Getting Started

All volunteers must first register and be approved through our on­line process before you can volunteer. You will NOT be able to access the volunteer sign up page until your registration has been approved by the Volunteer Coordinator which can take up to 2 business days once the 2-step application process is complete. You will receive an email indicating whether your registration has been approved. Once approved you will receive instructions to create a log in and can then start scheduling volunteer shifts at Open Heart Kitchen’s locations. The process is all on­line and there’s no need to call to schedule a shift unless you wish to schedule a group volunteer activity or there’s a need to cancel a shift within 12 hours of the scheduled activity.

Once your volunteer application is approved and you’ve created a log in, you can go to Manage My Account (under Volunteer) to sign up for volunteer shifts.

Open Heart Kitchen is an approved nonprofit community organization for required volunteer hours.

Please note: Open Heart Kitchen is not open on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 22nd). For Thanksgiving Day volunteer opportunities, we recommend that you contact one of the following organizations: Tri-Valley Community Outreach Thanksgiving Dinner, Cornerstone Fellowship Church – Livermore Campus, or CitiServe Tri-Valley 

All new volunteers must review the two videos below before their first volunteer shift:

Washing Hands

Food Safety

Age Restrictions

Some of our activities have age restrictions and are noted when you apply.

Register to Volunteer


“I had a great time working in the kitchen and talking to the resident at the senior center. The environment is fun and friendly. It was inspiring to see how such a small act of kindness can bring such joy to the recipient.’’