations and to support other efforts. If you can help, let us know!


Click here to explore internships at Bread for the City.


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!

Off-Site Volunteers

Looking for a community-minded office activity for your team?  Consider an in-kind goods drive or care kit packaging event!

(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.

• Spices and condiments, such as small packages of salt, pepper, ketchup, or sugar.

Consolidate your items in a plastic bag that zips or seals.  Feel free to include inspiring quotes or other words of encouragement!  Drop off your kits to either BFC Center.  Just ask for the Volunteer & In-Kind Gifts Manager.


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 various communications projects, including the BFC website. Springfield also serves as 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.

Ask Jess about volunteering at the Northwest Center or City Orchard.

• 202-595-7865
• jyarger[at]

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Kesara Brewster

SE Volunteer Coordinator

Kesara Brewster joins Bread for the City for 2018-2019 as our SE Volunteer Coordinator. She is a member of the Public Allies/Americorps.

Ask Kesara about volunteering at the Southeast Center.

• 202-587-5904
• kbrewster[at]