About Dining Room Ministry
Teams of volunteers backed by meal planners and shoppers, provide meals on a rotating schedule. We serve over 3,000 meals per year
to people of all ages. Our guests are economically diverse, from those who are homeless to those living on low or fixed incomes. Meal planners and shoppers make
sure that all food, whether brought from store or garden or bulk order, is available in the kitchen each Saturday morning. DRM teams prepare, cook, serve and
clean-up for each meal.
How to Volunteer
All are welcome to volunteer with DRM. We have ten teams of 10-12 volunteers each. Each team has a leader who coordinates team
membership and activity. We also have volunteers who plan and shop for the meals. The “planners” determine what items must be purchased for the meal, and
prepare a list for the “shoppers”, who obtain these items and make them available for use for the Saturday meal. Team schedules are set over a year in advance
so people can plan ahead. Most volunteers are church members, but all are welcome to join a team. Families are welcome to volunteer with us. This is also a great
opportunity for high school students, scout troops, or other youth organizations to fulfill community service requirements. Volunteer orientation and training is
available for those who are new to Dining Room Ministry.
We are always in search of volunteers to join our ministry. Contact us for more information or to
sign up for a volunteer opportunity! Contact any of the DRM Coordinators. Click here [CLICK]
Dining Room Ministry - FAQ
Q: Do I have to join a DRM team to volunteer?
A: No, you can volunteer just once or on special holidays. Just contact one of the DRM Coordinators to set up a time.
Q: How often do DRM teams work during the year?
A: There are 10 DRM teams and each works every 10 weeks, about 5 times per year. A annual schedule is published
each year and indicates when each team is assigned to work.
Q: What is the time commitment required for each Saturday meal?
A: Volunteers arrive around 10:00 a.m. and depart around 1:00 p.m. each Saturday. Special meals or special
holidays may alter this time a bit, but meals are always served at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday.
Q: How long do people serve on DRM teams?
A: Some people have been serving on a DRM team since the beginning of our program in 1991. Others have just
recently joined. We usually ask people to plan on serving for at least a year and they usually stay a lot longer. You can serve as long as you want.
Q: What if I have a conflict and can’t serve with my team on a scheduled date?
A: You can work with your team leader to find a substitute. We have a list of reliable subs who can replace
you. Some team members contact friends from other teams to swap with them. There are lots of ways to find a sub.
Q: What tasks are involved to prepare a DRM meal?
A: Volunteer tasks may include: setting tables, preparing salads and vegetables, cooking, making coffee, serving
meals to our guests, washing dishes, pots and pans, cleaning tables in the dining area and kitchen, putting things away. Every team has experienced volunteers
and leaders who will provide direction for new members of the team. For many of us the highlight is interacting with our guests and welcoming them into our
community. There is a lot to do and lots of fun to be had!
Q: How are the planners and shoppers scheduled?
A: Currently, our planners and shoppers work on a rotation, serving 1-month periods, 3 times a year. Yearly
schedules are created based on availability of our volunteers. Some of our volunteers have elected to do both the planning and shopping.
Q: Where can I get more information about DRM?
A: Contact any of the DRM Coordinators. Click here [CLICK]
Dining Room Ministry Team Schedule
Team schedules are published in March
and are set for a year from July 1 through June 30. Each DRM
team knows in advance when their team will work for the year.
Sometimes conflicts arise and team members can work with their
team leaders to find substitutes when they are absent. We serve
a hot meal every Saturday of the year including holidays. Meal
planners and shoppers follow the team schedule as well and
plan well in advance for meal preparation. A copy of the DRM
team and meal schedule for the year can be found by clicking
Dining Room Ministry - Contact Information
Robb and Nancy Adams: DRM Co-chairs – coordination
of DRM teams
Phil and Beth Tschorke:
DRM Co-chairs – coordination of planners, shoppers and
Rev. Lynette Sparks: Associate Pastor at Third Presbyterian Church
(585)271-6513 ext 106