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 para Adultos (Spanish)
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 Services 728 Pacific Ave SF

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

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

Cooking Matters for Adults
Wednesdays, 11:30am-1:30pm, Sept. 19th-Oct 24th
Epiphany Center 100 Masonic St. SF

Cooking Matters for Adults
Fridays, 6:00pm-8:00pm, Sept. 21st-Oct 26th
Bayview YMCA 1601 Lane St. SF
Volunteers needed: Cooking Educator, Nutrition Educator

Cooking Matters for Kids
Wednesdays, 2:30pm-4:00pm, Oct. 10th-Nov 14th
Mission Prep 1050 York St. SF
Volunteers needed: Nutrition Educator, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Kids
Fridays, 2:15pm-3:45pm, Oct. 12th-Nov 16th
Bryant Elementary 2641 25th St. SF
Volunteers needed: Cooking Educator, Nutrition Educator, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Kids
Fridays, 3:30pm-5:00pm, Oct. 12th-Nov 16th
KIPP Academy 1060 Key St. SF
Volunteers needed: Cooking Educator, Nutrition Educator, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Adults
Thursdays, 4:00pm-6:00pm, Oct. 18th-Nov 11th
Project 500 170 Otis St. SF
Volunteers needed: Nutrition Educator

Cooking Matters para Familias (Spanish)
Thursdays, 6:15pm-8:15pm, Oct.18th-Nov. 11th
Children's Council 445 Church St. SF
Volunteers needed: Class Assistant

 

Alameda County Classes

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

Cooking Matters for Adults
Wednesdays, 3:00pm-5:00pm, August 8th-September 12th
Bay Area Community Services, 629 Oakland Ave, Oakland
Volunteers needed: Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Adults
Fridays, 9:30am-11:30am, August 10th-September 14th
St. Joseph's Senior Apartments, 2647 International Blvd, Oakland
Volunteers needed: Class Assistant

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

Cooking Matters for Parents
Fridays, 9:30am-11:30am, August 24th-September 28th
Futures Elementary School, 6701 International Blvd, Oakland
Volunteers needed: Cooking Educator, Nutrition Educator, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters para Padres (Spanish)
Fridays, 9:45am-11:30am, Sept 7th-Oct 12th (5-wk series, skip 9/21)
Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center, 16110 E 14th St, San Leandro
Volunteers needed: 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

Cooking Matters for Teens
Wednesdays, 11:00am-12:45pm, Sept 26th-Oct 24th (5-wk series)
Rudsdale Continuation School, 8251 Fontaine St, Oakland
Volunteers needed: Cooking Educator, Nutrition Educator, Class Assistant

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

Cooking Matters para Padres (Spanish)
Fridays, 9:30am-11:30am, October 5th-November 16th (skip 10/19)
Futures Elementary School, 6701 International Blvd, Oakland
Volunteers needed: Cooking Educator

Cooking Matters para Familias (Spanish)
Tuesdays, 3:00pm-5:00pm, October 9th-November 6th (5-week series)
Native American Health Center, 2950 International Blvd, Oakland
Volunteers needed: Cooking Educator, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Kids
Tuesdays, 4:15pm-5:45pm, October 23rd-December 4th (skip 11/20)
Greenleaf Elementary, 6328 E 17th St, Oakland
Volunteers needed: Cooking Educator, Nutrition Educator, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Teens
Thursdays, 4:15pm-5:45pm, October 25th-December 6th (skip 11/22)
Roots International Academy, 1390 66th Ave, Oakland
Volunteers needed: Cooking Educator, Nutrition Educator, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters para Familias (Spanish)
Wednesdays, 8:30am-10:30am, Nov 7th-December 19th (skip 11/21)
San Antonio Neighborhood Health, 1030 International Blvd, Oakland
Volunteers needed: Class Assistant

 

Contra Costa County Classes

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: Class Assistant

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

Cooking Matters for Adults
Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30pm August 29th-Oct 17th (skipping 9/12 and 10/10)
Atchinson Village 270 Curry St. Richmond CA
Volunteers needed: Cooking Educator, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Parents
Tuesdays 2:00-4:00pm September 11th-October 16th
First Five 1736 Clayton Rd, Concord, CA 94520
Volunteers needed: Nutrition Educator, Cooking Educator, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Kids
Thursdays 3:30-5pm October 18th-November 29th (skip 11/22)
Marie Reis Community Center, 680 S. 37th St. Richmond, CA
Volunteers needed: Cooking Educator, Class Assistant