img_0348Thank you for your interest in volunteering for Vetri Community Partnership! Volunteers are crucial to the work we do in schools every day.

Please follow the link below to create your Vetri Community Partnership volunteer profile. All volunteers are asked to attend an orientation session before volunteering at one of our programs.

Create your volunteer profile here

We require all volunteers to obtain three background checks:  PA State Police background check, PA Child Abuse Registry, and FBI fingerprinting. For detailed information as to how to obtain these records, click here.

See Vetri Community Partnership’s official clearances policy here. 

Volunteer Opportunities:

Monday through Friday during the school day

Eatiquette, the Vetri Method for school lunch, aims to transform a child’s lunch from the traditional cafeteria assembly line to an environment where children gather around round tables, pass plates of food to one another, and experience social interaction and communication. These family-style, healthy meals are prepared from chef-inspired recipes. Volunteers for Eatiquette would be needed to assist in meal preparation in the kitchen or as a leader and Vetri liaison in the dining room helping to facilitate the Eatiquette model with teachers and administration. Eatiquette is also practiced in the classroom by providing hands-on, nutrition education programming for students. Students have the opportunity to create direct connections with the food that is being served in the cafeteria by analyzing, discussing, and learning about the ingredients in class!
Front of House volunteers are our liaison in the dining room, helping to facilitate the Eatiquette model with students and teachers.
Eatiquette in the Classroom volunteers are our classroom assistants, helping with classroom management and encouraging students to explore the many aspects of the ingredients they eat for lunch.  
Times – Various, Monday through Friday between 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Locations -Various locations around the Philadelphia Metro and surrounding areas

Administrative/Office Help
From time to time, we could use help here in the office. Volunteers could take on administrative tasks such as filing, answering or returning phone calls, data entry, or basic office tasks.
Times – Monday through Friday, 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Location – 211 N. 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Monday through Thursday after school

Vetri Cooking Lab
Vetri Cooking Lab (VCL) is an after-school program designed for 4th through 6th grade students in Philadelphia and Camden that focuses on cooking, nutrition, and food education featuring STEM core concepts. The program is designed to help students become educated food consumers by arming them with knowledge about why real food is best coupled with hands-on preparation of nutritious food items.

Volunteers will:

  • Assist trainers at 1-3 sites per week depending on availability and interest. The duration each day will vary by site, but will be approximately 3-4 hours including set up, instruction, and clean up.
  • Help manage a classroom to keep students focused and engaged.
  • Have an enthusiastic personality, a passion for our mission, and willing to help us build and develop a new program.
  • Have an interest in and passion for working with students from underserved neighborhoods.
  • Have some basic knowledge of STEM and nutrition, confidence in the kitchen with knowledge of basic cooking techniques, and an ability to follow a recipe.
  • Commit to be at each class session and, if any conflicts arise, agree to communicate with our team in advance. 
  • Volunteers will be asked to attend an orientation prior to the semester.

Times – One day a week in the afternoon. Days and times vary by school.
Locations – Various schools in the Philadelphia and Camden area

My Daughter’s Kitchen
My Daughter’s Kitchen was founded by Maureen Fitzgerald, former Food Editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer, to teach young people how to cook fresh meals from scratch. Now serving 35 schools in the Philadelphia region and Camden, NJ, two MDK volunteers work with five students once a week for an eight-week session at one of our partner schools. Each session, the students and volunteers prepare a homemade recipe from the first slice to the last serving. At the end of each class, the group sits down to sample their creation and enjoy the meal together. Volunteers are responsible for shopping before each class*, leading the session, submitting pictures and anecdotes to the Inquirer, and completing a brief online survey about each class.
One day a week (varies by school), 3:00 pm-5:30 pm for 8 weeks in the fall and the spring
Various schools in the Philadelphia and Camden area
* Shopping and prep at your convenience. Costs are covered.

Weekday mornings, afternoons and weekends

Mobile Teaching Kitchen
We’re bringing the culinary classroom to the curbside in the communities that we serve. The Mobile Teaching Kitchen arrives on-site at schools, farmers’ markets and community events with tables, cooking equipment, speakers and more to create a hands-on cooking demonstration experience.

Volunteers will:

  • Assist in the unloading and loading of Mobile Teaching Kitchen equipment, tables and ingredients
  • Work side by side chef instructor to assist in the flow of demonstrations
  • Monitor the work space environment for cleanliness and organization
  • Engage with participants and encourage them to taste samples of the dish made during the lesson
  • Hand out recipe cards and collect evaluation forms
  • Have upbeat personality, passion for our mission and willingness to be hands-on
  • Be aware and adaptable to their surroundings while being cognizant of the values and cultures of the neighborhoods that we serve
  • Have a basic knowledge of food, cooking equipment and techniques

Times: Various weekday and weekend mornings and afternoons.
Locations: Various sites in Philadelphia and Camden, NJ

Group Day of Service Volunteering

Occasionally, we can accommodate groups of volunteers at our Eatiquette partner schools. Please fill out this survey to see if your group would be eligible: Group Volunteering Form

For more information about volunteering, email us at info@vetricommunity.org. Thank you.