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Volunteer to Make a Difference

Thank You For Your Generosity, Time, and Caring

Volunteers are crucial to all operations of the Open Table food pantry, whether in traditional roles or using special skills to support with administrative functions or special projects.

Open Table food pantry needs your time and talent. Volunteers are vital to our mission of ensuring that no one in our service area goes hungry. We cannot do this without you!

How You Can Help - Volunteer Needs

Pick & Pack

Pick & Pack

Sort through our donated produce and shelf stable food and pack them for distribution, package and label prepared meals, fulfill online orders, and other related projects.

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Distribution

Distribution

Help distribute groceries to clients at our Fresh Air Drive-by Pantry on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons (rain or shine!)

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Kitchen

Kitchen

Help prepare ingredients, cook and package meals in our kitchen to be given away in our pantry and meal programs. Or help us clean up the dishes!

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Transport Food

Transport Food

Help gather food from local groceries and donation bins or deliver groceries and meals to homes or mobile sites.

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Special Events

Special Events

Help organize and run special events and activities such as the Ride for Food, Crop Walk, gala events, and more.

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On Your Own Time

On Your Own Time

Use your skills and talents behind the scenes to help prepare flyers and printed materials, fundraise, and more on a schedule that works for you.

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Volunteering During COVID

Yes, we are OPEN and need volunteers!

For the health and safety of all our volunteers, clients, and staff, in-person volunteers during this time of COVID, we ask our volunteers to limit their shifts to one consistent in-house shift per week.  Volunteers must wear face masks at all times and wash hands upon arrival at Open Table regardless of vaccine status.  Please maintain 6ft separation while volunteering at Open Table and stay home if you are feeling sick.

Based on our needs and your availability, you will be assigned to a team and remain on that team throughout the duration of the COVID-19 crisis. While we greatly appreciate your willingness to volunteer more often. From a public health point of view, it is safer for Open Table’s community (guests, volunteers and staff) for everyone involved to limit exposure to one another. It takes 180 volunteers per week to run Open Table, and if all were exposed to COVID19 on site – we would not be able to run our program.

We encourage our volunteers to schedule themselves for shifts as soon as they know their availability for the month with Volunteer Gopher, our volunteer management database. We also encourage you to remove yourself from the schedule as soon as you know you will not be able to make a shift. If you availability changes, please let us know and we will do our best to put you on another shift.

We'd Love for You to Join Us!

Every week 180 volunteers work together to run our Pantry and Meals programs. Regular 2-hour shifts take place at our 33 Main Street location.  M-Thu 9:00 AM-6:30 PM. We also have many behind the scenes opportunities – fundraising, event planning, administrative support, transportation and board membership. Please be sure to indicate on your application your availability and interests. It takes a village to run Open Table.

If you are not available when we are open, we encourage you to consider helping us with our special events or projects. Volunteers are often able to help in this capacity with much more flexibility. The skill sets we are always looking for include: grant writing, public relations, marketing, event planning, board development, fundraising, community outreach, and knowledge of multiple languages.

Questions? Want to Learn More?

Please contact us at volunteer@opentable.org if you have additional questions, problems registering, or just want to learn more about volunteering.

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Volunteer Parking

Our wonderful main facility is located right in the heart of downtown Maynard. Although there is on-street and lot parking directly around the building, we are requesting that volunteers who are spending more than an hour at the facility please park in the River Street Municipal lot (parking fees are waived for Open Table) just a short walk away. This will allow downtown parking to remain available for visitors and patrons of the stores and restaurants in our community. Thank you!

Parking Directions for Volunteers

  • From Route 62 westbound (Waltham Street), continue onto Summer Street.
  • Take a left on Nason Street
  • Take a left on Main Street (Route 62 eastbound).
  • Take a right on River Street directly across from Open Table and follow the road as it curves toward the end of the street.
  • Look for Open Table sign on telephone pole in front of the parking lot on the left. Permits are waived for Open Table. DO NOT PARK across the street – you WILL BE TOWED.
  • The lot is a 3-minute walk from the corner of River and Main to our facility at 33-37 Main Street. Walk to Open Table via River Street for the quickest route.

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Expense Reimbursement

Occasionally our volunteers and staff purchase supplies for Open Table out of pocket. Such approved expenses will be reimbursed. Please submit all required information and receipts.

Communications Requests

Have a communications request or need help with a flyer or marketing piece?
Complete a request form online or contact the communications team at communications@opentable.org