The first edition of our volunteer newsletter is out!

The Scoop 

News and Updates for Volunteers

Welcome to the first edition of The Scoop: your best source of information about upcoming events, training opportunities, and volunteer positions!
The main story...

This summer has been exiting and productive time at the Kitchen - a time for testing new programs and developing new strategies.

Since the summer months are a popular holiday time, our cooking programs that need more volunteer support, such a Guys Night, Easy Meals and the International Cooking Nights, were put on pause.

In their place, we piloted our "Family Roots" program throughout July and welcomed the Casual Kitchens programs into our class rotation. The Casual Kitchens have smaller class sizes, and a less formal atmosphere. Recipes are a collaborative process, inspired by what is available. In a Casual Kitchen, participants prepare everything from dinners to take home, and school snacks like fruit leather, to Chinese dumplings and hot sauce. 

Our garden teams saw a record number of participants and volunteers join the crews to lend a hand. The vegetable harvests helped to fill our Pantry fridge with fresh, beautiful produce and inspire our Kitchen team, and the harvests continue still. Our Busy Bees project received sponsorship to build a second top-bar bee hive (now in construction), with plans to develop the project into an education program in Spring 2018.  Our fruit picking team is half way through their fourth season and while the fruit this year is not as abundant as last year, our amazing team continues to bring in over 200lbs of fresh fruit a week. On September 22nd, we will be pressing our first batch of soft apple cider just in time for Fall.

The high cost of living and the affordable housing crisis in Greater Victoria, are two key reasons that our Pantry registers new members seeking emergency food support each week. The need is greater than our capacity to meet it, so we maintain a waitlist and bring participants from the waitlist into the program when others no longer need emergency food support, or have moved from the area.  We have worked hard to build new donor relationships with grocers, organize food drives with local businesses and schools, and encourage local gardeners to share their produce through our Grow-A-Row program, in order to provide a wide variety of nutritious food in the Pantry. We recently secured cold storage space from our friends at City Harvest Coop, which has increased our ability to accept larger quantities of donated perishables.

With a grant from the Victoria Foundation, we have been working to build new strategies, and to improve upon our current systems for fundraising, program evaluation and volunteer management. Work in all of these areas is ongoing, but a particular focus until the end of 2017 is our first fundraising campaign, which began with the 100% of the Board of Directors making a donation to the Kitchen in August. You will hear more about the fundraising campaign in the coming months, as we get the word out to the community, inviting our people to help us better meet the rising need in our community by making a donation to the Kitchen.  

Looking to the fall and winter months, we have some exciting events and seasonal traditions planned, and in this edition of "The Scoop", you’ll find some interesting events and new volunteer opportunities to consider.

To all of our incredible volunteers, who help to make everything we do possible. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

In community spirit,

Kim Cummins
Program Coordinator

Jam Session

Friday, September 22nd
3703 St. Aidan's St
St. Aidans United Church
Lower Kitchen

The Kitchen and the VIRCS Welcome Garden (Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society) are collaborating on a series of monthly preservation sessions where members from both organizations can share in the tradition of preserving the harvest. On September 22nd, we will be pressing apples to make soft cider! Come and meet new people, socialize, learn and share your skills! Participants are invited take home a portion of the final product, and the remaining will be sold by suggested donation to support programs at the Shelbourne Community Kitchen. SIGN UP HERE!

Food Safe Level 1 Certification

Thursday, September 28th
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Location to be announced

We are partnering with St. Lukes Cedar Hill to offer a FoodSafe course for our Kitchen volunteers, our participants who are looking to boost their resume, and St. Luke's volunteers.  This is a great opportunity for Kitchen Leads, Pantry Facilitators and even General Helpers, to improve their understanding of safe food handling practices and how they relate to activities at the Kitchen. You may have taken a FoodSafe course in the past, but any certificates issued before 7/29/13 will expire 7/29/18, so those who have taken FoodSafe prior to the July 2013 date, will need to renew their certificate. New certificates will be valid for 5 years.
Space is limited, so REGISTER TODAY!

12th Annual Fall Supper 

Saturday, October 21st
3787 Cedar Hill Rd

Lutheran Church of the Cross

It's that time again! The Lutheran Church of the Cross is hosting their 12th annual Fall Supper -a delicious turkey dinner with all the fixin's, a true community event  and fundraiser for the Kitchen that is not to be missed!  Look for volunteer opportunities and more event information in the coming weeks.   Save the Date!  
A listing of current volunteer positions and opportunities at the Kitchen. 

Kitchen Cleaning Party

September 25th 3pm-6pm
3541 Shelbourne Street.

We are looking for six amazing volunteers to join us for a cleaning party at the Shelbourne Community Kitchen.

We will have great music, preserves to give away and a delicious lasagna dinner to share!
General Administration
4 positions available
(multiple schedule options)

The position plays a key role in supporting general operations at the Shelbourne Community Kitchen. We look for volunteers who love to organize, are proficient on Microsoft Office and enjoy being part of a fun and motivated team.
 Visit our website to learn more...

Kitchen Leads & Helpers

Casual Kitchen Lead
1 position available
1 x week Thursdays 3:00pm-6:00pm 

Details: helping to plan and prepare meals with 2-3 participants, using ingredients available at the Kitchen. Learn more...
Lunch Prep
2 positions available
1 x week Mondays 10:30am-1:00pm

Details: helping to plan and prepare lunch for the garden and pantry crews (8-14 people).
Learn more...

Preserves Ambassador

1-2 positions available
Flexible hours (1-3 hours/week)

We are looking for a volunteer who would like to help to manage and promote our many preserves and goods that the Kitchen offers by suggested donation. If you like engaging with people, and are passionate about the preserves and other products made at the Kitchen, this may be the volunteer position for you.

Email Kim for details.
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