Please Drive Our Vans?

“Sometimes the best therapy is a long drive and some music.” While we are not sure who said this, we believe in the message. Driving can be very therapeutic, especially when you do it for a great cause. Fill up your karmic bank with good deeds by driving one of our three vans to pick up or drop off food to those who need it. We’d love to have you sign up today!

How Do You Qualify?

We don’t ask for much, but you must

  • be at least 18,
  • have no driving infractions in the past 3 years,
  • and take an online driving course (~2 hours depending on your speed). This defensive driving course is not the 6-hour course you may have taken to remove a ticket from your record.

How Do You Become a Driver?

Becoming a driver is very simple, as long as you meet all qualifications. If you are already a volunteer, please skip to step 2 and let Jessica know you would like to become even more active in your service.

  1. Complete the Volunteer Application here.
  2. Email Jessica Cruz after completing application.
  3. Complete training and ride-along with staff/driver.

What Are Your Duties?

Drivers provide food transportation, something that is vital in our efforts to provide food assistance. They pick up donations from various Food Rescue Partners throughout the county, deliver the food to the food bank, and help us transport sorted food to distributions where people in need can access it. There is some lifting and carrying involved as food does need to get into and out of the vans.

When Do We Need Drivers?

Schedule

Can I Bring A Friend?

Why of course you can bring a friend! Vans do have limited seating, so please be aware that you may be split up into different runs, especially if it’s your first time. We would love if you brought friends to be drivers, though! The more drivers, the merrier! Perhaps you can even pick a day each week where either you or your friend is our driver. That’s three hours to give every other week, and at most three hours a week. We aren’t asking too much of you, are we? All for a greater good!

Can I Schedule A Recurring Shift?

Absolutely you can schedule a recurring shift. We have an online volunteer login where you can schedule whatever shifts you like. If you do sign up, please make sure you can make your shift, however. Once you sign up, that shift is no longer available for anyone else to sign up. If you are unable to make your shift, please let Jessica know at least 24 hours in advance (preferably sooner if possible).

Do I Need A Special License?

You do not! You only need a valid Texas Drivers License. Our vans are not 18-wheelers, box trucks, or motorcycles so you are covered. 

More Questions?

Questions mean interest, so please give us a call or send us an email. We’d love to have you join our team! Just think about the friendships you can make and the people you can help. We hope to hear from you soon!

 

Jessica Cruz
Volunteer Services Coordinator
(512) 392 -8300 x222
JCruz@haysfoodbank.org

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