/volunteer
4 02, 2017

On the Front Lines: Fighting Senior Hunger

February 4th, 2017|

It was early on a chilly Tuesday morning when I visited Trinity Church of Sunnyvale. The sun wasn’t even up yet but there were people hard at work unpacking food that was just delivered from a Second Harvest Food Bank truck. This morning’s bounty included rice, bread, eggs, and lots of fresh produce including zucchini, carrots, celery, pears, apples and oranges. The volunteers set up tables and then organized the food so that heavier, sturdier items were first and the fragile, more easily crushed items were at the end of the line. […]

4 01, 2017

Inside the Food Bank: Prepping the Product for Volunteers

January 4th, 2017|

It’s 7:30 a.m. at our Cypress Center and our staff is already getting set up to host volunteers for the day. The Volunteer Services staff rarely gets down time with hundreds of volunteers coming through our buildings daily. While it keeps our staff busy, distributing nearly 1.2 million pounds of food per week to our neighbors in need would be impossible without help from volunteers. The day starts with an empty sort room and within two hours it is set up to host 50+ volunteers for the first shift. Since Cypress Center is our produce hub, the volunteer sorts have to be prepped just before the volunteers arrive since the fruits and vegetables […]

2 01, 2017

Giving Time: Heidi Gonzalez

January 2nd, 2017|

“Giving Time” focuses on the invaluable volunteers who donate more than 310,000 hours to Second Harvest each year, more than doubling the size of our staff. Special Blog Post featuring Heidi Gonzalez, as told to Matt Mastrangelo of Second Harvest Food Bank. Heidi poses with SJ Gigante during one of her volunteer shifts. My name is Heidi Gonzalez. I started volunteering at Second Harvest in the 1990s when […]

6 10, 2016

Giving Time: Yolanda Gutiérrez

October 6th, 2016|

“Giving Time” focuses on the invaluable volunteers who donate more than 314,000 hours to Second Harvest each year, more than doubling the size of our staff. Special Blog Post featuring Yolanda Gutiérrez, as told to Matt Mastrangelo of Second Harvest Food Bank. I work for a company called QTS, and it has a community impact program where each employee is given 24 hours per year to volunteer within the community, with the charity of their choice. I chose to work with Second Harvest Food Bank because […]

4 10, 2016

Local Hunger Fighters: Donna Duval

October 4th, 2016|

“Local Hunger Fighters” is a series that spotlights our awesome supporters and staff who help raise awareness of hunger in our community and motivate people to get involved. Local Hunger Fighter: Donna Duval, Programs & Services Volunteer How are you helping Second Harvest and our community? I am helping Second Harvest and our community by volunteering at the Curtner Center in San Jose for almost two years, using my clerical […]

3 08, 2016

My Year of Service Advocating for Healthy Futures

August 3rd, 2016|

Special Blog Post By:  Coleen Ju, AmeriCorps VISTA, Volunteer and Resource Coordinator For the past year, I have had the honorable pleasure of serving as Second Harvest Food Bank’s first ever AmeriCorps VISTA. Working for this amazing organization has been […]

1 07, 2016

Giving Time: Lynn Crawford

July 1st, 2016|

“Giving Time” focuses on the invaluable volunteers who donate more than 314,000 hours to Second Harvest each year, more than doubling the size of our staff. Special Blog Post featuring Lynn Crawford, Agency Office Volunteer, as told to Matt Mastrangelo of Second Harvest Food Bank. My name is Lynn Crawford and I’ve been volunteering at Second Harvest Food Bank for over six years. I volunteer in the agency office. Second Harvest has hundreds of so-named partner agencies. The partner agencies run their own places and they do the handing out of a lot of the food to the folks who need it. […]

1 06, 2016

Giving Time: Pat Putnam

June 1st, 2016|

"Giving Time" focuses on the invaluable volunteers who donate more than 314,000 hours to Second Harvest each year, more than doubling the size of our staff. Special Blog Post featuring Pat Putnam, Development Operations Volunteer, as told to Matt Mastrangelo of Second Harvest Food Bank. I've been volunteering at Second Harvest for about 12 years. [...]

2 02, 2016

Giving Time: Chao-Li Tarng

February 2nd, 2016|

"Giving Time" focuses on the invaluable volunteers who donate more than 314,000 hours to Second Harvest each year, more than doubling the size of our staff. Special Blog Post By: Chao-Li, Volunteer Site Coordinator My name is Chaol-Li Tarng.  I immigrated to the United States from Taiwan 30 years ago.  I got my PhD at [...]

6 11, 2015

Giving Time: Harry Schaecher

November 6th, 2015|

"Giving Time" focuses on the invaluable volunteers who donate more than 314,000 hours to Second Harvest each year, more than doubling the size of our staff. Just nine years into their retirement Harry Schaecher lost his wife Marlene, in December of 2002.  The whole concept of life changed in that moment.  He worked for the [...]