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. To find directions to First Presbyterian Church click on the link Directions
Who can Volunteer?
- Groups and Families
We have a number of groups and families who serve on a regular basis so you must contact us to see when there are openings. In some cases we have to put a limit on the size of the group. For safety reasons, children must be at least ten years old.
- 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 to make arrangements.
Usually we can accommodate one or more individuals, but not always. Please contact us 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.
- Contact Info
To contact us click on the link Contact Us and tell us when you would like to volunteer, who you represent, and how many might come with you. We promise to respond.
- On a Sunday afternoon you should arrive no later than 1:15 pm.
- On a 2nd Saturday you should arrive by 8:30 am
What to Expect on a Sunday
Volunteers should enter through the Third Avenue entrance. There should be a person at the door to let you in and to direct you to the Dining Room. On entering the dining room there will be a table where you can fill out a name tag and get a job assignment. At about 1:30 PM there is a volunteer orientation. After the orientation you should go to your job area where your job duties will be explained. Some possible job assignments are
- tray preparation
- meal serving
- bread and drink serving
- dish washing
- property check-in
- ticket takers
- clothing order takers
- clothing order fillers
At 2:00 PM our guests are admitted and there will be a short worship service. After the worship service (about 2:30 PM) we begin our meal service and our clothing distribution. We generally shut down our meal service and clothing distribution between 3:00 Pm and 3:30 PM. At this time some voluteers will be assigned to clean up their job area. Others will be assigned to general dining room clean-up. We are generally done by 4:00 PM.
Notice: Bleach is used during clean-up, so be careful to not get any on your clothing.
What to Expect on a Second Saturday
Ladle is a distribution site for the Federal Emergency Food Assistance Program in the downtown area. Individuals and families who meet the federal income requirements receive food packages once a month. Our distribution is on the second Saturday of each month. Please contact us if you have a group of 8 – 10 that could help us on a second Saturday. You can contact us by clicking on the link Contact Us and filling out the form. Volunteers should arrive by 8:30 AM and the distribution starts promptly at 9:30 AM. The volunteers assist in the bagging and distribution of the food. We are usually done by 10:45 AM.
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.