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Tuesday 5:30-6:30pm
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Volunteer Opportunities



 Loaves and Fishes has been asked back for an additional year of participation in the Cornell Dump & Run Program! For each hour that a Loaves & Fishes volunteer helps prepare for this huge sale, Loaves and Fishes will receive funds for its "free meal program".

Collecting and sorting has gone on all summer and now its time to set up for Ithaca's BIGGEST sale of the season!   



August 18th, 19th & 20th

LOADERS- We need strong individuals who can assist with lifting and loading boxes and bags into the transport trucks that will take merchandise from the warehouse to the Cornell Campus.

Where: 164 Hungerford Hill Road Time:  8:30 am - 5:00pm

THURSDAY & FRIDAY-August 21st & 22nd

LOADERS & SALE SETUP - All of the trucks then go to the Helen Newman Gym on the Cornell Campus. We need able bodied volunteers to unload and assist with detail oriented sorting and layout of merchandise on tables & racks.  

Where: Helen Newman Gym, Cornell Campus  Time: 8:30am - 5:00pm


SATURDAY & SUNDAY - August 23rd & 24th

GREETERS/FLOOR PATROL/RESTOCKERS/SPECIALTY TABLE/PRICERS & CASHIERS -The days of the sale we need as many  energetic, sales oriented volunteers as we can get to assist with running this enormous garage sale!

Saturday-Where: Helen Newman Gym, Cornell Campus  Time: 6:00am - 5:00pm

Sunday-Where: Helen Newman Gym, Cornell Campus  Time: 7:30am - 2:00pm


SUNDAY, August 24th

SITE CLEAN UP - Everyone's favorite part of an event, clean-up! Volunteers will help turn the sales floor back into a sparkling school gymnasium.

Where: Helen Newman Gym, Cornell Campus  Time: 2:00pm til done!

TUESDAY, August 26th

WAREHOUSE CLEAN-UP -  Help straighten the warehouse facility; police the outside of the building; dispose of all refuse; organize final loads for delivery to area recycling facilities.

Where: 164 Hungerford Hill Road   Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm

If you are interested in helping us please email

to receive a volunteer agreement form.


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Kitchen Volunteer Opportunities (no weekend hours)

We could not offer hospitality, nutritious meals and practical assistance to our neighbors in Tompkins County without the help of over 100 dedicated, caring volunteers each week. 1


We are currently in need of volunteers for our serving & clean-up shifts


۞  Monday, Wednesday and Friday                           

                     - Preparation                           9 am - 11:45am

                     - Serving & Clean-up            11:45am - 1:15pm

                     - Clean-up                                1:15am-2:30pm


 ۞    Tuesday & Thursday

                     - Preparation                             2:30pm - 4:45pm

                     -Serving & Clean-up               5:15pm - 6:45 pm ^:

                     - Serving & Clean-up              6:45pm - 8:00 pm




         Events & Projects

         Meal preparation & service;

         Visiting with guests during meals

         Weekly laundry (a critical need)

         Pick ups & errands

         Craft Projects or Music during meals

         Program Support

         Photo archiving



Opportunities for Groups

         Events & Projects

         Provide desserts

         Songs or music during a meal

         Holiday decorations

         Canned food drives

How do I get involved?

         Contact the Volunteer Coordinator for scheduling

         Fill out Volunteer Information Sheet and return it to the office

         Read Volunteer Guidelines before starting your first shift



If there isnít a shift that works with your schedule, come down and share a meal, visit with guests and be a part of the Loaves & Fishes experience.