Housed in Fellowship Hall, the Open Door Community Kitchen serves free hot and nutritious meals every Monday and Wednesday. Approximately 200 to 225 meals are served each month.
Anyone who comes to the door is welcome – without question or qualification.
Since its inception, the Open Door Community Kitchen has depended on the time and effort of volunteers who share a concern and commitment to those in need in our community. At the heart of this mission are people who donate their time preparing food, serving meals to guests, and cleaning up afterwards.
If you want to volunteer at the Open Door Community Kitchen, we ask you to bring three important things with you: a willingness to work, an open and positive attitude, and a smile. We can promise you that you will have some fun and learn a great deal about yourself and your fellow human beings.
What Do Meal Preparers Do?
Meal preparers cook a full meal for approximately 25-35 people and have it ready for the volunteer servers.
What Do Servers Do?
Servers work from 4 PM to 6 PM on their chosen day(s) setting up the dining area, serving the food, greeting guests, clearing and cleaning tables when the guests are finished eating, and cleaning the kitchen after the meal. No special skills are needed. You only need to bring yourself and your willingness to work.
What Do Helpers Do?
Servers work from 4 PM to 6 PM on their chosen day(s) setting up the dining area, helping serve the food, clearing and cleaning tables, running the dishwasher, and cleaning the kitchen after the meal. No special skills are needed. You only need to bring yourself and your willingness to work.
How Often Do Volunteers Work?
Typically people schedule one day a month – it depends on you and your schedule. You can schedule as many days as you wish as a server or preparer.
Who Can Volunteer?
Both UCP members and members of the community are welcomed to volunteer. There is no age limit. However, a server team must have at least one responsible adult member who can open the building before the meal and lock up the building after cleanup is complete.
Note: Volunteers must be 16-years-old or older to operate the dishwasher.
How Else Can I Help?
You may not be able to fit preparing or serving into your workday schedule. You may feel uncomfortable cooking for 20 or 25 people. Physical problems may not allow you to serve and clean up. You can still help the Open Door Community Kitchen.
- Donations are always welcomed to cover the expenses of the Kitchen. United Church provides the use of Fellowship Hall and its kitchen at no cost. However, there is no cash support budgeted for food, cleaning supplies, paper supplies, or equipment maintenance. These expenses are covered by personal contributions and support from area church and civic groups.
- Most food is donated by the meal preparers. You may want to partner with someone who can prepare food that you purchase.
- The Open Door Community Kitchen Board has a list of occasional tasks (like picking up food and supplies) and would be happy to talk to you about the possibilities.
- Finally, positions may be open on the governing board which meets monthly.