Because you care about the FoCo Café and its mission! Volunteers are vital to the ongoing operations of the Café. There are countless ways to volunteer: working a shift as a greeter or wait staff, prepping vegetables in the kitchen, staffing our booth at special events, playing music for the lunch crowd, help clean and sort donations or putting your grant writing skills to work are just some of the opportunities to help out! Please let us if you have additional volunteering ideas!
How do I get started as a volunteer?
If you would like to become a part of the Cafe’s volunteer team, begin by filling out our volunteer application. Once you completed the application, visit our Volunteer Information Center to schedule a date and time to volunteer. Before coming in for your first shift, please read through our Volunteer Dress Code, Volunteer Health Policy, and Volunteer Guidelines.
When can I work?
Before the Café is open for lunch Mon-Sat 11-2, we have morning prep shifts and evening closing shifts in addition to our lunchtime serving shift. Sign into our online volunteer scheduling system to select a shift that works with your schedule.
What if I’d like to volunteer at the FoCo Café, but am not interested in actually working in the restaurant?
FoCo Café always needs volunteers to staff our table at special events and the Fort Collins Senior Center, farmers markets, and community events. There are opportunities to help with the winter event auction, the “Kids Feeding Kids” breakfast program during the summer and the always urgent need for grant writers.
Do you always need volunteers?
The Cafe has room in the schedule for volunteers on a weekly basis. However, space is limited, so it’s a good idea to sign up online to reserve your spot so you can plan on working. When you sign up ahead of time, the Cafe can plan around volunteer assistance, which helps things flow smoothly.
Can I sign up with a group of friends?
Due to limited space, it is difficult to accommodate groups. Group volunteer shifts must be pre-scheduled, as it is unlikely we will be able to accommodate a group of volunteers on the spot.
Can kids volunteer?
Independent volunteers must be 16 or older. Those under the age of 16 are welcome to shadow an adult volunteer. The adult signs up for their shift together online.
Are there any health rules & regulations I should know about?
Yes! We are a commercial kitchen, meaning anyone who works as a volunteer needs to maintain awareness of health and safety code regulations. Please read through Volunteer Dress Code, Volunteer Health Policy, and Volunteer Guidelines before coming in for your first shift.
What is the work like?
Visit our volunteer page to view a full description of shift duties. If working in a busy environment is not appealing to you, please communicate with us and we will find or create alternative opportunities for you to serve in a way that suits you best. We are all about giving people a hand-in to community through innovation, creativity, and communication.
I have other skills that may help the Cafe!
If you think your skills may serve the cafe in a way we haven’t mentioned, get in touch with us regarding your suggestions. We welcome your skills and talents into the FoCo Cafe Community.
Stay in touch…
Communication is key! Come in for lunch and ask one of our volunteers any other questions you may have. Or send us an email by visiting our contact page.