our trusty kitchen leadership team!
Thanks for your interest in volunteering with us to build a diverse, inclusive community through a high-quality dining experience with healthy delicious food and cultural offerings.
In order to best serve our community and ensure the best volunteering experience possible for you, please take some time to review this information here. Once you are ready, feel free to sign up for a volunteer shift!
Please wear close-toed shoes, a shirt with sleeves, and feel free to bring your own hat or head covering (we have hairnets and beard covers for you too-- don't worry!).
If you have any questions, email us.
Find us at 399 Main Street in Greenfield, in the basement of All Souls Church. We're on the corner of Hope Street & Main Street. Enter at the Hope Street entrance – through the red door. Street parking is free on Saturdays.
I understand that the Café community is built on personal responsibility and relationships. I will act with respect for Café’s volunteers and guests. I will take responsibility for my actions. If I am uncomfortable addressing an issue with another community member, I will bring the issue to the attention of the Volunteer Coordinator. If I am not able to make a scheduled shift, I will let the Volunteer Coordinator know that I cannot attend.
I acknowledge that Stone Soup Café is committed to the ongoing work of building a beloved community, where all walks of life can come together to share nourishment, connection, and learning for body, mind and spirit. In order for all people affected by racism to feel a sense of belonging at the Café, I all agree to practice antiracism and build a culture of inclusivity, justice, and transformation.
>> 2:30PM - 4:30PM and 5PM - 7PM
Come on down to the Stone Soup Café and chop with the crew! Be ready to learn to prep food, prep veggies, and make dessert! Tasks: chopping vegetables, cooking, and cleaning.
>> Morning Food Prep, Cooking & Set-Up (8:30AM - 11:30AM)
Cook with our chef! During this shift, we complete the preparation of veggies and finish cooking all the dishes for Saturday’s lunch. Tasks: chopping vegetables, cooking, dishing out the soup, rolling compostable utensils, dish-washing. If you'd like to stay for food service, sign up for that shift as well!
>> Meal Packing (11:30AM - 1:30PM)
Even in this time of COVID 19 - we know that we can serve our community. This shift goes until 2:30pm so that everyone can assist with cleaning the dining room before leaving (sweeping, mopping, wiping down surfaces). As Chef Kirsten says, “When you’re done, you’ve just begun!” If you cannot stay for the whole shift, please sign up for the earlier Food Prep shift instead.
>> Outdoor Meal Service (11:30AM - 1:30PM)
If you're a sociable-type and you love chatting with community members, this is the shift for you! Join us outside taking people's meal orders, helping to run the Free Store/Food Pantry, and keeping the meal-pickup line movin' and groovin'! We have fun, even when it's chilly.
>> Dishwashing & Kitchen Clean-Up (1:30PM - 3:30PM)
If you love to clean and organize – this is a job for you! Dishwashing, cleaning kitchen space, sweeping and mopping the kitchen floor. We work and sing along to great tunes while scrubbing down the Cafe! Hopefully, the morning dishwashing fairy has made your job light.
>> Meal Delivery Driver! (12:15PM - 2:00PM)
We are all so grateful that we are able to deliver hundreds of meals to our community every week! Our volunteer drivers bring SO much happiness, relief, and respect to our communities.
We deliver to Greenfield, Bernardston, Deerfield, Shelburne Falls, Colrain, Great Falls, Millers Falls, Montague, Lake Pleasant, and sometimes even Whately and Sunderland.
HOW MEAL DELIVERING WORKS:
• Treat all with dignity, respect, and kindness
• Refrain from rude & disruptive behavior
• Communicate with language that is inclusive and compassionate
• Strive to share knowledge and build relationships with the community
• Respect others’ boundaries
• Remain open to learning new skills and refraining from self criticisms
• Work with mindful intention and ask for clarification if confused
I understand that building a healthy community requires my investment and observation of community guidelines. I politely speak up when I believe I am not respected.
I understand that if my actions indicate a lack of investment, I will be asked to take responsibility for my actions or stop attending. I listen when someone expresses how he/she/they believes I have disrespected them and actively work to solve the issue or ask for help if the situation is too challenging.