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Kitchen Voluneers

Kitchen Volunteer! Do you have a passion for food? World Relief is building a team of volunteers with an interest in cooking and/or nutrition to be a part of our kitchen crew! Kitchen volunteers will be matched with opportunities to assist in our Commercial Teaching Kitchen in order to support refugee and immigrant students as they learn cooking skills, apply holistic food-centered nutrition and grow as entrepreneurs in the food industry.

Volunteers with an interest in cooking and/or nutrition are encouraged to apply for the kitchen volunteer position.



  • Support with kitchen setup and food preparation for cooking demonstrations and workshops
  • Facilitate class activities, support in ESL learning groups, and provide support as students participate in hands-on learning
  • Encourage and support students who need extra support
  • Post-class kitchen and classroom cleanup
  • Administering pre-and post-workshop surveys
  • Packing ingredient kits and/or prepared meals for participants to take home
  • Unloading and loading kitchen equipment during station set up and tear down
  • Supporting with time-sensitive food purchasing for workshops
  • Washing dishes



Once you attend the World Relief Western Washington New Volunteer Orientation and complete the volunteer application process, please attend our WRWW New Volunteer Commercial Teaching Kitchen Training, where you will learn more about our Commercial Teaching Kitchen and volunteer expectations, including getting your Food Worker Card.

After the successful completion of both orientations, you will be asked to observe a cooking class. Once orientations, observation, and all permits and certifications have been completed or procured, you will officially be part of our kitchen crew and will have the opportunity to sign up for any open volunteer opportunities to support with nutrition and cooking workshops.



  • Interest in food justice/food security, cooking, nutrition education
  • Attend a Volunteer Orientation before starting
  • Pass a Federal Background Check
  • Attend specific WR Commercial Teaching Kitchen Orientation
  • Obtain a Washington food handler permit
  • Complete online Serve Safe certification course
  • Log volunteer hours each week
  • Ability to assist with multiple workshops per month. (Minimum commitment of two classes per month. Class times vary, but will be 4 hours of volunteer time on average).
  • Adaptability and ability to work with staff, volunteers, and participants from a variety of racial, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds, lifestyles, and religious affiliations.
  • Cross-cultural senitivity
  • Willingness to work both as part of a team and independently

All volunteers are required to attend both the general and local orientations, complete an application, and undergo a background check before starting. At the training you will learn about World Relief's work, the refugees and immigrants we serve, and what it looks like to come alongside them as volunteers in different roles

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