At St. Dunstan’s Church, 722 N. 145th Av N in Shoreline, between Aurora and Greenwood Aves.
If you would like an opportunity to make a difference in Shoreline, come volunteer with us! No religious affiliation or prior experience is needed. You can come one time, or every week, and stay all day, or just roll up your sleeves for an hour or two. We give each new volunteer an orientation to our program and partner them with someone who can show them how to do the work.
Please complete our volunteer form so we can make the best use of your time. Drop ins are also welcome but we must wear face masks, and observe all processes to keep us and our guests as safe as possible from Covid-19.
What We Do:
- We provide homemade hot meals packaged “to go.” These meals are free to anyone who wants them and are made from mostly donated food gleaned from local Shoreline retailers. Meals are offered between 4:30 pm and 6:00 pm.
- In addition, we pack up the same meal, along with various other supplies needed by camp residents, and deliver them to Tent City 3, Tent City 5 and Camp United We Stand. The camps we serve are all legal camps sanctioned by the city and have a code of conduct for residents. The items are loaded onto our volunteer’s vehicles in a catering box called a Cambro and driven to the camp’s location for delivery.
- A mini farmers style market is also offered free of charge. Produce, bakery, and other items are donated, and we provide them to anyone who can use them. The selection varies from week to week.
- Face masks are provided to anyone who needs or wants them.
Volunteer Positions include:
Glean Team, Monday and/or Tuesday at 10am
Meet at the Church and caravan to our local retail partners to pick up donations. You can use your own vehicle or drive with one of us. We are usually done with this activity by noon or earlier. Some lifting is entailed.
Set Up Tuesdays from 11am to 1pm
Help set up the tables for the dinner and Farmer’s Market. Set up also includes preparing a handwashing station, arranging some chairs inside the building, moving some boxes, and retrieving shopping bags.
Food Prep from noon to 4:30
Partner with our other kitchen volunteers as directed by our kitchen lead. Activities include washing, chopping and slicing fruits and vegetables, and food production of hot and cold items. No prior cooking experience is needed. You can stay through the entire prep time or leave when you need to.
Dessert and other item set up, starting at 2pm
Help us slice and package the many bakery items we have gleaned into individual portions. We also place masks in individual zip lock bags with care instructions, and also stage the takeout boxes that will be used for the food being prepared in the kitchen.
Prepare items for the homeless encampments between 2 and 4pm
Along with the meals we deliver each week, we include other food items, as well as masks and paper supplies.
Dishing Up, 4pm
Many hands are needed to form a production line to pack our takeout boxes and take them to the tables outside. Foil pans are wrapped and loaded for the camps.
Delivery Driver from 4pm-6pm
Drivers come with their own truck or cargo vehicle to pick up the items going to each camp. We have one driver per camp and the typical load includes a box of paper products, a catering box pre-loaded with hotel pans of wrapped prepared foods, milk, juice, masks, and any other items. We currently have one driver for each camp but are hoping to recruit a back-up.
Dish Washing and Clean Up from 3-6pm
We have a commercial dish sanitizer, but kitchen equipment and dishes are washed by hand. All food prep surfaces are cleaned. Final clean up and mopping is done by the church janitor.
Meal Service Host from 4:30 to 6pm
Staff our offerings tables and keep them looking organized and tidy. Help direct our patrons to social distance and wash their hands before entering. Help keep a count of how many meals are picked up. We pride ourselves on being friendly and welcoming.
Tear Down from 5:30 to 6:30pm
Help us put everything away including the handwashing station, tables, and chairs. Help dispose of anything left.