Community action is only possible with the help of our volunteers. BCOC provides multiple programs that grow, deliver, and distribute food to people in Bucks County, and we are looking for help. Check out the ways you can volunteer below.
Volunteer Shower Facility Supervisors
Bucks County Opportunity Council (BCOC) is partnering with Advocates for Homeless & Those in Need (AHTN) to provide shower facilities to community members experiencing homelessness.
We are seeking Volunteer Shower Facility Supervisors to oversee the use of BCOC’s shower facilities (one for men and one for women) at our Bristol Opportunity Center (721 Veterans Highway).
Shower Facility Supervisors will check-in participants when they arrive; provide toiletries to them for shower use (soap, shampoo, towels, etc.); Assist with laundry if needed; Manage logistics and flow of facility. This will be a weekly occurrence, based on need for facilities. We are seeking multiple volunteers for this position. Please review the Volunteer Position for more information. Contact Eileen Hartnett Albillar if interested. An orientation for volunteers will be on Wednesday, September 7th at 2 PM. You must RSVP to Eileen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Farm Volunteer Opportunities
All summer long, you can volunteer with BCOC at the Delaware Vally University Farm. We hope this field work will provide between 30,000-40,000 pounds of produce for Bucks County families in need.
This initiative provides Bucks County food pantries with locally grown, healthy produce to supplement the non-perishable goods they distribute. Each week, BCOC volunteers work in the fields in Doylestown on a combination of tasks including harvesting, weeding, planting, and more.
Volunteers meet Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:30 AM, weather-permitting.
This charitable initiative, known as Hope of the Harvest, has produced over 115,000 pounds of food for BCOC since its inaugural growing season in 2012. Fruits and vegetables need to be harvested by volunteers to feed our friends and neighbors in need, so sign up today!
HELP Center Volunteers
Visit The HELP Center
At the HELP Center in Bristol, we have volunteer openings each week to assist at the warehouse, or deliver food to the homebound.
The HELP Center – a Healthy Eating and Living Partnership – is a collaboration between three nonprofit agencies: Bucks County Opportunity Council, St. Mary Medical Center, United Way of Bucks County and Penn Community Bank provide generous support for the project.
The HELP Center is a storage warehouse that houses both perishable and non-perishable food. From the HELP Center, BCOC distributes the food directly to food pantries and through our home delivery program. BCOC will also be developing a shopping area to provide food to those who are in need. Each week, we seek volunteers to help sort food, pack food boxes and deliver food to homebound seniors.
Fresh Connect Bucks County
Food Program Distribution
Volunteers are needed to help set up and distribute produce at our weekly, year-round mobile farmers markets in Warminster, Bristol and Ottsville.
Each weekly location requires a team of volunteers, who will help distribute boxes of pre-packaged produce. These events take place outside. Please wear comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing, closed-toe shoes, and remain for the entire shift. Masks are required, and temperatures are taken prior to start.
Fresh Connect events operate rain or shine as long as the temperature is above 32 degrees and there is not severe weather. In the event of inclement weather, please call 215-345-8175 to find out if the site is operating. Volunteers must be 18 years or older.
Volunteers must first submit an application, then sign up for a time slot(s) at the location where you wish to volunteer.
Other Food Program Volunteering
Volunteers are needed to help deliver emergency food boxes to home bound, make reminder calls from home, deliver food boxes at apartment complexes with food staff, and more.
These are intended for people who are extremely vulnerable to COVID-19, and unable to visit a food pantry, Fresh Connect, or grocery stores; the priority is to deliver to seniors and/or people with disabilities.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
BCOC provides free tax preparation for low-income families. We can use your help as a volunteer tax preparer! No experience necessary.
We welcome anyone who has the dedication to train as a tax preparer. Many of our volunteers never did a tax return before they participated in the VITA program. We have volunteers who are retirees, college students, administrative assistants, and tax professionals. Our training is designed for the individual that has no tax experience, and the software does all of the calculating for you. Please note that you must pass an online open-book test to qualify as a tax preparer.
There is no minimum number of volunteer hours and no deadline for accepting new volunteers. The tax season runs from mid-December through mid-April of each year.
Anyone who is interested can volunteer! Free training is provided, and the required certification is done online, when you’re ready to take it. If you’ve done your own taxes, and want to help others, come and learn about how you can volunteer with VITA! Information sessions are informal, with a brief overview and opportunity to ask questions of VITA volunteers and site coordinators.