Community Meals Kitchen Volunteer


Please note: as we adjust to the “next normal” during the pandemic, we have temporarily closed our volunteer program as part of our COVID-19 Safety Plan. 

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us! Volunteers have been called “the army behind the Army” for their invaluable service to our community. In 2017, our volunteers generously gave over 4,100 hours of service to our community meal program alone! We are gradually developing more diverse volunteer opportunities in our 8 programs to give community members chances to serve our clients in multiple ways. To see different volunteer opportunities that are available, please click here.

For information about group volunteering, click here.

Please read on for more information about our volunteer opportunities for individuals. Please note that all our individual volunteers must be at least 19 years old.

Frequently Asked Questions
Can I volunteer just once?
We welcome one-time volunteers at some of our holidays and special events, including Christmas and Easter community meals. Watch this page, or our social media channels, for more information.

Can I just show up to volunteer?
To ensure the smooth operation of our programs and services, and the safety of the vulnerable populations we serve, we require volunteers to go through an orientation and screening process before volunteering.

How do I sign up as an individual volunteer?
The basics:
1. Create a volunteer account and register for an upcoming orientation session.
2. Start the criminal record review process – instructions will be sent to you when you’ve registered for orientation!
3. Attend orientation – you’ll get to know us, learn about our policies and opportunities, and meet our Manager of Community Resources.
4. Wait for your clearance letter!

It takes an average of 6 weeks to go through our volunteer intake process. Our clients and their safety are always our priority, so we require that every volunteer completes our screening process, including a criminal record check. You must attend orientation AND receive CRRP clearance before volunteering. Please note: additional screening (references, interviews) may be required for some positions.

Why does it take so long to be screened as a volunteer?
The safety and wellbeing of our residents and guests is critically important, so we need to know more about you before you join our community. Please be patient – we want to make sure that you are the right fit for our opportunities and that we are the right fit for you!
Why do you use the Criminal Record Review Program? Can’t I go to my local police for a criminal record check?
We participate in the CRRP because it’s free for volunteers, and it offers a comprehensive risk assessment process with consistent standards. You can learn more about the program on their website.

What is the minimum time commitment per month?
Most volunteers plan to spend 2-4 hours per month with us, but your commitment will vary according to your volunteer role and your schedule. Position descriptions will always outline the time commitment required. Our community meals offer the most flexible scheduling, so if you work rotating shifts or have an unpredictable schedule, they are a great fit!

I still have questions!
That’s okay – let’s talk! Please reach out to our Community Engagement Coordinator.