At Ceres we know that youth are intelligent, responsible, capable, creative, and caring. . .
. . . and have the power to make a huge difference in our world.

Volunteering at Ceres is fun!

You will step into an experience that revolves around learning, growing and giving back to your community.

Volunteering at Ceres gives you the opportunity to:

• Become skilled at cooking a wide range of delicious and
healthy food
• Make a life-changing differenc for people in a health crisis
• Expand your cirlce of friends
• Develop new talents and gain self-confidence
• Gain real-life job skills
• Work your way to becoming a Youth Leader and gain skills in leadership, peer teaching, public speaking and more
• Collect community service credits
• Learn to garden (at selected sites)

What We Do

At Ceres, youth are the primary chefs cooking organic nutritious meals for community members who face serious illness. Each week clients receive a bag of prepared meals that can last 4-5 days and support them and their whole family while they are in a health crisis. Working alongside adult mentors, you will be respected as a person and mentored to grow and give your very best.

With your help, families struggling with illness are nourished and our community is strengthened. It's as simple as that.

Some of our sites have a garden where youth learn how to grow food and experience the entire food cycle from soil to table (Sebastopol only).


You'll also discover how your food choices influence your own health, and that of the planet.

Our Youth Leadership program allows you to move into greater levels of responsibility and knowledge.

Shifts are in the afternoon, and we work with your schedule.

To volunteer at Ceres you must

• Be in 8th grade and 14 years old or older
• Be able to commit at least 2.5-3 hours/week for three months

Here are the steps to take to volunteer at Ceres ~

1. Come to a Volunteer Orientation.
Registration is limited and required. Parents of youth need not register. See dates below.

2. Print out and complete the Youth Application, Emergency Medical Form, Liability Release and Photo Release Form, and bring them to Orientation. Parents need to sign some of these forms.
• Sonoma County Youth Application
• Marin County Youth Application

3. Come to your orientation knowing your schedule and what times/days will work for you.

4. Read the Youth Welcome Letter. This provides important information about what to wear and what to expect when you come to the kitchen. (download PDF)

Youth are the backbone of Ceres Community Project

You will be respected as a person and mentored to grow and give your very best.

Our youth leadership program provides an opportunity for you to grow through doing and learning.

A Ceres youth ~

1. Works as part of a unified team.
2. Takes responsibility.
3. Keeps their energy positive and enthusiastic.
4. Honors commitments.
5. Is caring and welcoming to all.
6. Puts passion and love into the food.
7. Looks for what is needed and do it!

At Ceres our work is Heart Centered, Love Guided

Locations & Contacts


Marin County


Ceres Marin Kitchen
4308 Redwood Highway, Suite 100
San Rafael

Contact: Analise Lofaro, at 707.829.5833 x207 or


Sonoma County


Santa Rosa Ceres Kitchen
SAY Dream Center
2447 Summerfield Road
Santa Rosa

Contact: Caroline Bañuelos at


Ceres Community
Meeting Room
7351 Bodega Ave

Contact: Gabriella Salomon at

for Marin County
for Sonoma County


Register for
Volunteer Orientations Here

Due to space constraints,
pre-registration is required to attend orientations.

Please see click the link of the location you are interested in
volunteering at to be redirected to our Event page. Thank you!

Marin County

Marin County Youth Volunteer Orientations will be held from

Sonoma County

All Sonoma County Volunteer Orientations will be held from 6:00-7:00pm. Note that there are two location options: Sebastopol and Santa Rosa.

Please arrive early
to allow time for parking.

In Sebastopol, we only have a small parking lot, however, there is extra parking available at the Christian Science Church, accessible from Florence St. We ask that you park only in the upper section of the lot, farthest from the church. (Please note that this parking option is not available on Wednesday afternoons and evenings.)

A Ceres Video
by Teen Chefs Sonya & Mikaela


Client Gratitude...

Your kindness and fantastic healing food have meant so much to my recovery. Hearing from Ceres was the first really great news I got after my diagnosis. Needless to say you have a special place in my heart. Thank you kindly.

Client G. G.