The Center is now using Better Impact, a volunteer management software, that gives volunteers more control over their schedule and makes training and communication a breeze. All interested volunteers must apply through the online Volunteer Application button and our volunteer manager, Diane Drohan, will be in touch!

Volunteering at The Northampton Survival Center

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.

Is volunteering at the Northampton Survival Center right for you?
Click here to watch our online volunteer orientation video.


Top 10 Reasons to Become a Volunteer

Click here to hear what it’s like to volunteer 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!

Volunteer Testimonials

What brings you back to the Center?

The people!  The people who work here, the people who come here.  It’s nice to feel you make a teeny, tiny difference.


What made you decide to volunteer?

I wanted to do something right, that I felt was rewarding, and that I would get immediate gratification from. I donate money, but this is really rewarding, helping people, knowing you’re making a difference in their lives and seeing it.


What do you like best about volunteering at the NSC?

I work at home, so this connects me with people and the community in a way that I wouldn’t be otherwise. I love the people—both the people who work here and the clients.


I moved here 8 years ago from NJ and knew I wanted to do some volunteer work. My daughter suggested the Northampton Survival Center where I have been volunteering since then. This has been one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. It’s a great feeling knowing you are helping those in need.