Volunteer Opportunities

We are extremely grateful to have an abundance of volunteers at this time! In fact, we’re a bit overwhelmed by the number of people who want to help us, actually. We are not actively recruiting for volunteers at this time.

If you are still interested in getting on our waiting list, click here to fill out our Volunteer Interest Form. As volunteer shifts open up, our Volunteer Coordinator will contact you for an initial intake and screening.

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. Being a Companion is recommended as a first step in getting involved with the Cafe before moving on to other volunteer positions. Required Companion training is provided.

  • 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 and leadership skills. A range of expertise is valuable on the Board including legal, accounting, personnel, marketing, fundraising, and organizational leadership
  • Obligation: Board members all commit to contributing financially to RCSJ as well as either raising additional funds through their networks or assisting in fund development activities
  • Meets: monthly
  • Contact: Ken Goldstein at ken@recoverycafesj.org or call 408-294-2963

Meal Preparation and Cleaning

Description: Work alongside our Chef/Kitchen Manager and Cafe members to prepare lunch and dinner daily (Tuesday-Saturday) for our members. 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


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

Activity or Class Leader

Description: Our schedule of activities for members are mostly volunteer led. They range from regular weekly activities, such as arts & crafts or music, to in-depth courses on recovery topics under our School for Recovery. Please see our Programs page for more details and ideas.

  • Meets: School for Recovery courses are one hour weekly for eight weeks (four semesters per year), plus prep time. Other activities are on-going throughout the year
  • Current Need: While we appreciate all suggestions for new classes and activities, please be aware that we have limited time in our program schedule to add new ongoing activities or courses. One-time, guest speakers, on topics related to our mission, are easier to schedule

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. May be “seasonal,” such as in preparation for an event or fundraising campaign