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
Wednesdays, 11:30am-1:30pm, Feb 20th-March 27th
VA Medical Center 4150 Clement St. SF

Cooking Matters for Kids
Tuesdays, 3:00pm-4:30pm, Feb 26th-April 2nd
Alvarado Elementary 625 Douglas St. SF
Volunteers needed: Nutrition Educator

Cooking Matters for Adults
Wednesdays, 2:00pm-4:00pm, Feb 27th-April 3rd
North East Medical Services 728 Pacific Ave SF

Cooking Matters for Families
Thursdays, 6:15pm-8:15pm, Feb 28th-April 4th
Children's Council 455 Church St. SF

Cooking Matters for Teens
Wednesdays, 3:30pm-5:00pm, March 20th-April 24th
College Track 4301 3rd St, SF
Volunteers needed:Nutrition Educator

Cooking Matters for Adults
Fridays, 5:30pm-7:30pm, March 22nd-April 26th
Bayview YMCA 1601 Lane St. SF

Cooking Matters for Kids
Tuesdays, 4:00pm-5:30pm, April 9th-May 17th
Mission Preparatory Charter 1050 York St. SF

Cooking Matters for Teens
Wednesdays, 12:40pm-2:17pm, April 17th-May 22nd
Abraham Lincoln High School 2162 24th Ave SF

Cooking Matters for Kids
Fridays, 3:30pm-5:00pm, May 3rd-May 31st
Hillcrest Elementary 810 Silver Ave. SF
Volunteers needed: Chef Educator, Nutrition Educator, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Kids
Wednesdays, 12:30pm-2:00pm, June 12- July 17th
Monroe Elementary 260 Madrid St. SF
Volunteers needed: Chef Educator, Nutrition Educator, Class Assistant

Alameda County Classes

Cooking Matters for Adults
Thursdays, 9:30am-12pm, Feb 7th -Mar 14th
Lifelong Medical East Oakland 10700 MacArthur Blvd Oakland, CA 94605

Cooking Matters para Familias (Spanish)
Wednesdays, 2:30pm-4:30pm, Feb 20th-Mar 27th
Native American Health Center 2950 International Blvd Oakland, CA

Cooking Matters for Parents
Fridays, 2-4pm, March 15th-April 26th (skip 3/29)
Garfield Elementary 1640 22nd Ave, Oakland, CA 94606
Volunteers needed: Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Teens
Thursdays, 4pm-5:30pm, March 14th- April 25th (skip March 28th)
Roots Academy 1390 66th Ave, Oakland, CA 94621
Volunteers needed: Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Parents
Wednesdays, 8:45am-10:45am, March 13th-April 10th
Grant Elementary 879 Grant Ave, San Lorenzo, CA 94580
Volunteers needed: Cooking Educator, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Parents
Tuesdays 9am-11am, April 2nd-May 7th
Manzanita SEED Elementary 2409 E 27th St, Oakland, CA
Volunteers needed: Cooking Educator, Nutrition Educator, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Teens
Tuesdays 2:30-4pm, April 2nd-May 7th
Lincoln High School 2600 Teagarden St, San Leandro, CA 94577
Volunteers needed: Cooking Educator, Nutrition Educator, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters para Familias (SPAN)
Fridays 3-5pm, April 3nd-May 10th
San Antonio Neighborhood Health Center 1030 International Blvd Oakland, CA
Volunteers needed: Cooking Educator, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Teens
Tuesdays, 4pm-5:30pm, April 9th- May 14
Greenleaf 6328 E 17th St, Oakland, CA 9462

Cooking Matters para Padres (SPANISH)
Wednesdays, 8:45am-10:45am, May 1st-June 5th
Grant Elementary 879 Grant Ave, San Lorenzo, CA 94580
Volunteers needed: Cooking Educator, Class Assistant

Contra Costa County Classes

Cooking Matters para Padres
Fridays 11:30-1:30 pm January 29th-March 12th (skip 2/22)
Helms Middle School 2500 Rd 20, San Pablo, CA

Cooking Matters for Parents
Fridays 8:30-10:30 am March 1st-April 12th (skip 4/5)
Richmond College Prep 1014 Florida Ave, Richmond, CA
Volunteers needed: Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Teens
Tuesdays 3:30-5:30 pm March 12th-April 23rd (skip 4/2)
Pinole Valley High School 2900 Pinole Valley Rd, Pinole, CA
Volunteers needed:Nutrition Educator, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters para Padres
Wednesdays 9:30-11:30 am March 13th-April 24th (skip 4/10)
West County First 5, 2707 Dover Ave. San Pablo CA
Volunteers needed: Nutrition Educator, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Families
Wednesdays 5:00-7:00 pm March 13th-May 1st (skip 4/3 and 4/10)
Tara Hills Elementary 2300 Dolan Way, San Pablo, CA
Volunteers needed: Nutrition Educator, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters para Padres
Tuesdays 9:00-11:00 am March 19th-April 30th (skip 4/2)
Pinole Valley High School 2900 Pinole Valley Rd, Pinole, CA
Volunteers needed: Class Assistant

Cooking Matters para Familias
Fridays 3-5pm March 22nd-May 3rd (skip 4/5)
Washington Elementary 565 Wine St, Richmond, CA
Volunteers needed: Nutrition Educator, Cooking Educator, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Adults
Fridays 10:30-12:30pm April 5th-May 24th (skipping 4/19 & 5/17)
Eden Housing 2 Irwin Way, Orinda, CA
Volunteers needed: Nutrition Educator, Cooking Educator, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Families
Saturday 10:30-12:30pm April 6th-May 11th
San Pablo Community Center, 2450 Rd 20, San Pablo, CA
Volunteers needed: Cooking Educator, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters para Padres
Thursdays 1-3pm April 11th-May 16th
Cesar Chavez Childcare 1187-A Meadow Lane, Concord, CA
Volunteers needed: Nutrition Educator, Cooking Educator, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters para Padres
Tuesdays 5-7pm April 16th-May 21st
Concord Child Care 1360 Detroit Avenue Concord, CA
Volunteers needed: Nutrition Educator, Cooking Educator, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Kids
Thursdays 3:00-4:30 pm April 25th-May 30th
Crespi Middle School 1121 Allview Ave, El Sobrante, CA
Volunteers needed: Nutrition Educator, Cooking Educator, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Kids
Thursdays 2:45-4:00 pm April 25th-May 30th
DeJean Middle School 400 Macdonald Ave, Richmond, CA
Volunteers needed: Nutrition Educator, Cooking Educator, Class Assistant