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Volunteer Ambassador Program

The Volunteer Ambassador Program is an opportunity for students and community members to gain leadership and nonprofit administrative experience at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. Volunteer Ambassadors primarily support Volunteer Coordinators during the weekly Saturday morning events when hundreds of volunteers help inspect, sort, and pack donated food for distribution throughout Los Angeles County.

We strive for Volunteer Ambassadors to build and maintain relationships with our volunteer groups to increase retention and awareness of our mission: to mobilize resources to fight hunger in our community. With the assistance of dedicated volunteers like you, we are able to provide food for thousands of individuals every month. If you are a motivated individual with a passion for helping those less fortunate, join us at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank!

Volunteer Ambassador Application Requirements

  • Must be 18 years of age or older* (*subject to change to 14 years of age starting Summer of application year)
  • Must be able to report IN PERSON to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank’s Main Los Angeles Warehouse (1701 E. 41st Pl, Los Angeles CA 90058). This is not a remotely operating program.
    • Other reporting locations may expand to the Food Bank’s Industry warehouse (2300 Pellissier Pl, City of Industry CA 90601) or offsite distributions if support is needed and if Volunteer Ambassador is able and willing to commute to those sites.
  • Must be able to attend at least 1 Saturday shift from 8:00 am-12:00 pm every month to remain an active member. Volunteer Ambassadors are welcome to attend more shifts throughout Tuesday through Saturday, but are not required to.

What You'll Work On

  • Event preparation prior to volunteer arrival and breakdown after the event.
  • Providing customer service to volunteers (i.e, Greeting, parking, and checking-in volunteers)
  • Processing required volunteer forms (Waivers, Image Release Forms, etc.)
  • Recording volunteer attendance and information into the Food Bank’s database.
  • Monitoring volunteer compliance with all safety and work requirements
  • Assisting with training and supervising volunteers
  • Supporting Production Coordinators within assigned work areas after the event begins. (i.e, Produce sorting, kit assembly, etc.)
  • Additional projects may be assigned depending on availability and need.

What You'll Gain

  • Strengthen your resume for college or job applications
  • Fulfill community service hours for your school, church, public service organization, or honor society
  • Develop practical administrative and organizational skills
  • Gain experience in working with a nonprofit organization
  • Improve your communications and management skills with the opportunity to help lead hundreds of volunteers
  • Learn about ways to fight food insecurity while also giving back to the Los Angeles community

Ambassador FAQs

Please fill out the request form below.

Regular volunteers are not expected to have the same responsibilities/attendance expectations as those in the Volunteer Ambassador program. Regular volunteers assist with the production assignment for their shift (such as produce sorting or kit assembling). Meanwhile, Volunteer Ambassadors assist our Volunteer Department with preparing/running regular volunteer shifts, in addition to assisting with the production assignment for the day.

If you are interested in being a regular volunteer instead of a Volunteer Ambassador, please visit the “Registration for Individual Volunteers” section of our volunteer page.

Scheduling is established monthly by the Volunteer Ambassador and Volunteer Engagement Coordinator, Adrienne Santiago.

WEEKDAYS:
Tuesday through Friday:
AM/Morning Shift – 8:00 am-12:00 pm (4 hrs.)
PM/Afternoon Shift: 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm (3 hrs.)

WEEKENDS:
Saturday – 8:00 am-12:00 pm (4 hrs.)

The Volunteer Ambassador Program is not a paid position. Volunteer Ambassadors are welcome to use their volunteer service hours at the Food Bank to fulfill any internship/volunteer hours for an academic/organizational program requirement*

*excluding court-ordered community service hours*

To learn more about becoming a Volunteer Ambassador and/or to have questions answered that are not addressed on this FAQ page, please contact our Volunteer Department.

Adrienne Santiago (Volunteer Engagement Coordinator) – asantiago@lafoodbank.org
Noemi Trejo (Director of Volunteer Services and Programs) – ntrejo@lafoodbank.org

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