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Volunteer with Cooking Matters


Update 5/12/20: Our volunteer program is suspended as we are not currently delivering Cooking Matters programming in-person until further notice. Our primary goal is for staff, volunteers, community partners, and the families we serve, to stay safe and healthy while we adopt the recommendations to create social distance as a means to minimize spread of COVID-19.  Thank you for understanding and we look forward to working with you in the future!

We are not hosting any New Volunteer Trainings at this time. Please check back later or email cookingmattersma@strength.org to be added to a list for future trainings (likely in six months to a year). Thank you!


 

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. 

  • 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.

 

All new volunteer trainings are suspended at this time. Please check back later or email cookingmattersma@strength.org to be added to a contact list once new volunteer trainings resume. Thank 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


Update 5/12/20: Our volunteer program is suspended as we are not currently delivering Cooking Matters programming in-person until further notice. Our primary goal is for staff, volunteers, community partners, and the families we serve, to stay safe and healthy while we adopt the recommendations to create social distance as a means to minimize spread of COVID-19.  Thank you for understanding and we look forward to working with you in the future!

We are not hosting any New Volunteer Trainings at this time. Please check back later or email cookingmattersma@strength.org to be added to a list for future trainings (likely in six months to a year). Thank you!


 

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. 

  • 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.

 

All new volunteer trainings are suspended at this time. Please check back later or email cookingmattersma@strength.org to be added to a contact list once new volunteer trainings resume. Thank 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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