Volunteers are the lifeblood of STEAC. In fact, the organization couldn't operate without them!

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General Volunteer Application


Message for Volunteers

During these challenging times, STEAC (an essential service) will be doing everything we can to serve our community. We also know that many of you want to help in any way you can. We are committed to maintaining our food distribution programs and the other services STEAC provides, albeit on a modified scale as long as we are able. To support this goal, the following policies will be in place for the duration of the crisis.

    1. Liane Moody, our Executive Director, has overall responsibility for coordination of STEAC's response to the COVID-19 emergency.

    2. Debra Denton will serve as Food Closet Coordinator during the current crisis. She will work with Liane to handle volunteer needs, food closet procedures, and food closet food and supply needs. Requests for more product should be sent directed to Debra ( boots0404 at sbcglobal.net).

    3. All offers to volunteer and help need to come via the volunteer form above, or emailed to Liane Moody (steac at steac.org). This is necessary to have a central coordination point for STEAC's various activities, to track volunteers and their hours, and ensure all individuals with access to the Food Closet and client data have their information on file and have signed a confidentiality agreement.

    4. All new volunteers at the Food Closet will be required to go through a short training session and/or work with an experienced volunteer for the first their first shift.

    5. For those current and new volunteers 65 and over or with underlying health conditions, we urge you to follow the orders from the State, County and City to limit your exposure and shelter in place.

STEAC's Volunteer Opportunities

Food Closet

Food Sorting and Transporting

Throughout the year, STEAC sponsors drives to collect food for donations through the closet. The drives are done with individuals, schools, community groups (schools, churches, STEAC Food Project, Boy Scouts), and businesses groups (realtors, U.S. Post Office, local offices). Our food donation programs are growing so much that we have a food sort scheduled for almost every month of the year now. Volunteers are needed for sorting food and transporting some items to the warehouse in Dixon for storage until needed in the food closet. Volunteers with trucks are especially needed for these drives. The food sorting takes place at the food closet in central Davis and generally runs from about 10 am to 1 pm. There is no minimum amount of time you are asked to give - whatever time you can give is greatly appreciated.

Work in the Food Closet

Food Closet volunteers meet with clients to fill food orders from the STEAC food closet, located in Central Davis. Other work includes cleaning and stocking shelves, sorting, picking up food donations and taking food to the warehouse.

Office, Administration

Office volunteers answer phones, enter data and assist with the database, help with client review and other tasks in the STEAC office. At this time the volunteer shifts for the office are covered. But if you are interested in being contacted if that changes, let us know by selecting the ongoing office choice in the volunteer application.

Marketing and Outreach

STEAC has embarked on an aggressive program to become better known in Davis, Woodland, West Sacramento and in the rural areas of Yolo County. Marketing minded volunteers are needed for graphics creation, newsletter and brochure production and distribution, United Way presentations, attending nonprofit events, press relations, attending business functions, web page management and more.


STEAC holds various fundraising activities during the year, including soliciting funds from special and annual gifts, major donor gifts, grants from public agencies and foundations, donations from churches and businesses, planned gifts and the annual holiday program.

STEAC also hosts special events and raises funds via the Internet. Volunteers are needed to help organize and plan fundraising events and participate in workplace giving campaigns in cooperation with the United Way chapters in Woodland and Sacramento.

Volunteers who have skills or an interest in learning the techniques of fundraising are needed in this important area.

Adopt-A-Family Holiday Program

During the December holiday season, STEAC sponsors a program that encourages local residents to "adopt" an individual or family and provide them with gifts and food. Hundreds of volunteers are needed to match the adopters to the adoptees, collect the gifts and assist with the distribution.

The annual program begins in October and continues through the middle of December.

Suit Up for Success Program

Volunteers and Clothing Donations

With the economy recovering and people looking for jobs, STEAC's Suit Up for Success Program is experiencing a greater demand than ever for its service, and needs the public's help to support this program.

Designed to help low-income job seekers obtain work attire for interviews, program "graduates" receive professional clothing, and newfound self-esteem to make their job quest a success. On average, 70 percent of the program's clients land a job.

The beauty of the program is it can be virtually self-funding through clothing donations made to All Things Right and Relevant (R&R) Thrift and Consignment store, which is where clients meet a STEAC 'personal shopper' volunteer to assist in the clothing selection.

To donate to this program, bring your gently used clothing to R&R and ask that it be put on consignment for STEAC. Proceeds from the sale of the donated items fund a STEAC account at R&R which pays for clothing selected by Suit Up participants.

Clothing can be for men or women, formal or informal, and must be clean, wrinkle free and seasonal (winter only). Consignment drop off times are 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at R&R, 2801 Spafford St. (5th & Pena) in Davis.

Consignment forms and more information can be downloaded at www.rrconsignments.org. Knowing you can help someone find a job is a great incentive to clean out your closet, turning the task into a labor of love!

STEAC is also in need of volunteers who can spend 1-2 hours a week as a personal shopper, helping someone “Suit Up” for a successful interview. Contact the STEAC office at 530-758-8435, or email kzane@steac.org if you are interested in volunteering.