Become a Volunteer
Become a Volunteer in Your Community
PACS has a small paid staff and relies on community members who generously give of their time and talents.
PACS' Second Volunteer Recognition for 2022
Mary McGown began volunteering at PACS in 2006 to give back to our community. Initially, she served on the Board of Directors and jumped right in as the Board Fundraising Development Lead. During this time, she started the Empty Bowls fundraiser with Richard Haulck, the owner of Artisans Gallery & Café on Bridge Street at the time.
With its small beginnings at the Café, Empty Bowls is now one of PACS’ largest fundraisers of the year. This year PACS partnered with the Technical College High School which provided the soup, location and student volunteers, the Phoenixville Area High School which provided musical entertainment, Villa Maria students who
decorated and donated “empty” bowls, and local businesses that provided sponsorships, bread, auction prizes and empty bowls.
In 2017, Mary returned to serve on the Board of Directors after retiring from Vanguard. When PACS was going through a leadership transition in 2019, Mary offered to be the “acting” Executive Director. She held this position for nearly a year, leading the day-to-day running of the organization and contributing to PACS’
broader vision and strategy.
After stepping away as Executive Director, Mary has been able to devote more time to her favorite hobbies, spending time with her grandchildren and biking with her husband. She continues to volunteer at PACS by managing all our social media.
“I volunteer at PACS because I believe that everyone should have access to healthy food. So many people right here in our own community struggle to make ends meet. This is one way I can help,” says Mary.
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The following volunteer opportunities are available below. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at PACS, please complete the form.
During our regular business hours: Monday through Friday, from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm, the following assistance is needed:
Front Desk assistance – greet and assist neighbors with sign-in process and shopping as needed, answer phones and set up food appointments
Warehouse assistance – help with quality control, sorting & stocking non-perishable food items
Drivers – deliver food orders to neighbors and/or drive PACS van to food recovery sites to pick up and deliver donations to PACS
Committees and the Board of Directors
PACS also needs people with specialized skills and experience who are available late afternoons and evenings (Monday through Friday) to assist with special projects, committee work and governance.
The following committees are seeking community members who would like to contribute their time and expertise.
Communications and Marketing
Facilities (Building and IT)
Serving on a committee prior to applying to serve as a Board member is highly encouraged.
If you are interested in applying for a volunteer position, please complete the form and PACS will be in touch with you.