Volunteer Class Manager

Carolyn and Kate

Volunteer Opportunity:

A volunteer class manager works closely with Cooking Matters coordinators to independently coordinate cooking, nutrition, and budgeting education courses for families at risk of hunger. The volunteer class manager serves as the liaison between Cooking Matters staff coordinators and class volunteers to implement a course series.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Maintaining weekly communication with class volunteers, course site, and Cooking Matters co-coordinator before and during a course.
  • Managing a Cooking Matters course and providing in-class support on classroom logistics to class volunteers.
  • Managing classroom participant documentation, cooking equipment, and educational tools.

Sustained Outcomes:

The volunteer cooking Matters Class manager position is to increase capacity for Cooking Matters by having trained class coordinators who serve as the administrative in-class support to other class volunteers.

Training Provided by Cooking Matters

  • General Cooking Matters administrative training
  • Cooking Matters 101 (for new volunteers only)
  • Volunteer Management
  • Reporting & Evaluation
  • Implementing Gold Standards
  • Facilitated Dialogue
  • In-classroom training
  • Equipment needed
  • Shopping Process & Procedure: Shopping list, receipts, etc.
  • Shadowing
  • Logistics


The Volunteer Cooking Matters Class Manager will receive on-going support from the assigned Cooking Matters co-coordinator prior to and during a course series.


  • Approximately 40 hours per 6-week course.
  • Approximately 6 hours per week, including preparation, planning, shopping, in-class, and communication time.
  • Approximately 24 – 30 hours of training—for new volunteers.
  • Approximately 4 hours per week for shadowing a class series.
  • Classes are held M-F, during the hours of  8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Location of classes varies.


  • Reliability
  • Flexibility
  • Problem solving skills
  • Passion about the Cooking Matters mission
  • People skills
  • Ability to communicate via phone, e-mail, and in person
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office


  • Preferred experience in personnel/team management
  • Preferred fluency in English.


  • Gaining knowledge of hunger issues in Detroit.
  • Have the opportunity to lead and manage a volunteer team.
  • Acquire experience in volunteer management and program coordination.
  • Positively impact the lives of low-income families at risk of hunger.

To learn more or volunteer, please contact:

Carolyn Sagi
Cooking Matters Volunteer Coordinator
Gleaners Community Food Bank
(313) 923-3535 ext. 257

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