Holiday Volunteers

Discover the joy of serving!

FISH loves our volunteers!   

 They are at the heart of everything we do.  If you are looking for a way to connect to your community and be a part of a group of people working to provide hope to those who need it most consider volunteering at FISH.

All volunteers must undergo a background check and participate in an orientation including mandatory Civil Rights training.   Please be aware that we have clients and volunteers of differing abilities and we expect everyone to be treated equally and with dignity and respect. 

For immediate information about shifts available at this time, please see below. 

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 lift 40 pounds is preferable, as well as taking initiative. You will need to be able to follow instructions of the warehouse lead and manager.   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 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 comply with state regulations for food distribution.

• Location: 804 Elmview Road, Ellensburg


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 directions of kitchen staff and comply with state regulations.

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


Each client who comes through the pantry to get groceries must check in at the front desk first. Volunteers on the front desk navigate software and input client information. . Volunteers 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

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


We’d love to have you!


 If you’d like to volunteer, please download the application below.   Fill it out and bring it to FISH or save your updated form and email to [email protected]  The volunteer orientation process happens at the pantry, at 804 Elmview Road in Ellensburg.


When you apply, you agree to the following:

In submitting this application to volunteer at FISH Community Food Bank, I understand that I may be requested to perform duties other than the specific tasks that I have indicated on this form, and that every task is a part of the greater service of FISH.  I will assist in other duties as assigned with a good attitude.  I also understand that FISH will conduct a background check of all prospective volunteers, and if necessary deny me the status of volunteer.  As a volunteer, my words and actions represent FISH.  If my words or actions are deemed unsafe or detrimental to the welfare of FISH or its participants, I will be asked to leave.  I am willing to serve others with a cheerful heart and grace.

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“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others” – Mahatma Ghandi

More Info

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


Get the Volunteer Application here!

We look forward to serving with you!

• Please note: a child must be five years old to volunteer with their parent and be 14 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!

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