Program, Donations Room & Kitchen

Program Volunteers
Sistering offers women a variety of skill enhancing and recreationally-based programs. These programs take the form of clubs, workshops, and groups such as craft, knitting, massage, yoga facials, chiropractic services, facials, ESL, manicures, beading, etc.

Job:
Program volunteers, in consultation with the volunteer coordinator and staff, develop a program that will run for an agreed upon time frame with agreed upon content. These volunteers bring their hobbies, skills, or training to run groups and workshops. A staff member or another volunteer, may be available for additional support. The time commitment depends upon the nature of the program.

Skills:

  • Understands issues facing women experiencing homelessness, poverty and social isolation
  • Prior experience, training and expertise in the program area agreed upon
  • Demonstrate clear and appropriate professional boundaries as outlined by the volunteer coordinator, Sistering staff and Sistering policies
  • Ability to work well as part of a team and consults, confers and takes direction from staff
  • Practice excellent communication and people skills
  • Consult with staff respectfully and assertively to negotiate terms of work and volunteer placement
  • Comfort and ease working alongside staff, other volunteers and participants in the drop-in
  • Work responsibly and respectfully at all times with staff and participants
  • Reliably commits and attends a regular time slot (for an agreed upon period of time)
  • Demonstrates a commitment to Sistering’s anti-oppression and feminist policies and service delivery models

Shift:
One day per week (or every 2 weeks), for a 3 hour shift between 9:30am – 2:00pm
Program volunteers go through a general interview, screening, and training. All volunteers who participate in Sistering’s volunteer program (see Volunteer Policy). For more details, please contact Sistering’s Community Resources and Volunteer Engagement Coordinator.


Kitchen Volunteers

The daily hot noon meal at Sistering is a core part of the practical services we offer homeless and low-income women. Many women cannot afford a hot meal and/or are living on the street where hot, nutritious, and delicious fresh food is difficult to get. For some women, the meal at Sistering will be the only meal they will have all day. Our meals are nutritionally balanced and are filling. Each day, our cook plans and cooks this huge meal with the help of staff and volunteers.

Job:

  • Food preparation: Cleaning, chopping vegetables, seasoning, boiling, steaming, baking, reheating
  • Storage and handling of food: Transfer foods to from fridge or freezer, put plates aside for late women, serve food to women (occasionally)
  • Food Hygiene: Wear hairnets, gloves, proper handwashing, clean food preparation surfaces properly
  • Opportunities to serve lunch on the floor from 12pm to 2pm

Skills:

  • Comfort in a kitchen environment
  • Ability to perform the above mentioned duties Work alongside and take direction from staff and the primary cook
  • Ability to stand during the 3 hour shift
  • Demonstrate clear professional boundaries as outlined by the volunteer coordinator, Sistering staff and Sistering policies
  • Work well as a part of a team
  • Ability to consult with staff respectfully and assertively to negotiate terms of work and volunteer placement
  • Demonstrate good judgment and the ability to consult with staff appropriately
  • Practice excellent communication and people skills in the interview and screening process as well as in practice once placed in a volunteer job
  • Experience working well with others
  • Work responsibly and respectfully at all times with staff, participants, and other volunteers
  • Reliably commit to and attend volunteer shifts
  • Demonstrated commitment to Sistering anti-oppression and feminist policies and service models.

Shift:
One day per week or weekend from 9:30 am – 1:00 pm (some flexibility)
Cooking volunteers go through a general interview, screening, and training as all volunteers who participate in Sistering’s volunteer program (see Volunteer Policy). For more details, please contact Sistering’s Community Resources and Volunteer Engagement Coordinator.

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