Everything you need to know about becoming a WARM Volunteer
We are currently accepting applications, but due to the holiday season, we will not begin responding to incoming volunteer applications until after the new year beginning the week of January 8th 2017. Thank you for your interest and we look forward to learning more about your desire to serve our hungry neighbors.
What are your volunteer hours?
- Volunteers serving in the pantry, client reception area and as a life coach generally follow the hours listed below:
Tuesday: 9am-12:00pm and 1-4pm
Thursday: 9am-12:00pm; 1:30-7pm (On the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month) and 1:30-6pm (On the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month)
- Volunteers serving in other capacities may be scheduled any time Monday through Friday, 9am – 4:30pm.
If my schedule doesn’t fit with WARM’s regular hours schedule, how else can I help?
There are many ways you can still get involved:
- Organize a food drive! WARM depends heavily on individual and group donors who take the time to gather needed food items – any amount of food makes a large impact! Hosting a food drive is easy! *Please contact the Development and Communications Department to inquire about our latest marketing materials and logo files to benefit your food drive publications at 614.899.0196.
- Volunteer at Special Events! Throughout the year, WARM holds special events benefiting clients and the community at large. WARM needs many volunteers to help with set-up/tear-down, direct traffic, pick-up and drop-off of material, etc. Volunteer spots are on a first-come, first-serve basis, so please check your email often and sign up in advance!
- Volunteer with the Kid’s Lunch Club! During the summer, WARM provides FREE lunch and enrichment activities to children who qualify for free and reduced lunches during the school year. Do you enjoy the great outdoors, face painting, crafts, exercise fitness, gardening, nutrition and other extra curricular activities? We invite you to become a mentor and share your passion with children in our local community after lunch is served. For more information on how you can get involved contact Marcus Willis: email@example.com 614-899-0196, ext 222.
How do I sign up to volunteer?
If you would like to receive a Volunteer Application please contact Volunteer Services at firstname.lastname@example.org , 614.899.0196
Volunteers ages 14-17 must complete the Teen Application, while those 18 and older should complete the Adult Application.
I need community service hours! How can I do that with WARM?
WARM would love to serve with you! Please keep the following in mind when planning to fulfill your hours:
- WARM cannot guarantee that there will be enough service hours available in the time-frame you need them. Please fill out your volunteer application as soon as possible and have patience with us as we try to meet your needs.
- Another way to get community service hours and help Westerville residents is by organizing a food drive! Track your hours and tasks and we will sign for you.
Can I fulfill court-ordered community service at WARM?
Yes you can! Please indicate “court-ordered service” on your volunteer application and consider taking the time to fill out the application, interview and begin serving well in advance of your service deadline.
Note: Food drives do not count towards court-ordered community service; you must be scheduled and fulfill your hours onsite.
What will I be doing when I volunteer?
Visit the Volunteer Roles page for a list of potential volunteer responsibilities and positions.
Do I need to schedule in advance or can I just show up?
All volunteers are scheduled in advance. If you have not yet completed a volunteer application, please contact contact Volunteer Services at email@example.com , 614.899.0196 . After our application has been reviewed you will be contacted to schedule a 45 minute interview and tour of the facility at a time that is convenient for both parties.
How old does a volunteer have to be?
Volunteers must be 14 years of age or older to serve with WARM. Children ages 13 and under may volunteer with their family at special events and group Service Learning Projects.
How do I sign up my church, civic or work team for a group service project?
Be an agent of change in your community and schedule a Service Learning Project! Volunteer Services works with each group individually to find a project that best suits them.
What do I wear while volunteering?
- When working in the pantry and warehouse, volunteer dress code is casual: appropriate t-shirt, jeans and comfortable close-toed shoes.
- When working in client services as a life coach or receptionist, the volunteer dress code is modest business casual: a dress shirt and nice slacks or skirt.
- A name tag will be provided to you, please wear it at all times.
Where is WARM located?
WARM’s food pantry and offices are located at 150 Heatherdown Drive in Westerville (43081).
Note: Some volunteer opportunities are located off-site.
What are some Special Events held throughout the year and how do I get involved?
WARM holds and/or benefits from many special events throughout the year. Below are some examples:
- Chilly Open (February)
- Community Prayer Breakfast (May)
- Post Office Food Drive (May)
- Produce Fair (June)
- July 4th Parade (July)
- Music and Arts Festival (July)
- The Great Westerville Food Truck Fest (September)
- Pastor’s Appreciation Luncheon (October)
- Thanksgiving Blessing Day (November)
- Rotary Holiday Food Drive (December)