Volunteer

Volunteer Opportunities

At this time, during our building renovation, we are very fortunate to have a full roster of volunteers for most positions. We expect to be bringing on new volunteers once construction is complete in late 2017. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Marianne at volunteer@recoverycafesj.org or 408-294-2963, unless otherwise indicated, and ask to fill out an application. When volunteer positions become available, we will be happy to contact you.


Volunteer opportunities include:

 

Café Companions

Description: A companion is literally “someone who breaks bread with another”. Cafe Companions come into the Cafe space to listen, to share a meal, to be a friend inside the Cafe to others who come there for recovery support. Volunteer training required.

  • Interests / Skills: ability to engage others easily; good listener.

Board Member

Description: The RCSJ Board holds and guides the vision, values, policies, and practices of the organization. Board members have a strong emotional commitment to RCSJ and show it through offering their wealth, work, wisdom, and witness. A full job description is available.
Interests / Skills: Strategic thinking, resource development, and leadership skills. A range of expertise is valuable on the

  • Board including legal, accounting, personnel, and organizational leadership.
  • Meets: monthly
  • Contact: Ken Goldstein at ken@recoverycafesj.org or call 408-294-2963

Community Meal Preparation and Cleaning

Description: Work alongside our Chef/Kitchen Manager and Cafe members to prepare the weekly community meal. Prep work, cooking, and clean-up are all involved. Training in commercial kitchen procedures will be provided.

  • Interests / Skills: Like to cook and help with putting together and cleaning up a great meal. Works well as a team, flexible.

Fundraising/Events

Description: The Closing the Gap Breakfast is our annual major fundraising event. This group works on finding a venue, creating a program, recruiting sponsors, identifying table hosts, and growing the event. Additional events may be considered including benefit concerts, etc.

  • Interest / Skills: People who love planning a meaningful and fun event and watch it happen successfully! Ability to work well on a team which will organize the details needed to do quality events – logistics, marketing and promotion, hospitality and follow-up.
  • Meets: Monthly beginning in October, then weekly from late February till the event in May.
  • Contact: Ken Goldstein at ken@recoverycafesj.org or call 408-294-2963

​Closing the Gap Chorus Member

Description: Sing in a chorus made up of both RCSJ members and individuals from the community. Disparities in wealth, access to housing and jobs is creating a widening gap in our community. We close that gap when we know and understand each other and the issues we face daily. The chorus brings people together who otherwise would not know each other – to sing and make music – together!

  • Interests / skills: love of music and singing
  • Meets: Rehearsals weekly, our “big gig” is RCSJ’s annual Closing the Gap breakfast, with other performances arranged throughout the year.

Office Support

Description: Assist “behind the scenes” with copying, filing, and/or data entry tasks. Occasional help is needed preparing large mailings, stuffing envelopes, etc.

  • Meets: As needed.