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 strong 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, cutting the fat, 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 four to six weeks depending on the curriculum.
 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 half an hour of prep-time and 15 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
Fridays, 5:30pm-7:30pm, Feb 24th-March 31st
Bayview YMCA, 1601 Lane St. SF
Volunteer needed: Chef

Cooking Matters for Kids
Tuesdays, 8:45am-9:45am, Feb 28th-April 4th
SF Community Alternative School, 125 Excelsior Ave. SF

Cooking Matters for Families
Wednesdays, 5:30pm-7:30pm, March 1st- April 5th
Richmond District Neighborhood Center
Washington High School 600 32nd Ave. SF

Cooking Matters Para Adultos
Wednesdays, 1:30pm-3:30pm, March 8th-April 12th
Centro Latino San Francisco, 1656 15th Ave. SF
Volunteer needed: Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Kids
Fridays, 4:00pm-5:30pm, March 10th-April 14th
Aptos Middle School, 105 Aptos Ave. SF

Cooking Matters for Kids
Thursdays, 1:15pm-2:45pm, March 9th-April 13th
Sanchez Elementary School, 325 Sanchez St SF
Volunteers needed: Chef

Cooking Matters for Adults
Thursdays, 10:00am-12:00pm, March 23rd-April 28th
Dignity Health, 2250 Hayes St. SF
Volunteer needed: Chef

Cooking Matters for Teens
Wednesdays, 12:39pm-2:17pm, April 5th-May 10th
Abraham Lincoln High, 2162 24th Ave. SF
Volunteers needed: Chef

Cooking Matters for Teens
Wednesdays, 1:50pm-3:23pm, April 5th-May 10th
Mission High, 3750 18th St. SF
Volunteers needed: Chef, Nutritionist

Cooking Matters for Families
Thursdays, 6:00pm-8:00pm, April 6th-May 11th
Telegraph Hill, 660 Lombard Street SF

Cooking Matters for Kids
Fridays, 3:30pm-5:00pm, April 14th-May 19th
Paul Revere Elementary School, 555 Tompkins Ave. SF
Volunteers needed: Chef, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters Para Padres
Wednesdays, 3:00pm-5:00pm, April 19th-May 24th
Santa Maria y Santa Marta Inglesia
1050 S. Van Ness Ave. SF
Volunteers needed: Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Adults
Fridays, 5:30pm-7:30pm, April 28th-June 2nd
Bayview YMCA, 1601 Lane St. SF
Volunteer needed: Class Assistant

 

Alameda County Classes

Cooking Matters for Teens
Fridays, 4:30pm-6:00pm, March 3rd-April 7th
Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Cooking Matters for Adults
Thursdays, 1:30pm-3:30pm, March 2nd-April 13th (skip March 9th)
Serenity House, 2363A San Pablo Ave, Oakland

Cooking Matters for Adults
Thursdays, 3:00pm-5:00pm, March 2nd-April 13th (skip March 16th)
Native American Health Center, 2950 International Blvd, Oakland

Cooking Matters for Teens
Thursdays, 2:10pm-3:40pm, March 16th-April 27th (skip 4/6)
Dewey High School, 1111 2nd Avenue, Oakland

Cooking Matters for Adults
Fridays, 11:00am-1:00pm, March 31st-May 5th
Casa Ubuntu, Eastmont Town Center, 7200 Bancroft Ave, Suite 267, Oakland

Cooking Matters para Adultos (Spanish)
Fridays, 10:00am-12:00pm, March 24th-April 28th
La Clínica Health Education Center, 1537 Fruitvale Ave, Oakland
Volunteer needed: Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for for Families/para Familias (bilingual)
Tuesdays, 4:30pm-6:30pm, April 4th-May 2nd (five-week series)
Kaiser Permanente, 27303 Sleepy Hollow Ave. S, Hayward
Volunteer needed: Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Teens
Wednesdays, 2:30pm-4:30pm, April 5th-May 17th (skip April 19th)
Lincoln High School, 2600 Teagarden Street, San Leandro

Cooking Matters for Adults
Thursdays, 10:45am-12:45pm, April 6th-May 11th
Bonita House Berkeley, 1410 Bonita Avenue, Berkeley
Volunteers needed: Chef, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Adults
Tuesdays, 4:00pm-6:00pm, April 11th-May 16th
LifeLong Ashby, Ed Roberts Campus, 3075 Adeline Street, Berkeley
Volunteer needed: Class Assistant

Cooking Matters para Adultos (Spanish)
Thursdays, 3:00pm-5:00pm, April 20th-May 25th
Native American Health Center, 2950 International Blvd, Oakland
Volunteer needed: Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Adults (five-week series)
Fridays, 9:45am-11:45am, April 28th-June 2nd (skip May 12)
Civicorps, 101 Myrtle St, Oakland
Volunteers needed: Nutritionist, Class Assistant

 

Contra Costa County Classes

Cooking Matters for Kids
Every other Thursday, 9:30am-11:00am, Feb 2nd, Feb 16th, March 2nd, March 16th, March 30th, & April 20th
Encore Homeschooling, 820 W. 2nd St. Antioch, CA
Volunteers needed: Chef, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Kids
Thursday, 3:15pm-4:45 pm, March 2nd-April 6th
El Monte Elementary, 1400 Dina Dr. Concord, CA
Volunteer needed: Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Adults
Tuesdays, 10:00am-12:00 pm, March 28th-May 2nd
Marie Reis Community Center, 680 South 37th St. Richmond, CA
Volunteers needed: Chef, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Adults
Thursdays, 9:30am-11:30am, April 6th-May 11th
Monument Crisis Center, 1990 Market St.Concord, CA
Volunteers needed: Chef, Nutritionist, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Teens (5 week series)
Wednesdays, 1:35pm-3:35pm, April 12th-May 10th
San Pablo Community Center, 2450 Rd 20, San Pablo, CA
Volunteers needed: Chef, Nutritionist, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters Para Padres (Spanish)
Thursdays, 9:00am-10:45pm, April 13th-May 18th
Shannon Elementary, 685 Marlesta Rd, Pinole, CA
Volunteers needed: Chef, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Teens
Fridays, 1:00pm-2:20 pm, April 14th - May 19th
CrossRoads High School, 2701 Willow Pass Rd, Concord, CA
Volunteers needed: Chef, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Adults
Tuesdays, 5:00pm-7:00pm, April 18th - May 23rd
Nevin Apartments, 2400 Nevin Ave, Richmond, CA
Volunteer needed: Chef, Nutritionist, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters Para Adultos (Spanish)
Wednesdays, 8:30am-10:30am, April 19th - May 24th
Pinole Valley High School, 2900 Pinole Valley Rd, Pinole, CA
Volunteer needed: Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Teens
Thursdays, 3:30pm-5:30pm, April 20th - May 25th
Pinole Valley High School, 2900 Pinole Valley Rd, Pinole, CA
Volunteers needed: Chef, Nutritionist, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Kids (5 week series)
Thursdays, 2:35pm-4:05pm, May 4th-June 1st
San Pablo Community Center, 2450 Rd 20, San Pablo, CA
Volunteers needed: Chef, Nutritionist

Cooking Matters for Teens
Thursdays, 4:00pm-6:00pm, April 20th - May 25th
Richmond Police Activities League, 2200 McDonald Ave. Richmond, CA
Volunteers needed: Chef, Nutritionist, Class Assistant

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