VOLUNTEER CONFIRMATION — DINNER COOKING SHIFT
Crossroads Community Services / COVID-19 Emergency Initiative
Thank you for signing up for the new Dinner Cooking Shift at Crossroads Community Services!
Please note that during the COVID-19 crisis, the Dinner Cooking Shift will take place every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning from 9 a.m. 'til 11:30 a.m. (Dinner is cooked in the morning, and served in the evening.)
Your specific day(s)/date(s) for volunteering will be confirmed under a separate email from volunteer coordinator Hazel Crews. Please review the following general details prior to your first cooking shift:
Your activities will be limited to cooking fresh meals for approximately 500-600 of our homeless & underprivileged neighbors in midtown Manhattan. You'll be cooking in a sanitary, contained kitchen with no more than 5 or 6 other volunteer chefs. There will be plenty of hand-washing, equipment sanitization, disposable masks and latex gloves. There will be no direct interaction with or exposure to the community.
Volunteers must be in excellent health, able-bodied and at least 18 years of age. You'll work with a great team, performing a variety of tasks in a busy kitchen. No formal kitchen experience? No problem! You’ll be assigned a job based on your comfort level and experience. Be prepared to be on your feet the whole time.
Please know that we do our absolute best to maintain the recommended guidelines for social distancing. However, given the general nature of a large-scale collaborative meal prep, there may be brief moments where that's not entirely feasible (i.e. loading hot food trays in-and-out of the oven, etc.). But we do our best, and ask that all volunteers be mindful in helping us maintain those distances.
TIME & PLACE:
All volunteers should please arrive at 108 East 51st Street (between Park & Lex. Aves.) at 8:50 a.m. on the day(s) you're confirmed to volunteer. The entrance is an unmarked wooden double door, midway down the block on the south side of the street. Please note this entrance is currently enclosed under scaffolding. Use the buzzer, and let the staff know you're here for the Dinner Cooking Shift.
When you arrive, the team will immediately begin assembling ingredients for the dinner meal prep. First-time volunteers will be paired with experienced volunteers who will provide a brief overview of the morning, the menu and cooking plan, and some important kitchen safety information.
For your safety, proper kitchen attire is required. Space is available to change before and after the project, as well as to store outerwear and smaller personal belongings. Aprons are provided. Proper kitchen attire includes:
- Hair Covering: Hat, Scarf, Bandana. If you do not have one, disposable hair-nets are available.
- Slip-resistant shoes / sneakers. Please no open-toed shoes or sandals.
- No shorts or skirts
Disposable face masks and latex gloves are also provided, and are mandatory for all Crossroads volunteers to wear while serving during the pandemic.
If you need to cancel your confirmed participation, please call or text volunteer coordinator Hazel Crews at (212) 203-7344 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. at your earliest opportunity so that a replacement volunteer can be arranged.
If you need to cancel on the morning of project, or are running late, you may also text kitchen operations manager Jeremy Shaffer at (646) 206-0699 or e-mail email@example.com.
THANK YOU FOR VOLUNTEERING WITH CROSSROADS!
YOU'RE NOW A VITAL PART OF ENSURING
THAT OUR HOMELESS & UNDERPRIVILEGED NEIGHBORS
ARE NOT ALONE DURING THESE UNCERTAIN TIMES.