Volunteer FAQ

 

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I volunteer with GLIDE?
2. How do I sign up to serve a meal?
3. How do I volunteer in other programs?
4. How do I schedule a group to volunteer?
5. How large of a group can GLIDE accommodate?
6. Is there a minimum commitment to volunteer?
7. What if I have to leave early?
8. What is the minimum age requirement to volunteer?
9. How should I dress?
10. Will I be placed in the program of my choice?
11. How can I track hours for my school’s community service requirements?

Call the volunteer department at 415-674-6081 if you have any questions. We would love to hear from you!

1. How do I volunteer with GLIDE?
There are many ways to volunteer with GLIDE. You can sign up to serve a meal through our website at any time, 7 days per week. Glide serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily.  Please refer to next question for details on signing up.You may also become a volunteer with one our many programs. To find out more about becoming a program volunteer, you must attend one of our Volunteer Information Sessions, which are held the first Monday of every month, except in November and December. Back to top

2. How do I sign up to serve a meal?

Go to glidesf.wordpress.com/volunteer/serve-a-meal page and click your volunteer category, then select a date on the calendar to view and sign up for available shifts. Holiday opportunities are posted on our meals calendar after November 1st.
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3. How do I volunteer in other programs?

Your first step is to attend a Volunteer Information Session. These are held the first Monday of every month, January through October, from 6:30pm – 7:30 pm in Room 206 (with the exception of holidays, ie Labor Day etc). A complete list of dates available in our “All Other Opportunities Section.” Once you have attended the initial information session, you will be asked to come back for an interview. Once you have been interviewed and we determine that your service is a good fit for one of Glide’s various programs, we will place you in the appropriate program based on need and availability.
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4. How do I schedule a group to volunteer?

For group scheduling, follow these steps:

1. Go to glidesf.wordpress.com/volunteer/serve-a-meal and select your group type to get to our calendar page
2. Click sign in to enter your username/password OR register for the first time (we recently launched a new system which requires brand-new user accounts for all users)
3. Select any shift that still needs volunteers
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5. How large of a group can GLIDE accommodate?

Groups serving meals can be up to 20 or even 25 people. When scheduling a group, please check to make sure there are enough volunteer spots available during that shift.
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6. Is there a minimum commitment to volunteer?

For meal service, we ask that you commit a minimum of two hours.

Long-term volunteers make commitments between 6 months to a year depending on the program, typically 2-8 hours per week.
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7. What if I have to leave early?

The meals program requires volunteers to be available throughout their shift.  Please refrain from signing up for a shift you cannot attend for its full duration. Long-term volunteers will be working primarily with a program manager who you can work out all scheduling needs and concerns.
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8. What is the minimum age requirement to volunteer?

The minimum age requirement to serve breakfast, prep, lunch, and dinner is 12. However, we allow children age 9 and up to assist with bagging lunches. All persons under the age of 18 are required to have their waiver signed by their parent or guardian and submitted before the volunteer shift.
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9. How should I dress?

Please wear closed-toed shoes and shirts with sleeves (T-shirts are good, just no tank-tops) when volunteering in our Meals Program. Volunteers are encouraged to dress comfortably and use common sense with their choice of attire.
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10. Will I be placed in the program of my choice?

We cannot guarantee that you will be placed in the program of your choice due to availability, but we will do everything in our power to accommodate your preferences.
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11. How can I track hours for my school’s community service requirements?

If you’re coming from a school and you need to keep track of your volunteering, please ask kitchen staff for the blue school time-sheet each time you volunteer.  These time sheets are for you to keep as a record of your service and are not otherwise documented here at GLIDE.  After you finish all your shifts, you can come to the volunteer office in room 209 to get a letter confirming your service if your school requires one.
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GLIDE Instagram
Today, the Meals Team kicked it into high gear and served a delicious #ValentinesDay meal of prime rib, mashed potatoes, vegetables, fruit and hand-dipped chocolate-covered strawberries! Showing #unconditionallove to our folks. Happy V-Day to all! #givingback #foodjustice @paulfleming_restaurateur @hospitalityhousesf @tndcsf GLIDE wishes you a very #HappyValentinesDay. We invite you to think about love beyond romantic love; to consider #unconditionallove & what that might look like. #SafeInjectionSites are part of that vision for the #Tenderloin and for people suffering from the #opiodcrisis across the nation.
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With Director Barbara Garcia’s announcement over a week ago, SF is now poised to be the first city in the country to open a SIS. Given these recent developments, we have re-posted excerpts from an earlier interview with Paul Harkin, manager of GLIDE Harm Reduction, who speaks to the scope of the problem and to the arguments in favor of SIS as a viable, compassionate & rational approach. Click the link in our bio to read!
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#RealTalk #harmreduction #harmreductionsaveslives @harmreductioncoalition Thanks to a creative & enthusiastic group of volunteers, GLIDE can once again serve a special #valentinesday dessert to our guests tomorrow: hand-dipped chocolate-covered strawberries! 🍫🍓❤️ Thank you to our board member Nicole and everyone who helped out today! #JustDesserts #givingback #TerrificTuesday #GLIDEfoodies #SFfoodie On Saturday, February 10, activist, philanthropist and GLIDE Church member @feliciahorowitz hosted a free screening & discussion of the documentary film "The Rape of Recy Taylor" in GLIDE's sanctuary. Many thanks to Felicia for making this important film accessible and affordable for anyone who wanted to join, and to the director Nancy Buirski for joining us for the occasion.
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As our nation continues to engage with recent mass social justice movements, namely #BlackLivesMatter and #MeToo, this film is especially timely and powerful. We are grateful to everyone who came to GLIDE to experience and discuss it together in community.
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#Shespokeup #RecyTaylor #civilrights @owntv @supersoul @goldenglobes #community #socialjustice

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