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, Nov 6th-Dec 11th
VA Medical Center, 4150 Clement St. SF

Cooking Matters for Kids
Thursdays, 2:15pm-3:45pm, Nov 7th-Dec 19th
Hillcrest Elementary, 810 Silver Ave. SF
Volunteers needed: Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Kids
Wednesdays, 3:00pm-4:30pm, Jan 15th-Feb 19th
Mission Prep, 1050 York St. SF
Volunteers needed: Nutrition Educator

Cooking Matters for Teens
Thursdays, 4:40pm-6:10pm, Jan 30th-March 5th
College Track, 430 3rd St. SF
Volunteers needed: Chef Educator, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Adults
Wednesdays, 2:00pm-4:00pm, Feb 4th-March 17th skip 3/3
North East Medical Center, 808 Kearny St. SF
Volunteers needed: Chef Educator, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Adults
Wednesdays, 12:00pm-2:00pm, Feb 12th-March 18th
Lighthouse for the Blind, 1155 Market St. SF
Volunteers needed: Chef Educator, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Adults
Wednesdays, 11:30am-1:30pm, Feb 19th-March 25th
VA Medical Center, 4150 Clement St. SF
Volunteers needed: Class Assistant

Alameda County Classes

Cooking Matters for Kids
Wednesdays, 1:30pm-3:15pm, Oct 30th-Dec 11th (Skip Thanksgiving)
Fruitvale Elementary, 3200 Boston Ave, Oakland
Volunteers needed: Cooking Educator, Nutrition Educator, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Kids
Thursdays, 4:00pm-5:30pm, Nov 7th-Dec 12th (Skip Thanksgiving)
Encompass Academy, 1025 81st Ave, Oakland
Volunteers needed: Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Teens
Tuesdays 2:30pm-4pm, Jan 7th-Feb11th
Lincoln High School 2600 Teagarden St, San Leandro, CA 94577
Volunteers needed: Cooking Educator, Nutrition EducatorClass Assistant

Cooking Matters for Adults
Tuesdays, 4pm-6pm, Jan 28th-Mar 3rd
Lifelong Ashby 3075 Adeline St Suite 280, Berkeley, CA 94703
Volunteers needed: Cooking Educator, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Adults
Thursdays, 9:30am-12pm, Jan 23rd-Feb 25th
East Oakland Lifelong Foothill Square, 10700 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, CA 94605
Volunteers needed: Cooking Educator, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Families
Fridays, 3:30pm-5:30pm, 1/24, 1/31, 2/21, 2/28
Berkeley Public Library Claremont Branch 2940 Benvenue Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705
Volunteers needed: Nutrition Educator, Class Assistant

Contra Costa County Classes

Cooking Matters for Families
Saturdays, 10:30-12:30pm, Oct 26th-Dec 7th (skip Nov 30th)
San Pablo Community Center, 2450 Rd 20, San Pablo
Volunteers needed: Cooking Educator, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters para Padres (Spanish)
Tuesdays, 8:30am-10:30am, Oct 29th-Dec 3rd
Lincoln Elementary, 29 S 6th St, Richmond
Volunteers needed: Class Assistant

Cooking Matters para Adultos (Spanish)
Tuesdays 9:00-11:00am, Nov 12th-Dec 17th
Virginia Lane Apartments, 1121 Virginia Ln, Concord
Volunteers needed: Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Kids
Tuesdays 2:45-4:15pm Dec 3rd-Jan 21st (skipping Dec 24 & Dec 31)
Dover Elementary 1870 19th St, San Pablo
Volunteers needed: Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Kids
Wednesdays 2:00-3:30pm Dec 4th-Jan 22nd (skipping Dec 25 & Jan 1)
Riverside Elementary 1300 Amador St, San Pablo
Volunteers needed: Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Kids
Fridays 9:30-11am January 17, 31, February 14, 28, March 13, April 3
Encore Homeschooling 820 W. 2nd St. Antioch
Volunteers needed: Nutrition Educator, Cooking Educator, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Families
Saturdays 10:30-12:30pm Jan 18th-Feb 22nd
San Pablo Community Center, 2450 Rd 20, San Pablo
Volunteers needed: Nutrition Educator, Cooking Educator, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Kids
Wednesdays 3:30-5pm January 29th-March 4th (skip Feb 19th)
Marie Reis Community Center 680 S 37th St, Richmond
Volunteers needed: Nutrition Educator, Cooking Educator, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters para Padres (Spanish)
Thursdays 8:15-10:15 am Feb 13th-March 19th
Willow Cove Elementary 1880 Hanlon Way, Pittsburg
Volunteers needed: Nutrition Educator, Cooking Educator, Class Assistant