Office Volunteering

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Special Skills (Interest-specific) Volunteering: Do you have other skills or experience to share with us that aren't listed here? Please let us know your area of interest and time availability. New volunteers are always welcome! Contact Us

Professional, Administrative, Clerical, and General Office volunteer opportunities that are currently available:




Administrative Support: Family Harvest

Location: Curtner Center (750 Curtner Ave., San Jose)

Description: Volunteer to support the Family Harvest Program staff to provide administrative support, data entry, and various office tasks. The Family Harvest Program provides food to low-income families in need. Supporting this program will help to ensure that families in need receive food.

Hours: Desirable minimum of 4 hours one day per week Mondays, Thursdays, or Fridays between the hours of 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Due to length of time to train a volunteer for this positions, volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of three (3) months.


  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Ability to use the computer and data entry
  • Age 18+ years

Leticia Croft-Holguin, Executive Assistant of Programs and Services
phone: (408) 266-8866 x295


Agency Monitor Volunteer: San Mateo County

Location: Various partner community agencies throughout San Mateo County

Description: A requirement of the Food Bank is to have every partner agency inspected every two years to ensure safe food storage and preparation. As a Partner Agency Monitor Volunteer you will help by inspecting selected partnering agencies. Monitoring takes about 1 hour.

Training: Partner Agency Monitors receive 4 to 6 hours of hands on training by a Second Harvest Partner Agency Manager where you will go to a partner agency and learn proper form preparation and the specifics of inspection details.


  • Not necessary but helpful - a background in food preparation and handling is a plus
  • Not necessary but helpful - nutrition or dietician experience
  • Able to attend pre training
  • Comfortable working independently as well as part of a team with a diverse population
  • Professional representation with ability to legibly complete the documentation process
  • Able to commit to one year of volunteer work, use own transportation
  • Able to volunteer during working hours Monday-Friday between the hours of 9:00 am and 4:00 pm
  • 18 years or older

Hours: Must be able to commit to a minimum of 2 hours per month over a span of one year.

Mark Kokoletsos
phone: (650) 610-0800 x402


Agency Monitor Volunteer: Santa Clara County

Location: Santa Clara County/Curtner Center (750 Curtner Ave., San Jose)

Description: The Agency Relations team needs assistance in monitoring our nonprofit partner agencies. This involves inspecting the cooking, storage, and food preparation of our partners' facilities. A background in food preparation, nutrition, or food safety is a plus. Any nutrition or dietician experience would also be helpful. We will provide the basic training in Food Bank policies and procedures and how to document the monitor. We will also provide a one-hour class on food safety. After training, volunteer will perform the monitors independently. Must be willing to travel to sites with personal vehicle. Agencies are located throughout Santa Clara County.


  • Ability to read and write English
  • Like to work with diverse people
  • Ability to drive to various sites with personal vehicle

Hours: 2-3 hours per week (can be more); schedule is flexible. Would prefer during the weekday. Minimum of 3 month commitment.

Leticia Croft-Holguin, Executive Assistant of Programs and Services
phone: (408) 266-8866 x295


Drives and Donor Services Assistant

Location: Cypress Center (4001 N. First Street, San Jose)

Supports: Food and Fund Drive/Donor Services Team

Description: This position is responsible for providing support to the Food and Fund Drive/Donor Services team. This position requires excellent donor/customer service, creativity, and extreme attention to detail and flexibility.

Duties include:

  1. Making thank you calls to supporters (No solicitation required)
  2. Writing thank you cards to supporters
  3. Close work orders
  4. Process food and fund drive enrollments
  5. Correspond to potential Food and Fund Drive Hosts
  6. Assist with scheduling of barrel delivery and pickup
  7. Provide general support to Food and Fund Drive Coordinator and Donor Services Specialist


  1. Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  2. Desire and ability to pay meticulous attention to detail

Hours: Hours are flexible anytime between 10am-5pm Monday through Friday. Open for discussion.

Deborah McGaw
Phone: 408-266-8866 ext. 366


Administrative Support: Finance

Location: Curtner Center (San Jose)

Supports: Chief Financial Officer

Description: The CFO is seeking a volunteer that can help two hours a week for the first month, and one hour a week from then on. Preferred hours are later in the afternoon and later in the week. Main responsibilities are typing, filing, and alphabetizing. Volunteer should be able to take direction, read and write in English, and work as a team member as well as independently. Organizational skills a plus! Great environment!

Sally Petersen, Chief Financial Officer
phone: (408) 266-8866 ext. 287


Food Connection Hotline Operator

Description: Volunteer with the CalFresh and Food Connection Teams! Help combat hunger and address food insecurity by working with the Outreach team to educate the community about the CalFresh (Food Stamp) program and other available food resources. The Food Connection Hotline Operator will assist callers by providing referrals for food assistance.

Location: Curtner Center (750 Curtner Ave., San Jose)

Supports: Food Connection, a food referral hotline to connect people seeking food assistance.

Hours: Flexible 3-hour shifts between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday – Friday. Volunteer positions with Food Connection require a commitment of 3 hours per week for a minimum of 3 months.


  • Must be bi-lingual in English/Spanish or English/Vietnamese
  • Excellent customer-service skills
  • Experience working with diverse populations
  • Ability to use the computer
  • Age 18+ years
  • Participate in on-the-job training provided by Second Harvest Food Bank staff

Note: Appropriate for individuals and small groups.

Leticia Croft-Holguin, Executive Assistant of Programs and Services
phone: (408) 266-8866 x295


Administrative Support: Reception

Location: Bing Center (San Carlos), Curtner Center (San Jose), or Cypress Center (San Jose)

Supports: Office Manager

Description: Office Manager is seeking a volunteer that can help 4 + hours per work week and make a commitment of at least a year. Current need is to answer phones, greet visitors, and support general office projects. Hours and times are flexible — anytime between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Prefer 9-1pm or 1-5pm shifts Monday through Friday. Fun and meaningful environment!

Claudia Zahnd, Office Manager
phone: (408) 266-8866 x 234