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The scale of our operation may surprise you - we're now based in one huge warehouse in Grenada North.

Every day, kiwis find themselves in need: a mother and her children seeking support after escaping family violence; hungry children struggling at school; or families unable to make ends meet due to a COVID-related job loss. 

We need more volunteers to join our team so we can continue our important work in the community. We have vacancies in both our food rescue and non-food operations.  

Currently, over 90 volunteers provide their time and labour to run KCA operations and ensure all the quality donated food and goods are collected and passed on to front-line charities for FREE.  

In the spirit of transparency, none of our volunteers are eligible or allowed to take any of the donated food or goods themselves.

KCA is big, KCA is fast, KCA is flexible, and we help thousands in need.

Please note: reliability and responsibility are key attributes that we require of our volunteers. All volunteers need to be able to lift 15-20kg boxes of stock (between 2 people)  and commit to volunteering with KCA for three months. To volunteer with KCA you must be 14 years or older.

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Monday Food Rescue Chiller Truck Driver - must be 25+ with a Full Car Drivers licence 

Start and finish in Grenada North 

8.15am to 11.45am approx. - immediate start - weekly commitment

You must have a full car drivers licence and be over 25 years old for you to be covered by our vehicle insurance in the chiller truck. Volunteers will need their own transport to get to and from KCA's Grenada North Depot.  

Full training is provided and there is an electronic manual and also a hard copy of the manual in the chiller truck for you to refer to.  

This chiller truck driver will also assist the other team members on collections. 

Food rescue volunteers work with 1-2 other team members from our chiller truck on Monday mornings. This role requires each volunteer to sort food donated at the various supermarkets/food manufacturing locations, checking the 'use by' and 'best before' dates.  All donated food is also weighed for reporting purposes.

Good communication skills are required, as our food rescue team liaises with the various partner agencies collecting food from our chiller truck. These partner agencies come from all over the Greater Wellington region, including Kapiti, Upper Hutt, and Wellington City. 

This role involves a lot of heavy lifting (15-20kgs) between 2 people, so you must be reasonably fit. KCA provides a barrel trolley to wheel the stock to the chiller truck.

Part-time, for a minimum of 3 months, on a once-a-week basis (more often if you wish, and as spaces allow).

Click here to read job description

Click here to apply for this voluntary food rescue role

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Weekdays Food Rescue Team Member in chiller truck

Start and finish in Grenada North 

Monday from 8:15am to 11:45am approx. - immediate start - weekly commitment

Volunteers need their own transport to get to and from KCA's Grenada North Depot. During your food rescue shift, transport is provided, as a passenger, in our chiller truck.  

Full training is provided. There is also an electronic manual and hard copy of a manual in the chiller truck. 

Food rescue volunteers work with 1-2 other team members from our chiller truck on Monday mornings. This role requires each volunteer to sort food donated at the various supermarkets/food manufacturing locations, checking the 'use by' and 'best before' dates.  All donated food is also weighed for reporting purposes.

This volunteer does the admin work whilst out in the chiller truck. This includes taking photos of all food donated and collected (with the lids off) and posting it on our Facebook page with captions.  

Good communication skills are required, as our food rescue team liaises with the various partner agencies collecting food from our chiller truck. These partner agencies come from all over the Greater Wellington region, including Kapiti, Upper Hutt, and Wellington City. 

This role involves a lot of heavy lifting (15-20kgs) between 2 people, so you must be reasonably fit. KCA provides a barrel trolley to wheel the stock to the chiller truck.

Part-time, for a minimum of 3 months, on a once-a-week basis (more often if you wish, and spaces allow).

Click here to read job description

Click here to apply for this voluntary food rescue role

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Weekdays Food Warehouse Team Member in Grenada North 

Weekdays from 8.15am to 11.45am approx. - immediate start - weekly commitment

Volunteers will need their own transport to get to and from KCA's Grenada North Depot. Assistance with food collection may be required and transport is then provided as a passenger in the chiller truck. 

Full training is provided by our General Manager for the warehouse food team and manuals are also available.

Food rescue volunteers work with 1-2 other team members from our chiller truck on Monday mornings. This role requires each volunteer to sort food donated at the various supermarkets/food manufacturing locations, checking the 'use by' and 'best before' dates.  All donated food is also weighed for reporting purposes. Warehouse staff also cross-out or remove the bar codes on all donated food.  

This volunteer does the admin work if out in the chiller truck. This includes taking photos of all food donated and collected (with the lids off) and posting it on our Facebook page with captions.

Good communication skills are required, as our food rescue team liaises with the various partner agencies collecting food from our chiller truck. These partner agencies come from all over the Greater Wellington region, including Kapiti, Upper Hutt, and Wellington City. 

This role involves a lot of heavy lifting (15-20kgs) between 2 people, so you must be reasonably fit. KCA provides a barrel trolley to wheel the stock to the chiller truck.

Part-time, for a minimum of 3 months, on a once-a-week basis (more often if you wish, and spaces allow).

Click here to read job description

Click here to apply for this voluntary food rescue role

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Warehouse Team Member in Grenada North

Weekdays, 12pm to 2:30pm, weekly commitment

We are offering additional shifts, in response to increased demand from the effects of COVID-19 on our communities. Team members must be able to commit to weekly shifts, for a minimum of 3 months. 

We are looking for reliable all-rounders who can work as part of a team, either sorting and storing non-food donations, or on the food side of our operations. Volunteers are required to wipe down the sorting tables and vacuum their work area at the end of each shift, so the space is ready for the next team of hard-working volunteers. 

Full training is provided by our on-site General Manager. 

Volunteers must have their own transport to get to and from our warehouse in Grenada North, as there is no public transport nearby. 

Please check out our website or Facebook page to learn more.

This video shows KCA in action - in the 5 years since it was screened, the volumes of food we are rescuing and redistributing has increased massively! https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/good-sorts-woman-wellington-charities-call

https://m.facebook.com/kiwicommunityassistance

Click here to apply for this voluntary warehouse role

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Warehouse Team Members, Grenada North 

Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday, 9.30am to 12pm, weekly commitment

Volunteers will need their own transport to get to and from our warehouse in Grenada North as we are not on a public transport route.

This role involves sorting and boxing up, or storing, all incoming donations. These can be anything from clothing and food, to furniture and whiteware. Once you have mastered where all the stock is in our warehouse, you will be able to assist with making up the various orders from our 77 partner agencies we distribute to.

Each warehouse team is also responsible for putting out the rubbish, taking away the reject clothing for the rag man, wiping down the sorting tables and vacuuming their work areas. This helps out the next volunteer shift and is done by a roster system so each team member only does this about once a month. 

The warehouse team photographs all donations coming in and going out, and posts them to our Facebook page. Our various partner agencies call and text us, so a great phone manner is required and you must be able to use a smart phone.  

This role can involve some heavy lifting (between 2 people) so you must be reasonably fit.

A minimum commitment of 3 months is required for this shift.

Click here to apply for this voluntary warehouse role

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Sunday Food Rescue Chiller Truck Driver - must be 25+ with a Full Car Drivers licence 

Start and finish in Grenada North 

Sundays, 1:45pm to 4pm approx., once a month commitment (rain or shine)

Team players wanted as part of a team of 2-3 on Sunday food rescue shifts.

Training for the role is provided, but existing proficiency in driving mid-size trucks is a must. This role can involve a lot of heavy lifting (15-20kgs) between 2 people, so you must be reasonably fit.

This driver collects from the Johnsonville School Farmers Market with one of the team members. The third team member will usually meet the truck at the markets.

The stallholders at this market will let the team know what they want to donate. The driver then sorts and places all donated food of good quality into our grey KCA-branded crates, weighs it, and moves it into our chiller truck. After reversing the truck into our depot in Grenada North, the team uses a pallet jack to move the food crates on to a pallet and into our chiller room. 

Volunteers need their own transport to get to and from KCA's Grenada North Depot. Applicants must have a full (standard) drivers licence and be over 25 years old to be covered by our vehicle insurance when driving the chiller truck. 

A minimum commitment of 3 months is required for this shift.

Click here to apply for this voluntary food rescue role

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Food Rescue Team Member 

Start and finish in Grenada North 

Sundays, 1:45pm to 4pm approx., once a month commitment (rain or shine)

Team player wanted as part of a team of 2-3 on Sunday food rescue shifts.

Training for the role is provided. This role can involve a lot of heavy lifting (15-20kgs) between 2 people, so you must be reasonably fit.

The food rescue shift driver transports this team member to the Johnsonville School Farmers Market in KCA's chiller truck, where they are met by a third team member.

The stallholders at this market will let the team know what they want to donate. The team then sorts and places all donated food of good quality into our grey KCA-branded crates, weighs it, and moves it into our chiller truck. Upon arriving back at our depot in Grenada North, the team uses a pallet jack to move the food crates on to a pallet and into our chiller room. 

Volunteers need their own transport to get to and from KCA's Grenada North Depot, as there is no public transport nearby. 

A minimum commitment of 3 months is required for this shift.

Click here to apply for this voluntary food rescue role

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Food Rescue Team Members 

NO CURRENT VACANCIES

Start and finish in Grenada North

Sundays, 4.30pm to 6pm approx., once a month commitment

This role is responsible for making up boxes of food for various agencies that collect early on Monday mornings. Full training is provided, and a manual is available. 

The ideal volunteer must be a team player, and be a competent user of computers, smart phones, and tablets. 

Attention to detail and good record-keeping are important. Volunteers in this role use our bespoke online ordering system to see the orders placed by our various partner agencies and update order status and details. They also document the donations on our Facebook page, and keep the whiteboard notes accurate for the agencies collecting on Monday morning. 

Using a pallet jack (training is provided) volunteers get pallets of food out of our chiller room and box them up according to the orders from the various local foodbanks, schools, and agencies we provide food to.

At the end of the shift, volunteers must clean, vacuum, and mop their workspaces so they're ready and safe for the next team.

Volunteers will need their own transport to get to and from KCA's depot in Grenada North, as there is no public transport nearby.

A minimum commitment of 3 months is required for this shift.

Click here to apply for this voluntary food rescue role

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