Volunteer Opportunities

Since 1979, volunteers have been integral to the mission of Jubilee Soup Kitchen and a vital part of the community that includes staff, guests, and other volunteers. Guests come for food. Jubilee is committed to providing respect, hospitality, and welcoming space where their spirits can grow. We encourage our volunteers to extend themselves to our guests in whatever ways they are comfortable.

Please Note: All who volunteer their time must be willing to volunteer from 9 am to 1 pm and with NO Breaking Up of time.

Get Involved. There are a few ways to support Jubilee Kitchen. Here's what you can do to get started today.

Single Volunteers

Weekdays: Single volunteers age 13+ must call ahead to reserve a day
Weekends: Single volunteers age 13+ are welcome and need not call ahead

Group Volunteers

All groups who are interested in volunteering should call a month or two before the time you would like to volunteer to reserve a day. Volunteers must be age 13+

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Volunteer Expectations. There are a few basic rules that all volunteers are expected to follow.

Follow staff instructions

Follow staff instructions and the advice of veteran volunteers.

Be respectful

Treat guests and anyone who enters the kitchen with dignity and respect.

Be productive

Be friendly, organized, and productive while you are here.

Dress Appropriately

For health and safety reasons, no open-toe shoes! Sneakers only.

Practice Food Safety

Always wear gloves when handling food. If you touch the broom, mop dustpan, and door handle please put on a clean pair of gloves.

What do volunteers do? Kitchen Volunteers are needed 365 days a year from 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Most volunteers help for the entire time, but there is flexibility. Volunteers might:

  • Prepare some of the food

  • Serve the noon-day hot meal

  • Help staff in cleaning up and washing dishes

  • Work in our Community Garden

  • Help in our Clothing Room

When volunteering, please check in with the appropriate staff.

Monday-Friday: Dave, Floyd or Heather

Saturday-Sunday: Butch, Mark, Heather or Eddie

Court-ordered community service hours. This agreement below explains the requirements and expectations for this type of volunteer work.

Applications must be approved by the Volunteer Coordinator before you may begin performing community service. We can NOT accept community service volunteers:

  • Under the age of 18

  • Internet crimes

  • Acts of violence (battery, domestic violence, any type of assault)

  • Breaking and entering (Burglary and/or Robbery)

  • Sex-Related Crimes

  • Possession of cocaine or heroin

How to register to complete court-ordered community hours with Jubilee

  • All community service volunteer must register in person & bring a copy of their photo ID

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Transportation to Jubilee Soup Kitchen

  • Jubilee Kitchen is located at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Jumonville, midway between Oakland and Downtown

  • PAT Bus service along the Fifth-Forbes Avenue corridor

  • Parking available on Fifth Avenue or on Wyandotte Street

Got a question about getting involved? Check out the Volunteer FAQs below. Don't see the answering you're looking for? Give us a call at (412) 261-5417 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Q: Where is Jubilee Kitchen?

A: The kitchen is located at 2005 Wyandotte St. off of 5th Avenue in the lower hill district, the midpoint between Oakland and downtown Pittsburgh.

Q: Is there parking available?

A: Yes, you can park your car near the kitchen but not in the John Heinz Child Development Center lot on the weekdays.

Q: How should I dress?

A: Dress is casual.

Q: Is there an age restriction?

All volunteers are welcome from the age of 13 and up.

Q: What should I bring?

A: Please don’t bring anything valuable into the kitchen. Personal belonging should be kept inthe trunk of your car or at home.

Q: How many people will be there?

There are usually about 150 to 200 men and women served at the lunch hour.  Most of themare homeless.

Q: What time does the luncheon start?

A: We offer a simple breakfast (coffee and rolls) at 9:30 a.m. Lunch is from 11:00 a.m. until12:30 p.m. Volunteers should arrive around 9:00 am to 9:30 am to help set up and prepare thefood. Take-outs start at 12:30 p.m.

Q: What do they like to eat and how much?

A: The men and women at the kitchen are always graciously appreciative of our help no matterwhat is served and some have big appetites. A meat entrée, perhaps potato or pasta, a vegetableand salad, bread and butter and of course dessert can be included in the meal. There doesn’t seemto be a formula for how much should be prepared. “Suggested” serving sizes aren’t alwaystrustworthy.

Q: Do you accept Court-Ordered Community Service Hours?

A: YES. Jubilee Kitchen does accept court-ordered community service hours only on weekdays but not on weekends.  However, we do accept community service hours towards schooling or extra-curricular activities seven days a week.

Q: Can volunteers take things from the soup kitchen?

A: NO. If a volunteer is in need of help, please see the program director.

Q: How many volunteers can show up?

A: Single volunteers on weekdays must call ahead to reserve a day.  On the weekend’s single volunteers are welcome, but need to call ahead to make sure we are not at our limit for volunteers on that day. We schedule groups of no more than six people and arrangements need to be made ahead of time.

Q: How can I get involved?

A: A: For more information call (412) 261-5417 to get things started or to ask any questions that didn’tmake this list. Call in from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

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