Volunteer with us

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Thank you so much for your interest in volunteering with us!

A Place at the Table truly could not operate without all of our amazing, committed and caring volunteers. Our volunteers are empowered to do almost everything in our cafe! We really do rely on our volunteers — THANK YOU!

There are 3 ways to volunteer:

1. Volunteer for your meal!

We ask that folks volunteer for an hour in order to receive a meal. Walk-ins welcome.

2. Join the weekly volunteer team

We are currently recruiting weekly volunteers! If you’re interested in joining the weekly team, please email Emily, our Manager of Volunteer Engagement, at volunteer@tableraleigh.org.

3. Schedule a volunteer shift

Volunteer when you can! Use the link below to sign up for a shift!
This is open to anyone over the age of 15.

Click Here To Sign Up For A Shift

If you are volunteering because you need hours for a specific reason, please reach out to Emily directly at volunteer@tableraleigh.org.

Please READ OUR VOLUNTEER RULES (below) before signing up.

Volunteer expectations and rules

1. How to prepare

  • All volunteers must be at least 15 years old. Sorry no exceptions!
  • When you arrive, you’ll head to our check-in station where you’ll meet your Team Lead for the day! They’ll train you and assign you tasks throughout your shift.
  • We welcome all volunteers to try our delicious food! Please plan to eat either before or after your shift, unless your Team Lead tells you to feel free to eat in the middle of your shift.
  • We do have a locked storage room to keep your belongings. However, it’s always encouraged to leave personal belongings at home or in your car if you’re able.
  • Contact the cafe If you are unable to make your shift (see cancellation policy).

2. Volunteer roles

Our volunteers do so many things in the cafe to help us be successful! Volunteers do things like deliver food and drink to tables, clean tables, roll silverware, wash and dry dishes, greet customers, and so much more!

It’s important that you come ready to jump in and learn something new! Our staff Team Leads will train you and put you in different positions throughout your shift.

3. How to dress

  • Wear comfortable clothing and remember it may get a little dirty!
  • Closed-toed shoes
  • No sleeveless shirts
  • Shirts covering midriff are required
  • Full coverage shorts
  • No offensive language or images

4. Late and cancellation policy

We are a full service restaurant that relies heavily on volunteers! If you can no longer make your shift, please simply remove your name from the volunteer platform where you signed up. If it’s a last minute cancellation, please email our Manager of Volunteer Engagement at volunteer@tableraleigh.org. If you’re canceling at the last minute on a Saturday or Sunday, please call the restaurant at (919) 307-8914 to let someone know you won’t be there!

5. Youth volunteers

Youth must be at least 15 to volunteer. Youth ages 15-17 need a parent/guardian to sign a waiver.

6. Group volunteering

We do not have the capacity to bring in large volunteer groups. However, we’d be happy to block off multiple shifts for you so your group can split up and volunteer in smaller groups! Email volunteer@tableraleigh.org to inquire!

7. First-time volunteers

If it’s your first time volunteering with us, please sign your waiver.

8. Questions

If you have ANY questions, please contact Emily Weidman, our Manager of Volunteer Engagement, BEFORE signing up at volunteer@tableraleigh.org.