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 CookingMattersVolunteers@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 (Postponed till further notice)
Fridays, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Bayview YMCA, 1601 Lane St. SF
Volunteers needed: Chef Educator

Cooking Matters for Adults
Wednesdays, 12:00pm-2:00pm, June 2020
Lighthouse for the Blind, 1155 Market St. SF

Cooking Matters for Teens
Wednesdays, 12:40pm-2:17pm, May 6th-May 27th
Abraham Lincoln High, 2162 24th Ave. SF

Alameda County Classes

Cooking Matters for Teens
Wednesdays, 4:00pm-5:30pm, Feb 12th-Mar 18th
College Track Oakland, 117 Broadway Oakland
Volunteers needed: Cooking Educator, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Adults
Tuesdays, 4:00pm-6:00pm, Mar 3rd-Apr 7th
Lifelong Ashby, 3075 Adeline St. Suite 280, Berkeley

Cooking Matters for Teens
Tuesdays, 4:00pm-5:30pm, Mar 3rd-Apr 7th
Westlake Academy, 2629 Harrison St. Oakland
Volunteers needed: Cooking Educator, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Teens
Thursdays, 4:00pm-5:30pm, Mar 5th-Apr 9th
Greenleaf Elementary, 6328 E 17th St, Oakland
Volunteers needed: Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Kids
Wednesdays, 1:30pm-3:15pm Mar 4th-Apr 15th
Fruitvale Elementary, 3200 Boston Ave, Oakland
Volunteers needed: Nutrition Educator, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters para Padres (Spanish)
Tuesdays, 9:00am-11:00am, Apr 2nd- May 7th
Manzanita SEED, 2409 E 27th St, Oakland

Cooking Matters for Families
Wednesdays, 2-4 pm Apri 8, 22, May 13, 27, Jun 10, 24
Roots Community Clinic 9925 International Blvd. Ste #2 Oakland, CA 94603
Volunteers needed: Nutrition Educator, Cooking Educator, Class Assistant

Contra Costa County Classes

Cooking Matters for Parents (Postponed till further notice)
Stoneman Elementary, 2929 Loveridge Rd, Pittsburg
Volunteers needed: Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Parents (Postponed till further notice)
Downer Elementary, 231 18th St, San Pablo
Volunteers needed: Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Kids (Postponed till further notice)
Downer Elementary, 231 18th St, San Pablo
Volunteers needed:Nutrition Educator, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Teens (Postponed till further notice)
Richmond High School, 1250 23rd St, Richmond
Volunteers needed: Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Families (Postponed till further notice)
Riverside Elementary 1300 Amador St, San Pablo
Volunteers needed: Nutrition Educator, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Parents (Postponed till further notice)
Crossroads High School 2701 Willow Pass Rd, Concord
Volunteers needed: Nutrition Educator, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters para Padres (Postponed till further notice)
Cesar Chavez Elementary 960 17th St, Richmond,
Volunteers needed: Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Kids (Postponed till further notice)
Riverside Elementary, 1300 Amador St, San Pablo
Volunteers needed: Nutrition Educator, Cooking Educator, Class Assistant