Cooking Matters

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THERE ARE 5 STEPS TO BECOMING A COOKING MATTERS VOLUNTEER

 

1. Fill out our online volunteer application

You can find our application by clicking here. An 18 Reasons staff member will follow up within a week. You can also call or email us at any time. 

2. Complete the Cooking Matters online volunteer training

You can find the online volunteer training on the Share Our Strength website.

3. Shadow an ongoing class

When you visit, the class coordinator will walk you step-by-step through a typical Cooking Matters class. You’ll have the chance to observe other volunteers teaching and ask any questions you have about the program.

4. Sign up for an open volunteer position

We post new volunteer positions every two weeks and fill them on a first come, first served basis. To sign up, please review our class schedule and call or email us. Only the series that have "volunteers needed" listed below have open volunteer positions. 

5. Attend a Class Zero

Once you are signed up for a class, your class coordinator will invite you to a Class Zero meeting where you will meet your volunteer team, get to know the classroom space, receive a copy of the curriculum, and prepare for your first class.

 

 

CLASS VOLUNTEER POSITION DESCRIPTIONS

 

Cooking Educator

You are a cooking enthusiast! During class, you will lead highly participatory cooking lessons featuring simple, healthy recipes. You will demonstrate and practice basic cooking techniques and terminology, proper knife handling, and food safety and sanitation measures. You will work with the 18 Reasons staff coordinator and class participants to select recipes for class each week. The coordinator brings the food and cooking equipment.

 

Nutrition Educator

You do not have to be a professional nutritionist or dietitian to succeed in this role; you just need a love of healthy eating and an eagerness to help others. Some of our nutritionist volunteers do have a background in nutrition, food science, dietetics, or a related field, but it is not required. Class topics include using MyPlate as a tool for healthy eating, planning balanced meals, eating healthier fats, food budgeting, serving sizes, reading nutrition labels, and physical activity. The classes are intended to be interactive, and the nutrition educator facilitates open-minded conversation in class including using activities and visual aids that are provided by 18 Reasons.

 

Class Assistant

Class assistants primarily help instructors and facilitators with classroom set-up, food preparation, activities and clean up. Other duties may include packing groceries for participants to take home, unloading and loading kitchen equipment, and washing dishes. Many people volunteer as a class assistant for their first series.

 

TIME COMMITMENT
 

Classes meet once a week for six weeks.
 Classes are held anytime between 9:00am and 8:00pm, Tuesday-Friday.
 Each week, the classes require a time commitment of two hours plus 30 minutes of prep time and up to 30 minutes of clean-up each week.
 In addition, communication with the Cooking Matters coordinator regarding class scheduling and the curriculum is expected. 
Volunteers are encouraged to contribute to all aspects of the class, including set-up, clean-up, and food preparation.

 

IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT VOLUNTEERING WITH THE COOKING MATTERS PROGRAM,
PLEASE EMAIL BRIANA@18REASONS.ORG

 

Please note: if you are interested in volunteering for events in our 18th St. Classroom (i.e. the events posted here), you must attend a separate orientation. To review the steps to volunteer for 18th St. Classroom events, please click here and follow the directions for "18th St. Classroom Crew." 

 

 

ONGOING + UPCOMING COOKING MATTERS CLASSES

 

San Francisco County Classes

Cooking Matters for Adults
Thursdays, 10:00am-12:00pm, May 24th-June 28th
Shanti 3674 18th St SF

Cooking Matters for Adults
Thursdays, 1:30pm-3:30pm, May 31st-July 5th
City Wide Case Management 982 Mission St. SF

Cooking Matters for Adults
Tuesdays, 6:00pm-8:00pm, June 5th-July 10th
Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired 1155 Market St SF

Cooking Matters for Kids
Tuesdays, 12:45pm-2:15pm, June 12th-July 17th
Flynn Elementary 3125 Cesar Chavez St. SF
Volunteers needed: Chef

Cooking Matters for Kids
Wednesdays, 2:00pm-3:30pm, June 13th-July 18th
Jamestown Community Center 3382 26th St SF

Cooking Matters for Kids
Wednesdays, 2:30pm-4:00pm, June 13th-July 18th
Hillcrest Elementary 810 Silver Ave SF

Cooking Matters for Kids
Thursdays, 10:30am-12:00pm, June 14th-July 19th
Marshall Elementary 1575 15th St. SF
Volunteers needed: Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Teens
Thursdays, 2:00pm-3:30pm, June 14th-July 19th
Don Fisher Boys and Girls Club 380 Fulton St. SF

Cooking Matters for Kids
Thursdays, 1:00pm-2:30pm, June 14th-July 19th
Lakeshore School 220 Middlefield Dr. SF
Volunteers needed: Nutrition Educator, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters para Adultos
Wednesdays, 1:45pm-3:45pm, July 25th-August 29th
Centro Latino 1656 15th St. SF
Volunteers needed: Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Adults
Wednesdays, 2:00pm-4:00pm, August 1st-Sept 5th
North East Medical Center 728 Pacific Ave SF

Cooking Matters for Adults
Wednesdays, 11:30pm-1:30pm, August 15th-Sept 26th
VA Medical Center 4150 Clement St. SF

Cooking Matters for Adults
Thursdays, 10:00am-12:00pm, August 30th-Oct 4th
Sister Mary Philippa Health Center 2235 Hayes St. SF

Cooking Matters for Families
Thursdays, 6:15pm-8:15pm, Sept 6th-Oct 11th
Children's Council 445 Church St. SF

 

Alameda County Classes

Cooking Matters for Families
Tuesdays, 11:00am-1:00pm, June 12th-July 17th
Terraza Palmera, 1272 26th Ave, Oakland

Cooking Matters for Adults
Wednesdays, 1:30pm-3:30pm, June 13th-July 18th (5-wk series, skip 7/4)
The Bread Project, 1615 University Ave, Berkeley

Cooking Matters for Teens
Thursdays, 2:30pm-4:30pm, June 14th-July 19th
Native American Health Center, 2950 International Blvd, Oakland

Cooking Matters para Familias (Spanish)
Fridays, 2:30pm-4:30pm, June 22nd-July 29th
La Clínica de la Raza, 3451 E. 12th St, Oakland

Cooking Matters for Families
Thursdays, 11:00am-1:00pm, July 5th-August 9th
Mural Apartments, 3838 Turquoise Way, Oakland

Cooking Matters for Adults
Fridays, 10:00am-12:00pm, July 20th-August 17th (5-week series)
Civicorps, 101 Myrtle St, Oakland

Cooking Matters for Teens
Tuesdays, 2:30pm-4:30pm, August 21st-September 25th
Lincoln High School, 2600 Teagarden Street, San Leandro
Volunteers needed: Nutrition Educator, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Teens
Wednesdays, 4:00pm-5:30pm, September 12th-October 17th
College Track Oakland, 117 Broadway, Oakland
Volunteers needed: Nutrition Educator, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Adults
Wednesdays, 1:30pm-3:30pm, August 1st-September 5th
The Bread Project, 1615 University Ave, Berkeley

Cooking Matters for Teens
Tuesdays, 2:30pm-4:30pm, October 2nd-November 6th
Lincoln High School, 2600 Teagarden Street, San Leandro
Volunteers needed: Nutrition Educator, Class Assistant

 

Contra Costa County Classes

Cooking Matters para Padres (Spanish)
Wednesdays, 9:30am-11:30am, May 16th-June 20th
First 5 San Pablo, 2707 Dover Ave, San Pablo, CA
Volunteers needed: Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Kids
Tuesdays, 12:30pm-2:00pm June 12th-July 17th
Girls Inc of West Contra Costa, 260 Broadway, Richmond, CA
Volunteers needed: Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Kids
Tuesdays, 2:30pm-4:00pm June 12th-July 24th (skip 7/3)
EAH Housing, 5004 Hartnett Ave., Richmond, CA
Volunteers needed: Nutrition Educator, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Kids
Wednesdays, 2:30-4:00pm June 13th-July 25th (skipping July 4th)
Barrett Apts., 700 Barrett Ave, Richmond, CA
Volunteers needed: Class Assistant

Cooking Matters para Padres (Spanish)
Fridays, 1:15pm-3:15pm July 13th-August 17th
East County First 5 Center, 3225 Willow Pass RD. Bay Point
Volunteers needed: Cooking Educator, Nutrition Educator, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Families
Wednesdays 6:00-8:00pm July 18th-August 22nd
Rubicon Programs 101 Broadway, Richmond, CA
Volunteers needed: Cooking Educator, Nutrition Educator, Class Assistant