Want to get your hands dirty?
Our volunteers are integral to the success of our projects. Over 2,000 volunteer hours were logged in 2019!
We appreciate how much time and energy volunteers can provide and are honored that you are interested in our work. Volunteer opportunities vary between being outdoors and getting your hands dirty, to teaching cooking classes and task oriented work. Most opportunities are seasonal in nature and time commitment varies by opportunity.
Volunteer Job Descriptions
Do you have an area of expertise or other skills that you’d like to share with us? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to see if HDFFA is a good fit!
Through our Food Access program, we implement Grow & Give (fresh food donation program) that includes tabling at farmers markets to collect donations during the summer and partnering with local farms to organize and run on-farm gleaning events where we collect produce that may otherwise go to waste. Our Glean Team is an on-call harvest crew, ready to help get edible produce out of the field and to the food bank.
Time Commitment: (Varies) Spring – Fall; one-time (or multiple times throughout the season) for 3-5 hours in the afternoon – evening, typically week days but sometimes weekends.
- Assist Veggie Rx participants;
- Hand out our nutrition curriculum;
- Voucher distribution and vendor relations
Location and Time commitment: (summer only) Summer 2020 TBD
We are looking for various types of support that will help us run the organization. This is a great way to volunteer a little bit of time or consistently. Support may include:
- Directory distribution
- photography and media
- General office support (picking up mail)
- Volunteering for projects such as Fresh Harvest Kits
Time Commitment: (Flexible) We are seeking one-time only or consistent volunteers. Volunteers hours will vary depending on their preference and location.
HDFFA’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee provides guidance, support, information and advice about issues of equity, diversity and inclusion in our services and programs, and as a moral imperative in our everyday activities and operations.
Members of this committee are composed of community members and a designated Board Member. Members of the community should:
- Have knowledge of or lived experience in DEI (e.g. participation in HDFFA’s food access program or their own personal experience).
- Be willing to expand their DEI knowledge and awareness
- Understand that at times DEI work is challenging and be willing to set an example working through potential difficult circumstances
- Be willing to educate the board and staff, offering personal insights and vulnerabilities that will facilitate open conversations
- Contribute to the design and implementation of HDFFA’s DEI goals, objectives, and activities
Time Commitment: (Consistent hours) Attend meetings or phone chats every other month; approximately 2-5 hours/month.
HDFFA’s Agricultural Advisory Committee provides advice and expertise on the direction and success of our agricultural support programming offered by HDFFA, which includes input on HDFFA programs and specific projects including: educational events, workshops, and grant objectives that best meet the needs and interests of the central Oregon farmer/rancher community.
This committee is composed of at least a farmer and/or rancher from Central Oregon (two from each county if possible) and a designated HDFFA Board Member and Staff person. Members of this committee should:
- Have working knowledge of organization’s mission, programs and goals and be able to answer related questions
- Be responsive to email from HDFFA Committee representative, and be willing to attend an HDFFA board meeting if necessary
Time commitment: (Consistent) Minimum of 1-year. The committee will meet in person or via phone 4x/year (Feb, Apr, Oct, Dec) for a 2-hour meeting. From May – October committee communication will be accomplished over email.
HDFFA’s Fundraising Committee works with the Board and Staff to meet the fiscal needs of the organization. This shall include sharing opportunities throughout the community to participate in our nonprofit at fundraising events, with cash and in-kind gifts and donations. Members of this committee should:
- Know the organization’s mission, programs and goals and be able to answer related questions.
- Have the courage to offer the opportunity for giving and donating to individuals and groups.
- Have the ability to network within the community and work with a diverse group of current and potential donors.
- Contribute to the design and implantation of a realistic fund development plan and related budget.
Member time-commitment: (Consistent) meet every other month for one hour and (if available) participate in fundraising event(s). Average time dedicated to meetings, outside volunteer work and other communications estimated at 3-5 hours a month
HDFFA is seeking Central Oregon community members who are interested in serving on our Board and representing the regional food system. The Board is comprised of volunteer citizens representing Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson counties and various food system sectors including: farm, ranch, food businesses, hunger relief, community health, land use, local government, university and/or the community-at-large.
Members set and carry out big-picture goals to ensure the fiscal, marketing, and personnel success of the organization.
Time Commitment and Location: Serve a 2-year term and commit to an average of 5-10 hours per month which includes Board meetings, committee meetings, events, and fundraising.
Click here to fill out the Board Member Application