Volunteer in the 18th Street Kitchen

Please note that the 18th Street Kitchen Crew is currently at capacity, so applications to volunteer in our 18th St. classroom are currently closed.

We encourage you to check out volunteering in our free Cooking Matters program for low-income families instead, which is accepting new volunteers.

Volunteers in our 18th Street Kitchen crew set up our teaching classroom and kitchen, serve guests, assist chefs and instructors, and clean up. 18th Street Kitchen Crew volunteering takes place at 3674 18th St. in San Francisco. Volunteering has many perks: working alongside our instructors and chefs, connecting with other food-loving people, receiving the recipes used in any class you crew for, and, last but not least, taking home free food from events. Crew members may earn additional benefits by fulfilling the volunteering requirements, such as free year of membership to 18 Reasons, a free or discounted ticket to 18th Street Kitchen events, and Bi-Rite Market gift cards.

Due to the schedule of our public classes and events, we prioritize training volunteers who are available on weeknights and Sunday evenings for 6 hour shifts. We expect volunteers to be present for the entire time of their shift.

Volunteer shift options include:

  • Monday through Thursday: 5:00pm-10:30pm
  • Friday: 5:00pm-11:00pm
  • Saturday: 10:00am-3:00pm
  • Sunday: 3:00pm-9:00pm

Next steps to volunteering

If you are interested in being considered for a volunteer Crew position, you will need to fill out an application. Once your Crew application is submitted, we will review it and email you if we approve your application to join the 18th Street Kitchen Crew. New Crew volunteers are required to attend a 2-hour orientation. After the orientation, you will be able to sign up for volunteer shifts right away. To stay an active member of the 18th Street Kitchen Crew, we ask that you volunteer a minimum of 6 times a year.

Have additional questions? Please email us at volunteering@18reasons.org.