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) 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 voluneer 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
Thursdays, 1:00pm-2:30pm, October 26th-December 14th
Bryant Elementary 2641 25th St. SF
Volunteers needed: Nutritionist, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Adults
Wednesdays, 1:00pm-3:00pm, November 1st-December 13th
NEMS, 728 Pacific Ave 2nd Floor SF
Volunteers needed: Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Kids
Wednesdays, 3:10pm-4:40pm, Jan 10th-Feb 14th
Sutro Elementary 235 12th Ave. SF
Volunteers needed: Chef, Nutritionist, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Kids
Wednesdays, 4:45pm-6:15pm, Jan 24th-Feb 28th
Lawton Elementary1570 31st. SF
Volunteers needed: Nutritionist

Cooking Matters for Families
Wednesdays, 4:45pm-6:15pm, Jan 17th-Feb 21st
Sheridan Elementary 431 Capitol Ave. SF
Volunteers needed: Nutritionist, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters para Padres
Thursdays, 9:30am-11:30am, Jan 18th-Feb 22nd
Cleveland Elementary 455 Athens St. SF
Volunteers needed: Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Adults
Wednesdays, 11:30am-1:30pm, Jan 31st-March 7th
VA Medical Hospital 4150 Clement St. SF
Volunteers needed: Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Kids
Thursdays, 3:30pm-5:00pm,Feb 1st-March 8th
Hillcrest Elementary 810 Sliver Ave. SF
Volunteers needed: Chef, Nutritionist, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Kids
Fridays, 4:00pm-5:30pm Feb 23rd-April 6th
Aptos Elementary 105 Aptos St. SF
Volunteers needed: Chef, Nutritionist, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Kids
Wednesdays, 4:30pm-6:00pm, March 14th-April 25th
Lawton Elementary 1570 31st. SF

 

Alameda County Classes

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

Cooking Matters for Families
Tuesdays, 4:30pm-6:30pm, November 7th-December 19th
West Oakland Public Library, 1801 Adeline St, Oakland

Cooking Matters para Adultos (Spanish)
Tuesdays, 10:00am-12:00pm, November 7th-December 12th
Native American Health Center, 2950 International Blvd, Oakland
Volunteers needed: Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Adults (5-week series)
Tuesdays, 11:00am-1:00pm, November 21st-December 19th
Casa Ubuntu, 7200 Bancroft Ave, Suite 267, Oakland
Volunteers needed: Chef, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Teens
Tuesdays, 1:30pm-3:30pm, January 10th-February 14th
Alternatives in Action, 2101 35th Avenue Oakland
Volunteers needed: Chef, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters para Adultos (Spanish)
Saturdays, 10:00am-12:00pm, January 13th-February 17th
LifeLong West Berkeley Family Practice, 2031 6th St, Berkeley

Cooking Matters for Kids
Tuesdays, 3:45pm-5:15pm, January 16th-February 20th
Lazear Charter Academy, 824 29th Ave, Oakland
Volunteers needed: Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Adults
Wednesdays, 2:00pm-4:00pm, January 24th-February 28th
The Bread Project, 1615 University Ave, Berkeley
Volunteers needed: Nutritionist, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Teens
Wednesdays, 4:00pm-5:30pm, February 21st-March 28th
College Track Oakland, 117 Broadway, Oakland
Volunteers needed: Nutritionist, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Teens
Tuesdays, 2:30pm-4:30pm, February 27th-April 3rd
Lincoln High School, 2600 Teagarden Street, San Leandro
Volunteers needed: Chef, Nutritionist, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Adults
Wednesdays, 3:00pm-5:00pm, March 21st-April 25th
The Bread Project, 1615 University Ave, Berkeley
Volunteers needed: Nutritionist, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Adults
Wednesdays, 2:00pm-4:00pm, May 23rd-June 27th
The Bread Project, 1615 University Ave, Berkeley
Volunteers needed: Nutritionist, Class Assistant

 

Contra Costa County Classes

Cooking Matters para Padres (Spanish)
Fridays, 9:30am-11:30am, November 3rd-December 15th (skip 11/24)
First 5 San Pablo 2707 Dover Ave, San Pablo, CA
Volunteers needed: Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Families
Fridays, 3:30pm-5:30pm, November 3rd-December 15th (skip 10/31)
Barret Apts., 700 Barrett Ave, Richmond CA
Volunteers needed: Chef, Nutritionist, Class assistant

Cooking Matters for Adults
Thursdays, 9:00am-11:00am, January 18th-February 22nd
Monument Crisis Center 1990 Market St, Concord
Volunteers needed:Class assistant

Cooking Matters for Kids
Meeting every other Thursday 9:30 am - 11:00am January 18, Feb. 1, Feb. 15, March 1, March 15, March 29
Encore Homeschooling, 820 W. 2nd St. Antioch
Volunteers needed: Nutritionist, Class assistant

Cooking Matters for Teens/Parents
Fridays 1:00-2:20pm Jan 26th-March 2nd
CrossRoads High School, 2701 Willow Pass Rd, Concord, CA
Volunteers needed:Chef, Class assistant

Cooking Matters para Padres
Wednesdays 5-7pm, February 7th-March 21st (skip Feb 14th)
Concord Child Care, 1360 Detroit Avenue, Concord Ca
Volunteers needed:Class assistant