Volunteer Group

Volunteering at Ladle

Volunteer Group

Volunteering at Ladle

Ladle provides an opportunity for many individuals and groups to experience the joy of service to the urban poor. Although Christ is the focus of our ministry, we are happy to have volunteers of any faith (or no faith) come and serve with us.


We have a number of groups who serve on a regular basis so you must contact us to see when there are openings. You can contact us here. In some cases we have to put a limit on the size of the group.


All of the information that applies to groups also applies to families. In addition, children must be at least ten years of age to serve at Ladle. This is for the safety of the children. Sorry, but there are no exceptions.

High-school Students

We have a number of high school students who satisfy their school's community service requirement by serving at Ladle. Please contact us here to make arrangements.


Usually we can accommodate one or more individuals, but not always. Please contact us here to see if there is room on the Saturday or Sunday you have in mind. When you contact us, please mention your affiliation and how you heard about us.

FPC Members

Members of First Presbyterian Church of San Diego are welcome to serve or observe at any of our events. Emailing in advance is helpful, though not required.

Times and tips

On Sundays we can use some volunteers as early as 9:00 am to help in meal preparation. Individuals and groups involved with serving the Sunday meal should arrive no later than 1:15 pm. There is an orientation of volunteers at 1:30 pm. On a 2nd Saturday you should arrive between 8:30 am and 9:00 am. Enter the building via the 3rd Ave entrance, which is mid-block between Date and Elm. Parking is allowed in any of our 3 lots, which are located near 3rd and Elm. Appropriate dress is casual/neat/utilitarian. We use bleach water for clean-up. Women and girls are expected to observe our policy of “moderate modesty”. Plan to stay on Sunday until the program concludes at about 4:15 pm. On a 2nd Saturday we are usually done by noon.
and if you spend yourselves on behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.
Isaiah 58:10