Serving a Meal at the Daystation FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
What is the Daystation?
- The Daystation is a drop-in shelter, and is open 365 days a year seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- It offers a refuge from the streets and access to an array of services. This is where individuals can meet with COTS staff and connect with local resources, receive mail and telephone calls, and find support toward their goal of self-sufficiency. Daystation staff provide support, assistance and referrals, as well as educational and recreational opportunities whenever possible.
How do I sign up to serve a meal at the Daystation?
- Follow this link to our calendar page, where you may select a day and time to volunteer. Volunteers are expected to prepare the food prior to their arrival.
How many people should I expect to serve food to at the Daystation?
- Approximately 50 to 60 people eat at the Daystation every day. Don’t be worried about preparing too much food, as the Daystation will always happily accept leftovers for future meals.
Can I serve alone or with a group?
- Three to six people is the ideal number if you plan to cook a meal ahead of time. If you are interested in serving alone, please contact our Community Outreach and Volunteer Specialist Sian Leach at email@example.com (802) 864-7402 x 207.
Will I cook the meal at the Daystation?
- The Daystation is a warming kitchen, so it is best to bring already prepared food. Upon your arrival, you may warm it and put on finishing touches on site.
Should I be aware of any allergies or dietary restrictions.
- We only ask that the meal be well balanced and healthy. This includes a main meal (casserole, chili, stew, sandwiches, pasta, a roast, turkey, etc.) and a fresh veggie side (salad, broccoli, green beans, etc.). Volunteers also sometimes bring juice/lemonade and dessert.
- We always appreciate if you’re able to provide fruit and vegetables!
- Want to see pictures of prior meals?
- If you have further questions or concerns about possible dishes, please contact our Community Outreach and Volunteer Specialist Sian Leach at firstname.lastname@example.org (802) 864-7402 x 207.
What time should I arrive?
- The Daystation serves lunch at 12:30 pm. Volunteers usually arrive around 12:00 pm – 12:15 pm.
Does the Daystation have utensils or items to serve with?
If you have any other questions or concerns, please contact our Community Outreach and Volunteer Specialist Sian Leach at email@example.com (802) 864-7402 x 207.