Community Service

DC Central Kitchen provides opportunities for volunteers to complete service hours related to a legal matter during our regularly scheduled volunteer shifts. Candidates participating in this service for DCCK are prohibited from enrolling in our community service program if they have the following charges or convictions: assault, sexual assault, weapons charge, unlawful entry, destruction of property or disorderly conduct.

Community Service volunteers must follow the following intake and reporting requirements: You must call or email our Director of Guest Experience (202-851-4207 or to schedule a face-to face meeting. At the meeting, you will learn about expectations and regulations, and agree to a set schedule for service dates and times. Community Service volunteers cannot register for shifts using our online registration system. Any shifts scheduled through the online system or without a prior interview with the program coordinator will not be verified.

During your introductory meeting, you will receive a time sheet that will be signed by the Volunteer Coordinator or an evening Manager on Duty, for each shift that you work. You will be responsible for obtaining this signature each time a scheduled shift ends. Volunteer shifts must be done on a Monday – Friday morning from 8:45am – 12pm noon, depending on capacity and available space. Community service for a legal matter is prohibited on the weekend.

Community Service volunteers can only work at the Klein Center for Jobs and Justice (2121 First St, SW). We can accept no more than 10 court-ordered volunteers at a time. We also cannot guarantee that volunteers will be able to work their first-choice shifts.

Once you complete your required hours, you must turn in your time sheet to the Volunteer Program Coordinator. You will receive a letter of completion and a confirmation of the number of hours completed. Your service opportunity can be terminated at any time for failure to abide by DC Central Kitchen’s regulations. Grounds for discontinuation of service include but are not limited to displaying a disruptive behavior or attitude; failing to adhere to DCCK’s dress code; or failing to show up for assigned shifts on time.