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 Teens
Thursdays, 4:40pm-6:10pm, Jan 30th-Mar 5th
College Track, 430 3rd St. SF

Cooking Matters for Adults
Tuesdays, 2:00pm-4:00pm, Feb 4th-Mar 17th (skip 3/3)
North East Medical Center, 628 Washington St, Room A304, SF

Cooking Matters for Kids
Wednesdays, 4:00pm-5:30pm, Feb 5th-Mar 18th (skip 2/12)
Visitation Valley Elementary, 55 Schwerin St. SF
Volunteers needed: Chef Educator, Nutrition Educator

Cooking Matters for Adults
Wednesdays, 11:30am-1:30pm, Feb 19th-Mar 25th
VA Medical Center, 4150 Clement St. SF
Volunteers needed: Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Adults
Fridays, 5:30pm-7:30pm, Mar 6th-Apr 10th
Bayview YMCA, 1601 Lane St. SF
Volunteers needed: Chef Educator

Cooking Matters for Families
Thursdays, 5:30pm-7:30pm, Mar 12th-Apr 16th
Longfellow Elementary, 755 Morse St. SF
Volunteers needed: Chef Educator

Cooking Matters for Kids
Tuesdays, 3:05pm-4:35pm, April 7th-May 12th
Alvarado Elementary, 625 Douglass St. SF
Volunteers needed: Chef Educator, Nutrition Educator, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Adults
Wednesdays, 12:00pm-2:00pm, April 8th-May 13th
Lighthouse for the Blind, 1155 Market St. SF

Cooking Matters for Teens
Wednesdays, 12:40pm-2:17pm, April 8th-May 20th (skip 5/13)
Abraham Lincoln High, 2162 24th Ave. SF
Volunteers needed: Chef Educator, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Families
Tuesdays, 4:15pm-6:15pm, April 28th-June 2nd
Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy, 4235 19th St. SF
Volunteers needed: Chef Educator, Nutrition Educator

Cooking Matters for Adults
Wednesdays, 11:30am-1:30pm, April 29th-June 3rd
VA Medical Center, 4150 Clement St. SF
Volunteers needed: Class Assistant

Alameda County Classes

Cooking Matters for Families
Saturdays, 10:00am-11:30am, Jan 18th-Feb 15th
City Sickers Farms, 2847 Peralta St, Oakland, CA 94608

Cooking Matters for Adults
Thursdays, 9:30am-12:00pm, Jan 23rd-Feb 27th
East Oakland Lifelong Foothill Square, 10700 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland

Cooking Matters for Parents
Fridays, 9:30am-12:00pm, Jan 24th-Feb 28th
Fruitvale Elementary, 3200 Boston Ave, Oakland
Volunteers needed: Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Kids
Fridays, 3:00pm-4:30pm, Jan 24th-Feb 28th
Emerson Elementary, 4803 Lawton Ave Oakland

Cooking Matters for Families
Fridays, 3:30pm-5:30pm, Jan 24 and 31, Feb 21 and 28
Berkeley Public Library Claremont Branch, 2940 Benvenue Ave, Berkeley

Cooking Matters para Adultos (Spanish)
Fridays, 11:30am-1:30pm, Feb 7th-Mar 9th
Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center 16110 E 14th St, San Leandro
Volunteers needed: Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Teens
Wednesdays, 4:00pm-5:30pm, Feb 12th-Mar 18th
College Track Oakland, 117 Broadway Oakland
Volunteers needed: Cooking Educator, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Childcare Providers
Tuesdays, 3:45pm-5:15pm, Feb 25th-Mar 24th
Franklin Preschool, 460 Eighth Street, Berkeley
Volunteers needed: Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Adults
Tuesdays, 4:00pm-6:00pm, Mar 3rd-Apr 7th
Lifelong Ashby, 3075 Adeline St. Suite 280, Berkeley

Cooking Matters for Teens
Tuesdays, 4:00pm-5:30pm, Mar 3rd-Apr 7th
Westlake Academy, 2629 Harrison St. Oakland
Volunteers needed: Cooking Educator, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Teens
Thursdays, 4:00pm-5:30pm, Mar 5th-Apr 9th
Greenleaf 6328 E 17th St Oakland, CA
Volunteers needed: Nutriton Educator, Cooking Educator, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Kids
Wednesdays, 1:30-3:15 pm Mar 4th- Apr 15th
Fruitvale Elementary 3200 Boston Ave, Oakland
Volunteers needed: Nutrition Educator, Cooking Educator, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters para Padres (Spanish)
Tuesdays, 9-11 am Apr 2nd- May 7th
Manzanita SEED 2409 E 27th St, Oakland, CA 94601
Volunteers needed: Nutrition Educator, Cooking Educator, Class Assistant

Contra Costa County Classes

Cooking Matters para Adultos (Spanish)
Wednesdays, 11:00am-1:00pm Jan 15th-Feb 19th
Shields Reid Community Center, 1410 Kelsey St, Richmond
Volunteers needed: Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Kids
Fridays, 9:30-11am Jan 17, 31, Feb 14, 28, Mar 13, Apr 3
Encore Homeschooling, 820 W. 2nd St. Antioch
Volunteers needed: Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Families
Saturdays, 10:30-12:30pm Jan 18th-Feb 22nd
San Pablo Community Center, 2450 Rd 20, San Pablo
Volunteers needed: Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Kids
Tuesdays, 4:15pm-5:45pm, Jan 21st-Mar 3rd (skipping Feb 18th)
Helms Middle School 2450 Rd 20, San Pablo
Volunteers needed: Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Families
Tuesdays, 6:00pm-8:00pm, Feb 11th-March 18th
The Oaks Apartments, 3073 N Main St, Walnut Creek
Volunteers needed: Nutrition Educator, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters para Padres (Spanish)
Thursdays, 8:15am-10:15am, Feb 13th-Mar 19th
Willow Cove Elementary, 1880 Hanlon Way, Pittsburg
Volunteers needed: Nutrition Educator, Cooking Educator, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters para Familias (Spanish)
Wednesdays, 5:30pm-7:30pm, Feb 19th-Mar 25th
East County Family Justice Center, 3501 Lone Tree Way, Antioch
Volunteers needed: Nutrition Educator, Cooking Educator, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Parents
Fridays, 9:00am-11:00am, Feb 21st-March 27th
Stoneman Elementary, 2929 Loveridge Rd, Pittsburg
Volunteers needed: Nutrition Educator, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Parents
Wednesdays, 9:00am-11:00am, Feb 26th-Apr 1st
Downer Elementary, 231 18th St, San Pablo
Volunteers needed: Nutrition Educator, Cooking Educator, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Kids
Wednesdays, 2:15pm-3:45pm, Feb 26th-Apr 1st
Downer Elementary, 231 18th St, San Pablo
Volunteers needed: Nutrition Educator, Cooking Educator, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Teens
Thursdays, 3:50pm-5:50pm, Feb 27-Apr 2nd
Richmond High School, 1250 23rd St, Richmond
Volunteers needed: Nutrition Educator, Cooking Educator, Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Kids
Wednesdays, 2:00pm-3:30pm Apr 1-May 13th (skip April 8th)
Riverside Elementary, 1300 Amador St, San Pablo
Volunteers needed: Nutrition Educator, Cooking Educator, Class Assistant