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 Kids
Tuesdays, 4:00pm-5:30pm, Jan 15th-Feb 19th
Rosa Parks Elementary 1501 O'Farrell St. SF
Volunteers needed: Cooking Educator

Cooking Matters for Families
Wednesdays, 5:30pm-7:30pm, Jan 16th-Feb 20th
RDNC @ George Washington High 600 32nd Ave. SF

Cooking Matters for Kids
Thursdays, 4:00pm-5:30pm, Jan 17th-Feb 21st
Thomas Edison Charter 3531 22nd St. SF
Volunteers needed: Nutritionist, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Adults
Tuesdays, 11:45am-1:15pm, Jan 15th-Feb 19th
Balboa High 100 Cayuga St. SF
Volunteers needed: Cooking Educator

Cooking Matters Para Padres
Wednesdays, 8:30am-10:30am, Jan 30th-March 6th
Bryant Elementary 2641 25th St. SF
Volunteers needed: Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Adults
Tuesdays, 6:00pm-8:00pm, Feb 5th-March 12th
LightHouse for the Blind 1155 Market St. SF
Volunteers needed: Nutrition Educator

Cooking Matters for Parents
Thursdays, 3:30pm-5:30pm, Feb 14th-March 21st
Cleveland Elementary 445 Church St. SF
Volunteers needed: Cooking Educator, Nutrition Educator

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

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

Cooking Matters for Teens
Wednesdays, 12:00pm-1:30pm, April 3rd-May 8th
Abraham Lincoln High School 2162 24th Ave SF
Volunteers needed: Cooking Educator, Class Assistant

Alameda County Classes

Cooking Matters for Kids
Tuesdays, 4:00pm-5:30pm, October 23rd-December 4th (skip 11/20)
Greenleaf Elementary, 6328 E 17th St, Oakland

Cooking Matters for Teens
Thursdays, 4:00pm-5:30pm, October 25th-December 6th (skip 11/22)
Roots International Academy, 1390 66th Ave, Oakland

Cooking Matters para Padres (Spanish)
Tuesdays, 9am-11am, November 6th- December 18th (skip 11/20)
Manzanita SEED Elementary, 2409 E 27th, Oakland

Cooking Matters para Familias (Spanish)
Wednesdays, 8:30am-10:30am, Nov 7th-December 19th (skip 11/21)
San Antonio Neighborhood Health, 1030 International Blvd, Oakland

Cooking Matters for Teens
Tuesdays , 2:30pm-4pm, Jan 16th-Feb 20th
Lincoln High School, 2600 Teagarden Street, San Leandro
Volunteers needed: Cooking Educator, Nutrition Educator, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters para Padres (Spanish)
Fridays, 10am-12pm, Jan 11th-Feb 15th
Casa CHE 1450 Fruitvale Avenue, 3rd Floor, Oakland, CA 94601
Volunteers needed: Cooking Educator, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters para Adultos (Spanish)
Tuesdays, 10:30am-12:30pm, Jan 15th-Feb 19th
Casa Ubuntu/Bonita House 7200 Bancroft Ave, Oakland, CA 94605
Volunteers needed: Cooking Educator, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Kids
Wednesdays, 2:30pm-4pm, Jan 16th-Feb 20th
Emeryville Rec Center 4727 San Pablo Ave, Emeryville
Volunteers needed: Cooking Educator, Nutrition Educator, Class Assistant

Contra Costa County Classes

Cooking Matters For Families
Tuesdays, 5:15-7:15pm January 15th-February 26th (skip 2/19)
Helms Middle School 2500 Rd 20, San Pablo, CA
Volunteers needed: Nutrition Educator, Cooking Educator, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Kids
Wednesdays 4:15pm-5:45pm January 16th-Februrary 27th (skip 2/20)
Helms Middle School 2500 Rd 20, San Pablo, CA
Volunteers needed: Nutrition Educator, Cooking Educator, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters para Padres
Fridays 11:30-1:30pm January 18th-March 1st (skip 2/22)
Helms Middle School 2500 Rd 20, San Pablo, CA
Volunteers needed: Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Parents
Fridays 9:00-11:00 am January 18th-March 1st (skip 2/22)
Downer Elementary 231 18th St, San Pablo, CA
Volunteers needed: Nutrition Educator, Cooking Educator, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Kids
Fridays 2:30pm-4:00pm January 18th-March 1st (skip 2/22)
Downer Elementary 231 18th St, San Pablo, CA
Volunteers needed: Nutrition Educator, Cooking Educator, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Kids
Wednesdays 2:00-3:30 pm January 23rd-March 6th (skip 2/20)
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 January 24th-March 7th (skip 2/21)
DeJean Middle School 400 Macdonald Ave, Richmond, CA
Volunteers needed: Nutrition Educator, Cooking Educator, Class Assistant