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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Exactly one week ago, a group of GLIDE seniors completed a six-week Healthy Living workshop with our own Ms. Tina Huang. Here is what Tina had to say about the experience: . "I am so happy that we're celebrating with this gratitude ceremony. Congratulation to the seniors who have completed their healthier living workshop. Within six weeks, our seniors learned how to live healthier by coping with their stress and creating positive changes for their lifestyle. I am very proud of them as they showed an interest in learning and dedication throughout the workshop. I hope they can bring this knowledge and apply it in their every-day lifestyle, as well as share it with those who may benefit from this information." . Congratulations, #GLIDEseniors! #healthyliving #wednesdaywisdom
Thanks to this group of #volunteers from @salesforce for stepping up to the plate and braving the onions yesterday! They prepared lunch for hundreds of diners from the community! . "I think it's a really smart thing for Salesforce to do. Not just talk about it – of course everybody wants to be a part of their community, of course everybody wants to volunteer and support causes, but to actually insist on people coming down here on their first day of training – hey, that's putting your money where your mouth is." - Shan Nichols, Systems Engineering Director (not pictured) . GLIDE relies on 75-85 volunteers EVERY DAY to serve three meals to everyone who walks through our doors. #startyourdaywithservice #volunteersf #foodjustice #givingback #stepuptotheplate @benioff @salesforcejobs @salesforceorg @ggundry @joselynmarie1
Yesterday we were pleased to welcome the #SaferInside Planning Committee to Celebration and a press conference with Mayor @londonbreed! Thanks for all of your hard work & commitment to helping people understand the importance of bringing #safeinjectionsites to San Francisco.

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