Volunteers are integral to the Seasoned Spoon’s success. Our volunteers are the foundation of day-to-day operations of the Spoon and we are extremely grateful for their support. On average there about 40 volunteers every single week at the Spoon doing everything from chopping and processing vegetables, to washing dishes, putting up posters or helping with events.
Volunteering at the Spoon provides you with the opportunity to get involved in a fun and welcoming organization where you will meet friendly people, build community connections, and learn exciting new food skills.
● Volunteering is a good way to get hands-on experience in the local food scene on campus. Not only will you gain valuable and employable kitchen skills, but we hope that through your experience here you will start to get a taste for our food politics, including home-style cooking, seasonal eating, and sustainable, local food sourcing.
● Our volunteers leave with a sense of empowerment over their own food choices and cooking skills, as well as an appetite for getting involved in the broader food movement.
● Free Food! We love to feed our hardworking volunteers. The food is, of course, what draws most people here in the first place. For each volunteer shift you get a free hot drink and meal!
● Volunteers are a vibrant part of the Seasoned Spoon community. Our volunteers often form friendships and connections that last well beyond their time at the Spoon.
In order to volunteer, you must first become a member of the café, then attend a volunteer orientation session and finally sign a working volunteer agreement. This agreement outlines the mutual expectations and responsibilities of volunteering. We ask that volunteers commit to a two hour shift every week and that they take responsibility to get their shift covered or notify staff in a timely fashion if they will be away.
How to Get Started
If you are ready to jump on board simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an orientation. All volunteers receive an orientation before their first shift and lots of support from staff while in the kitchen. Orientations usually take place near the beginning of fall and winter semesters.