The backbone of the Collaborative is its volunteers. Since March 2020, volunteers have shown up every week to load, transport and unload deliveries, pack bags, break down cardboard, deliver food to families, break down our set up and clean up the church so that everything is ready for another week.

Without our volunteers, none of this would be possible.

It has been quite the journey through blustery, cold, rainy days last spring, excruciatingly hot, humid days over the summer and blistering low temps and snow in the depths of winter. As we continue into the frigid Wisconsin winter months, we need to make sure that we can provide food to our families in a safe environment, which means limiting indoor exposure.

How to Volunteer

If you are interested in volunteering as a food delivery driver, you can sign up through the United Way Volunteer Website. After you sign up through the link, our site manager will email a doodle poll to all potential volunteers for the volunteer opportunities the following week. The doodle poll allows you to choose a time slot in which to volunteer.

Volunteer delivery drivers should arrive at Westminster Presbyterian Church (through July 9th) or the back parking lot of Thoreau Elementary on Cherokee Drive (beginning July 23rd) on Madison’s near west side during the chosen time slot. All drivers should wear masks and remain in their vehicles while groceries are loaded.

Summer Food Delivery Volunteer Opportunities

Friday Grocery Delivery requires drivers to deliver food to families’ doorsteps. Drivers must be comfortable with carrying moderately heavy bags and boxes. Delivery routes vary in size and length, but usually take at least an hour and up to an hour and a half. Having a friend or partner is helpful but not necessary.

Summer Delivery Schedule:

(Delivery slots begin at 8:45 AM and end around 12:00 PM)

  • May 28th (Westminster)
  • June 4th (Westminster)
  • June 11th (Westminster)
  • June 25th (Westminster)
  • July 9th (Westminster)
  • July 23rd (Thoreau)*
  • August 6th (Thoreau)*
  • August 20th (Thoreau)*

*Pick up will be moved temporarily to the back parking lot at Thoreau Elementary (corner of Cherokee and Chippewa Drives) beginning July 23rd.