There are many ways that adults can volunteer at Ceres Community Project. We have volunteer jobs to fit nearly every area of interest and experience. We have four locations and opportunities and schedules vary at each site. Read on to find the right job for you, then come to our next orientation to get started.
Delivering the nutritious, bountiful food to our clients every week is a priceless job, one in which you experience face-to-face the magic of Ceres Community Project. Drivers pick up bags of food at the Ceres kitchen in Sebastopol and then deliver to clients.
These volunteers manage Ceres' relationship with a small number of clients, maintaining weekly contact to offer support, ensure that the meals we are sending meet their needs, and communicate any special requests or needs to the kitchen staff. If you have counseling or hospice training, or have personal, immediate experience with life-threatening illness, being a Client Liaison is a wonderful way to contribute.
If you have professional, whole food, production cooking experience, we'd love to have you assist in the kitchen with our teens. You must love working with young people, have a sense of humor, and know that there are many different ways to chop an onion!
We offer two additional opportunities for adults to work in the Ceres kitchen. Our Supplemental Foods Prep group makes all the Ceres Extras that we offer our clients, such as Immune Broth and Vital Bites. Another group, our Food Prep Team, of adults washes and chops veggies for that week's menu. Light cooking skills required.
Each Week a group of dedicated volunteers meets at the Ceres kitchen. They work as a team to organize, sterilize, dry and restack each of our containers and jars so they can be refilled with beautiful, delicious and nutritious food for our clients each week.
Local farms and markets donate almost all of the organic produce we use. Help discover more sources of food, or pick up food at various locations, such as Whole Foods Market and local farms.
Working alongside teens in our new Ceres Community Garden can be a very rewarding job. Teens are responsible for every aspect of the garden from soil to table: preparing beds, planting, watering, weeding and harvesting the produce for client meals. Adult mentors help orient teens and share their experience to guide teens who are new to growing food.
Join our gardening volunteer team either at the Ceres building or at the Ceres Community Garden behind O'Reilly Media. We have both landscaping and vegetable gardens to help grow and nurture. Both novice and experienced gardeners are welcome.
Help plan, coordinate and/or staff a Ceres event, such as our major Annual Fundraiser, Harvest of the Heart, or our Healing Foods Basics program. Opportunities include procuring auction items, assisting with pre-event registration and logistics, and day of event jobs such as set-up and breakdown, food preparation and service, registration and check out.
Receptionists staff for our Sebastopol front desk Monday – Friday 10:00-1:00 or 1:00-4:00. They greet visitors, answer phones, take messages, do light data entry and mailings, and other office functions.
Other office opportunities include IT support, grant-writing, development assistance and special projects.
"I feel so uplifted around the Ceres staff and volunteers, young and old, who are showing up to support the community in healing together. It inspires me; it is the world I choose to live in."
"I pick up gleaned produce from Whole Foods and deliver it to Ceres every Tuesday morning. It always feels like a miracle... my little piece of the big picture that adds up to healthy, home cooked meals for Ceres clients."