Mission: Serving five counties in central Iowa, including Jasper County. Our mission: Reducing the barriers and burdens that families in poverty experience by increasing access to essential needs.
Location: Des Moines (main office). The food pantries are located in Ankeny, Des Moines, and Boone. (Circa 56 miles from Grinnell College)
Needs: Unpacking food and stocking shelves in the food pantry, helping families receive their allotted food items, and driving to deliver food items to our homebound families and households. We are always looking for more volunteers to help serve the families in our communities. At IMPACT, our volunteers are essential our mission to reduce the barriers and burdens that families in poverty experience by increasing access to essential needs.
Current volunteer opportunities are located in our Ankeny, Boone and Drake locations in Polk County and include: Delivering food to families throughout Polk County and working in food banks. We continue to review and update our COVID-19 safety protocols in order to protect our volunteers, families and staff. Our precautions include virtual volunteer orientations, contactless food deliveries and minimal in-pantry traffic.
- One-time events: yes
- Ongoing: yes
- Groups possible? Groups are welcome, contact Kim Coulter at firstname.lastname@example.org or 515-777-5532
When is service needed: Year-round, and we especially need help in the summer and fall, particularly around back to school time. // year-round
Number of hours: 1-2 hours a week, 3-5 hours a week, flexible hours, as much or as little as is possible
- In-person: yes
- Hybrid in-person/virtual possible: yes
- Fully virtual possible: yes
Prerequisites: Volunteers complete an orientation and there are various forms that will need to be completed prior to volunteering in our food pantry and agency offices.
Background check required: yes
Equipment/logistics needed: The delivery drivers need to have a driver’s license and proof of insurance for their own car.
Vehicle needed: yes
Training supplied: General volunteer and food delivery handbooks are available on line
Equipment or logistics supplied: We will supply t-shirts and equipment needed for any volunteer job. We will provide $10 gas card for each drive shift completed only when local gas prices are over $4.00/gallon.
How to apply: Contact Kim Coulter at email@example.com or 515-777-5532
Contact: Kim Coulter, Community Engagement & Volunteer Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org or 515-777-5532
Operation information: Utilities, food, housing, disaster assistance, community resources. Total number of families served 2021: 19,815, total number of families receiving emergency food 2021: 7.436
Address: 3226 University Ave., Des Moines, Iowa 50311, Des Moines (main office). The food pantries are located in Ankeny, Des Moines, and Boone.
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