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Volunteers Are Our Heart and Soul There would be no TASK without our volunteers. From the beginning, TASK has relied on their generosity to help prepare, serve meals and clean up; to tutor in adult education; and to staff the many other programs. Volunteers come as individuals, families or members of school organizations, churches, synagogues, civic and social organizations, and corporations from the Greater Trenton area, Monday through Friday, fifty-two weeks a year. Volunteer Opportunities There are many ways you can help us. You can give money or donate food or other needed items or volunteer your time. Becoming a volunteer is easy. We simply need to determine what you would like to do, what TASK needs you for and where, and when you should come in. Please read about volunteer opportunities on these webpages and look at the Frequently Asked Questions list. Check the home page for special/immediate needs that we have. Decide what you would like to do and when you can come. Try to have several dates in mind in case all volunteer slots are filled for your first and second choices. Then email the Volunteer Coordinator, Charlie Orth, charlieo@trentonsoupkitchen.org with your preferences and a telephone number where you can be reached during normal business hours. Your only commitment is to show up at the agreed-on day and time for the agreed-on amount of time. However, you can commit to periodic or repeated volunteering as your schedule permits. Then, of course, you are committed to whatever dates we both agree to. On-site at TASK and at STSK, including serving, tutoring, etc. Off-site -- many things you can do at home, at school, at your organization's meetings and at the office to help TASK. Helpful Tips for TASK Volunteers Comments from Volunteers Volunteer E-Mail List We have an electronic mailing list that will allow me to contact TASK volunteers when an urgent need arises and/or to let you know of a new volunteer activity. For example, recently, I have been without volunteers for many dinner meals and do not have the staff to call for help on the telephone. Having a volunteer email list helps to alleviate a situation such as this. If you are willing to join the Volunteer Email List, please sign in below. You can always return here and "unsubscribe" if you like. I promise not to send you unnecessary emails. TASK Volunteer Coordinator Download Task's Volunteer Manual and Job descriptions


What is your cancellation policy? We rely heavily on the hard work of volunteers in order to effectively serve our community. If you schedule a volunteer shift and DO NOT show up, DC Central Kitchen cannot serve the community to the best of our ability. All registered volunteers, including groups, must confirm their shift one week prior to the scheduled volunteer date. Registered volunteers will receive an email one week before their shift with confirmation instructions. Unconfirmed shifts will be cancelled 3 days prior to the scheduled shift in order to ensure DC Central Kitchen has enough volunteers to support our meal production.


We rely heavily on the hard work of volunteers in order to effectively serve our community. If you schedule a volunteer shift and DO NOT show up, DC Central Kitchen cannot serve the community to the best of our ability. All registered volunteers, including groups, must confirm their shift one week prior to the scheduled volunteer date. Registered volunteers will receive an email one week before their shift with confirmation instructions. Unconfirmed shifts will be cancelled 3 days prior to the scheduled shift in order to ensure DC Central Kitchen has enough volunteers to support our meal production.


Whether you have a few hours once in awhile or once a week; whether you want to come alone or bring your team, office staff, family; whether you are an early bird or can’t pitch in until after work, there are volunteer opportunities for you. We would love to match you with one that fits with your interests and schedule. Click here to learn more about our volunteer expectations


We have an electronic mailing list that will allow me to contact TASK volunteers when an urgent need arises and/or to let you know of a new volunteer activity. For example, recently, I have been without volunteers for many dinner meals and do not have the staff to call for help on the telephone. Having a volunteer email list helps to alleviate a situation such as this.


Feeding America volunteers share their skills and make a huge impact. Every volunteer experience is a little different, for example food banks could need your help sorting and packing food, gardening, or educating the community. Each experience is critical in helping get healthy meals to families facing hunger.


What should I wear to volunteer in the Kitchen? Safety is our number one concern. All volunteers must wear appropriate and professional attire suitable for an industrial production kitchen. Please wear closed toed shoes, sleeves and long pants. Shoes with high-grip soles are strongly recommended. Due to health regulations, volunteers who do not follow this dress code will not be allowed to work in the Kitchen. Please remember: • No shorts or short skirts/dresses • No tights, spandex, leggings, or pajama pants • No tank tops or sleeveless shirts/dresses • No shirts with exposed midriff (front or back) • No open toed sandals or shoes • No clothing with printed crude or offensive words or images • No loose jewelry such as watches, bracelets, dangling earrings, and rings • No high heels


Food Pantry Volunteers: Please arrive on time for a brief pre-session volunteer orientation and job assignment. If you have any questions, or to learn how your church, student group, organization, or company can help, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. // us or call 608-442-8815, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. // .


DC Central Kitchen provides opportunities for volunteers to complete service hours related to a legal matter during our regularly scheduled volunteer shifts. Candidates participating in this service for DCCK are prohibited from enrolling in our community service program if they have the following charges or convictions: assault, sexual assault, weapons charge, unlawful entry, destruction of property or disorderly conduct.


Soup kitchens are always looking for volunteers, but it’s still important that you call ahead of time to get on the schedule. The holidays encourage many groups and individuals to volunteer their time, so it’s important to call ahead of time or do some homework to see which soup kitchen or shelter has the biggest need for volunteers.


Be a Hungerfighter Every day, dedicated volunteers help us transform wasted food into balanced meals for our community. Work with our kitchen staff to cut, chop, peel and prep food in our kitchen – no cooking or food service experience required! From June to October, look for our special Thursday gleaning shifts, where volunteers help us harvest crops at local farms. Register now


Be a Hungerfighter Every day, dedicated volunteers help us transform wasted food into balanced meals for our community. Work with our kitchen staff to cut, chop, peel and prep food in our kitchen – no cooking or food service experience required! From June to October, look for our special Thursday gleaning shifts, where volunteers help us harvest crops at local farms.


Community Service volunteers must follow the following intake and reporting requirements: You must call or email our Volunteer Coordinator (202-601- 7314 or jtowers@dccentralkitchen.org) to schedule a face-to face meeting. At the meeting, you will learn about expectations and regulations, and agree to a set schedule for service dates and times. Community Service volunteers cannot register for shifts using our online registration system. Any shifts scheduled through the online system or without a prior interview with the program coordinator will not be verified.


All registered volunteers, including groups, must confirm their shift one week prior to the scheduled volunteer date. Registered volunteers will receive an email one week before their shift with confirmation instructions.


Becoming a volunteer is easy. We simply need to determine what you would like to do, what TASK needs you for and where, and when you should come in.


Then email the Volunteer Coordinator, Charlie Orth, charlieo@trentonsoupkitchen.org with your preferences and a telephone number where you can be reached during normal business hours.


Thanks to the internet, there are many online resources available for people who wish to help the homeless during the holidays, or any time of the year. Check out HomelessShelterDirectory.org to find a list of soup kitchens, food pantries, and food banks near you.


Safety is our number one concern. All volunteers must wear appropriate and professional attire suitable for an industrial production kitchen. Please wear closed toed shoes, sleeves and long pants. Shoes with high-grip soles are strongly recommended. Due to health regulations, volunteers who do not follow this dress code will not be allowed to work in the Kitchen. Please remember: • No shorts or short skirts/dresses • No tights, spandex, leggings, or pajama pants • No tank tops or sleeveless shirts/dresses • No shirts with exposed midriff (front or back) • No open toed sandals or shoes • No clothing with printed crude or offensive words or images • No loose jewelry such as watches, bracelets, dangling earrings, and rings • No high heels