The Northampton Survival Center’s dedicated volunteer community plays an integral role in our history of over 40 years providing food and other resource referrals to low-income individuals and families. All of our volunteers willingness to help makes a tremendous difference in the lives of many. Our Volunteer Program is a strong and growing tradition and our work could not continue without the contributions and dedication of our volunteers.

Roughly 90 volunteers each week complete the many tasks that ensure our clients receive the food they need, with an atmosphere of dignity and respect. Many of our volunteers hold weekly two-hour shifts, while others fill in as substitutes.

Volunteer opportunities are currently available during the weekdays. Please click the Volunteer Application button to fill out our online volunteer application and our volunteer manager, Diane Drohan, will be in touch!

Orientation Session: The First Step

If you’d like to learn more about volunteering at the Northampton Survival Center, the first step is to attend an orientation, which takes about an hour. You will tour the facility and receive an overview of the Center’s program and all the ways in which volunteers help to fulfill the Center’s mission.

Upcoming orientation sessions: No volunteer orientations are currently scheduled. Please stay tuned for upcoming opportunities.


Listen to what volunteering at the Center is all about by clicking here.

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions about volunteering.

Top ten reasons for volunteering at the Northampton Survival Center

  1. Meet great people who share your commitment to helping others.

  2. Get satisfaction from helping people directly with one of life’s basic needs.

  3. See the relief and appreciation on the faces of people whom you are helping. 

  1. Help out a terrific organization, run by caring, devoted and capable people. 

  1. It’s fun! 

  1. Helping those in need makes you appreciate everything you have in your life. 

  1. Volunteering is a great way to “give back” to the community. 

  1. Volunteering at the NSC is a terrific break from your usual routine, job, home, life, etc. 

  1. Helping others makes you feel good about yourself. 

  1. Volunteering with a group of people who are focused on the same thing makes you feel a part of a team for good!

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