Q. Where do I sign up to volunteer?
A. Once you have read these Orientation Instructions and filled out the Volunteer Application, you will be able to select dates to serve. You must submit your request at least 2 business days in advance, though we recommend earlier if you have a specific date in mind or plan to bring a group.
Two business days before the service, we ask for a list of names/email addresses/birth dates of every volunteer attending. The group leader is responsible for ensuring every individual is aware of these Orientation Instructions.
Q. When are orientations held?
A. Meal service volunteers: Our colleagues Caitlin, Alethia or Kim will conduct a quick 30-minute orientation every day of the week at 4 p.m – right before dinner service. You may schedule your orientation the same day you serve (i.e. orientation at 4 p.m and serve dinner the same day 4:30-7:30 p.m).
Non-meal-service volunteers: If you are interested in another volunteer opportunity aside from meal service (workshop facilitator, administrative tasks, internships, etc.), please email the Volunteer Manager to fill out the Volunteer Application and then select a time to attend an orientation.
Q. When are service opportunities?
A. Breakfast is served from 5 a.m. until 7 a.m. Dinner is served from 4 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Some of our dates are full already, so it’s best to contact us with as much notice as possible. Other volunteer opportunities such as workshop facilitation, administrative tasks, internships, etc. can be more flexibly scheduled.
Q. What if I have to change my schedule?
A. We ask for 2 business days’ notice for any changes (lateness, absence or addition) – to schedule a service opportunity or to cancel an opportunity. We turn volunteers away if we are full according to the schedule, so your commitment is appreciated.