Policy for Minor Volunteers


St. Mary’s Dining Room strives to make the volunteer experience a positive one for all who generously donate their time to our agency’s mission. In our efforts to maintain this level of care it is important to have general safety guidelines.

We enjoy having the opportunity to involve young people under the age of 18 in our programs. While staff is present in all of our departments, they have assigned duties which keep them busy supervising and training all volunteers. Therefore, they cannot be responsible for watching over minor volunteers. We have minimum requirements that must be maintained for the safety and well-being of all who volunteer.

For volunteers: Volunteers under 18 years of age must have an adult present during their time on our campus. Young people under the age of 18, without a parent or guardian over the age of 18 with them, unfortunately will not be able to volunteer. Volunteers must be a minimum of 16 years of age to volunteer in the kitchen area for liability and safety concerns. Children under the age of 16 will be able to volunteer in the dining room.

For groups: Volunteers under 18 years of age must have one adult chaperone for every 5 students. If this ratio is not maintained the group will be asked to reschedule their experience to a later date when the ratio can be maintained.

For all ages: Appropriate dress is required in all departments. Please ask the volunteer coordinator should you have any specific questions. Below are the basic expectations: Kitchen volunteers must wear long pants, have closed toed shoes and must wear short or long sleeved shirts, no tank tops. All clothing should fit appropriately and not have hanging straps or other pieces that could get caught in moving kitchen equipment.

We trust that your volunteer experience will be a positive one. Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@stmarysdiningroom.org or (209) 467-0703 following your volunteer experience if you have any specific concerns you believe should be discussed.