Every nutrition major has heard that volunteer experience looks really good on the dietetic internship application and may even matter more than job experience but who has the time? We are all working hard to keep our grades up, take care of other responsibilities in life and maybe even squeeze in some fun every now and again. In this blog, I am going to talk about two volunteer opportunities that don’t take very much time but can really help dress up those DI applications and resumes.
What can you expect as a volunteer at Cooking Matters? To begin, you must go through an orientation that consists of shadowing a class to learn about the set-up, the materials and how a class is run firsthand. You will also fill out some quick paperwork so that they can match you with a volunteer position that works best for you. After the orientation, you are ready to join a class! Most classes last 6 weeks with a single one-hour class per week. Times, locations and even types of participants (elderly, Spanish-speaking, children, adults, etc.) are numerous so there is bound to be a great fit for just about anyone. In addition, if you can’t commit to six sessions, they often hold all-day Saturday classes and occasional special one-time events.
After you sign up for an event, you can expect to learn a little something about cooking yourself, connect with the participants in the class and enjoy helping people while talking about your favorite subject – nutrition!! Sign up to volunteer here: http://cookingmatters.org/volunteer
What can you expect as a volunteer? Expect to be greeted with free coffee and bagels by people who are excited just to be there to make a difference in the life of a local child. The founders of this organization will gather all the volunteers into a circle to weave the inspirational story of how Food for Thought began. Next comes upbeat music followed by the one-hour assembly line in which the packing of bags takes place. It is the most inspirational and mood-lifting way to start a Friday that I can think of. To sign up to volunteer with Food for Thought, go here: http://www.foodforthoughtdenver.org/volunteer-page/