FareStart is fortunate to be the recipient of the hard work of our talented and dedicated volunteers. Volunteers provide invaluable assistance to FareStart with special events, benefits, shelter delivery runs, serving on strategic committees, and other special projects throughout the organization. A few hours a week can make a tremendous difference!

To begin volunteering:
  1. Attend an optional 30 minute volunteer info session at 7th & Virginia, offered every Monday at 4 p.m. Please email volunteer@farestart.org to RSVP.
  2. Identify how you would like to volunteer with us.
  3. Create an account with our volunteer scheduling and management website. This is required in order to sign up to volunteer.
  4. Sign up for a Shelter Meal Delivery volunteer shift on the Shiftboard volunteer calendar.
  5. Begin volunteering.
  6. Attend a volunteer orientation. We host a volunteer orientation at the 7th & Virginia location every 1st Tuesday morning of the month from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. and every 1st Wednesday night from 6 to 8 p.m. (immediately following community dinner). Whether you've volunteered with us for a decade or are new to our community, we'd love to see you and talk a little more about what it means to be a FareStart volunteer. Please RSVP via the Shiftboard volunteer calendar or email volunteer@farestart.org.
Important Notes - Please Read:
  • All volunteers must sign up in advance of volunteering. Please do not show up without signing up; if you do you may be turned away.
  • We do not accept volunteers under the age of 18 on site.
  • We are not accepting court-ordered community service volunteers at this time.

Please consider our Group Volunteer Opportunities.


We are currently recruiting for the following volunteer opportunities:
  • Shelter Meal Delivery: This is our greatest volunteer need! On a shelter run, you help pack up meals for transportation and deliver them to local homeless shelters, then have an opportunity to serve dinner at the Downtown Emergency Service Center alongside FareStart chefs and students. No driving necessary. Volunteers must be able to lift 50 lbs. Shelter runs happen Monday through Friday from 3 to 6:30 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 2 to 6:30 p.m.. One-time or ongoing i.e. volunteer as often as you like.

  • Kitchen PrepFareStart prepares and delivers meals 365 days a year to several area homeless shelters. We can take individuals or groups of up to 10 people to help prepare food alongside FareStart's chefs and students. Kitchen prep volunteer opportunities take place Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (sometimes ending earlier) on days when we have fewer students. One-time or ongoing i.e. volunteer as often as you like.
  • Study Hall: We are seeking a volunteer to work one-on-one with students in Study Hall to assist them in mastering various elements of the FareStart curriculum. We have Study Hall volunteer positions open at both 700 Virginia as well as our Pacific Tower location. Mondays from 12pm to 1pm at 700 Virginia and Wednesdays from 2 to 3pm at our Pacific Tower location. We ask volunteers to commit to at least three times per month, for six months.

  • CRM Expert: We are looking for a highly skilled CRM volunteer to aid us in working on our custom databases. Duties include improving, troubleshooting and training employees on their respective database. This position requires being an experienced user of CRM programs and the ability to write code. This position would be an on-call position with mutually agreed upon times for each project. This position takes place both remotely and at two different FareStart locations: 7th & Virginia and Pacific Tower (1200 12th Ave S). Ongoing, as needed.
  • Guest Chef Night Volunteering: A weekly highlight for the FareStart community is Thursday Guest Chef Night, held at the FareStart Restaurant at 7th & Virginia. Since 1994, Guest Chef Night has raised more than $5 million, revenue which has gone directly back into our program to support our student job training and placement services. Every Thursday night, a different Guest Chef works with the students to prepare a three-course meal for over 200 guests served at the FareStart Restaurant. Hard-working community volunteers serve the diners and 100% of the proceeds and gratuities from the evening goes back to fund student services and training.
    • Individuals: We are actively recruiting for Guest Chef Night Individual Volunteers! Help the FareStart team execute the evening. Roles include: food running, barista, captain (work with community group), hostess … etc. Must be willing to do most roles. Must be able to lift 50 lbs. and stand for 5 hours. Thursdays 4:45 to 9:45 p.m. Ongoing, once or twice per month.
    • Groups(9 people): Booked through 2015, and currently taking names for 2016. Serve the evening’s meal and help fill the restaurant to raise funds for FareStart’s programs! Your hard work is rewarded by a tasty meal. No heavy lifting or previous experience required. Thursdays: 4 to 10 p.m. 

  • Special Events:
    • FareStart’s Great Food, Better Lives Gala Auction: A special event on October 4, 2015 to raise vital funds to support FareStart's job training programs for homeless and disadvantaged individuals. We have individual or group volunteer positions on the days leading up to the event. Event evening shifts begin between 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. and end between 6:30 and 10:30 p.m. depending on your role.

More questions? Please see our Volunteer FAQ.

To begin volunteering at FareStart, please visit our volunteer scheduling and management website and create an account. If you have additional questions on volunteering, please email volunteer@farestart.org or calling 206-267-7614.