Please no donations during meal serving hours while we feed our clients.
Some of the most important work done in the fight to end hunger is performed by volunteers. We simply could never afford do this work without the generosity of time and talent offered by so many Las Crucens. Volunteers are needed throughout the year in morning, afternoon and holiday shifts. Some of the important jobs include ensuring food doesn’t go to waste, packing meals, serving food, and ensuring a clean, healthy environment for the many turning to us daily for help. Whether you serve solo, as apart of a group, or as a family, there are many ways for you to make an impact. Submit your inquiry in our contact form below or call our Volunteer Coordinator at (575) 636-0423. We look forward to your serving with us soon and often.
One of El Caldito’s outstanding strengths is the ability to function smoothly and reliably through the exclusive utilization of its dedicated corps of volunteers. During our 2016 fiscal year, we had over 700 volunteers, some of whom volunteered weekly, some monthly, and some only a day or two. Most of our volunteers work in the kitchen and some “rescue food” (gather food donated by the community and transport it to the soup kitchen).
Volunteers are recruited by word-of-mouth, through R.S.V.P., and by internet and local newspapers listings. There are wide daily fluctuations in the number of volunteers, depending on the local school calendars, the number of persons assigned by the courts to do community service, the number of students who perform community service as part of course work, the season, various church projects, etc.
Please either complete the contact form below or call our Volunteer Coordinator at (575) 636-0423. You will be contacted either by email or phone within 1-3 days to start setting up the initial day for you to volunteer. Both your availability and daily crews in need of additional volunteer workers will be coordinated by our Volunteer Coordinator before you start volunteering. Then, you will be expected by the day’s crew leader the day you start. New volunteers are given on-site orientation to kitchen procedures by experienced workers. There is no formal training program. Volunteers are expected to “sign in and out” to indicate the number of hours worked each day.
Under 15 – Must be accompanied by a responsible adult
Attire:Kitchen volunteers wear clean clothes and closed-toe shoes. Shoulders and midriff are covered and pants or jeans are worn around the waist. Longer shorts are acceptable.
Hair is covered, using a hairnet, baseball cap, bandana, or other head covering, and long hair is tied back. Hairnet is provided.
An apron is worn in the kitchen and disposable gloves are worn when handling food. Gloves are changed between tasks. Apron and disposable gloves are provided.
Our mission at El Caldito is to provide a healthy meal daily, in a safe and clean environment, for any hungry person. If you are interested in helping or more information, contact us to see how you can get involved.