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 Families
Thursdays, 6:15pm-8:15pm, Sept 12th-Oct 18th
Children's Council, 455 Church St. SF

Cooking Matters for Kids
Wednesdays, 4:00pm-5:30pm, Sept 18th-Oct 23rd
Sheridan Elementary, 431 Capitol St, SF
Volunteers needed: Cooking Educator

Cooking Matters for Kids
Fridays, 2:30pm-4:00pm, Sept 27th-Nov 1st
Nihonmachi Little Friends, 1830 Sutter St. SF
Volunteers needed: Nutrition Educator

Cooking Matters for Adults
Wednesdays, 10:00am-12:00pm, Oct 2nd-Nov 6th
Shanti Project, 3674 18th St. SF
Volunteers needed: Nutrition Educator

Cooking Matters for Adults
Fridays, 5:30pm-7:30pm, Oct 4th-Nov 8th
Bayview YMCA, 1601 Lane St. SF

Cooking Matters for Kids
Tuesdays, 4:00pm-5:30pm, Oct 8th-Nov 12th (skip Oct 15th)
Thomas Edison Charter, 3531 22nd St. SF

Cooking Matters for Kids
Tuesdays, 4:30pm-6:00pm, Oct 8th-Nov 12th
Longfellow Elementary, 755 Morse St. SF
Volunteers needed: Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Kids
Wednesdays, 4:30pm-6:00pm, Oct 9th-Nov 13th
Longfellow Elementary, 755 Morse St. SF

Cooking Matters for Kids
Wednesdays, 2:30pm-4:00pm, Oct 9th-Nov 13th
Mission Prep Charter, 1050 York St. SF
Volunteers needed: Nutrition Educator, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters para Familias (Spanish)
Wednesdays, 6:15pm-8:15pm, Oct 23rd-Dec 4th
Children's Council, 455 Church St. SF

Cooking Matters for Adults
Wednesdays, 11:30am-1:30pm, Nov 6th-Dec 11th
VA Medical Center, 4150 Clement St. SF
Volunteers needed: Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Kids
Thursdays, 2:14pm-3:45pm, Nov 7th-Dec 12th
Hillcrest Elementary, 810 Silver Ave. SF
Volunteers needed: Cooking Educator, Nutrition Educator, Class Assistant

Alameda County Classes

Cooking Matters para Adultos (Spanish)
Thursdays, 9:00am-11:00am, Sept 12th-Oct 10th
Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center, 16110 E. 14th St, San Leandro
Volunteers needed: Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Adults
Thursdays, 12:00pm-2:00pm, Sept 12th-Oct 10th
Roots Community Clinic, 9925 International Blvd. Ste #2, Oakland

Cooking Matters for Teens
Wednesdays, 3:30pm-5:30pm, Sept 18th-Oct 23rd
College Track Oakland, 117 Broadway, Oakland
Volunteers needed: Nutrition Educator, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Childcare Providers
Tuesdays, 3:45pm-5:15pm, Sept 24th-Oct 22nd
Franklin Preschool, 1460 Eighth St, Berkeley
Volunteers needed: Cooking Educator

Cooking Matters for Teens
Tuesdays, 2:30pm-4pm, Oct 1st-Nov 5th
Lincoln High School, 2600 Teagarden St, San Leandro
Volunteers needed: Cooking Educator, Nutrition Educator, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters para Padres (Spanish)
Thursdays, 3:30pm-5:30pm, Oct 3rd-Nov 7th
San Antonio Neighborhood Health, 1030 International Blvd, Oakland
Volunteers needed: Cooking Educator, Nutrition Educator, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Teens
Tuesdays, 4-5:30pm, Oct 15th-Dec 3rd (Skip Thanksgiving Week)
Greenleaf Elementary School, 6328 E 17th St, Oakland
Volunteers needed: Cooking Educator, Nutrition Educator, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Teens
Thursdays, 4-5:30pm, Oct 17th-Dec 5th (Skip Thanksgiving Week)
Westlake Middle School, 2629 Harrison St, Oakland
Volunteers needed: Cooking Educator, Nutrition Educator, Class Assistant

Contra Costa County Classes

Cooking Matters for Families
Saturdays, 10:30am-12:30pm, Sept 7th-October 12th
San Pablo Community Center, 2450 Rd 20, San Pablo
Volunteers needed: Nutrition Educator, Cooking Educator, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Teens
Thursdays, 3:50pm-5:50pm, Sept 19th-Oct 24th
Richmond High School, 1250 23rd St, Richmond, CA
Volunteers needed: Nutrition Educator, Cooking Educator, Class Assistant