Volunteer at FISH and Discover the Joy of Serving!

FISH volunteers are a great group of people and we’re excited that you’d like to be one of us!

To be able to volunteer at FISH you will need to be able to pass a background check, be on your feet for your whole shift (except those running distribution) and be able to treat our clients with compassion and dignity. We also ask that you make a 3-month commitment to volunteering at FISH.

Just a note, in all our work, it is important that rules and procedures be followed. Also, please be aware that we have clients and volunteers of differing abilities and we expect everyone to be treated equally. Pick a job or two below and put your choices on your application. Please understand that not all shifts are available all the time. 

For immediate information about shifts available at this time, please see below. Information about each job continues down the page.

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Volunteer Opportunities:


The warehouse stores all the food and supplies necessary to run the Pantry at FISH. Warehouse volunteers stock shelves in the pantry, sort through produce, organize the warehouse, receive donations and store them, do some light cleaning and other duties as necessary. The ability to life 40 pounds is preferable, as is self-motivation. You will need to be able to follow rules. You do not need to be outgoing to work in the warehouse, but you do need to be able to work both alone or in a team. Shifts are 2 – 5 hours long.

  • Location: 804 Elmview Road, Ellensburg

Grocery Guides

Grocery Guides help clients through the pantry during distribution. They encourage clients to make food choices, let them know what quantities they can have, and generally keep the flow of the pantry moving well. If you work as a Grocery Guide, you will need to be able to walk the full 2 – 2.5 hour shift on busy days, and wait for clients on slow days. You will go in and out of the weather. You will need to be firm and friendly, and be able to follow rules.

  • Location: 804 Elmview Road, Ellensburg

Open Table

The Open Table program serves meals four days a week. Volunteers helping with this service prepare, help cook, serve and clean up after the meals. There can be as many as 80 people at a single meal. Additionally, senior citizens can sign up for and eat meals at FISH four days a week though the Senior Nutrition Program, adding an additional 20 guests to the meals. To work in the kitchen, you’ll need to be able to pass a food handler’s card exam (after training), and be able to be on your feet for the entire shift. There may be some lifting up to 20 pounds. Additionally, you need to be able to be firm and friendly with the clients and be able to follow rules. 

  • Location: Calvary Baptist Church, 507 North Pine Street, Ellensburg

Running the Distribution of Groceries

Each client who comes through the Pantry to get groceries has to check in at the front desk first. Volunteers on the front desk navigate special software and input client information. They assign Grocery Guides to clients and keep distribution moving. They also answer the phone and help clients with information about FISH and other resources. This is a long term job that requires good attendance. If you want to be on the front desk, you will need to have the ability to learn a new (and fairly simple) computer program, be able to type, and to sit for 2.5 – 3 hours at a time. You will also need to be able to handle multiple distractions at a time and be firm with clients when necessary. You will need to be able to follow rules and understand and follow state regulations. 

  • Location: 804 Elmview Road, Ellensburg

Other Opportunities

Occasionally other opportunities come open for volunteers at FISH. Helping with mailings, events and special food drives are a few of the options. FISH emails all our volunteers as these other opportunities become available. 

  • Location: Various

For More Information

Please contact FISH by writing to [email protected] or call 509-925-5990 to learn more about these and other volunteer opportunities.


Get the Volunteer Application here on this website!

We look forward to serving with you!

  • Please note: a child must be 12 years old to volunteer with their parent and be 16 years old before they can volunteer on their own.
  • If you are over 55, you can also sign up with RSVP – your hours here at FISH will count there as well!
  • Also, if you are a CWU student, the Center for Leadership and Community Engagement would like you to sign up with them too!

In accordance with Federal civil rights laws, requirements of US Department of Agriculture for Agencies and Affiliates, and in accordance with FISH’s mission and vision, employees, clients, volunteers, partners, interns, and any other affiliate of FISH is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are no limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services.

FISH is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.

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  1. Greetings. I just moved to Ellensburg from Seattle and have a good background volunteering with the homeless and food banks. I was also a caterer and would love to volunteer

    Your phone was busy this morning or I would have called in person. I look forward to speaking with you

  2. Hello,
    I am a freshman at Ellensburg High School and in order to finish out the year we need 10 hours of total community service.
    I would like to volunteer at your facility doing whatever jobs need to be done. I’m a good and respectful kid, and I am willing to work and would like to make a positive effort to help out the community.

  3. Hello,
    Its about that time to sign up for shelter times. I served last year in the cold weather shelters. Id like to be put down for a contact for Volunteer times for. The 2018-2019 Season please when that list becomes available cold I be contacted via email ♡

    Thank you & Blessings
    Sherrie Kumm

      1. Sherrie, did you get this information you need? If not I will get you in touch with Ben Harbaugh here at FISH. He is our Cold Weather Shelter Coordinator and can get you everything you need.

  4. Hi Elsie, Just a quick note to let you know how great the lunch program was at Mt Stuart this past summer. I worked with the kids during Literacy Summer Camp and had the privilege to be with them during this time of fellowship as they ate. The lunches were healthy and liked by most of the children. Your volunteers where kind and always came with a smile and a servants heart. Thank you all for a job well done.

    1. Hello Charleen – thank you so much for your kind feedback. Our Picnic in the Park program is very rewarding and I’m glad to hear it’s brought joy! We look forward to continuing our relationship with Mt. Stuart and with the children.

  5. Hi. Is it still possible to sign up whenever? I 2ss traveling at the beginning of summer but now I’m back and have nothing to do as I did not sign up for college classes. How do I go about the initiation process and start the background check? Thanks!

    1. Yes, you’re welcome to sign up and join us! Fill out an application and drop it by FISH’s Pantry at 1513 North B St, Ellensburg. Or email it to me, [email protected]. Thank you for thinking of us!

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