Volunteer at Paws' Pantry & Paws' Closet

Help build a stronger community, volunteer with the Paws programs

Founded in 2013, the food pantry is dedicated to helping relieve food insecurity at IUPUI. Since its founding, the pantry has distributed thousands of items to thousands of students, faculty, and staff.

With being a campus-wide operation, we can always use your help to keep it going.

Volunteer at Paws’ Pantry or Paws’ Closet

As a volunteer, you can work the check-in and check-out table during operating hours, collect donations from the orange Paws' Pantry food crates and around campus, sort through clothing donations, stock the food shelves or clothing racks, assist shoppers, and more.

Don’t worry—you’ll get everything you need during your first volunteer shift.

Email us to express interest in volunteering.

1 in 5IUPUI freshmen are below the poverty line and considered food insecure

150+IUPUI community members use the pantry each week

16,000+pantry items have been distributed to the Jaguar community

Bring us your donations

Don’t have time to volunteer? We’re also happy to take donations!

Donate food

You can drop food donations off in any of the orange crates located around campus or bring them to the pantry during normal operating hours. Our pantry includes refrigerator and freezer space, so we’re happy to accept fresh food and produce.

Donate clothing

You may bring your closet donations for Paws' Closet during one of our designated donation days, or fill out the closet donation form if you're wanting to donate outside of the designated days. One of our team members will follow up with you regarding your donation. In order to ensure we receive the clothing that we need and your clothing is donated appropriately, please do not leave clothes outside of Paws' Closet.

Questions can be sent to pcloset@iupui.edu.

Make a financial gift

Help Paws' Pantry and Paws' Closet from wherever you are by making a financial gift. We’ll use 100 percent of your donation to support operations for the pantry and closet.

Give to the pantry Give to the closet