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Volunteering is an opportunity, one that is provided for individuals who want to play a bigger part in the cycle of giving and receiving that defines the Amherst Survival Center. Engaging volunteers in our work is also part of our mission.

Volunteers are needed from 9:00 am-3:00 pm on Monday, Tuesday and Friday and on Thursdays from 9:00 am-7:00 pm. Most volunteers help for 3 hours/week for 3 months or more (many stay for years!).


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Spring-Summer 2016:

Join the team of 200+ people that connect our neighbors to food, clothing, health care and community at the Amherst Survival Center each week.  We need volunteers starting May 2016-August 2016

Help cook, serve, clean, stock, shop, organize, greet, unload, pick-up, drive…. 

Most people volunteer for one three hour shift/week for three months.

50% of our volunteers stay for over a year.


If you’re interested in volunteering, please:

  • Review our Volunteer Guidelines and what volunteers are needed to do (see below). Please keep in mind that what we currently need in terms of volunteer coverage can vary.
  • Contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Carleen Basler (by email: carleen@amherstsurvival.org or by phone at 549-3968 x111) and let her know of your interest. She’ll let you know what volunteer opportunities currently exist and when the next volunteer orientation is scheduled. ALL volunteers need to attend a volunteer orientation.
  • Download and complete the ASC Volunteer Application 2015-16 and bring it with you to the Volunteer Orientation or email it to Carleen at carleen@amherstsurvival.org or you’ll be provided with one at the Orientation.

Click on this: ASC Volunteer Handbook 2015-2016 to download and review our new Volunteer Handbook!

Volunteers are needed to:

These services use volunteers:

Are you ready?

  1. Check the schedule below and see what orientation date looks good for you.
  2. Let Carleen know when you can attend (she can be reached by email at carleen@amherstsurvival.org or by phone at 549-3968 ext 111)
  3. Join us!


All new volunteers must first attend an orientation.

The orientation is about 45-50 minutes and includes a history of the Amherst Survival Center, a tour, and an in-depth review of the Volunteer Handbook.

If you are ready to join our amazing volunteer team, let us know which orientation time works for you, we will get you scheduled and you are ready to join the ASC Volunteers!

Please check the schedule below for any changes, as orientation schedules could be cancelled or new dates added!

Upcoming Orientation Schedule

  • Tuesday               May 31                  2:30pm
  • Thursday              June 2                   9:30am
  • Monday                June 6                    9:30am
  • Wednesday           June 8                   1:00pm
  • Tuesday               June 14                   2:30pm
  • Wednesday          June 15                   1:00pm
  • Wednesday          June 22                   1:00pm
  • Thursday              June 23                   9:30am

LOCATION: The Amherst Survival Center is located at 138 Sunderland Road in North Amherst. For directions to our building, click here.

QUESTIONS? Contact Carleen by email at: carleen@amherstsurvival.org or by phone 549-3978 ext 111 for more information or to find out about  additional volunteer orientation sessions.


We appreciate your interest!