Volunteer

FareStart is fortunate to be the recipient of the hard work of our talented and dedicated volunteers. Volunteers provide invaluable assistance to FareStart with special events, benefits, shelter delivery runs, serving on strategic committees, and other special projects throughout the organization. A few hours a week can make a tremendous difference!

A few important items to keep in mind before volunteering:

  • All volunteers must register in advance of volunteering. Please do not show up without signing up; if you do you may be turned away.
  • We do not accept volunteers under the age of 18 on site.
  • We are not accepting court-ordered community service volunteers at this time.

To begin volunteering at FareStart, please visit our volunteer scheduling and management website and create an account.

Volunteer Orientation: We host a volunteer orientation at the 7th & Virginia location every 1st Tuesday morning of the month from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. and every 1st Wednesday night from 6 to 8 p.m. (immediately following community dinner). Whether you've volunteered with us for a decade or are new to our community, we'd love to see you and talk a little more about what it means to be a FareStart volunteer. Please RSVP via the Shiftboard Calendar or email volunteer@farestart.org.

 

EXCITING NEW OPPORTUNITY!
Serve your country through a 1 year AmeriCorps Vista position with FareStart! As a scaling initiative of FareStart, Catalyst Kitchens provides a membership network and consulting services to strengthen and scale job training programs rooted in foodservice social enterprises.  Catalyst Kitchens seeks a self-directed Network Knowledge & Resource Developer to foster community knowledge sharing through documenting and disseminating the best practices of our member organizations.  Start and end date of service is February 2014 – February 2015.

 

Individual Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Media Volunteer: Our Development department is seeking a passionate volunteer to help in the FareStart Development Department. Duties would include organizing, archiving and putting on display recent media articles about FareStart. This position requires approximately 2 hours once per month in the FareStart offices during regular business hours. Ongoing, once per month.

  • FareStart’s Great Food, Better Lives Gala Auction: A special event on October 24, 2015 to raise vital funds to support FareStart's job training programs for homeless and disadvantaged individuals. We have individual or group volunteer positions on Friday the 23rd before the event for load in, Saturday the 24th for set up and Sunday the 25th for load out. Saturday evening shifts begin between 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. and end between 6:30 and 10:30 p.m. depending on your role.

  • Shelter Meal Delivery: This is our greatest volunteer need! On a shelter run, you help pack up meals for transportation and deliver them to local homeless shelters, then have an opportunity to serve dinner at the Downtown Emergency Service Center alongside FareStart chefs and students. No driving necessary. Volunteers must be able to lift 50 lbs. Shelter runs happen daily from 3 to 6:30 p.m. One-time or ongoing i.e. volunteer as often as you like.

  • Kitchen Prep: FareStart prepares and delivers meals 365 days a year to several area homeless shelters. We can take individuals or groups of up to 10 people to help prepare food alongside FareStart's chefs and students. Kitchen prep volunteer opportunities take place Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (sometimes ending earlier) on days when we have fewer students. One-time or ongoing i.e. volunteer as often as you like.
  • Guest Chef Night Volunteering: A weekly highlight for the FareStart community is Thursday Guest Chef Night, held at the FareStart Restaurant at 7th & Virginia. Since 1994, Guest Chef Night has raised more than $5 million, revenue which has gone directly back into our program to support our student job training and placement services. Every Thursday night, a different Guest Chef works with the students to prepare a three-course meal for over 200 guests served at the FareStart Restaurant. Hard-working community volunteers serve the diners and 100% of the proceeds and gratuities from the evening goes back to fund student services and training.
    • Individuals: We are actively recruiting for Guest Chef Night Individual Volunteers! Help the FareStart team execute the evening. Roles include: food running, barista, captain (work with community group), hostess … etc. Must be willing to do most roles. Must be able to lift 50 lbs. and stand for 5 hours. Thursdays 4:45-9:45pm Ongoing, once or twice per mont DIRECT STUDENT SUPPORT
  • Hairstylist Volunteer: Our Student Services department is seeking professional hairstylists to help our students put their best foot forward to potential employers. Hair cutting clinics take place every other Wednesday from 2 to 4 pm. Come support our students and make them feel special as they work to transform their lives. Ongoing, twice per month.

  • Study Hall Volunteer: People with big hearts and basic math skills needed!  Patient, accepting and compassionate tutor needed to help out at a weekly study hall. A general understanding of basic math including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division with fractions is a must.  Confidence working with people of all races, age, gender and learning ability also a must. This is a one hour per week opportunity with openings currently on Monday either from noon to 1 p.m. All candidates must be willing to pass a background check. Ongoing, three times per month.

  • National Network Expansion Volunteer: FareStart is looking for a volunteer to support the Catalyst Kitchens team by searching the internet for prospective members, consulting customers, sponsors or partners and entering them into our CRM system after confirming they are not duplicates. This volunteer position requires approximately 4 hours a week in the FareStart offices. The volunteer would be asked to commit to at least one afternoon or morning per week on an ongoing basis. Ongoing, once per week.

  • Trend Spotter & Market Research Volunteer: FareStart is looking for a volunteer to support the Catalyst Kitchens team by searching the internet for upcoming industry events, conferences and identify trends that impact and resources that support members. This role will create a calendar of industry events to support the outreach efforts of the Catalyst Kitchens team. This position requires approximately 4 hours a week. The volunteer would be asked to commit to at least one morning or afternoon per week on an ongoing basis. Ongoing, once per week.

  • Data Entry Volunteer: FareStart is looking for a volunteer to support the Catalyst Kitchens team with their CRM database. This role will would help update the database and maintain data integrity. This position requires approximately 4 hours a week. The volunteer would be asked to commit to at least one morning or afternoon per week on an ongoing basis. Ongoing, once per week.

Group Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Special Events:
    • FareStart’s Guest Chef Spectacular: A special summer event that features tastes from more than 30 of the area’s top restaurants, wineries and breweries. We have individual and group volunteer positions the day of the event for load in and set up. We also have opportunities for volunteering the night of event beginning anytime between 3:00 and 6:30 p.m. and ending anytime between 5:30 and 10:00 p.m. depending on your role.
    • FareStart’s Great Food, Better Lives Gala Auction: A special event on October 24, 2015 to raise vital funds to support FareStart's job training programs for homeless and disadvantaged individuals. We have individual or group volunteer positions on Friday the 23rd before the event for load in, Saturday the 24th for set up and Sunday the 25th for load out. Saturday evening shifts begin between 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. and end between 6:30 and 10:30 p.m. depending on your role.
  • Kitchen Prep: FareStart prepares and delivers meals 365 days a year to several area homeless shelters. Kitchen prep volunteer opportunities take place Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (sometimes ending earlier) on days when we have fewer students. We can take individuals or groups of up to 10 people to help prepare food alongside FareStart's chefs and students.
  • Guest Chef Night: A weekly highlight for the FareStart community is Thursday Guest Chef Night, held at the FareStart Restaurant at 7th & Virginia. Since 1994, Guest Chef Night has raised more than $5 million, revenue which has gone directly back into our program to support our student job training and placement services. Every Thursday night, a different Guest Chef works with the students to prepare a three-course meal for over 200 guests served at the FareStart Restaurant. Hard-working community volunteers serve the diners and 100% of the proceeds and gratuities from the evening goes back to fund student services and training.
    • Groups(10 people): Booked through 2015, and currently taking names for 2016. Serve the evening’s meal and help fill the restaurant to raise funds for FareStart’s programs! Your hard work is rewarded by a tasty meal. No heavy lifting or previous experience required. Thursdays: 4-10pm. 

To begin volunteering at FareStart, please visit our volunteer scheduling and management website and create an account. If you have additional questions on volunteering, please contact FareStart’s Community Engagement Coordinator, Erika Van Merr, by emailing volunteer@farestart.org or calling 206-267-6223

Internship Opportunities: We have no open internships at this time. Please check back for updates.

FareStart also seeks dynamic individuals for part time and full time paid positions. Please refer to our Employment Opportunities