Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center

April 15, 2016

Public service opportunity: Cooking Matters Volunteers

Position title:

Cooking Matters Volunteers


Name of organization:

Solid Ground




Position description:

Cooking Matters Orientation will be this month on Tuesday April 19, from 5:30-6:30pm, at Solid Ground.


What We Do

Cooking Matters offers cooking and nutrition classes to low income community members to help them maximize their food resources. We provide hands-on education; combining cooking, nutrition, menu planning, and kitchen safety and sanitation.


How You Can Help

Classes run in a series of 6 consecutive weeks. Each class is held once a week for 2 hours. Cooking Matters offers six different curricula provided by the national anti-hunger organization, Share Our Strength. The separate curricula serve adults, families, teens, and parents.


Each class is led by a team of three trained volunteers: a Chef Instructor, a Nutrition Instructor and a Class Assistant who work alongside a staff coordinator to facilitate fun, lively and informative classes for participants. Participants work with the volunteers to participate in educational activities and prepare a shared meal. At the end of each class participants receive a bag of groceries so they can practice their cooking skills at home!


Volunteers are also needed to help with laundry, grocery shopping/delivery, and for outreach and tabling events.



Classes are held throughout the year at various locations within Seattle/King County. The classes are only held during the week, Monday-Thursdays. The earliest class starts at 10am, and the latest class starts at 6pm. The class times and locations vary depending on the schedule.


Your commitment level is determined by you! Most volunteers work with one class at a time, committing 3 hours each week for 6 weeks. Classes are scheduled on a quarterly basis, and volunteers can sign up on our signup document. Please note that all volunteers much observe one class before volunteering.


Time commitment:

3 hours each week for 6 weeks


Skill requirements:

Some teaching experience is preferred, but not required if willing to learn


Ability to pass WA state background check


Ability to work collaboratively within a team, and one-on-one with team members


Strong organizational skills and time management skills


Excellent communication skills


Ability to lift 30 pounds; work conditions include standing, pushing, pulling, lifting and bending


Must be extremely reliable


Bilingual skills, especially in Spanish, are highly desired!


Start date:



End date:




Local community centers, transitional housing facilities and low-income housing buildings in Seattle/King County


How to apply:

Below is a link to the volunteer page on our website, please follow the instructions at the bottom of the page to apply as a volunteer: This will include filling out a volunteer application and Washington State Patrol Background check.


Supervisor contact info:

Nicole Basta