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Meetup allows members to host events.
This event is hosted by Nisha.
Q: Why can't I just show up? If I sign up here on Meetup, why do I also have to sign up with another person?
A: They might not have a lunch this month, so I don't want anyone to show up to find out the event is canceled / rescheduled or they have too many volunteers that room isn't available for you.
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I try to spread the word about volunteer opportunities and raise awareness about non-profits/charities that do good work.
This event is from another group, Amma Los Angeles (Mother's Kitchen).
Usually on the 2nd Sunday of each month, they make a vegetarian lunch for women at the Downtown Women's Center.
Volunteers help prep food (chop veggies), cook, and serve.
To help me save time, this is automatically posted in this group, but please check with them to confirm they are actually having an event on this date.
It's possible they might not have a lunch this month (holiday, venue is busy with another event, insufficient food donations, project leader is sick/busy, etc.).
So regardless of what is posted here, contact them to confirm a lunch is happening on this date.
To help, contact
Nisha via [masked]
Jill via [masked]
A lunch may not occur every month, so please contact Nisha or Jill in advance to confirm. They will know if additional volunteers are needed and will provide more info & further instructions.
And if the lunch gets canceled, if you emailed them, they have a way to notify you, so please check with them (at least a few days prior).
If you don't hear back from either of them, then it may mean the lunch is canceled this month.
Regardless if other members sign up and despite this being posted here in this group, please do not assume this event is happening for sure. I don't want anyone to drive there to find the lunch is canceled, so thank you for checking with them.
Other individuals/groups usually help too and they might have enough volunteers this month.
The kitchen has limited space, so having too many volunteers can make it too crowded with some people having nothing to help with.
Volunteers must be at least 16 years old to help in the kitchen.
Bringing a hat or hair-tie is recommended. Or use one of their disposable hair nets. Gloves and aprons are available in their kitchen.
The scheduled start time is 10:00 am, but arriving early is recommended (e.g. 9:45 - 9:50am) because it improves one's chance of getting assigned something before it gets full later.
If anyone arrives late, and if the kitchen is crowded with several people, there might not be much to do until meal service.
Thank you for being patient and understanding of whatever happens.
All food/ingredients are provided by them.
Volunteers don't need to be culinary chefs and aren't expected to bring anything (except something like a hat to cover their head/hair).
The DWC kitchen has cutting boards, knives, utensils, cookware, ovens/stoves, bowls, and everything else to help prepare the meal.
Depending on this month's menu, tasks might include cutting veggies & fruit, mixing things together, making a salad, preparing desert, etc.
After the meal is ready, they set up the counter and serve the food.
Skid Row is very unique, so please park inside the DWC parking lot.
If anyone is unfamiliar with Skid Row and has never gone there before, please keep in mind it's different from the rest of downtown LA. Not everybody may feel comfortable, so please don't feel obligated or pressured. If anyone arrives and doesn't feel safe or has a bad/ominous feeling, totally understandable. Feel free to drive away.
The Downtown Women's Center has its own parking lot, so it should be safe to park there.
Photo Source/Credit: Amma