Join the CPO family—Volunteer!

You are invited to volunteer at CPO! Volunteers must to be at least 9 years old. Because CPO has a warehouse, all volunteers under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

You can volunteer one time, once a month, once a week, or as frequently as your schedule permits. CPO is open Monday through Saturday. Volunteers are scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For information about what our volunteers do while at CPO, click on the tabs (Clothing, Food, Greeter, etc.) below.

To schedule your time at CPO, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator by phone at (919) 847-1466 on Monday thru Friday between 8:00 am and 2:00 pm, or by email at When you volunteer, please wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes.


  • Clothing
  • Food
  • Greeter
  • Interviewer
  • Warehouse
  • Projects

Clothing areaVolunteers working in the clothing area assist clients who are choosing clothing for children who are up to four years old or who are selecting maternity clothing.

Work: light, mostly standing
Spanish language skills are a plus, but not necessary






food areaVolunteers who are working in the food sorting and repacking area may be stocking shelves, packing boxes, sorting vegetables, or using one of our carts to assist clients in taking the groceries to their cars.

Work: light to medium.
The work assignments can be adjusted to the volunteer's wishes.




GreeterThe volunteer who greets our clients:

- Welcomes them as they arrive at CPO.
- Answers their questions.
- Collects their referral (from the social service agency that sent them to CPO).
- Provides them with a number (to ensure they receive what is on their referral).

Work: light, desk work
Requires: good people skills
Spanish language skills are a plus, but not necessary




InterviewerThe volunteers who interview our clients verify that the clients are eligible to receive food and clothing before any items are distributed. They also provide the volunteers who are in the food and clothing areas with information about what the clients are to receive and update CPO's records.

Interviewers must be comfortable dealing with people and be sensitive to our clients' needs and challenges. Computer skills are necessary for data entry and record keeping.

Work: light, desk work
Requirements: good people skills, computer skills
Spanish language skills are a plus, but not necessary




Volunteers working in the warehouse receive and store canned, boxed, and refrigerated food.

Work: varies from medium to strenuous

Use of a fork lift and driving the CPO truck at times are required. Authorization to operate either vehicle is limited and only granted by the CPO Director.





Many of our supporters are unable to volunteer during our operating hours. Instead, they help us by collecting the food and clothing that we distribute or by raising funds for us to purchase food.

Children's Books and Bookmarks Children Made

Our supporters' efforts range from on-going individual hobbies (for example, knitting or crocheting baby items) to one-time events (ranging from small scale, like school or party activities, to large scale, like organizing a golf tournament or a school project).

To see some of the projects that our supporters have completed to support CPO, click here.

If you have any questions about a project, please contact us before starting. (Click here for contact information.)

Donations can be dropped off Monday through Saturday between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.