Do you love to cook, enjoy social interaction and want a volunteer opportunity with a lot of flexibility? Join the Nativity House Kitchen Team.

The Nativity House Kitchen (formerly known as the Hospitality Kitchen) serves as the primary food hub supporting Nativity House Shelter, the Nativity House Apartments, the Stability Site, and the Family Housing Network Day Center. Needless to say, our kitchen is a busy place.

We’re looking for volunteers with basic kitchen skills, high energy and a desire to help some of our most vulnerable community members.

Scheduling is flexible but hours align with set meal times. We need volunteers who can help for 1- 3 hour blocks of time.

Weekday Meals

  • Breakfast @ 8:30 am
  • Lunch @ 11 am
  • Dinner @ 5:30 pm

Weekend Meals

  • Breakfast @ 9:30 am
  • Lunch @ 1:30 pm
  • Dinner @ 5:30 pm


  • Help unload and sort grocery rescue food donations, and food from community donors
  • Assist staff in preparing breakfast, lunch or dinner for shelter guests and other CCS sites
  • Help pack outbound morning food deliveries
  • Greet guests as they come through the cafeteria line and help serve meals
  • Restock silverware and supplies needed on the food line
  • Clean & sanitize kitchen surfaces
  • Assist with kitchen cleanup throughout the shift and help tidy up at the end
  • Help run dishes through the industrial dishwasher
  • Take out the trash


  • Friendly, kind and good with a diverse group of people
  • Good sense of humor and a desire to help others
  • Volunteers must be at least 18 years old
  • Volunteers must pass a background check (processed at no cost to volunteers) and attend a 1-hour volunteer orientation
  • Volunteers must sign a Covid-19 liability waiver to be eligible to serve
  • Volunteers working with food are required to wear food handlers gloves for food safety purposes

How to get started

Please complete the online volunteer registration form or contact to request a volunteer registration form. Hard copies of registration materials can be mailed to your address. Copies can also be sent via email or fax.

Covid-19 Safety

Masking requirements have been dropped as of March 2023 but mask are still available for volunteers who wish to wear them. We will not ask your vaccination status. Anyone presenting Covid-19 symptoms or not feeling well will be required to refrain from volunteering until they are feeling better.

Questions? Call 253-365-4111 to speak with Megan Edwin, Homeless Adult Services Volunteer Coordinator.


702 S. 14th St. Tacoma, WA 98405


Megan Edwin, Volunteer Coordinator