Volunteering at Open Arms Ministry - Food Prep and Set-Up



Times of day

Weekday Evenings

Time Commitment

A few hours per week


Long-Term (6 months-1 year)


2649 North Francisco Avenue
United States


Role: Monday Night Prep Support

Mission: Open Arms Drop-In provides basic relief services to individuals struggling with homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless. More than relief from the weather outside, this drop-in program enables those who come to share a meal with friends and get connected to resources. Guests also receive help meeting physical needs like clothing, toiletries, and basic healthcare. Referrals are available for services such as overnight shelter, recovery, and education.

Objective: The Monday Night Prep Team undertakes preparatory activities that allow the week’s drop-in sessions to flow smoothly. The team’s activities will include preparing food in the kitchen, setting up and organizing the dining area and clothing distribution. This team’s contributions allow the Drop-In support to ‘plug-and-play’ during` the next day’s session.

General responsibilities include:

  • Prepare ingredients for the meals such that the food can be cooked and served efficiently
  • Prepare meals for multiple days (i.e., Tuesday and Wednesday Drop-In sessions)
  • Organize and clean the kitchen; store food
  • Set-up and arrange dining area
  • Organize and set-up clothing distribution tables
  • Organize and set-up distribution for toiletries
  • Set-up coffee maker for operation in the morning
  • Other tasks as assigned

Skills and attributes sought for this role include:

  • Love and care for those in need and a desire to see individuals succeed
  • Ability to function independently and in groups
  • Ability to take direction as appropriate
  • Initiative and ability to spot needs
  • General operating knowledge of a kitchen
  • Organizational skills and an eye for detail
  • Ability to creatively troubleshoot and solve problems as they arise

Need and Time Commitment

  • Monday Nights 6:30 – 8:30

Role Requirements

  • None specific