Cooks in the Kitchen

Cook a Meal. Make a Difference.

Cooks in the Kitchen is a volunteer opportunity to lend a helping hand!

Do you have a small team of friends, family, or coworkers who like to cook and are interested in a fun, quick, and easy volunteer opportunity? We have just the thing for you! Our Cooks in the Kitchen program is a great way for a small team of volunteers to lend a big helping hand to some of our homes that are particularly short staffed, allowing them to spend more time on personal care for the individuals, rather than cooking.

Learn more about Cooks in the Kitchen 

For questions, or to talk to someone on our Volunteer Resources department contact:
Cathy Thoma at cthoma@hammer.org
Or call  952-345-8554

Additional Types of Volunteers

We have a variety of volunteer opportunities to fit your interests and lifestyle. And you can also volunteer in more than one way. Some positions have a longer time commitment than other opportunities.

Each volunteer must complete an orientation through our volunteer department and pass a background check. Volunteers will receive additional training as needed for a specific area of service.

Direct Service Volunteer

Provide one-on-one companionship (at least once a month) for an individual with developmental disabilities who shares similar interests. You and your matched individual will decide what you will do during your time together such as movies, restaurants, concerts, crafting, or biking. This is an opportunity to give back to your community, while having fun at the same time! **Must be willing to commit to 1 year of service and possess a valid driver’s license.**

Corporate Volunteering

We enjoy developing opportunities with corporate groups. Engaging with the individuals we serve can be a wonderful experience for all. Examples of successful events include bowling parties, craft and game night, and Spring/Fall yard clean-up.

To discuss corporate options, contact Cathy Thoma at cthoma@hammer.org

Health & Wellness Coach

Provide support to an individual with developmental disabilities who would like to improve their health in areas of fitness, nutrition, or wellness. Meet once every week or two to participate in an exercise activity of that person’s choice, cook a healthy meal together, or participate in a stress-relieving activity such as yoga or meditation. **Must be willing to commit to 6 months of service and possess a valid driver’s license.**

Special Events Volunteer

Assist with our Annual Meeting, Reach for Ralph, the Family Day Picnic, or other annual special events as planned. Volunteers can assist with set-up, decorations, food preparation, entertainment, clean-up, and various other jobs. These are one-time commitments for each event. Volunteers are kept on a list and can say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to events as they arise.

Office Volunteer

Assist as needed with office work such as data entry or filing. There is room for a variety of skill-sets in multiple departments, and the time commitment will depend on the individual project. The volunteer should be available during normal business hours.

Hammer Travel Volunteers

If you love to travel and would like to help others experience the joys of travel, then please join our team!

Volunteers are responsible for supervising the daily operation of the trip to which he/she is assigned. He/she will ensure the trip itinerary runs smooth and efficiently, and with the assistance of other travel team members, oversee the medical, financial, and personal needs of travelers.