Orientation for New Volunteers

Individuals interested in volunteering must complete New Volunteer Orientation prior to beginning their first shift. Orientation is held every Tuesday at 3:00 pm. If you cannot attend, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Chris Resner, to set up another time.

Click here for more information regarding youth volunteers.

Group Opportunities

People Always Loving Someone

Introducing our new volunteer program “PALS” (People Always Loving Someone). Work once a week or month with several of your good friends and hold your group accountable for showing up by coordinating replacements when someone is unable to attend. Learn more

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Serve A Meal In Jeannie’s Kitchen

Volunteers must be at least 13 years-old (with an adult, 16 without).

>Breakfast Sign Up< (5:15-7:00 AM) 3-5 individuals

>Lunch Sign Up< (9:30 AM-1:30 PM) 6-10 individuals

>Dinner Sign Up< (5:30 PM-8:30 PM) 5-7 individuals

Contact: Cheryl Linder, Kitchen Manager
704-637-6838 ext. 108

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Food for Thought Packing Party

Monday-Sunday; hours vary (1 hour)
Groups of 5-25 individuals
All ages welcome; adult supervision required

>Sign Up<

Contact: Chase Hicks, Food Operations Manager
704-637-6838 ext. 105

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USDA Packing Party

Monday-Friday 8:00 AM-5:00 PM (1 hour)
Groups of 5-25 individuals
All ages welcome; adult supervision required

>Sign Up<

Opportunities for Individuals

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Wash & Fold Laundry

Volunteers 16 & over may wash laundry for our shelter guests throughout the week. Times range between 7:30 AM-noon and 6:00-10:00 PM.

>Sign Up<

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Food Pantry: Stocker/Shopper

Ages 16 & up
Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Shifts of 4 hours preferred; 2 hour increments available

We receive food donations from a variety of sources such as churches, local grocery stores and our neighbors in Rowan County. Volunteers pack food in grocery carts for clients, records weights, assists clients in completing paperwork and loading groceries into their vehicles. You must be able to lift 20 lbs. and be on your feet for duration of the volunteer shift.

>Sign Up<

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Crisis Receptionist

Ages 21 & up
Monday-Friday 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
*Must pass background check


The receptionist is responsible for making financial appointments, greeting and signing in clients, updating the daily schedule, handling clients files, answering the phone, addressing clients questions and concerns, monitoring the volunteer entrance and many other tasks. Volunteers assist in all of these areas. Computer skills and office experience are helpful for volunteering in this area.

>Sign Up<

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Shelter Receptionist

Ages 21 & up
Monday-Friday 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
*Must pass background check

This volunteer opportunity is great for individuals willing to work directly with our shelter guests, who enjoy face-to-face interaction, and are interested in making our guests smile.

Shelter reception assistant duties mostly include greeting guests and ensuring proper protocol is followed upon entering and exiting the shelter. It doesn't take much but it can surely make the world of a difference for our neighbors in need.

>Sign Up<

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Sort Clothing Donations

Ages 16 & up
Monday-Friday 8:00 AM-5:00 PM

The Clothing Center distributes gently used, in-season, quality clothing donated by local residents. Clothing sorting volunteers sort through the donations to select items appropriate for distribution and stock the clothing center for clients.

>Sign Up<

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Clothing Center Attendant

Send a client to a job interview in their best garb or help a student pick out shoes for the perfect back to school outfit. The wardrobe possibilities are endless and so will our appreciation be if you sign up to volunteer in the clothing center! Clothing Center attendants help clients during their shopping experience by guiding them through the racks and helping them check out.

>Sign Up<

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Dock Attendant

Ages 16 & up
Monday-Friday 8:00 AM-5:00 PM

This is an important role at Rowan Helping Ministries because often times, the dock attendant is the first person a donor sees when they drop off a donation. They assist in the donation process by helping weigh food items or count clothing bags, document donation, and provide receipts to donors. The dock attendant will also help unload Second Helping and food delivery items.

*Must be able to lift heavy items

>Sign Up<

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Second Helping Drivers

Monday-Friday 8:30-11:30 AM
Some weekend opportunities available
Don't have enough time to work an entire shift but curious how you can fit volunteering into your daily routine? Sign up to serve as one of our Second Helping Drivers! You pick up food from local stores and restaurants and bring it back to Rowan Helping Ministries. It shouldn't take more than an hour but you'll receive an endless amount of satisfaction knowing you helped fight to end hunger and homelessness!

*Must have valid driver’s license
*Truck or large vehicle required for certain pick ups

>Sign Up<

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Dishwasher

We serve 3 meals a day, 365 days a year so you can imagine how many dishes we go through. On average, we serve 50-70 guests at breakfast/dinner and upwards of 150-200 at lunch. We need clean dishes! And more importantly, we need your help.

>Breakfast Sign Up< (6:00-7:30 AM)

>Lunch Sign Up< (11:30 AM-1:30 PM)

>Dinner Sign Up< (6:30-8:30 PM)

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Food For Thought Driver

Every Thursday during the school year

The Food for Thought program serves children in the Rowan-Salisbury School System who are eligible for free & reduced lunch. Often times, children do not eat from lunch time on Friday until breakfast Monday morning. Food for Thought drivers deliver weekend meals to various schools on Thursdays so they can be sent home with the children on Friday. We require a huge corp of volunteers to help with this because we are serving nearly 1,000 students this year alone.

*Must have valid drivers license

Email Chase Hicks, Food Operations Manager
704-637-6838 ext. 105

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Crisis Assistance Interviewing & Life Coaching

Crisis Assistance Interviewers are responsible for interviewing clients to determine eligibility for food, clothing, and financial assistance though our Crisis Assistance Network.

Life Coaches work one-on-one with clients and guests to guide them on their journey to & through self-sufficiency.

Both of these opportunities require vetting and training prior to beginning but if this may interest you, please contact Volunteer Coordinator, Chris Resner, for details! 704-647-6838 ext. 112

For those who are regular volunteers, please >click here< to schedule your dates for Crisis Interviewing.