Attend In-person or Online Every Other Thursday:

Dates: May 2, May 16, May 30, June 13, June 27, July 11, July 25
Time: 3:30 pm
Location: Mama’s Kitchen at 3960 Home Ave, San Diego, CA in the upper-level conference room.
To join online, please visit or follow the instructions at the bottom of the page.

Please complete a Volunteer Application before orientation. For more information, or If you need volunteer hours by a date earlier than the scheduled orientations, contact our Volunteer Engagement Department at or 619.233.6262 x169.

Please park on Beech St. or Home Ave. for in-person volunteer orientations and enter the building from our upstairs entrance. The orientation will take place in the conference room on your right.

Mama’s Kitchen requires volunteers to attend a mandatory volunteer orientation before starting. We ask that a parent accompany volunteers who have not yet reached their 16th birthday. We have both in-person and online orientation options.

Orientations begin promptly as scheduled and last approximately 30 minutes. In-person orientations include a tour of our facility and printed information volunteers can bring home. Above is a list of orientation dates and times. Just pick the one most convenient for you.

To provide a safe environment for our clients and volunteers, we require reference checks for staff and volunteers. Please be prepared to provide us with the names and email addresses of two people we may contact. These should not be relatives but can be teachers, employers, or other community members.

The courts approve us for court-ordered community service for offenses not involving theft or violence. Please bring a court document identifying your offense in words (not numbers) to the orientation or email it to We offer meal delivery as a volunteer opportunity for court-ordered community service.

For online volunteer orientations, please join using this link:

Meeting ID: 966477162

One tap to join audio only from a smartphone:

    +16504191505,,966477162# United States (San Mateo, CA)

Or dial:

    +1 (650) 4191505 United States (San Mateo, CA)

    Access Code / Meeting ID: 966477162

International numbers available: