Volunteer with Cooking Matters


In Massachusetts, our volunteers:

  • Teach six-week courses as a Culinary or Nutrition Instructor.

  • Assist with six week courses as a Class Assistant.


 

Becoming a Volunteer

 

Training

  • One 2 hour in-person or video call training before you step foot into a course.

  • An option to observe a class.

  • Access to our training website for additional support, instructional videos, and best practices for leading a food skills education experience.

  • Support, coaching, and feedback to foster gold-standard program delivery and to provide professional development opportunities.

 

What you can expect

  • Each course meets for six weeks, two hours per week, and typically has 8-16 participants.

  • Click here to learn more about where we do courses and who we partner with. 

  • Cooking Matters Coordinators are present for every class and will bring all materials (i.e groceries, knives, cutting boards, bowls, pots & pans). They will also fill any roles not filled by volunteers.

  • Course teams ideally include a culinary instructor, nutrition instructor, classroom assistant, and an interpreter for bilingual classes.

    • Nutrition Instructor: Nutrition volunteers are typically graduates of (or enrolled in) dietetics programs or have at least two years working in a nutrition or dietetics position.
    • Culinary Instructors: Culinary volunteers are usually graduates of (or enrolled in) a two-year culinary training program or have at least two years working as a cook or chef.
    • Class Assistants: Set up and clean up, organize take-home grocery bags, support instructors in facilitating activities, hand out and collect materials, take photos or collect stories to help document the Cooking Matters experience.
  • Cooking Matters provides evidence-based curricula that include lesson plans, talking points and open-ended questions to facilitate conversation with participants, activities, and recipes.
    • Lesson plans are based off the MyPlate and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. 
    • Recipes use accessible, low-cost, nutritious ingredients and have been cost- and nutrition-analyzed

  • Weekly email communication with our staff during your six-week course.

 

What we expect from you

  • Use the Cooking Matters curricula to teach lessons and tailor the content in order to be relevant and applicable for participants.

  • Nutrition & culinary instructors have relevant experience in these fields before signing up for these roles.

  • Arrive 30 minutes before the program to set up and stay 30 minutes after your program to clean up.

  • Understand that offering programming in the community setting requires flexibility, patience, and leadership when unexpected situations arise.

  • Be open to feedback on what and how information is shared, knowing the goal is to create a great learning environment for participants.

 

How often can I volunteer and when can I get started?

We make our best attempt to get you into a volunteer role as soon as possible. Once you are trained, you are able to sign-up for our courses through our online calendar. Depending on your availability, you may find a role that works for you right away. Other volunteers may need to wait six months to a year to find a role that works for their schedule. We promise, your experience will be worth the wait! The majority of our courses take place Monday – Thursday between the hours of 9 AM - 12 PM or 5:30 - 8:00 PM, with a few midday exceptions. We occasionally have courses on Fridays during the day.

 

Ready to get started? Sign-up for a New Volunteer Training through our calendar. Please contact cookingmattersma@strength.org with any questions. We look forward to working with you!

 

Can’t volunteer, but still want to help?

  • Tell a friend who might be interested in volunteering.

  • Organize a non-perishable food drive or utensil drive for our courses. 

  • Donate to Cooking Matters.

 

 

 

Volunteer with Cooking Matters


In Massachusetts, our volunteers:

  • Teach six-week courses as a Culinary or Nutrition Instructor.

  • Assist with six week courses as a Class Assistant.


 

Becoming a Volunteer

 

Training

  • One 2 hour in-person or video call training before you step foot into a course.

  • An option to observe a class.

  • Access to our training website for additional support, instructional videos, and best practices for leading a food skills education experience.

  • Support, coaching, and feedback to foster gold-standard program delivery and to provide professional development opportunities.

 

What you can expect

  • Each course meets for six weeks, two hours per week, and typically has 8-16 participants.

  • Click here to learn more about where we do courses and who we partner with. 

  • Cooking Matters Coordinators are present for every class and will bring all materials (i.e groceries, knives, cutting boards, bowls, pots & pans). They will also fill any roles not filled by volunteers.

  • Course teams ideally include a culinary instructor, nutrition instructor, classroom assistant, and an interpreter for bilingual classes.

    • Nutrition Instructor: Nutrition volunteers are typically graduates of (or enrolled in) dietetics programs or have at least two years working in a nutrition or dietetics position.
    • Culinary Instructors: Culinary volunteers are usually graduates of (or enrolled in) a two-year culinary training program or have at least two years working as a cook or chef.
    • Class Assistants: Set up and clean up, organize take-home grocery bags, support instructors in facilitating activities, hand out and collect materials, take photos or collect stories to help document the Cooking Matters experience.
  • Cooking Matters provides evidence-based curricula that include lesson plans, talking points and open-ended questions to facilitate conversation with participants, activities, and recipes.
    • Lesson plans are based off the MyPlate and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. 
    • Recipes use accessible, low-cost, nutritious ingredients and have been cost- and nutrition-analyzed

  • Weekly email communication with our staff during your six-week course.

 

What we expect from you

  • Use the Cooking Matters curricula to teach lessons and tailor the content in order to be relevant and applicable for participants.

  • Nutrition & culinary instructors have relevant experience in these fields before signing up for these roles.

  • Arrive 30 minutes before the program to set up and stay 30 minutes after your program to clean up.

  • Understand that offering programming in the community setting requires flexibility, patience, and leadership when unexpected situations arise.

  • Be open to feedback on what and how information is shared, knowing the goal is to create a great learning environment for participants.

 

How often can I volunteer and when can I get started?

We make our best attempt to get you into a volunteer role as soon as possible. Once you are trained, you are able to sign-up for our courses through our online calendar. Depending on your availability, you may find a role that works for you right away. Other volunteers may need to wait six months to a year to find a role that works for their schedule. We promise, your experience will be worth the wait! The majority of our courses take place Monday – Thursday between the hours of 9 AM - 12 PM or 5:30 - 8:00 PM, with a few midday exceptions. We occasionally have courses on Fridays during the day.

 

Ready to get started? Sign-up for a New Volunteer Training through our calendar. Please contact cookingmattersma@strength.org with any questions. We look forward to working with you!

 

Can’t volunteer, but still want to help?

  • Tell a friend who might be interested in volunteering.

  • Organize a non-perishable food drive or utensil drive for our courses. 

  • Donate to Cooking Matters.

 

 

 

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