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 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.

 

Nutritionist

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. Many 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 nutritionist 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,
YOU CAN REACH US AT (415) 272-3429.

 

Please note: if you are interested in volunteering for events in our 18th Street Classroom (i.e. the events posted here), you must attend a separate orientation. To review the steps to volunteer for 18th Street 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 Kids
Wednesdays, 4:30pm-6:00pm, March 14th-April 25th
Lawton Elementary 1570 31st. SF
Volunteers needed: Chef

Cooking Matters for Teens
Saturdays, 12:00pm-1:30pm, March 17th-April 21st
Mission YMCA 4080 Mission St. SF< /p>

Cooking Matters for Kids
Tuesdays, 3:00pm-4:30pm, April 3rd-May 8th
Sutro Elementary 235 12th Ave. SF
Volunteers needed: Chef

Cooking Matters for Teens
Wednesdays, 12:39pm-2:15pm, April 4th-May 9th
Abraham Lincoln High 2162 24th Ave. SF
Volunteers needed: Chef

Cooking Matters for Kids
Wednesdays, 4:00pm-5:00pm, April 4th-May 9th
Lakeshore Elementary 220 Middlefield Dr SF

Cooking Matters for Adults
Fridays, 5:30pm-7:30pm, April 6th-May 11th
Bayview YMCA 1601 Lane St SF

Cooking Matters for Families
Tuesdays, 5:30pm-7:30pm, April 17th-May 22nd
George Washington Carver Elementary 1360 Oakdale Ave. SF

Cooking Matters for Families
Thursdays, 4:00pm-6:00pm, April 12th-May 17th
Northbeach Family Apartments 455 Bay St. SF

Cooking Matters for Adults
Thursdays, 10:00am-12:00pm, May 17th-June 21st
Shanti 3674 18th St SF
Volunteers needed:Class Assistant

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

Cooking Matters for Adults
Tuesdays, 6:00pm-8:00pm, June 5th-July 11th
Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired 1155 Market St SF

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

 

Alameda County Classes

Cooking Matters for Teens
Wednesdays, 4:00pm-6:00pm, March 21st-April 25th
(skip 4/4; 5-week series)
Oakland International High School, 4521 Webster St, Oakland

Cooking Matters for Adults
Tuesdays, 11:30am-1:30pm, March 20th-May 1st (skip 4/3)
Serenity House, 2363A San Pablo Ave, Oakland

Cooking Matters for Families
Thursdays, 5:45pm-7:30pm, March 22nd-April 26th
(skip 4/5; 5-week series)
Burckhalter Elementary School, 3994 Burckhalter Ave, Oakland

Cooking Matters para Padres (Spanish)
Fridays, 9:30am-11:30am, April 13th-May 18th
Futures Elementary School, 6701 International Blvd, Oakland

Cooking Matters for Adults
Tuesdays, 4:00pm-6:00pm, April 17th-May 22nd
LifeLong Ashby, Ed Roberts Campus, 3075 Adeline Street, Berkeley

Cooking Matters for Adults
Thursdays, 2:00pm-4:00pm, May 10th-June 7th (5-wk series)
LifeLong West Berkeley Family Practice, 2031 6th St, Berkeley
Volunteers needed: Chef, Nutritionist, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Families
Wednesdays, 1:30pm-3:30pm, May 23rd-June 27th
The Bread Project, 1615 University Ave, Berkeley

Cooking Matters para Adultos (Spanish)
Wednesdays, 3:00pm-5:00pm, May 30th-June 27th (5-wk series)
La Familia, 22366 Fuller Ave, Hayward
Volunteers needed: Chef, Class Assistant

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

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

Cooking Matters for Families
Tuesdays, 4:30pm-6:30pm, October 2nd-October 30th (5-week series)
West Oakland Public Library, 1801 Adeline St, Oakland
Volunteers needed: Nutritionist, Class Assistant

 

Contra Costa County Classes

Cooking Matters para Familias
Tuesdays 2:50-4:50pm, March 6th-April 17th (skip 4/3)
Washington Elementary, 565 Wine Street Richmond, CA
Volunteers needed: Class assistant

Cooking Matters for Adults
Wednesdays 2:30-4:30pm, March 28th- May 2nd
EAH Housing, 5004 Hartnett Dr. Richmond, CA
Volunteers needed: Chef, Class assistant

Cooking Matters for Adults
Thursdays 6:00-8:00pm, April 5th- May 10th
Rubicon Programs 101 Broadway, Richmond, CA

Cooking Matters for Families
Saturdays 10:30-12:30pm, April 7th- May 12th
San Pablo Community Center, 2450 Rd 20, San Pablo, CA
Volunteers needed: Chef

Cooking Matters para Familias
Wednesdays 2:45-4:45pm, April 18th-May 23rd
Verde Elementary, 2000 Giaramita St, Richmond, CA
Volunteers needed: Class assistant

Cooking Matters para Padres
Thursday 1:00-3:00pm, April 19th-May 24th
Cesar Chavez Child Care, 1187-A Meadow Lane, Concord CA
Volunteers needed: Class assistant

Cooking Matters para Padres
Thursday 9:00-11:00am, April 26th-May 31st
Hillview Junior High, 333 Yosemite Dr, Pittsburg, CA
Volunteers needed: Class assistant

Cooking Matters for Kids
Wednesday 4:00-5:30pm May 2nd-May 30th (5-week series)
Richmond Police Activities League 2200 McDonald Ave. Richmond, CA
Volunteers needed: Nutritionist, Chef

Cooking Matters para Padres
Wednesdays 3:00-5:00pm, May 9th-June 13th
First 5 East County 3225 Willow Pass Rd. Bay Point, CA
Volunteers needed: Chef, & Class assistant