Available days for volunteering in March, April, and May
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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
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.