UPDATED: 9/20/21

YES, we still need volunteers. We will be operating with exceptionally lean volunteers to do our part to ensure safety and minimize the impact of the COVID-19 crisis.

We continue to seek additional volunteers for:

More information regarding our COVID-19 precautions and volunteer opportunities are below. If you have any questions or seek additional information, please contact Director of Volunteer Engagement, Mark Maddox, at mark@mamaskitchen.org or 619.233.6262 x121.

COVID-19 Precautions:

  • Modifications to our meal preparations, scheduled volunteer shifts, and delivery schedules have been implemented. 
  • We seek not only to adhere to local public health official guidance but to also foster a physically and psychologically safe facility for all volunteers and staff.
  • All in-building volunteers enter through the lower kitchen doors (drivers do not enter the facility but are screened on the loading dock).
  • Each person has their temperature checked.
  • Each in-building volunteer signs in including their arrival time and signs out with their departure time.
  • Face coverings are required the entire time in the facility with both masks and face shields available. Face coverings are also required while making deliveries.
  • No-touch meal deliveries procedures are in place with gloves and sanitizer provided as needed.

NEXT STEPS:
STEP 1:
Complete a Volunteer Application prior to orientation. 
STEP 2: Attend an orientation. Click here to view orientation days and times.
STEP 3: Complete your volunteer application and background check (delivery driver volunteers) or reference checks (non-delivery driver).
STEP 4: You’ll be added to our volunteer system and will receive emails regarding available shifts with instructions on how to sign up.

Key Volunteer Opportunities – High Need

Meal Delivery Driver/Adopt-A-Route

Modified Eligibility: Must be fully COVID-19 vaccinated with fourteen days elapsed since last dose.

Responsibilities:
Pickup meals at kitchen or courier site for delivery to clients at their homeDeliver all meals within a two-hour delivery window (generally 10-15 clients).

  • Complete an annual background check (paid for by Mama’s Kitchen).

Time Commitment:

  • Regular delivery days are Tuesday and Friday delivery with three varying 2-hour delivery windows, however during this times additional delivery windows may be scheduled.
  • Routes are available for weekly commitments or as you are available.

Kitchen/Staging Volunteer

Modified Eligibility: Must be fully COVID-19 vaccinated with fourteen days elapsed since last dose.

Shift Schedule:

Plating/Kitchen Prep Cohort (Monday/Wednesday/Thursday 8am-12pm, Monday/Thursday 12:30-2:30)

  • Plating entrees of about 525 portions each. Goal is to complete one entrée per two hours – so a four-hour shift will plate two separate meals.
  • Prep work in conjunction with kitchen staff as needed and requested.

Grocery Bags (Monday/Thursday 9am-12pm)

  • Assembly line of “dry” items for inclusion in the next day’s delivery (fruit, cereal, crackers, oatmeal, etc).
  • Preparing individual items like tortillas and bread for future deliveries.

Delivery Day Morning (Tuesday/Friday 8am-12pm)

  • Frozen Bags: assembly line of cold items for inclusion in that day’s delivery (yogurt, milk, cheese, burritos, etc).
  • Bundling: bundling all meals for that day’s delivery to fill the bags more efficiently.
  • Staging: compile all items into delivery bags (grocery bags, frozen bags, and meal bundles) and then place onto carts by delivery route.

Delivery Day Afternoon (Tuesday/Friday 1-3pm or 2-4pm)

  • Staging: compile all items into delivery bags (grocery bags, frozen bags, and meal bundles) and then place onto carts by delivery route (1-3pm).
  • Cart Loading: loading carts with the appropriate number of regulars and specials by route and wheeling out to the loading dock as drivers arrive (2-4pm).

Phone/Office Support

Modified Eligibility: Must be fully COVID-19 vaccinated with fourteen days elapsed since last dose.

Responsibilities:

  • Direct callers to the appropriate department or staff person.
  • Provide general information about Mama’s Kitchen to callers with staff training and resource materials.
  • Support administrative functions of various departments with mailing, sorting, and filing tasks.
  • Based on interest level, support project-related tasks for program staff.

Time Commitment:

  • Three shifts daily (9am-12pm, 12-3pm, 3-6pm). Available for substitute or ongoing schedule based on need.
  • Other varying shifts available as needed.