How You Can Help
In addition to providing us much needed funds, you can help us by giving your time.
Our Volunteers make a difference in the lives of those living in poverty. They are caring and loving individuals inspired to feed the hungry, give a drink to the thirsty and welcome the stranger. Whether cooking a meal, distributing and/or serving food – they bring our mission to life! We are grateful to have over 200 Volunteers sharing our vision to enhance the lives of those who live in poverty.
There is no question that Volunteers are a key ingredient to our success. Volunteers play an important role in just about every aspect of all we do at The Soup Kitchen. Our need is great for this type of support. So, if you are interested in volunteering, please click HERE to sign up.
The Soup Kitchen provides many opportunities to volunteer. Volunteers help with:
- Meal preparation
- Serving guests
- Providing sources of employment
- Assisting us in securing financial donations from individuals
- Providing volunteer help during the day
- Providing donations of food, clothing, etc.
- Working with small children
- Assisting in our special events
- The Soup Kitchen programs: Taking Care of our Babies, clothing drive, etc.
Note: We welcome any and all the support we can get! Have a special skill? Let us know and we will gladly consider it.
To facilitate your volunteering we have regularly scheduled monthly volunteer orientation meetings. There is no need to pre-register for the monthly new volunteer meetings which generally take place on the second Tuesday of each month at the Soup Kitchen.
Our volunteers understand the unique nature of The Soup Kitchen. They know that without all those who own the work of providing food and fellowship to those in need, The Soup Kitchen would not be successful. This shared ownership of our mission by the community and our volunteers is what makes our work possible.
The philosophy of The Soup Kitchen mandates we welcome all guests with respect. We will be fair, honest and courteous; providing equitable treatment to all we come in contact with. The privacy of each individual must be sacred. This ensures that each person leaves our location with his or her dignity and pride intact.
How you can help….
The individuals and families served by The Soup Kitchen are a diverse population with a wide variety of backgrounds and circumstances. In your time working or volunteering with us, you may see or hear something that seems out of line with your perception of a “typical” Soup Kitchen guest. Considering this, it is important for each of us to always remember that appearances can be deceiving. While it is perhaps a natural response to form an opinion about a person based on their outward appearance, we in fact know very little about our guests’ financial status and living situation. As such, all who request our help will receive it equally and without prejudice or judgment. Additionally, the people we serve will, at all times, be treated with dignity and respect. No employee or volunteer will make negative or derogatory comments about any of our guests.
We will respect our guests’ right to privacy by never discussing them in the community at large. Our mission is to feed all who are hungry in body and in spirit. We do so willingly and with compassion and understanding.
The Soup Kitchen always needs warm hearted, compassionate individuals who are able to offer some time in exchange for a child’s smile, an adult’s appreciation or simple thanks.
Another way Volunteers can help…. Company Matching Programs
A number of local companies match employee donations on a dollar for dollar basis. We are grateful to those companies that chose this way to partner with their employees in making a difference in the community.
Recently, we learned that some companies are taking things one step further by matching their employees’ volunteer time with an hourly allocation of funding for the not for profit organization. Companies like Office Depot, Xerox, 3M, Macy’s and Nordstrom are offering to match their employees’ volunteers’ hours in the community. The Soup Kitchen could be eligible for as much as $12,000 per year from this type of a program. We would encourage any employed Volunteer to find out if a similar matching program exists at their workplace. This is a great way to leverage your contribution just by doing what you are already doing!
If your company has this type of volunteer donation policy, please contact Enrique Zuanetto: