Volunteer

No one is more cherished in this world than someone who lightens the burden of another. ~Author Unknown

Thank you for your interest in assisting Street Reach in its cause to feed and care for the elderly, working poor, unemployed, and homeless. As a “100% Volunteer-Run Program”, we rely heavily on the support of volunteers and truly appreciate your willingness to help.

Our volunteer opportunities are limited to Mondays, including holidays that fall on Mondays. Hours of operation are from 8am to 7pm on Mondays and our schedule is as follows:

Schedule:  
Food Preparation: 9am to 12pm
Light Lunch (volunteers) 12pm
Food Service: 1pm to 5pm
Cleanup: 5pm to 7pm

We generally experience greater volunteer support on “Holiday Mondays” and encourage volunteers to work on non-holiday Mondays. Additionally, we are usually short staffed for cleanup from 5pm to 7pm and welcome additional support during that time.

Mornings consist of food-prep work, including unloading trucks, sorting donations, washing/cutting fruits and vegetables, making sandwiches, stripping turkeys, and other various tasks as required. A light lunch will be served to volunteers at 12pm, prior to food service. Afternoons include serving hot meals, pouring beverages, washing dishes, garbage duty, etc. Cleanup begins at 5pm until closing at 7pm.

Note, you are not required to call in advance to volunteer, instead you can work as your schedule allows. Volunteers are accepted on a first come, first served basis. We reserve the right to turn volunteers away in cases when we receive too much support. If you plan come with a large group, we ask that you notify us in advance so that we can accommodate your party. Please email Tina: tina@grantstreetreach.org 

Volunteer Requirements

  • Volunteers 16 years of age or younger must be accompanied by a parent or adult
  • Wear close-toed, non-skid skid shoes, (i.e. no flip-flops). Sneakers recommended.
  • Hair cover; (e.g. baseball cap, hair nets, etc.)
  • Wear conservative attire that you don’t mind getting dirty (e.g.  no halter tops, short shorts, low rise pants, t-shirts with inappropriate messages, etc.)
  • Download and sign (Volunteer Agreement Form)

Upon Arrival:
We work out of the basement of St. Paul’s Church. When you arrive, you can go to the kitchen and ask someone in an apron what needs to be done. You may ask for Ian or Kathleen who run the kitchen, but anyone can help. Everyone is very friendly.

Parking:
There is metered parking on Grant Street and limited free street parking a block or so away with a two-hour limit. You may leave to move your car anytime. Public transportation is extremely convenient. You can take the light rail to the 16th Street Mall and then take the Free Mall Shuttle to the top of 16th. The church is just two blocks up from there on Grant Avenue.

For additional information for volunteers, please refer to our FAQ page.

Grant Street Reach’s
Volunteer Protection Policy
If any volunteer in good faith believes that some policy, practice or activity of Grant Street Reach is violation of law, please file a written complaint to the Director. Grant Street Reach intends to adhere to all laws and regulations applicable to the organization. We encourage the support of all volunteers in complying with such laws and regulations.