About Dining Room Ministry
Teams of volunteers, backed by meal planners
and shoppers, provide meals on a rotating schedule. We serve over
3,000 meals per year to people of all ages. Our guests are economically
diverse, from those who are homeless to those living on low or
fixed incomes. Meal planners and shoppers make sure that all food,
whether brought from store or garden or bulk order, is available
in the kitchen each Saturday morning. DRM teams prepare, cook,
serve and clean-up for each meal.
How to Volunteer
All are welcome to volunteer with DRM.
We have ten teams of 10-12 volunteers each. Each team has a leader
who coordinates team membership and activity. We also have volunteers
who plan and shop for the meals. The planners determine what items
must be purchased for the meal, and prepare a list for the shoppers,
who obtain these items and make them available for use for the
Saturday meal. Team schedules are set over a year in advance so
people can plan ahead. Most volunteers are church members, but
all are welcome to join a team. Families are welcome to volunteer
with us. This is also a great opportunity for high school students,
scout troops, or other youth organizations to fulfill community
service requirements. Volunteer orientation and training is available
for those who are new to Dining Room Ministry.
We are always in search of volunteers
to join our ministry. Contact us for more information or to sign
up for a volunteer opportunity! Contact any of the DRM Coordinators.
Click here [CLICK]
Dining Room Ministry - FAQ
Q: Do I have to join a DRM team to volunteer?
A: No, you can volunteer
just once or on special holidays. Just contact one of the DRM Coordinators
to set up a time.
Q: How often do DRM teams work during
A: There are 10 DRM
teams and each works every 10 weeks, about 5 times per year. An
annual schedule is published each year and indicates when each
team is assigned to work.
Q: What is the time commitment required
for each Saturday meal?
A: Volunteers arrive
around 10:00 a.m. and depart around 1:00 p.m. each Saturday. Special
meals or special holidays may alter this time a bit, but meals
are always served at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday.
Q: How long do people serve on DRM teams?
A: Some people have
been serving on a DRM team since the beginning of our program in
1991. Others have just recently joined. We usually ask people to
plan on serving for at least a year and they usually stay a lot
longer. You can serve as long as you want.
Q: What if I have a conflict and can’t
serve with my team on a scheduled date?
A: You can work with
your team leader to find a substitute. We have a list of reliable
subs who can replace you. Some team members contact friends from
other teams to swap with them. There are lots of ways to find a
Q: What tasks are involved to prepare
a DRM meal?
A: Volunteer tasks may
include: setting tables, preparing salads and vegetables, cooking,
making coffee, serving meals to our guests, washing dishes, pots
and pans, cleaning tables in the dining area and kitchen, putting
things away. Every team has experienced volunteers and leaders
who will provide direction for new members of the team. For many
of us the highlight is interacting with our guests and welcoming
them into our community. There is a lot to do and lots of fun to
Q: How are the planners and shoppers
A: Currently, our planners
and shoppers work on a rotation, serving 1-month periods, 3 times
a year. Yearly schedules are created based on availability of our
volunteers. Some of our volunteers have elected to do both the
planning and shopping.
Q: Where can I get more information
A: Contact any of the
DRM Coordinators. Click here [CLICK]
Dining Room Ministry Team Schedule
Team schedules are published in March
and are set for a year from July 1 through June 30. Each DRM team
knows in advance when their team will work for the year. Sometimes
conflicts arise and team members can work with their team leaders
to find substitutes when they are absent. We serve a hot meal every
Saturday of the year including holidays. Meal planners and shoppers
follow the team schedule as well and plan well in advance for meal
preparation. A copy of the DRM team and meal schedule for the year
can be found by clicking below.
Dining Room Ministry - Contact Information
Robb and Nancy Adams:
DRM Co-chairs – coordination of DRM teams
Phil and Beth Tschorke:
DRM Co-chairs – coordination of planners, shoppers and bulk
Rev. Lynette Sparks: Associate Pastor at Third Presbyterian Church
(585)271-6513 ext 106
History of DRM
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