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Nativity House Meal Groups Needed!

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ORGANIZATION: Catholic Community Volunteer Services of SW Washington

  • A group opportunity. Invite your friends.
  • 6 people are interested
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Come & Cook With Friends!

Do you and your friends love to cook? Nativity House Shelter needs your help!

Nativity House is an overnight shelter & day center for men and women experiencing homelessness in Tacoma.

Nativity House relies on volunteer meal groups to help prepare and serve meal at the shelter. Volunteers also pack meals that are delivered to local sister sites supporting unhoused adults and families in Tacoma.

Groups are encouraged to use ingredients available in the kitchen and/or bring their own ingredients for whatever they plan to prepare.

Volunteers must be at least 18 years old to serve onsite, however youth can help with food prep offsite.

The Nativity House Kitchen serves approx. 120-200 meals per meal time. We need volunteers who know how cook for a crowd or can scale up recipes. Groups often do meals like pancakes, casseroles, spaghetti & meatballs and Sloppy Joes.

The Nativity House Kitchen provides breakfast, lunch and dinner, 7 days a week, 365 days per year. We ALWAYS need groups to help around the holidays.

How to Get Started:

Interested group leaders should email meganed@ccsww.org to request a volunteer registration form (sent via PDF or mailed with a self-addressed/stamped envelope) or they can register online:


Interested but have questions? Call Megan at 253-365-4111. There are lots of ways for groups to serve and there is variance in how each meal group chooses to help.

How it works- the basics

Group leaders are the only group members who need to be "fully vetted" Catholic Community Services volunteers. Group members complete a simplified version of the paperwork. Anyone serving onsite will need be background checked. Background checks are processed at no cost to volunteers.


  • Group leader are asked to have or be willing to obtain a WA State Food Worker Card. Catholic Community Services (Volunteer Services) will reimburse group leaders if they need to obtain or update their WA State Food Worker Card.
  • Anyone serving onsite MUST be at least 18 years old (no exceptions)
  • Volunteers must sign a Covid-19 liability waiver
  • Volunteers who wish to serve onsite must pass a background check (Washington State Patrol & NSOPW- National Sex Offender Public Website)
  • Volunteers working with food are required to wear gloves for food safety purposes.

Covid-19 Safety

Masking requirements have been dropped as of March 2023 but mask are still available for volunteers who wish to wear them. We will not ask your vaccination status.

Want to learn more about volunteer opportunities with Catholic Community Services? Visit https://ccsww.org/volunteer/ for more info!

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About Catholic Community Volunteer Services of SW Washington


1323 S. Yakima Ave, Tacoma, WA 98405, US

Mission Statement

At Catholic Community Services we believe every child should grow up in a safe, loving and nurturing environment. The elderly should be able to live with security and dignity. A healthy family life should be affirmed and supported in our communities. Compassion, love and respect for all people, especially the poor and most vulnerable. In joining with others to change systems that oppress, discriminate or otherwise cause human suffering. Employees and volunteers should work in an environment that fosters respect, teamwork and excellence. In all of these things for all people, whatever their color, whatever language they speak or however they worship.


Volunteer Services provides low-income adults (anyone 18 years old or older) who have temporary or permanent functional disabilities, including those associated with aging. The people we serve can not afford to purchase the kinds of service we provide, do not qualify for assistance from other sources and do not have family or friends available to help them. Service is provided on an as-volunteers-are-available basis. There are never any fees for the services provided.


Homeless & Housing
Community, Homeless & Housing, Hunger


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702 South 14th StreetTacoma, WA 98405



  • Cooking / Catering
  • Baking
  • Food Service
  • Hospitality
  • People Skills


  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Open to weekly, monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly volunteer commitments depending on group availability. "Reserve Teams" are also needed for quick mobilization to cover meal gaps if groups want to volunteer in an "as needed" capacity.
  • Group leaders must be "fully vetted" volunteers. Group members need to be background checked and sign the Covid-19 waiver to be able to serve. Masks are available but not required.

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