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 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, eating healthier fats, 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 six weeks.
 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 30 minutes of prep time and up to 30 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 para Adultos (Spanish)
Wednesdays, 1:30pm-3:30pm, August 2nd-September 6th
Centro Latino de San Francisco, 1656 15th St. SF

Cooking Matters for Adults
Fridays, 5:30pm-7:30pm, August 4th-September 15th
Bayview YMCA, 1601 Lane St. SF

Cooking Matters for Adults
Thursdays, 11:30am-1:15pm, September 7th-October 12th
Epiphany Center, 100 Masonic St. SF
Volunteers needed: Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Families
Thursdays, 6:15pm-8:15pm, September 7th-October 12th
Children's Council, 445 Church St. SF

Cooking Matters for Adults
Wednesdays, 11:00am-1:00pm, September 13th-October 18th
VA Medical Center, 4150 Clement St. SF

Cooking Matters for Adults
Wednesdays, 5:30pm-7:30pm, September 20th-October 25th
UCSF Women's Center, 2356 Sutter St. SF

Cooking Matters for Families
Wednesdays, 5:30pm-7:30pm, October 4th-November 8th
RDNC, Washington High School, 600 32nd Ave. SF
Volunteers needed: Nutritionist

Cooking Matters for Kids
Fridays, 4:00pm-5:30pm, October 6th-November 10th
Aptos School 105 Aptos Ave. SF
Volunteers needed: Chef, Nutritionist, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters Para Familias
Thursdays, 6:15pm-8:15pm, October 19th-November 30th
Children's Council, 445 Church St. SF
Volunteers needed: Class Assistant

 

Alameda County Classes

Cooking Matters for Teens
Thursdays, 2:00pm-4:00pm, July 13th-August 17th
Berkeley Youth Alternatives, 1255 Allston Way, Berkeley

Cooking Matters for Adults
Tuesdays, 4:30pm-6:30pm, August 15th-September 19th
AveVista Apartments, 460 Grand Ave, Oakland
Volunteers needed: Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Kids
Thursdays, 4:00pm-5:30pm, August 31st-October 5th
Vincent Academy, 2501 Chestnut St, Oakland
Volunteers needed: Chef, Nutritionist, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Teens
Tuesdays, 2:30pm-4:30pm, September 5th-October 10th
Lincoln High School, 2600 Teagarden Street, San Leandro
Volunteers needed: Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Adults
Tuesdays, 5:00pm-7:00pm, September 5th-October 10th
West Oakland Health Center, 700 Adeline St, Oakland
Volunteers needed: Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Teens
Wednesdays, 3:30pm-5:30pm, September 20th-October 25th
College Track, 117 Broadway, Oakland
Volunteers needed: Class Assistant

Cooking Matters para Familias (Spanish)
Tuesdays, 3:30pm-5:30pm, September 26th-November 7th (skip 10/31)
San Antonio Health Center, 1030 International Blvd, Oakland

Cooking Matters for Adults
Wednesdays, 11:30am-1:30pm, September 27th-November 1st
GROW Inc, 909 7th Street, Oakland

Cooking Matters for Families
Thursdays, 5:30pm-7:30pm, October 12th-November 16th
Burckhalter Elementary School, 3994 Burckhalter Ave, Oakland
Volunteers needed: Chef, Nutritionist, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Families
Tuesdays, 4:30pm-6:30pm, October 17th-November 14th
(skip 10/31, 4-week series)
Kaiser Permanente, 27303 Sleepy Hollow Ave. S, Hayward
Volunteers needed: Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Teens
Wednesdays, 1:30pm-3:30pm, November 1st-December 13th (skip 11/22)
Westlake Middle School, 2629 Harrison St, Oakland
Volunteers needed: Chef, Nutritionist, Class Assistant

 

Contra Costa County Classes

Cooking Matters para Familias (Spanish)
Thursdays, 4:30pm-6:30pm, July 13th-August 17th
Richmond Chamber of Commerce, 3925 Macdonald Ave, Richmond, CA
Volunteer needed: Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Parents
Thursdays, 12:00pm-2:00pm, July 20th-August 24th
First Five 1736 Clayton Rd, Concord, CA, CA
Volunteers needed: Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Adults
Thursdays, 5:00pm-7:00pm, August 24th-September 28th
Nevin Apartments, 400 Nevin Avenue, Richmond, CA
Volunteers needed: Nutritionist, Chef, Class Assistant