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 The café will provide aprons and gloves for your shift but to ensure we have a safe, sanitary, and professional work atmosphere, we ask that you please follow these guidelines when coming to volunteer:

  • Modest style of dress that is comfortable to work in is requested 

  • NO Excessively short, tight, revealing clothing or “short” shorts

  • NO Clothing with offensive language or displays of alcohol, tobacco, etc.

  • NO Exposed midriff or undergarments

  • NO Excessively stained, ripped, or tattered clothes

  • As per health code requirements, closed-toe shoes ONLY (no sandals or flip-flops). Comfortable, non-slip shoes are recommended.

  • Minimal jewelry for cooking purposes, safety and risk of loss

  • Please avoid using perfume/cologne

  • Long hair must be tied back (hats, head scarves or hair net may be necessary) 



If you are not feeling well before your shift, we urge you to stay home to recover and to volunteer with us another time. Please remember to contact us as soon as possible to cancel your shift. If you begin to feel unwell during your shift, please let a supervisor know.


Remember to stay hydrated throughout your shift and help yourself to any of the beverages we have available but please consume them in the designated break areas of the café.


Do not continue performing a task if it is causing you any distress. We want all volunteers to feel comfortable with their service. If you begin a task and need to switch later, please simply let a supervisor know and we will accommodate you as best we can.


Before volunteering, please inform the café manager if you or someone in your household has symptoms of illness and/or confirmation of one of the following illnesses:


  • Diarrhea

  • Vomiting

  • Fever or sore throat with a fever

  • Infected cuts, wounds, or lesions containing pus on the hand, wrist, or exposed body part which may come into contact with food or food contact surfaces

  • Chills/Sweats

  • Body Aches or Dizziness

  • Persistent sneezing, coughing or a runny nose that causes discharges from your eyes, nose, or mouth

  • COVID-19 or recent exposure to COVID-19 and any other communicable illnesses*


*Knead Community Café will be following the most up to date COVID-19 guidelines as recommended by state and local governances and will expect all volunteers and visitors to comply.


  • Cloths used for cleaning spills should not be used for anything else and changed frequently.

  • Wear clean and appropriate clothing and follow the dress code. Maintain personal cleanliness and hygiene habits.

  • Wear a bandage over wounds and a glove over the bandage.

  • Remove rings (except plain bands), bracelets, watches, or other hand/wrist accessories for safety.

  • Use proper hair restraints: long hair in a ponytail or bun, wear baseball hat, hairnet, scarf or bandana.

  • The use of tobacco products is prohibited in the Café

  • Avoid unsanitary actions, such as chewing gum, or blowing nose while around food or food-contact surfaces.

  • Keep fingernails groomed.

  • Remove apron and hang on designated hook outside of bathroom door before entering restroom.

  • No snacking while serving. If you need or desire a short break, please tell a supervisor and sit at a table to enjoy refreshments. Please do not snack in areas such as midway or beverage counter where you can be viewed by our patrons.


When to Change Gloves: (May change based on current CDC guidelines)

  • As soon as gloves become soiled or torn.

  • When possible cross contamination occurs, i.e.: touching face, nose, dirty items

  • Before beginning a different task.

  • After handling raw meat, poultry or seafood.

  • Before handling Ready-to-Eat foods.


Wash Hands After:

  • Using the restroom.

  • Handling raw meat (before and after).

  • Taking out the garbage, cleaning/or bussing tables.

  • Touching the hair, face or body.

  • Sneezing, coughing or using a tissue, eating, drinking, smoke break, or chewing gum.

  • Handling disinfectant, cleaning products, or chemicals.



  • When possible, volunteers should leave any valuable personal belongings at home or in their car to prevent theft.

  • Fire extinguishers are in the kitchen, conference room, at front exit and in the dry goods storage room if needed for fire safety.

  • First aid kits are in the mid-hallway outside of the kitchen and at beverage station.

  • Wipe up spills immediately and place yellow caution sign near wet area.

  • Report accidents and defective equipment or tools to Manager.

  • Use caution when picking up hot items or lifting heavy items, and alert others nearby when carrying anything hot. Use hand carts when necessary.

  • Use caution when handling knives or other café equipment.

  • Be especially careful while walking to and from the ramp leading to the kitchen.

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