Volunteer

Want to get your hands dirty?

Our volunteers are integral to the success of our projects. A total of 2510 volunteer hours were logged in 2018.

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 info@hdffa.org to see if HDFFA is a good fit!

Chef Instructors teach the nationally recognized Cooking Matters 6-week course, using recipes and booklets provided for each class. With support from assistant volunteers, Chef Instructors lead the class through hands-on training and deliver cooking course material including cooking, nutrition, food budgeting and food safety/sanitation messages.

Time Commitment: Spring and Fall, 2 hour on-site orientation the week prior to the start of class; 2-3 hours/week for the 6-week course plus additional time to plan and prepare for lesson delivery.

Chef Assistants support the Chef Instructor by assisting students, co-coordinating shopping for class food, helping with class prep, clean up, and other duties as needed.

Time Commitment: Spring and Fall, 2 hour on-site orientation the week prior to the start of class; 2-3 hours/week for the 6-week course plus additional time to plan and prepare for lesson delivery.

Through our Grow & Give program, we partner with local farms and organize on-farm harvest events where we glean extra 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: Spring – Fall; one-time (or multiple times throughout the season) for 3-5 hours in the afternoon – evening, typically week days but sometimes weekends.

HDFFA is seeking enthusiastic, personable, and organized volunteers for our Veggie Rx pilot program! This is a produce prescription program that improves the health of individuals in our community. Volunteers will work closely with our Veggie Rx Community Health Worker in the implementation of the program by:
  • Wed and/or Thur @ Bend Farmers Market
  • Assist Veggie Rx participants;
  • Hand out our nutrition curriculum;
  • Voucher distribution and vendor relations

Every year we print thousands of copies of Food and Farm Directories to help educate the public about ways to get to know local farmers and purchase their products. We need individuals who are willing to distribute our Directories to our partners and other distribution sites. A Distributor for each county would be preferred.  Volunteer must have transportation.

Time Commitment: varies in May and June

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 as well as the Executive Director, a staff member and a designated Board Member. Members of the community should:

  • Have knowledge of or 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: Attend meetings or phone chats every other month; approximately 4-6 hours/month.

HDFFA’s Farmer Advisory Committee advises the Board and Staff on the direction and success of farm support programming offered by HDFFA. This shall include providing 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: Minimum of 1-year. The committee will meet in person (preferred) or via phone (if necessary) 4x/year (Feb, Apr, Oct, Dec). From May – October committee communication will be accomplished over email.

HDFFA’s Marketing Committee is to work with the Board and Staff to support the branding and fundraising goals of the organization. This shall include supporting staff in marketing material and content production, brand development and management,  event promotion, public relations and marketing communications.

Members of this committee should:

    • Know the organization’s mission, programs and goals and be able to answer related questions.
    • Be excellent communicators and familiar foundational marketing principles

Time Commitment:  Meets every other month.  Average time dedicated to meetings, outside volunteer work and other communications estimated at 3-5 hours a month.

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:  meet every other month 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

Thank you to all our 2018 Volunteers!

Marketing and Outreach
Amanda L | Clint N | Cassidy T | Timothy G | Dhyana K

Veggie Rx
Beth J | Carrie M | Colette W | Cheryl B | Marla A | Krissy B | Robyn W

Culinary Education
Candy A | Marité A | Suzanne L | Cassidy T | Over 50 additional volunteers putting in over 200 hours

Glean Team/Grow and Give
Annie V | Angelina G | Ally S | Caleb S | Casey P | Cassidy T | Carly S  | Chantel W | Daniel G | Dean K | Erin Y | Fran L | Esther H | Hayden G
Hannah K | Jim W | Jamie G | Jamie L | Jason N | Jenn K | Jennifer W | Jonathan R | Karla M | Katelyn S | Matt C | Meghan A | Michelle P
Natalie D | Nancy G | Owen M | Robert B | Ruth W | Stephanie L | Toni and Pete M | Tecla R | Trent H  | COCC Sustainability Class
Cascade Crest Transitions Students | Bend Waldorf School First Graders

Cooking Matters Classes
Angela E | Buffy H | Faye H | Cher S  | Georgia M | Dave P | Dana D | Jaylyn SJulian D | Jane S | Kittie M | Lauren R | Lisa L
Linda P | Maureen S | Mary B | Nina A | Patti B | Teri M

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