Volunteer at Friends In Deed


Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Friends In Deed. Volunteers are the life-force behind our organization. They support our lean staff in assisting our clients, providing services, and helping our organization run smoothly. Whatever your passion is, we want to give it a home here at Friends In Deed.

Friends In Deed continues to take necessary measures to ensure the health and safety of all our volunteers, staff, and clients. On-site volunteer opportunities will require proof of vaccination against COVID-19 — specifically, opportunities with the Food Pantry. If you have specific questions or concerns, please contact the program director for which you would like to volunteer. Thank you!

The Food Pantry

If you are interested in volunteering with the Food Pantry, please contact Director of the Food Pantry, Tim Nistler, via email at timn@friendsindeedpas.org, or Food Pantry Manager, Eva Rivera, via email at evar@friendsindeedpas.org.

Currently, we have a fairly full volunteer schedule, but we are always taking contact information for upcoming openings. Our busiest days are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday when we distribute food. We have volunteers that arrive as early as 8:00am and the last ones leave by 3:30pm (1:30pm on Thursday). The mornings tend to be the busiest and when we have the most volunteers.

Volunteer duties involve helping to unload produce donations, sorting through and bagging produce, getting perishable donations put away, assisting the pantry community as they come get their groceries, restocking the produce table and meat refrigerator, and helping out where needed. Ideally, a volunteer would be comfortable doing some lifting – probably not more than 30-40 lbs, but it isn’t a requirement. On Fridays, we receive a large delivery of food from the LA Food Bank that we have volunteers help us unload and put away. It usually is from 8:30am until about 11:00am. And, sometimes on Saturdays, we will need volunteers to help with deliveries and donations.

We do welcome kids and teens to volunteer with their parents when opportunities are available. Email us about specific opportunities.

The Women's Room (TWR)

If you are interested in volunteering with The Women’s Room program, please contact Director of The Women’s Room Lindsey Reed at 626.797.2402 or by email at lindseyr@friendsindeedpas.org, or The Women’s Room Program Associate Jane Armbruster at 626.797.2402 or by email at janea@friendsindeedpas.org.

Bad Weather Shelter (BWS)

Our Bad Weather Shelter currently runs from January 1 through April 30 each year.

To volunteer for BWS, or for volunteer questions/concerns, please contact Director of the Bad Weather Shelter Laura Van Alstine at Laurav@friendsindeedpas.org or 626.797.2402 x120.

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