Become a Volunteer

Become A Volunteer

How To Become A Volunteer

Be The Change, Volunteer Your Time


You can contribute your time, skills and expertise in various ways. Our dedicated team of volunteers at the Jackson Cupboard provides invaluable support, ensuring that we are able to get no-cost groceries to our community.

How To Become A Volunteer

New Volunteers – Sign Up

The ideal volunteer is compassionate, committed and willing to learn.

Volunteers who help staff the Jackson Cupboard are expected to meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum age of 16 for volunteers working during open hours to ensure client confidentiality. To learn more about volunteer opportunities for younger volunteers, please read the “other opportunities” section below.
  • Attend a general orientation within the first month of service
  • Ability to lift 25-50 pounds
  • Comfortable with a fast-paced environment
  • Willingness to learn and use safe food-handling practices
  • Understanding of the value of privacy and confidentiality for those that we serve
  • Bilingual is a plus, but not required!
  • Closed-toe shoes for safety and appropriate clothing for the task (casual clothes that are okay to get dirty)
Sign Up

What To Expect

For the sake of consistency of our services at the Cupboard, we ask for your commitment to a regular weekly or biweekly schedule for a specific season. If you’re only available on an ‘as-needed’ basis, that’s ok too. It takes many helping hands to be open regularly to the public!

  • The first step in volunteering is to complete the interest form.
  • After completing the interest form, a team member from One22 will be in touch to schedule a one-on-one meetup, either virtually or in person.
  • Sign up for your first shift! After chatting with a member of our team, you’ll be invited to pick your first “shadow” shift at the Jackson Cupboard.
  • One you have completed your first shift, you will become an active volunteer and will receive a link to your personal volunteer site. From there you can see available open shifts and sign up.
  • All volunteers must read and sign our Volunteer Handbook Acknowledgement, as well as a release of liability, prior to their first shift.
Volunteer Handbook

Current Opportunities

Cupboard Pick & Packers

Volunteers work to pick and pack advanced online food orders. Groceries are properly labeled and packed for ease of distribution to Cupboard shoppers later in the day. Volunteers may replenish inventory on shelves if time allows. This is a great youth and family friendly volunteer opportunity!


Cupboard Distribution Clerk

Distribution Clerks promote a safe and welcoming environment for Cupboard shoppers picking up their online orders. Distribution Clerks retrieve and bring orders to clients in a drive-through pick-up model. They complete orders by packing cold and refrigerated items. Finally, they assist with drive-through set up and take down by setting up free carts of items and informational sheets, placing directional signage and generally keeping the space tidy and organized.


Satellite Cupboard Stocking Team

These volunteers keep our Satellite Cupboard locations fully stocked and tidy while publicly representing the mission of One22 Resource Center. Volunteers check inventory at the satellite location, come to the Jackson Cupboard to pull items for stocking and return to the satellite location to restock. This is a great family and youth friendly role, or even a friend team of two!


Other Opportunities to Volunteer


Due to the nature of the work involved, most volunteer opportunities are not appropriate for youth younger than 12 years old. We have a few different opportunities for minors (under the age of 16) to volunteer at the Jackson Cupboard. Students or student groups seeking community service hours are accepted on a case-by-case basis depending on availability and need. Please reach out to jacksoncupboard@one22jh.org for potential volunteer opportunities. Children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.


From time to time One22 has events outside of our normal Jackson Cupboard shifts for volunteer opportunities. These include holiday meal distribution, food drives or collections, our annual school supply drive and other special service days that may include sorting, storing and portioning items. You can note on our Volunteer Interest form if you are interested in seasonal volunteer opportunities like this.