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Interested in Volunteering?

Our volunteer opportunities not only benefit our programs and participants, but also our community and you.  To learn more about each position, click on the links below.  

When you are ready, fill out a volunteer application!   Once we receive the online application, we will get in touch with you via email or phone.  For more information contact Jess Weiland: jess@hdffa.org or 541-390-3572.

Cooking Matters – Nutrition Education

Chef Instructor

Chef Instructors teach the nationally recognized Cooking Matters 6-week course, using recipes and booklets provided for each class. Volunteer Chef Instructors work in collaboration with support volunteers to lead delivery of cooking, nutrition, food budgeting and food safety/sanitation messages with low-income community members.

Time Commitment: 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.

Lead Assistant

Lead Assistants will support to the Chef Instructor: assist students, time management and other duties as needed.

Time Commitment: 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.

Shopper

The Shopper is crucial for the Cooking Matters course, since they are the ones allocating all of the food for the classes and take home bags. Keeping the materials in budget is very important.

Time Commitment: 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 for ingredient shopping, approx. 1-2 hours.

Seed to Supper – Garden Education

Garden Educator (6 weeks)

Seed to Supper volunteer Garden Educators will work in teams of 2-3 to teach the 6-week Seed to Supper Basic Gardening series for adults gardening on a budget. Classes will be held throughout Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson counties in collaboration with our host agencies.

Time Commitment:  2.5 hours/ week for 6 weeks, plus orientation and training time

Garden Mentor

The Mentor will work with Seed to Supper Garden Educators to implement the hands-on learning, 6-week Seed to Supper Basic Gardening series for adults gardening on a budget. The classroom sessions will be held throughout Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson counties with our host agencies. All Seed to Supper classes are augmented with hands-on learning in gardens, either on-the-ground, in raised beds, or with containers. The Garden Mentor will assist in this hands-on learning throughout the growing season. More than one Mentor may be assigned to each garden.

Time Commitment:  2 hour on-site orientation the week prior to the start of class; 2-3 hours/week for the 6-week course.  Dependent on circumstances: minimum 1 hour/week from May 15 – Sept 15.

Farm, Food Recovery & General Support

Grow & Give, Market Manager

To help combat food waste and utilize the fresh food we have in Central Oregon, this position helps to recover fresh food to be distributed through NeighborImpact to local pantries and food shelves.  The Market Manager encourages community members, gardeners and farmers to donate their access fresh produce. We will have a booth for fresh food donation collection at the Northwest Crossing Farmers Market as well as a collection site at the Bend Farmers Market.

Time Commitment: Wednesday 3-9 at the Bend Market or Saturday 9-3 at Northwest Crossing Farmers Market.

Food Pantry Liaison

The Food Pantry Liaison works with NeighborImpact and the local food pantries and kitchens to transport fresh produce from our walk-in cooler to families in need.

Time Commitment: 2-3 hours/week; hours vary

Directory Distributor

We need individual(s) 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

Farm Tour Ambassador

Get to know our farms and ranches in Jefferson and Crook Counties! Crooked River Open Pastures (C.R.O.P) farm tour events are held on 1st and 3rd Saturdays in the summer as a way for the community to experience the farm and ranch life in Central Oregon.  HDFFA, along with a dedicated group of farmers and community members will offer these farm tours complete with a rotating Farmer’s Market. The Farm Tour Ambassador will greet farm tour guests and serve as the HDFFA representative.

Time Commitment: 1-2 Saturdays/month, timing varies