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Volunteer

Find out how you can volunteer with PORCH Hillsborough by participating in a monthly neighborhood food drive, or through one of our other programs that serve Hillsborough and the northern Orange County community.

Neighborhood Coordinator

Once a month, neighborhood coordinators remind their community of the monthly PORCH pick-up date, collect donations from their neighbors’ porches, and deliver the donations to the OCIM Pantry or the Orange County Schools Central Pantry. This volunteer role requires a time commitment of only a couple of hours per month but provides a considerable service to our local food pantries. 

To become a Neighborhood Coordinator, email Nancy Grebenkemper.

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Orange County Schools Pantry Volunteer

The PORCH-OCS Pantry partnership puts 100-150 boxes of food per month on the tables of school families in need. Food donations come directly from PORCH Hillsborough neighborhoods and local businesses. Volunteer jobs include receiving, weighing and sorting donations, packing food boxes, and moving boxes to the distribution point outside.

To volunteer in the OCS Pantry, contact Meaghun Darab.

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Food Distribution Volunteer

PORCH sponsors and/or manages three public food distributions per month, generally on the third Thursday and fourth Friday mornings. Volunteers help sort food, pack it into boxes, and load it into cars. All work is done outside (rain or shine), and all volunteers wear masks. Helpers with a truck or trailer and Spanish language skills are especially needed.

Want to join us? Contact Sarah Zink.

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Food for Families Volunteer

Food for Families volunteers pack produce provided by the Weaver Street Market Round Up program one Tuesday per month at Redeye Worldwide (505 Eno Street, Hillsborough).  The date is predetermined every month, and packing takes place 12:30 – 2:00 pm (shift 1) and 1:30 – 4:00 pm (shift 2). 

Volunteers are also needed on the Wednesday following packing day to deliver the boxes to schools where the food is distributed.

For more information, or if you are interested in volunteering, please contact Sarah Zink.

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Food for Schools Volunteer

Children affected by hunger have trouble focusing during the school day and have more social and behavioral problems.  Our Food for Schools program helps provide hungry students with nutritious, brain-boosting snacks so they can concentrate on learning without feeling hungry.  Our program works in collaboration with the schools’ social workers to serve the 13 Orange County public schools and the local Head Start program.  This initiative is funded by donations from local businesses and benefactors.

Help our Food for Schools team with fundraising to finance the program, and/or help with the purchase and delivery of snack food. We could use assistance with the following:

  • Contacting area businesses and organizations to ask for donations to sponsor schools.
  • Volunteers with large vehicles to assist delivering snacks to Cedar Ridge High School twice/year.

For more information, please email Anna Waters.

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OCIM Pantry Volunteer

If none of these opportunities fits your schedule, please consider contacting the Hillsborough food pantry at Orange Congregations in Missions for volunteer opportunities in the pantry or with their Meals on Wheels program.

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Upcoming Collection Weeks

NOV
13

November Monthly Food Drive

DEC
11

December Monthly Food Drive

JAN
22

January Monthly Food Drive

Ways to Donate

Mail a Check +

Please mail a check made out to PORCH Hillsborough to:

PORCH Hillsborough
c/o Jonathan Mandeville
606 Benton Street
Hillsborough, NC 27278

Donate Online +

With your monetary donation, PORCH Hillsborough purchases:

  • milk, eggs, cheese and protein to supplement our fresh food distributions
  • grocery cards for local families in need identified by school social workers or attending local food distributions
  • supplemental food for the OCIM Pantry or OCS Central Pantry as needed

Click the green “Donate” button to make your online donation now!

Leave a Donation on your Porch +

Once a month, leave non-perishable donations on your porch.

Or, leave a check for your neighborhood coordinator made out to PORCH Hillsborough!