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Volunteer

Join the thousands of Metro Detroiters who make up the Forgotten Harvest Rescue Team.

Whether you’re an individual or a group, we have a variety of experiences and opportunities that fit almost any schedule. Let’s fight hunger together.

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Work in the Forgotten Harvest Warehouse

Warehouse volunteers provide the essential manpower needed to re-pack fresh, nutritious food destined for the tables of those in need. This is a great opportunity for corporate groups, churches, organizations, families, and individuals.

Available shifts:

Weekday Shifts
Monday–Friday
9am–noon
1–4pm

Weekend Shifts
Saturday
9am–noon
1–4pm

Planning a group outing? The warehouse accommodates groups up to 40. Register through our volunteer manager at volunteer@forgottenharvest.org or (248) 967-1500.

Review these resources before your Volunteer Information Session:

documentVolunteer Checklist & “Don’t Come If…” Information

Warehouse location:
21800 Greenfield Rd.
Oak Park, MI 48237
Directions

More questions? Check out our FAQ.

Welcome to Forgotten Harvest Farms

Throw on your work clothes, slather on the sunscreen and get ready for a day at the farm! We need your help with a variety of farm tasks, from harvesting vegetables to building picnic tables, and everything in between.

Planning a group outing? The farm accommodates groups up to 30. Register through our volunteer manager at volunteer@forgottenharvest.org or (248) 302-7472.

Review these resources before your Volunteer Information Session:

documentVolunteer Checklist & “Don’t Come If…” Information

Farm Locations:
9153 Major Rd.
Fenton, MI 48430
Directions

More questions? Check out our FAQ.

More Ways to Get Involved

There are always ways to help out at Forgotten Harvest. If you don’t see a specific opportunity of interest, contact our volunteer manager at volunteer@forgottenharvest.org.

Skilled Volunteers

We have many opportunities for volunteers with specific skills or training in things like general repairs, organization, and sanitation.

Food Shows

Volunteers will collect food products and samples left over from the exhibits, vendor tables, and booths at the end of the event.

Administrative

On an as-needed basis, we accept volunteers to tackle tasks such as answering phones, preparing mailings, and data entry.

Speakers Bureau

Be our voice and speak on behalf of Forgotten Harvest. Inform the community, motivate individuals, and generate support for Forgotten Harvest.

Special Events

We have many special events throughout the year where volunteers are needed. Keep an eye out for our next event for volunteer information.

Volunteers must be at least 12 years of age. Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult chaperone.

General Volunteer Questions

Yes. We provide important training at the beginning of the shift and schedule our projects based on the number of volunteers scheduled. We’re counting on your help to get the job done!
Volunteers must be at least 12 years of age. Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult chaperone.

Individuals can either sign up online or contact the volunteer manager at volunteer@forgottenharvest.org to register; groups must register through the volunteer manager.

We do require volunteers register in advance. We hate to turn volunteers away, but this policy ensures that there are an appropriate number of volunteers per shift for proper supervision, efficiency, and safety. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation via e-mail with all of the details including location, parking, and dress code.

Yes. Every new volunteer must complete the Volunteer Waiver Form before they will be allowed to volunteer. If you already completed one within the last 18 months, you do not need to turn in another one. Volunteers under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian sign the waiver. If you register online, you can electronically sign the waiver by accepting our terms and conditions.

If you do not register online, the waiver will be attached to your confirmation and you can complete it before you volunteer or upon arrival.

Yes. You must bring in any paperwork and have your hours documented and signed by the volunteer manager each time you volunteer. We can provide you with a letter at the end of your service if required.
Forgotten Harvest does not accept persons convicted of an act of violence, sexual misconduct, larceny, identity theft, or a felony concerning illegal drugs within the past seven years.

Community Service Orientation are Mondays ONLY at 10am. You must bring court paperwork of your offense and driver’s license.

You may complete service hours during regular hours. Monday through Saturday 9am–noon or 1–4pm.

Questions Regarding the Forgotten Harvest Community Service Program should be directed to volunteer@forgottenharvest.org or (248) 967-1500.

For the safety and health of our recipients, if you are sick (even with a mild cold, sore throat, sniffles, etc.) or have any of the following illnesses, you will not be allowed to volunteer: Hepatitis A, Shiga toxin-producing E.coli, Shigella, Salmonella Typhi, Norovirus.

Farm Volunteer Questions

Tasks vary depending on the season and weather. Typical activities include planting, harvesting, crop preparation, and general farm maintenance.
It is important that you wear comfortable clothing and closed toe shoes. Remember: You will most likely get dirty! Be mindful of the weather conditions as you will be outside. Information about attire will also be included in your confirmation email. Consider bringing water, a hat, work gloves, bug spray, a snack, and sunscreen.
Once you pull into the driveway, simply follow the signs. They’ll direct you to the parking area.
Based on workload, it is possible to accommodate groups of up to 100. Please contact our volunteer manager to find a date that would work best and ensure we can truly use everyone’s help.
Rain or shine, we still work! If the weather is hazardous, our volunteer team will cancel the activity and contact everyone.

Please contact the volunteer manager before registering to discuss what you’re able to do.

Warehouse Volunteer Questions

Please wear comfortable clothing and closed toe shoes. Do not wear high heels or jewelry. The warehouse does get chilly, so please bring along a sweatshirt or jacket. Upon arrival, we will provide you with a hair net, apron, and gloves.

No. Please leave all your personal belongings and valuables at home.

You can park in our lot in the front of the building or on the south side of the building. Do not park in neighboring businesses’ lots or in the back of our building near the Forgotten Harvest trucks and loading dock. Parking is limited, so we strongly encourage carpooling.

We can take groups of up to 30. Please contact our volunteer manager for scheduling and availability.

There is a 15-minute orientation for all new volunteers at the beginning of each shift that explains the Forgotten Harvest mission as well as food safety handling practices. Once inside our warehouse, you will receive instruction and training from our staff on effective re-pack processes. You will then re-pack fresh vegetables and/or meat into family size portions (four to five-pound bags.) There is no heavy lifting involved. At the end of your shift, we will gather in our conference room and let you know how many pounds of food you have re-packed!
Please let the volunteer manager know of any physical limitations before you volunteer. Our staff will work to accommodate you.