Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we are not allowing community volunteers  in our shelter, or our meal production and food storage facilities. See above for our current opportunity with The Children’s Lunchbox.



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In the Office:

No volunteer opportunities available in the Admin Office.


Are you a ninja at filing? Are you a grant-writing wizard? We need volunteers with all types of skills to help us in our administrative offices.

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we are not allowing community volunteers on-site until further notice.  We do however need help assembling pantry packs at an off-site facility. See details above.  To sign up, please register on the Volunteer Matrix using the red sign up button below. 

Technical issues? Specific questions? Please email ccowan@beanscafe.org


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Special Events:

Taking tickets, serving soup, selling soup mixes, watering the garden – just a few of the duties we need help with at our events throughout the year.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I sign up to volunteer?

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we are no longer allowing community volunteers at the shelter or in our kitchen or food storage facilities. Do see above for our volunteer opportunity off-site for The Children’s Lunchbox.

The easiest way to start volunteering is to select from the following options, and click the link to get started.   We ask that you review our Volunteer Procedures and Liability Waiver in advance.

Bean’s Cafe | The Children’s Lunchbox | Office | Events


How long should I wait to hear back from the volunteer coordinator?

Some times of year are busier than others, and we have a large volume of volunteers, which means it can sometimes take between two to three days to get in touch with you. 

What are the age limits to volunteer?

At Bean’s Cafe we have a strict policy regarding age, which due to liability and safety concerns, must be adhered to. Anyone wishing to volunteer at Bean’s Cafe must be at least 16 years of age, and anyone between the ages of 16-18 must be accompanied by an adult. At The Children’s Lunchbox, we love to have volunteers from age 8 and up to help in our cold kitchen. 

When do I need to have a background check, and how do I have that done?

Anyone 18 years or older require a background check when volunteering at any of our Children’s Lunchbox kitchens, as you will also be working with children. You may also require a background check when volunteering in our office, as you may come in contact with private or sensitive information. A background check form is provided by, then performed by, our volunteer coordinator. 

Contact our volunteer coordinator for more information or use the online form on our Contact Page at any time. Our Volunteer Procedures & Liability Waiver can be printed from the “How do I sign up to volunteer?” section below.

Our courteous staff are looking forward to working with you! Please note volunteer groups larger than 8 people should contact volunteer@beanscafe.org or call 907.433.8602

Aaron Dollison
Bean’s Cafe

Scott Lingle
Bean’s Cafe


Sarah Fournier

Kitchen Coordinator

The Children’s Lunchbox

Daren Cole

Weekend Food Coordinator
The Children’s Lunchbox