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ORGANIZATION: Catholic Community Volunteer Services of SW Washington

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What is a Soup-er Squad you may ask?

A Soup-er Squad is a group of volunteers that makes A LOT of delicious soup to feed guests staying at Nativity House Shelter.

Why it matters

Nativity House Shelter is 167-bed shelter for adult men and women experiencing homelessness, and is the largest homeless shelter in Pierce County. We serve approximately 120 meals, 3-times a day and our kitchen runs on "volunteer power".

Why soup?

  1. It makes people feel warm, cozy and cared for.
  2. Soup can feed a lot of people if made in big batches.
  3. It does not need to be expensive to make.
  4. "Soup bars" are fun and offer a sense of variety for folks who don't get a lot of choice or variety.

Whether it's chicken noodle, chili, minnestrone or matzo ball- a hot bowl of soup makes people feel loved.

The Basics

  • All group members must be at least 18 years old to volunteer onsite
  • Volunteers must pass a background check (processed at no cost to volunteers)
  • Everyone must sign a Covid-19 liability waiver
  • Everyone will be required to wear food safety gloves when working with food
  • Youth volunteers can help cook offsite but must have a parent permission slip signed in addition to their Covid-19 liability waiver

How to build a Soup-er Squad

  1. The first step is to pick a group leader
  2. The group leader is the only group member who needs to complete the full volunteer registration process.
  3. The group leader will be responsible for making sure that each group member recieves and returns a completed copy of the "group member" volunteer paperwork packet. That packet is a shortend version of the full volunteer registration (just the essentials).

What are group leaders responsible for?

  1. Planning the meal & sourcing soup ingredients (groups are welcome to pull ingredients from the shelter's kitchen pantry)
  2. Obtaining a Washington State Food Worker Card and making sure the group uses best food safety practices **Catholic Community Services/Volunteer Services will reimburse the cost of the Food Worker Card ($11)**
  3. Delegating cooking tasks
  4. Collecting and updating group member paperwork
  5. Recording volunteer hours on a volunteer log

Want to help or find out more about this project? Contact meganed@ccsww.org or call 253-365-4111.

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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
People with Disabilities
Homeless & Housing, Hunger, People with Disabilities


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702 South 14th StreetTacoma, WA 98405



  • Cooking / Catering
  • Food Service
  • Critical Thinking
  • Organization
  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building


  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Approx. 4 hours
  • Volunteers under 18 years old can participate in offsite meal preparation with a parent permission slip and signed Covid-19 liability waiver.

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