Fall/Winter/Summer Volunteering

Harvest Noon is always in need of new volunteers! If you’re interested in volunteering with us, please read on and find the role that best suits you. Specific sign-up instructions are included under each role.

VOLUNTEER ROLES

Kitchen Team (Food Preparation, Cooking, and Cleaning)
Cashier
Bread and Hummus Makers – currently on hiatus
*new* Produce Preservation Project
Menu Planning
Outreach and Events
Grants & Fundraising
Graphic Design, Web, or Other Content Creation
Other Initiatives: Zines/Documentary Screenings/Growing Food/Your Idea Here
Board Members


Kitchen Team (Food Preparation, Cooking, and Cleaning)

The food preparation, cooking, and cleaning team has the potential to gain hands-on experience in the daily operations of a professional kitchen. Kitchen appropriate attire is required for this position, including closed shoes with rubber soles. A general comfort with food preparation is appreciated but we will provide training and supervision. Extra points if you are good at multitasking, have clear communication skills, and handle yourself well in a fast-paced environment. If you’re also enthusiastic about doing dishes from time to time, we love you even more. Tasks for these shifts may include:

  • washing and/or scrubbing produce
  • chopping fruit and vegetables
  • sautéing vegetables
  • making salad dressings, dips, and muffins
  • preparing coffee and tea
  • washing large dishes by hand
  • operating dishwasher and putting clean dishes away
  • wiping down tables and kitchen surfaces
  • plating food for service (portioning)
  • adding produce to salad as needed
  • prepping for the next day’s service
  • soaking beans
  • collecting dishes from seating area
  • sweeping and mopping
  • emptying and rinsing out compost bins
  • rinsing down sinks
  • putting up chairs

The café is open from Monday to Friday (Tuesday to Friday in Summer), and there are three kitchen team volunteer shifts each day:

9:30-11:30 (opening), 11:30-1:30 (lunch service), and 1:30-3:30 (closing)

As the labels suggest, the first daily shift focuses primarily on food preparation and cooking, the second shift on lunch service, and the third shift on next day prep and cleaning. On-site training is provided.

If you are interested in volunteering in the kitchen, please fill out and submit the following online form. You will then be added to our volunteer schedule for the following week, based on your preferences and our needs. You will receive an email toward the end of each week informing you of your scheduled shift.


Cashier

Our cashiers are the face of the café itself.  The cashier role involves a great deal of interaction with the public and requires a basic comfort with making change, working a fairly simple cash register and fielding customer inquiries. Cashiers get to greet customers, explain menu items, explain membership and the cafe’s mandate, give out membership cards, take member/customer orders, operate the cash register, sell Harvest Noon gift certificates/calendars/event tickets and communicate orders to servers. On-site training is provided.

The cafe is open from Monday to Friday (Tuesday to Friday in Summer), and there is one cashier shift each day:

11:30-1:30

If you are interested in volunteering at the cash, please fill out and submit the following online form. You will then be added to our volunteer schedule for the following week, based on your preferences and our need. You will receive an email toward the end of each week informing you of your schedule shift.

*new* Produce Preservation Project

Harvest Noon’s Produce Preservation Project is a initiative that began in summer 2015 and is still going strong. The idea is simple — there’s so much amazing local fruit and vegetables available in the summer and we’re going to can/jam/pickle/dry it for winter cafe usage. Planning, research and training for this project is being carried out by the Menu Planning Committee. For a future winter with more than apples!

Food preserving happens throughout the summer and into the early Fall. If you’re interested in getting involved with this project, please fill out and submit the following online form.


Menu Planning

The menu planning committee comes up with and tests recipes for the cafe that use locally available seasonal ingredients while also paying attention to cost control to keep our food affordable.  In addition to brainstorming dishes and researching foods/techniques, this committee scales up recipes to cafe appropriate size.  Knowledge of local, organic food systems and vegan diets are major pluses.

If you’re interested, please fill out and submit the following online form, specifying your intended volunteer role as “Other” and explaining in the ‘Anything else’ section at the bottom why you’re interested in menu planning. Our volunteer coordinator will then put you in contact with with the rest of the menu planning committee. You can even participate from afar!


Outreach and Events

People are hungry for more than just food at Harvest Noon! In addition to serving delicious, locally-sourced food, Harvest Noon is a community space for many people where they can gather to talk, share skills, and learn. From fun socials and tasty food workshops to radical politics and exciting partnerships with community groups, volunteers involved in Outreach & Events get the word out about Harvest Noon online and in real life; brings new faces into our space as visitors, members, and facilitators; and collaborate with like-minded organizations at the University of Toronto and in the wider community.

Roles vary in scope and level of commitment from postering to events planning, volunteer coordination, event setup and idea brainstorming. Events are a big part of the café and a great way to meet people.

If you’re interested, please fill out and submit the following online form, specifying your intended volunteer role as “Other” and explaining in the ‘Anything else’ section at the bottom why you’re interested in outreach and events. Our volunteer coordinator will then put you in touch with the rest of our outreach and events team.


Grants & Funding

There are always lots of great ideas floating around Harvest Noon — whether it be a fruit preserving workshop, partnerships with community organizations, revamping our seating area, or new equipment and expanded hours. But, sometimes we need a bit of cash to get these ideas off the ground! The purpose of the Grants & Funding crew at Harvest Noon is to search out relevant funding opportunities and write up the grant applications that will (hopefully!) get us the goods without compromising our principles. If you have experience in this area, or would like to learn more about grant writing and fund-raising, this is a great opportunity to learn, or sharpen up some very useful skills while helping out the Harvest Noon community.

If you’re interested, please fill out and submit the following online form, specifying your intended volunteer role as “Other” and explaining in the ‘Anything else’ section at the bottom why you’re interested in grants and funding. Our volunteer coordinator will then put you in contact with similarly interested folks!


Graphic Design, Publications (?) / Web Content Creation

Harvest Noon appreciates help in developing promotional materials, event posters and other projects like publications or web content. Depending on your level of expertise and interest, volunteering this way has a great deal of flexibility as to the scope and level of commitment. Volunteers have a great deal of creative control and are expected to be self-motivated and directed.

If you’re interested, please fill out and submit the following online form, specifying your intended volunteer role as “Other” and explaining in the ‘Anything else’ section at the bottom your interest in graphic design, or other Harvest Noon related content creation (Do you think Harvest Noon needs a zine? a cookbook? are you a food blogger? something else?). Our volunteer coordinator will then put you in touch with the relevant folks.


Other Initiatives: Zines+/Documentary Screenings/Growing Food/Your Idea Here

 Harvest Noon welcomes new volunteer initiatives! Currently (Summer-Fall 2016) some folks are working on developing a “distro” of pay-what-you-can literature such as zines that complement our mandate + other folks are working to secure the rights to a political documentary film screening series. If you’d like to get involved in either of these two initiatives OR have your own idea,  please fill out and submit the following online formspecifying your intended volunteer role as “Other” and explaining in the ‘Anything else’ section what you’d like to do to contribute to our co-op and the board of directors will get back to you on how to support that initiative.

The Growing Food at Harvest Noon committee is currently inactive but if you have ideas and are interested in restarting this committee, please fill out and submit the following online form, specifying your intended volunteer role as “Other” and explaining in the ‘Anything else’ section your interests in growing this group. Former description: Here at Growing Food at Harvest Noon (GFHN), we believe that cooking and food cultivation intersects at our love for eating great food. However, in urban spaces there is often a separation between what appears on our tables and its place of origin. The objective of GFHN is to restore the connection between what we eat and where it comes from to increase awareness surrounding the importance of food production and distribution.


 


Board Members

Every Winter, members vote in a team of members to help more directly run the cafe and make our collective dreams for the co-op a reality. This board is responsible for managing the long-term financial and organizational integrity of the café, as well as any other affairs which affect the organization as a whole. This is a crucial role for members to get involved in. If you are interested in being on the Board of Directors, it would be a good idea to volunteer in order to learn as much as possible about the operations of the café. More information about elections will be available with our Annual General Meeting information package.



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