Volunteer

There are many ways you can volunteer to support TCAA’s many programs. Below, are a few of the opportunities.

Hunger and Food Insecurity

Food Pantry

Volunteer shift ranges: Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to noon and Tuesday/Thursday evenings from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

  • Roles and responsibilities
    • Marking off barcodes, unloading incoming donations, stocking shelves, packaging and distributing food boxes
    • Pick up drivers needed Monday-Friday for food donations from local businesses

Volunteer shifts are flexible, this is also a great volunteer experience for groups!

Must be able to stand and lift bags of food weighing 20 pounds.

Community Gardens

Community work days rotate every other Saturday starting at 8 a.m.: every 2nd and 4th Saturday at the Escalante Community Garden, every 1st and 3rd Saturday at the Clark Park Community Garden

  • Roles and responsibilities
    • General maintenance of the gardens, weeding, and hand watering
    • Special projects ongoing, depending on the time of the year

Additional times may be available, this is also a great experience for groups!

Clark Park Farmers Market

Volunteer opportunities every Saturday morning during the market.

  • Roles and responsibilities
    • Opening and Closing Assistants help set up and take down tables & chairs, shade canopies, trash containers, signs and assist vendors setting up their booth setup and take down.  Time commitment: 1 1/2 hrs for opening assistant, 1 hr for closing assistant
    • TCAA (Tempe Community Action Agency) Booth Assistants help set up and take down booth, sell market merchandise and consignment items along with promoting the market, garden and TCAA.  Time commitment: 2 1/2 to 5 hrs

To sign up for weekly volunteer opportunities visit…  http://tinyurl.com/clarkparkfarmersmarket

Prevent and Address Homelessness

I-HELP (Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program) operates 7 nights a week, 365 days a year. 

  • Roles and responsibilities
    • Launder bedding and towels, host clothing and hygiene products drives, assemble snack bags

Independent Living Among Seniors

Senior Centers

  • Roles and responsibilities
    • Help with various activities, such as leading an arts and crafts
    • Assist with special guests and/or presentations
    • Host or help facilitate holiday or other parties at one of the Centers
    • Socialize with seniors during meal times

If you would like to help serve food or be in the kitchen, a Food Handlers Card required.

Home Delivered Meals

Volunteer shifts range from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

  • Roles and responsibilities
    • Volunteer drivers will assist in prepping and delivering nutritious meals to home-bound Tempe and South Scottsdale residents.
    • Volunteers drive their own cars and receive a per-mile reimbursement. Meals can be delivered individually or in pairs, and children are welcome to assist their parents.

We need volunteers to commit to one day a week or every other week to deliver meals, learn a specific route, and get to know the people receiving this service. We ask that you are able to commit to a minimum of six months as a volunteer. Level One Clearance Card is required to deliver meals as well as a Food Handlers Card.  Assistance is available in acquiring both.

Special Events

Holiday Toy Shoppe: In December, assist in picking up donations, organizing and managing distribution of holiday gifts for low income families in Tempe. Shifts are 2 to 3 hours, weekdays, and evenings.

I-HELP 5K Run/Walk to Alleviate Homelessness: Help plan this annual 5K that directly benefits Tempe’s only homeless shelter.

Conduct A Food or Water Drive: Our food pantry is always in need of non-perishable food items and water bottles. Consider hosting a food and/or water drive in your neighborhood, organization, or workplace!

Please fill out our volunteer application (found below) if you are interested in learning more or feel free to email Lexie Krechel at lexiek@tempeaction.org with any questions.

Volunteer Application