We are always looking for local volunteers* who are passionate about making a difference in their community. We continue to operate with exceptionally lean volunteers to do our part to ensure safety and minimize the impact of the COVID-19 crisis. There are a variety of areas you can support, check out the list below!

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.

*We welcome youth volunteers ages 13+ and ask that they be accompanied by a parent or guardian.


Key Volunteer Opportunities

   

Mama’s Pies Volunteer

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

Pie Box Label Party (Saturday 11/13) 

  • Constructing, labeling and sorting 3000 pie boxes. 
  • Location: Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine – 3777 La Jolla Village Dr, San Diego, CA 92122 

Pie Central Operations (Monday 11/22 – Wednesday 11/24) 

  • Receiving and sorting incoming pies, quality control checks, building shipper boxes and preparing orders for private pick up sites. Some lifting will be required. Volunteers should wear comfortable closed-toe shoes and work clothes 
  • Behind the Scenes Catering, 9888 Waples St, SD 92121 

Public Pickup Site Coordinator (Wednesday 11/24) 

  • Distributing pre-sold pies to pie buyers, maintaining pie order list, and selling surplus pies to the public. Morning shift volunteers must pick up pies at Pie Central before heading to their designated site. 
  • Public pickup sites are at numerous locations throughout San Diego County 

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.