My Friends House volunteers reflect the core value of the organization by treating all with dignity and respect. Volunteers are expected to be friendly, polite, helpful, courteous and compassionate. Volunteers, whether or not they are Christian, should reflect the love of Christ in their actions and interactions.
My Friends House operates solely on volunteers. Volunteer consistency and reliability are essential to our ability to serve our consumers effectively, efficiently and reliably. Training will be provided. Background checks are conducted.
Hunger Prevention Program
The Hunger Prevention Program has two components, the food pantry and the urban garden.
Food Pantry: MFH distributes food to 100-150 households every Wednesday morning between 9:00-11:00. Our consumers select what they need and want from the products available. Volunteers prepare for the weekly distribution Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Hours are flexible depending on position, but typically are from 7:30 AM-12:30 PM
Food Distribution Coordinator
The coordinator is responsible for the day to day operation of the weekly food distribution program. The coordinator ensures that food is picked up from donating partners and prepared for distribution in a timely manner and in quantities to accommodate the expected day’s recipients; supervises assigned volunteers, and maintains accurate records of donated food items, volunteer hours, and other data as required.
Food Bank Buyer
The buyer is the primary person selecting items to be ordered from the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank in consultation with the Food Distribution Coordinator. The buyer makes weekly or as needed visits to the food bank to select those items necessary to maintain a balance selection of food to be distributed each week. Must be able to lift or move up to 50 pounds.
The driver is the primary person to provide transportation for pick up of donated items from various partners using the organization’s cargo van. Driver goes with Food Bank Buyer to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank to load product into van. Must be able to move up to 50 pounds. Food bank pick ups are on Tuesday mornings at 8:30 AM.
The driver is responsible for ensuring that the vehicle is properly maintained by notifying the Hunger Prevention Coordinator or other senior staff about regular maintenance schedules, problems or other safety issues promptly so that transportation schedules can be maintained. The driver must have a valid driver’s license and be insurable. Pick up days are Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Position can be shared with more than one person.
Urban Garden: MFH has a 2500 square foot area to create an garden to grow produce to distribute in the food pantry and to use in our wellness programs. The lot is located behind My Friends House, Inc.
The master gardener will provide guidance and assist in planning the layout, planting schedule and organization of the garden to be most productive. The master gardener will help the organization decide what to plant and teach the volunteer gardeners how to care for the garden and its plantings.
The volunteer gardeners will work in the garden under the direction of the master gardener. Volunteers will prepare the soil, plant seeds/seedling, nurture and harvest the products. No experience is necessary. Volunteers should have an interest in or desire to learn about growing food. All ages welcomed. Children under 14 must have an adult volunteer with them. Hours and schedule are flexible.
To volunteer, please submit the contact form below. You will be contacted as soon as possible.