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

 

Chef

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

 

Nutritionist

As an educator, you must have a background in nutrition, food science, dietetics, or a related field. Class topics include using MyPlate as a tool for healthy eating, planning balanced meals, benefits of fruits and vegetables, improving eating habits, eating healthier fats, food budgeting, serving sizes, reading labels, and physical activity. The classes are intended to be interactive and the nutritionist will often act as facilitator for the activities and visual aids that are provided.

 

Class Assistant

Volunteer class assistants 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, every day of the week.
 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.
 In addition, communication with the Cooking Matters coordinator regarding class scheduling and the curriculum is necessary. 
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,
YOU CAN REACH US AT (415) 568-2710.

 

Please note: if you are interested in volunteering for events in our 18th Street classroom, you must attend a separate orientation, held three times a year. To be added to our waiting list, please email volunteering@18reasons.org.

 

 

ONGOING + UPCOMING COOKING MATTERS CLASSES

 

San Francisco County Classes

Cooking Matters for Adults
Thursdays, 5:30pm-7:30pm, May 25th-June 29th
USCF Womens Center, 2356 Sutter St. SF

Cooking Matters for Kids
Thursdays, 12:30pm-2:00pm, June 1-July 6th
Marshall Elementary, 1575 15th St. SF

Cooking Matters for Parents
Tuesdays, 9:00am-11:00am, June 13th-July 18th
John Muir, 380 Webster St. SF
Volunteers needed: Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Kids
Tuesdays, 1:00pm-2:30pm, June 13 July 18th
Hillcrest Elementary, 810 Sliver Ave St. SF
Volunteers needed: Chef, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Kids
Tuesdays, 3:00pm-4:30pm, June 13 July 18th
Booker T Washington, 1100 Divisidaro St. SF
Volunteers needed: Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Kids
Wednesdays, 12:45pm-2:15pm, June 14-July 19th
Flynn Elementary, 3125 Cesar Chavez St. SF

Cooking Matters for Adults
Tuesdays, 10:00am-12:00pm, July`18th-August 22nd
Sliver Ave Health Center, 1525 Silver Ave. SF
Volunteers needed: Chef, Nutritionist, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Adults
Fridays, 5:30pm-7:30pm, August`11th-Sept 15th
Bayview YMCA, 1601 Lane St. SF
Volunteers needed: Class Assistant

 

Alameda County Classes

Cooking Matters para Familias (Spanish)
Wednesdays, 3:00pm-5:00pm, May 24th-June 28th
La Familia, 22366 Fuller Ave, Hayward
Volunteer needed: Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Teens
Thursdays, 2:30pm-4:30pm, June 15th-July 20th
Native American Health Center, 2950 International Blvd, Oakland

Cooking Matters for Adults
Tuesdays, 4:00pm-6:00pm, June 20th-August 1st (skip 7/4)
LifeLong Ashby, Ed Roberts Campus, 3075 Adeline Street, Berkeley
Volunteer needed: Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Kids
Wednesdays, 4:15pm-5:45pm, June 21st-July 26th
Alameda Point Collaborative, 677 W. Ranger Ave, Alameda
Volunteer needed: Class Assistant

Cooking Matters para Familias (Spanish)
Thursdays, 3:00pm-5:00pm, June 22nd-July 27th
La Clínica de la Raza, 3451 E. 12th St, Oakland

Cooking Matters for Families
Fridays, 4:00pm-6:00pm, June 23rd-July 28th
James Lee Court Apartments, 690 15th St, Oakland
Volunteers needed: Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Kids
Wednesdays, 4:00pm-5:30pm, July 5th-August 9th
Vincent Academy, 2501 Chestnut St, Oakland
Volunteers needed: Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Families
Tuesdays, 4:30pm-6:30pm, July 11th-August 8th (five-week series)
Kaiser Permanente, 27303 Sleepy Hollow Ave. S, Hayward
Volunteers needed: Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Teens
Thursdays, 2:00pm-4:00pm, July 13th-August 17th
Berkeley Youth Alternatives, 1255 Allston Way, Berkeley
Volunteers needed: Nutritionist, Class Assistant

 

Contra Costa County Classes

Cooking Matters for Adults
Thursdays, 5:00pm-7:00pm, June 1st-July 6th
Sojourner Truth Food Pantry , 2621 Shane Dr. Richmond, CA
Volunteers needed: Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Kids
Tuesdays, 12:30pm-2:00pm, June 13th-July 25th (skip July 4th)
Girls Inc. West Contra Costa, 260 Broadway St. Richmond, CA
Volunteer needed: Nutritionist, Chef, Class assistant

Cooking Matters for Kids
Tuesdays, 4:30pm-6:00pm, June 13th-July 25th
Richmond YMCA, 263 S. 20th St. Richmond, CA
Volunteer needed: Class assistant

Cooking Matters for Kids
Wednesday, 3:30pm-5:00pm, June 14th-July 26th (skip July 5th)
Barrett Apartments, 700 Barrett Ave. Richmond, CA
Volunteer needed: Chef, Nutritionist, Class assistant

Cooking Matters for Kids
Wednesday, 12:30pm-2:00pm, June 21st-August 2nd (skip July 5th)
Marie Reis Community Center, 680 S. 37th St. Richmond, CA
Volunteer needed: Nutritionist, Chef, Class assistant

Cooking Matters for Kids
Wednesday, 10:00am-11:30am, June 21st-August 2nd (skip July 5th)
Marie Reis Community Center, 680 S. 37th St. Richmond, CA
Volunteer needed: Nutritionist, Chef, Class assistant

Cooking Matters para Familias (Spanish)
Thursdays, 4:30pm-6:30pm, July 13th-August 17th
Richmond Chamber of Commerce, 3925 Macdonald Ave, Richmond, CA
Volunteer needed: Nutritionist, Class Assistant