Teen Chef Program

Teenagers often make their own food choices yet face several barriers in achieving healthy food habits. Teens who are involved with cooking and nutritional education discover that healthy food can be nourishing, tasty and easy to prepare, while also learning about the powerful relationship between food and health. The Revive and Thrive model of service elevates teens from learners to nurturing leaders; a position that provides leadership lessons and esteem building experiences that can benefit all aspects of their life.

You’ll have the opportunity to have fun cooking with other teens while helping people fighting severe illness. With the guidance of adult mentor chefs you’ll learn to prepare, cook, and package meals.

No experience is necessary to join our Teen Chef program. We request a minimum of a 12-week volunteer commitment.

During the school year: Teen Volunteering takes places each Wednesday from 3:30 to 6:30pm. In the summer months: We meet from 10am - 2:30pm.

We ask that our teens are at least in 8th grade and above, and between the ages of 14 and 19.


Adult Volunteer Opportunities

We invite you to step into an experience that revolves around learning, growing and giving back to your community. Every week, you’ll help prepare hundreds of beautiful, delicious, and nourishing meals for families in our community dealing with serious illness.

Adult Mentor Chef

If you have whole food cooking experience, we’d love to have you join us as an adult mentor chef! You must love working with young people and have a sense of humor.

Weekly: Wednesdays from 3:00 – 6:30pm.

Food Prep

Join adult volunteers in the kitchen to help wash, prepare whole foods for cooking and make broths so the teens can start cooking meals when they arrive.

Weekly: Wednesdays from 12:30 – 3:30pm.


Help us package our beautiful delicious meals and prepare them for the delivery angels. Weekly: Wednesdays from 3:30 - 6:15pm.

Delivery Angel

Deliver the healing meals to our clients every week is a special job. Delivery Angels pick up the meal bags at our kitchen on Wednesday at 6pm and deliver them to 1-3 homes.

Administrative Assistant

Assist us with the behind the scenes work that allows us to operate this wonderful program. Data entry, creating forms, filing, phone calls and errands are some of the duties.

Volunteer Coordinator

Assist with volunteer outreach, organize, oversee and support our volunteers. Help schedule and track volunteer hours, processes applications and assist with volunteer orientation.

Client Coordinator

If you have counseling, social work or nursing experience, consider this special position. Hold intake conversations with potential clients who have been recently diagnosed, determine what clients qualify and when meals can begin. Enters client information into the database; oversees Client Liaison’s[1] , communicates information from Client Liaison and kitchen staff.

Client Liaison

If you have counseling, hospice training, or personal experience with life-threatening illness, being a Client Liaison is a wonderful way to contribute. The Client Liaison volunteer maintains regular weekly contact with 2-3 clients to offer support and communicate any changes in the food program to the Client Coordinator. Approximately 2-3 hours per week.

Nutrition Education Support

Help us develop 1-page nutrition education handouts and materials for our participants. Collect various nutrition education community class information to pass on to our participants.

Board of Directors

Our organization is growing and so is our board of directors. We are currently accepting board nominations to serve on our board. Please email your resume and a cover letter to wendy@reviveandthriveproject.org.

Let us know if you have an area of expertise or skill. From marketing to fundraising to maintenance, we can use your talent!

Volunteer FAQ

Volunteers are the heart of our project and play essential roles in every area of our work. We invite you into a relationship with Revive and Thrive that we hope to be personally fulfilling as well as educational. Join our volunteer family of incredible, giving people, who are working together to enrich our community.

Do you have other volunteer opportunities?

We can often create a volunteer position that matches your skill and interest. From maintenance to marketing, we could use your expertise to help our program thrive.

Where do I volunteer?

We are located in downtown Grand Rapids at Ferguson Apartments, 6 th Floor Dining Hall, 72 Sheldon Blvd. SE, Grand Rapids. Some positions can be done from home. Delivery Angels pick up meals at our kitchen and deliver them throughout the Grand Rapids area.

How long do I have to commit?

Volunteer for a day, help with an event for a few days or join our team for months. Our families receive our healing meals for 12 weeks and may extend meal service for up to 24 weeks. Therefore, we ask for a minimum of a 12-week commitment for kitchen prep and delivery. Yes, you may miss a time or two during this period.

How do I get started?

The first step in volunteering is to fill out a volunteer application and attend a volunteer orientation. Training and lots of gratitude is provided!

How do I find out more information or get a volunteer application?

Click on a link below or email info@reviveandthriveproject.org