Our programs are successful because of the generosity of our many volunteers. Volunteers staff our food pantry Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. They register clients, help them shop in the Choice Food Pantry, assist with stocking shelves, help unload delivery trucks, and perform other duties as needed.
To keep our facility welcoming to our neighbors, we also look for volunteers to help with housekeeping projects and light facility maintenance. Volunteers step up to make special projects possible several times each year by assisting with Holiday Food Boxes preparation and distribution. During the holiday season, we provide toys to our neighbors through project Kringle. Volunteers register neighbors and then help families select toys and other special items for their children.
One of our OSU student volunteers recently commented:
“Volunteering with Neighborhood Services has been a very rewarding opportunity. I have learned much from the staff, other volunteers, and especially the neighbors, all while getting a better sense of the community. NSI is a great place to make a real life impact on the lives of friends, families, adults, and children in our own community.”