Spoons Across America, 11/20/13Volunteer with Spoons Across America

What do Volunteers do? Volunteers are an essential component of the work that we do with children, helping out in the classroom but also providing a mentoring role for children. After participating in a hands-on training, volunteers are partnered with a Spoons Across America Educator and assist in all aspects of program implementation.  We look for an ongoing commitment between volunteers and a particular classroom or school, yet can also accommodate one-time volunteers. Volunteer responsibilities include assisting with program set up, working directly with children, teaching cooking skills, and assisting in the kitchen where appropriate. We are looking for individuals enthusiastic about healthy eating and children’s programming to join us!

Will I be trained? All volunteers receive training at the Spoons Across America offices (630 Ninth Ave @ 44th St in Manhattan). The next scheduled trainings are:

  • Wednesday, October 21st from 4:30-6:00
  • Tuesday, October 27th from 11:30-1:00

I was trained AND I volunteered last year, do I have to be trained again?  If you received training AND volunteered last year (2014-2015) you may not need to attend. “Refresher” phone calls will be scheduled with current and returning volunteers.  PLEASE CONTACT US FOR DETAILS.

What programs do you have? We have a number of on-going programs for school age children in New York City. See attached for program descriptions and our website www.spoonsacrossamerica.org.

I’m ready to go! How do I sign up? If you are interested in volunteering with Spoons Across America this year, please contact Ali McDowell, Director of Programs and Partnerships, at ali@spoonsacrossamerica.org.  In your email, please indicate the following:

  • Training session you will attend: Wednesday, October 21st from 4:30-6:00 or Tuesday, October 27th from 11:30-1:00
  • If you volunteered in 2014-2015 and if so, for what programs.
  • Programs you are interested in.
  • If you not done so already, please fill out a volunteer registration form.

* Please note: Volunteers must complete a background check prior to the program date


I want to volunteer, but I can’t attend either of the scheduled trainings. Will there be other trainings? Depending upon need and availability, additional trainings may be scheduled this fall. Please contact Ali with your availability.

I want to volunteer, but I am not available right now. Will there be other opportunities to get involved? Definitely! If you are unable to volunteer at this point, we will have other opportunities available this winter and spring. If possible, please attend one of the scheduled trainings. Programs are ongoing and once you are trained you will be able to volunteer. Additional trainings will be held later this year.

I have a friend who is also interested in volunteering. Can I invite them to the training? Yes! Please do. You can forward them this email and have them contact me with their availability.

Questions? Please contact me and I will be happy to help you out!


Volunteers are partnered with a SAA Educator in all classes. See our programs pages to learn more about our programs.

*Volunteers must complete a background check prior to the program date.


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