The cafe opens its door wide to all who want lip-smacking fare. And if you’re down on your monetary luck, you can still gobble up lunch, but be ready to wash a dish or two, or mop the floors. Believing in a dignified exchange as a way of life, if you haven’t a dime to spare, you exchange some volunteer time for your meal. Individuals can drop in any time SAME is open to volunteer in exchange for a meal. Just tell the server you’d like to pay for your meal with volunteer time. Groups may exchange volunteering for meals, but due to space limitations those volunteer times are limited to before opening (10am-11am) or after closing (2pm-3pm). Groups must call in advance to organize this with the volunteer coordinator.
If you’re looking to contribute to the café’s mission beyond exchanging volunteer time for food, volunteers can sign up to help in the kitchen and in the dining area—prepping food, cooking, serving, dish washing, cleaning tables, doing maintenance. Space is limited, so you must schedule your volunteer slot ahead of time through email. All volunteers must be sixteen years of age or older.
Groups slots are limited to four people per shift. These fill up quickly.
If after filling submitting this form, you do not receive an email from the volunteer coordinator within 48 hours, please call us.
Please note that the cafe is always closed for all Federal Holidays, including extended closures on Thanksgiving weekend and the week between Christmas eve & New Years Day. See our Facebook page for dates and further details on closures.
Sign-up and Volunteer at SAME Café