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VolunteerThe Kitchen, Inc. is actively seeking volunteers.  Volunteer skills can be utilized in a variety of ways to help the homeless and poor of Southwest Missouri.

Without the help of volunteers, The Kitchen, Inc. could not accomplish all that is required to provide the services that we offer.  Volunteers are truly appreciated and greatly needed.

Below are all the ways that volunteers can help The Kitchen

Volunteers pricelessThe Missouri Hotel

There are two opportunities to serve meals, every day at the Missouri Hotel. The first is lunch. During the week, lunch is served from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM. On the weekends, lunch takes place from 10:30 AM until 1:30 PM. Dinner is the same time any day of the week, 4:00 PM until 6:30 PM. We can accommodate up to five volunteers at any one meal service. This includes dishing meals from our hot and cold bars as well as the prepping of meals and cleaning up after meals. Volunteers should come prepared to work the entire length of the meal service shift.

*Other volunteer opportunities at The Missouri Hotel include general cleaning and maintenance of the building. We like to make sure our residents have the best possible living conditions we can provide. With a building as large as The Missouri Hotel, it takes a team to keep up with the everyday upkeep. This volunteer opportunity is recommended to larger groups, especially those groups with younger members.
Rare Breed

There are too different locations for Rare Breed, each needing specific types of volunteers. On The Kitchen’s campus, there is the Rare Breed TLP. This is where area youth actually have an opportunity to live and seek refuge off of the streets. This location is looking for a volunteer who is willing to give a set number of hours each week and would best be suited for someone who is either retired or does not work a 40 hour a week job as well. This is a very intensive volunteer position and asks for someone to learn the ins and outs of the program, working alongside staff as a right hand man. Someone interested in this volunteering opportunity should be outgoing and easily approachable.

The Rare Breed drop in center, located in downtown Springfield, has opportunities for volunteers to get involved by teaching music lessons, art classes, tutoring students, teaching life skills courses, general cleaning and maintenance or even just hanging out and engaging with the youth. Anyone interested in volunteering at the Rare Breed drop in center should be extremely outgoing and able to reach out to youth in order to get them talking. This volunteer should also be able to give a set number of hours each week in order to give the youth a chance to get comfortable with conversing others.

Fresh Start

Volunteer opportunities with Fresh Start include but do not limit, loading and unloading The Kitchen’s moving truck, organizing and taking inventory of the warehouse, folding sheets and blankets, washing dishes and assisting with donation pick-ups.  This volunteer should be ready for a little manual labor.

Maggie’s Boutique

Volunteer opportunities at Maggie’s include but do not limit, sorting donations, sorting hangers, hanging clothes, cleaning and maintaining store appearance and helping to prepare for big holiday events.

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1.While you are on The Kitchen campus it is important to follow are mission to “create a place where persons, especially the poor, are welcome and cared for with dignity and compassion”. 2. The Kitchen is depending upon you to fulfill the commitment you have made. If you cannot fulfill it, please call and let us know. 3. Honor our policy to respect our clients’ right to choose their own path spiritually, religion and political point of view. Please do not proselytize or impose personal ideas onto our clients. 4. Please wear appropriate clothing, tank tops, shorts, flip flops and clothing with alcohol or drug references are prohibited. 5. Confidentiality and professional boundaries must be exercised.