Volunteer

volunteer

Available days for volunteering in April, May, and June

 

Please Note:  All groups who are interested in volunteering should call a month or two before the time you would like to volunteer to reserve a day:

  • Single volunteers on weekdays must call ahead to reserve a day
  • On the weekend’s single volunteers are welcome and need not call ahead
  • Follow staff instructions and the advice of veteran volunteers (tasks are simple and do not require much training)
  • Treat guests and anyone who enters the kitchen with dignity and respect
  • Be friendly, organized, and productive while you are here.

The Kitchen: 

Since beginning in 1979, volunteers have been integral to the mission of Jubilee Soup Kitchen and a vital part of the community that includes staff, guests, and other volunteers. Guests come for food. Jubilee is committed to providing respect, hospitality, and a welcoming space where their spirits can grow. We encourage our volunteers to extend themselves to our guests in whatever ways they are comfortable.

Volunteering Opportunities:

Kitchen Volunteers are needed 365 days a year from 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM. Most volunteers help for the entire time, but there is flexibility. They:

  • Prepare some of the food
  • Serve the noon-day hot meal
  • Help staff in cleaning up and washing dishes
  • Working in our Community Garden
  • Helping in our Clothing Room

While you are volunteering please check in with STAFF:

  • Monday through Friday: Butch, Dave or Floyd
  • Saturday/Sunday: Butch or Dan
  • Community Service or School Requirement:
    • Paul (Mon-Fri.)
    • Dan or Butch (Sat./Sun.)

Here are some things you need to know when volunteering at the soup kitchen:

  • Be courteous to all of our guest
  • Always wear gloves when handling any food
  • Always wash fruit & vegetables before cutting the food
  • If you touch the broom, mop dust pan, and door handle please put on a clean pair of gloves.

Single Volunteers:

  • On weekdays must call ahead to reserve a day
  • On the weekend’s single volunteers are welcome and need not call ahead.

Groups of Volunteers:

  • Jubilee welcomes groups of volunteers, the contact person should phone ahead to reserve a date.

 Age Requirement: Volunteers must be at least 13 years old.

Court-Ordered Community Service Hours:

  • Jubilee does accept court-ordered community service hours only on weekdays but not on weekends
  • However, we do accept community service hours towards schooling or extra-curricular activities seven days a week.

Transportation to Jubilee Soup Kitchen:

  • Jubilee Kitchen is located at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Jumonville, midway between Oakland and Downtown
  • PAT Bus service along the Fifth-Forbes Avenue corridor
  • Parking available on Fifth Avenue or on Wyandotte Street.

 

q& A

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Where is Jubilee Kitchen?

A: The kitchen is located at 2005 Wyandotte St. off of 5th Avenue in the lower hill district,

Mid-point between Oakland and downtown Pittsburgh.

Q: Is there parking available?

A: Yes, you can park your car near the kitchen.

Q: How should I dress?

A: Dress is casual.

Q: Is there an age restriction?

A: All volunteers are welcome from the age of 13 and up.

Q: What should you bring?

A: Please don’t bring anything valuable into the kitchen. Personal belonging should be kept in the trunk of your car or at home.

Q: How many people will be there?

A: There are usually about 150 to 200 men and women served at the lunch hour. Most of them

are homeless.

Q: Do you accept Court-Ordered Community Service Hours?

A: YES.  Jubilee does accept court-ordered community service hours only on weekdays but not on weekends.

A: However, we do accept community service hours towards schooling or extra-curricular activities seven days a week.

Q: What time does the luncheon start?

A: We offer a simple breakfast (coffee and rolls) at 9:30 a.m. Lunch is from 11:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Volunteers should arrive around 9:00 am to 9:30 am to help set up and prepare the food. Take-outs start at 12:30 p.m.

Q: What do they like to eat and how much?

A: The men and women at the kitchen are always graciously appreciative of our help no matter what is served and some have big appetites. A meat entrée, perhaps potato or pasta, a vegetable and salad, bread and butter and of course dessert can be included in the meal. There doesn’t seem to be a formula for how much should be prepared. “Suggested” serving sizes aren’t always trustworthy.

Q: How many volunteers can show up?

A: Single volunteers on weekdays must call ahead to reserve a day.

A: On the weekend’s single volunteers are welcome and need not call ahead.

A: Jubilee welcomes groups of volunteers, the contact person should phone ahead to reserve a date.

Q: Can volunteers take things from the soup kitchen? 

A: NO.  If a volunteer is in need of help, please see the program director.

Q: How can I get involved?

A: Call Father Paul (412) 261-5417 to get things started or to ask any questions that didn’t make this list. Call at 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.