Kitchen Volunteers


Kitchen Volunteering

Over the summer we would love to have you and your friends come and help us in the kitchen. You will have a chance to prepare delicious and healthy meals, and to be part of a community devoted to making sure students have a terrific time on the Vineyard. You will be the secret ingredient in making our programs as effective as they can be!



If you are interested in volunteering with us over the summer, please follow these steps:

  1. Learn more about volunteering in the kitchen by reading through our FAQs page.
  2. Review the Volunteer Calendar below to see which weeks we have kitchen volunteer needs.
  3. Request your dates to be a kitchen volunteer.

**Please do not make any travel arrangements until you have received an acceptance email confirming your dates.**


Have Other Skills?

Feel like your skills run more toward lawn care or various maintenance jobs? The facilities crew may have some volunteer opportunities that match your skill set. Please be in touch with Linda and Stoddard Lane-Reticker at [email protected] to discuss further. Our first priority is to make sure the kitchen is well staffed, but if facilities sounds like a better fit for you, please indicate "facilities" on your volunteer application and follow the steps outlined above.

Please contact [email protected] with any additional questions about volunteering.


Kitchen Volunteer Calendar

It is with disappointment that we announce the cancellation of our National Summer Programs for 2020. Based on our assessment of public health developments, CDC guidelines, and safety protocols, we will not be able to offer our traditional programs.

Please consult the calendar below to see our needs for kitchen volunteers. Click the blue arrow until you get to May through August. Programs are listed as well as the number of volunteers needed for each day. Volunteers do not need to arrive/depart on the same day as students or commit to the full length of a program.

To request dates, please click on the link to create an account and submit your registration request.

The Kitchen Volunteer Coordinator will contact you to discuss your requested dates as necessary. We will do our best to accommodate you, but housing is limited, so it may be necessary to adjust your requested dates. Once your dates have been finalized with the Kitchen Volunteer Coordinator, you will receive an email notifying you of your acceptance to volunteer. Please do not make any travel arrangements until you have received an acceptance email confirming your dates.

Who do I contact about volunteering in the kitchen?

Please contact the Summer Programs Office on Martha's Vineyard at [email protected] or 508-693-1359 (June to August) with questions about signing up, transportation, or other inquiries.

What kind of work will I be doing?

You will be working alongside our staff to create simple and delicious meals for students. You can expect to be doing different kitchen tasks including baking and other food prep, as well as working with a team to wash dishes and to keep the dining hall clean and sanitary. We will work hard together to not only serve great food, but also have a lot of fun! 

Working in the kitchen or on facilities can be a physically strenuous experience. We require our volunteers to be able to be on their feet for 6-8 hours at a time, and be able to lift at least 30 lbs without much difficulty. That being said, there are a variety of jobs for all types of workers and we will work to accommodate the many different skill levels and abilities. We just ask for people who are eager to help and willing to learn! Please email [email protected] to discuss whether or not the work would be a good fit.

Does the program cost anything for me to volunteer?

The only charge is a suggested donation of $50 to cover the cost of the background check that we require for all volunteers that will be around our students, housing, food, etc. To donate, please click here and select the fund as "Study Center Programs".


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