Light of Hope Fund/COVID-19 Response



Bring Hope to Life with Catholic Charities Serving Central Washington!

Volunteer Opportunities Listed Below.

Volunteer Spotlight:

Gabi Serrano enthusiastically exclaimed, “I like the way the community is coming together!” She is part of that coming together as a volunteer at St. Vincent Center Food Bank. Gabi is a paraprofessional in a special education classroom with the Yakima School District. When the schools closed, she had the privilege of volunteering with her school to make sure her students received the food assistance the school could provide. Every week, she would go and hand out bags of food to support parents in providing meals for their children.

Once the school year ended, she wanted to continue to do something to provide food security in the community. She found St. Vincent Center through an online ad on VolunteerMatch and was able to begin her volunteer service right away. Gabi is on the front lines at the Food Bank. She gets to talk to the clients as they drive up, and she hears many stories of why they have come to use the services of the Food Bank. Almost everyone she talks to is affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. She meets parents who have lost their jobs and are using a food bank for the first time. She hears stories of people who have family members who are suffering from COVID-19. Many people come to get a box for a neighbor or a friend who cannot come themselves.

One recipient came to deliver a box to a neighbor. She explained to Gabi that her neighbor was older. Because of the risk, the neighbor was afraid to come herself.

So, this person came instead to make sure that her neighbor would have enough food. What a great example of the community coming together!
Join Gabi and the team at St. Vincent Center Food Bank in Union Gap on Tuesday and Friday mornings from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Begin the process below.


As the COVID-19 crisis continues, so does our need for volunteers to help in specific ways. Can you commit to helping bring hope to life for people in our community this summer?


St. Vincent Centers

Volunteers Needed 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays at the Food Bank. We are looking for volunteers to be able to come once per week; and help by greeting clients, carrying boxes to cars, sorting food, and/or filling boxes in our warehouse. Become part of a fantastic team for the summer, and help families to get food during these uncertain times. *

Available Weekday Mornings or Saturdays? Help out at St. Vincent Centers Thrift Store. Help us continue to bring hope to life by volunteering in the thrift store. We can use your support sorting and pricing donations, straightening and cleaning around the store, and greeting customers as they shop. *

*All volunteers wear masks, use other personal protective equipment as needed, and practice good hand hygiene. It is hot, and there is no air conditioning, so volunteers need to bring a water bottle and stay hydrated. Before each shift, there will be a health screening.

Your help is needed throughout our service areas, if your community is not mentioned, still let us know your intention, and we will see if we can match you with a need.