Become a Red Apron Volunteer!

Bluffton Self Help is providing services to more people than ever. Come and join our team!

Volunteers with a great diversity of talents

…make it possible to keep our paid staff to a minimum. They restock and distribute food; sort, fold and distribute clothing; greet clients and conduct interviews; and provide administrative services. They assist with events and fundraisers, marketing and database development. They are distribution experts, interpreters, counselors, planners, greeters, stackers, folders, feeders… our volunteers do it all!

Apply now to become a Red Apron Volunteer!

Our volunteers are individuals, families, senior citizens, corporate groups, religious organizations, school groups, and many others.  Click on any of the tabs below to learn more about the variety of volunteer roles and skills needed at Bluffton Self Help:

  • Prepare fresh produce for immediate distribution
  • Unload food distribution trucks and food donations
  • Food handling, dividing meat packages for distribution
  • Inspecting, sorting and boxing food donations
  • Assembling food packages for our Senior Food Program
  • Weighing and packaging food during food distribution
  • Recording weight of food for distribution
  • Inspecting, sorting and labeling clothing
  • Bagging discarding clothing for rag program
  • Checking out clothing selections with SWIPE Card
  • Client registration and verification
  • Client check-out
  • Interview clients for financial assistance
  • Provide translation services
  • Telephone/reception
  • Data entry & analysis
  • Word processing
  • Project support
  • Event logistics
  • Event planning
  • Writing/PR
  • Committee assignments
  • Graphic design
  • Web development

It’s easy to get started!

To become a Red Apron Volunteer, a candidate will complete and submit a Volunteer Application online or in person. A time will be arranged to discuss your specific interest and goals at BSH, and the Orientation and  Volunteer training that is offered several times a year.

The Online Method:   Click here to complete our online Volunteer Application Form.

You  can begin by choosing one of the options below. One of the team members will contact you to discuss your interest in Bluffton Self Help, and share our training opportunities with you. (Please click here to email us if you have any questions that you’d like us to answer before you get started.)

Everyone is welcomed!

    • We welcome middle and high school students to complete any school-required service hours, but we would like to remind every volunteer that it is their responsibility to plan and schedule their visit well in advance, since registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
    • Children love to get involved! (The minimum age to volunteer is six years old.  Any minor 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult.)
    • Bluffton Self Help accepts court mandated service hours, but ONLY misdemeanor offenses will be considered eligible, and additional documentation must be provided.

If you are interested in learning more about how you can support our Volunteer efforts at Bluffton Self Help, contact us, stop by our office, or call us at 843-757-8000.