Phone: 718.773.3551 | Fax: 347.240.9736

become a volunteer

TCAH is home to one of the largest food pantries in New York City having served 14,000 families per week. Volunteers are essential to this success as they are on the front lines of food justice while assisting our customers.  From assisting with intake to unloading food items to harvesting produce from our farm we call the TCAH Urban Farm, volunteers are at the core of our approach to caring. If your group would like to volunteer or you have questions about internships and volunteer-based positions, contact our Volunteer and Community Liaison, Greshawna Toussaint: gtoussaint@tcahnyc.org, or call 718.773.3551 x115.

volunteer opportunities

  • Volunteer Engineer

    Necessary experience:

    • Ability to invest, design, analyze, build and test machines and complex systems
    • Problem Solving Skills
    • Computer Science Skills
    • Industry Skills
    • Creativity and Design Skills
    • Comfortable working in a fast paced environment.
  • Volunteer Carpenter

    Necessary experience:

    • An associates degree or an apprenticeship in Carpentry
    • Creativity and Design Skills
    • Experience using hand and power tools such as drills, chisels, sanders, saws and nai guns.
    • Joinery or cabinet making skills
    • Knowledge of building regulations and codes to be adhered to.
    • Comfortable working in a fast paced environment.
  • Pantry Assistant Volunteer (Fulton Street)

    • Assist the pantry supervisor with pantry operations
    • Maintain the cleanliness of the pantry space
    • Help pantry staff monitor online client orders
    • Sanitize pantry shopping carts frequently
    • Assist pantry staff with inventory so sufficient choices are always available for the clients
    • Help distribute food to qualified clients
    • Perform other tasks when necessary
  • Benefits Access Office Assistant Volunteer

    Responsibilities

    • Assist staff with client intake by ensuring all clients are signed-in
    • Check the temperatures of all clients before allowing them into the office
    • Sanitize seating/waiting area frequently
  • Warehouse Assistant Volunteer

    • Assist the pantry supervisor with pantry operations
    • Maintain the cleanliness of the pantry space
    • Help pantry staff monitor online client orders
    • Sanitize pantry shopping carts frequently
    • Assist pantry staff with inventory so sufficient choices are always available for the clients
    • Help distribute food to qualified clients
    • Perform other tasks when necessary
  • Pantry Assistant Volunteer (Canarsie)

    Responsibilities

    • Assist the pantry supervisor with pantry operations
    • Maintain the cleanliness of the pantry space
    • Pack produce bags
    • Keep count of number of produce bags packed
    • Perform other tasks when necessary
  • Farm Assistant Volunteer (Far Rockaway & Saratoga Farms)

    Responsibilities

    • Assist staff with:
    • Weeding
    • Planting
    • Seeding
    • Harvesting
    • Bed preparation
    • Remove manure
    • Ploughing fields
    • Landscaping
    • Operation of machinery

helping hands

Spend a few hours sorting, packing or restocking food on the shelves at our SuperPantry. TCAH volunteers share their skills and make a huge impact in our mission. When you sign up for a project you are supporting our efforts to feed families in our community.

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