Individual Volunteer Opportunities

Our volunteers make a difference every day.

Join the hundreds of CAC volunteers and help our neighbors in need! If you have the heart and compassion to serve, we have a job for you. On-site and remote volunteer opportunities are available in all areas of CAC.

Volunteers ages 15 and older are welcome. Volunteers serve in the food pantry, thrift shop, donation center and as serve as financial assistance interviewers. Food delivery and pick-up drivers are also needed. Volunteers are most needed Monday – Friday, 9:30 am – 1:30 pm for three- or four-hour shifts. All volunteers would ideally be able to work on a re-occurring basis such as once a week since positions require training. See below for volunteer opportunities and descriptions.

Throughout the year, we seek volunteers to work on seasonal programs and events such as the Tools for School school supplies program, Adopt-a-Family for the Holidays, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, inventory and our Vintage Affair fundraising gala.

Volunteer teachers are needed to teach adult education classes during the day and evenings, including English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and computer workshops.

CAC accepts volunteers seeking to serve community service hours, whether for school, religious or civic organization requirements. Click here for information on how to request community service hours.

Sign up for volunteer slots below or contact

Roswell Road Food Pantry

Our main food pantry, located on Roswell Road a mile south of the Chattahoochee River, serves hundreds of neighbors each week. Shifts are available to set up the market for our neighbors, to process and sort food in the receiving area, and to assist clients while they shop. Sign up for a shift today and make an immediate difference in a neighbor’s life!

Our main food pantry is located at 8607 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs, GA 30350

South Sandy Springs Food Pantry

Our newest branch in South Sandy Springs is located just south of I-285 off of Roswell Road, behind the Center Ice Arena. Since its opening in 2022, the number of clients has been steadily increasing, so there is a greater need for volunteers.  Shifts are available to set up the market for our neighbors, to process and sort food in the receiving area, and to assist clients while they shop. 

Our South Sandy Springs branch is located at 120 Northwood Drive, Suite 150, Sandy Springs, GA 30342.

We ask that all our volunteers fill out our volunteer agreement and waiver.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Updated May 16, 2024

  • South Sandy Springs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays: financial assistance interviewers; on Wednesdays and Fridays: food pantry cashiers. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays: Front Desk (Bilingual/Spanish)
  • 8607 Food Pantry on Wednesday and Friday afternoons: Food Processing and Prep 12:–3:30pm; Check In/Out – shifts available 9:30am-1:30pm in 2-3 hour increments (or more if you prefer).
  • Dunwoody on Tuesdays and Thursdays: Client Interviewer needed.
  • 8607 Thrift Store: Cashiers needed Monday morning and afternoon; Wednesday afternoon; Thursday morning; Friday afternoon; and Saturday morning. Sorter needed Friday afternoon. Floater (tag, straighten, put clothes on floor) needed Monday and Thursday mornings.
  • Hightower any day Monday-Friday: administrative volunteers to assist with receiving documents and making phone calls.
  • Education: English-speaking or bilingual (English/Spanish) teachers needed two times a week (Mon-Wed or Tue-Thur) either mornings or evenings to teach ESOL classes. No experience needed. Teacher for computer classes – Word, Excel – for a five-class series this summer.
  • In-person or remote opportunity to follow up with our clients and check on their progress via phone and email (training provided). Flexible days and hours, either out of Hightower office or remote.
  • In-person or remote opportunity to return phone messages and email requests for assistance (training provided). Flexible days and hours, either out of Hightower office or remote.

Volunteer Positions and Descriptions:

Food Pantry Check-In and Check-Out
These positions entail working outside at 8607 Roswell Rd, talking to new and existing clients in person to verify identification, weigh outgoing food and using a computer.

Food Pantry Distribution and Donation Processing
Keep market shelves stocked with staples, help distribute refrigerated food to clients. Receive and process large deliveries. Stock and organize shelves, fridges and freezers. Involves some lifting.

Thrift Shop Sales Clerks
Serve as sales clerks operating the register for sales, help shoppers as needed and help stock the retail floor.

Thrift Shop Donation Sorters/Pricers
Receive donations, sort, price and hang donations of clothing and home goods and stock the retail floor.

Adult Education Teachers
Teach ESOL/English, computer and personal financial management classes.

Phone Messages and Data Entry
Retrieve phone messages on the Help Line from clients or perform data entry duties for client services.  Opportunities on-site and remote.

Financial Assistance/Client Interviewers
Help neighbors apply for emergency financial assistance for rent or utilities. Meet with clients to conduct assistance interviews. Use of computer is required.

The following skills are necessary for financial assistance interviewers:

Compassion that enables the interviewer to listen and discern clients’ needs, situation, and what CAC can do to best help them. This is often an emotional time for a client, and being a good listener, able to read between the lines and discern the facts and what’s needed to support the case is critical.

Communication skills – the ability of listening, speaking, observing and empathizing clearly and as intended so clients receive the support they need in their time of crisis.

Strong organization skills – the ability to maintain and organize client information and documents in way that’s easy to track.

Computer skills – Microsoft Word, Excel and Adobe, internet usage, Gmail, downloading and saving documents sent in a variety of methods (pics, scans). Coaching some clients on how to attach docs, complete CAC docs online. You must have a computer, internet connection and a phone line. You must at least be comfortable navigating the internet and using Microsoft office.

Seasonal Programs
Feb – April. Volunteers help clients fill out and submit tax return forms online.
Vintage Affair: March – Oct. Volunteers help with event planning, solicit auction donations, help with event set up and more.
Tools for School: July. Volunteers help pack backpacks with school supplies and help distribute to families.
Oct – Dec. Volunteers work with clients and donors by phone, online and in-person. Work with an online database, process gift donations, distribute gifts to clients.