Thank you for your interest in becoming an AWESOME VOLUNTEER at Altoona Kids Cafe this summer! We appreciate you taking the time to help us serve children in our community. We have 1,544 Volunteer roles to fill this summer, and we know we will find the perfect one for you! Volunteer for one day…or for the whole program. Every day over 50 volunteers are needed to help with the following tasks:

  • Morning Greeter
  • Kitchen Crew
  • Classroom Leaders and Assistants
  • Activity Team

Kids Cafe Volunteers must be in High School or Adults, unless pre-approved or special arrangements have been made for volunteer groups. If you are under the age of 18 and would like to volunteer we will ask for your parents permission by signature on volunteer form. Parents cannot sign up their teens to volunteer. Volunteers at all ages are expected to be fully invested in the mission of Kids Cafe. 

If you are under the ago of 15, and you are still interested in volunteering with us, we do have other opportunities throughout the year for under 15 volunteers, including setting up and breaking down Kids Cafe before and after our summer program, sorting books, and filling backpacks and school supplies for our Tools for School Program.  Sign up now on

If you are are 15 or older, we can’t wait for you to get started, but before you volunteer, we need you to complete these 3 simple steps:

1. Volunteer Application and Sign-up: Every Kids Cafe Volunteer is required to have a complete and current application on file. If you are new to Kids Cafe, please complete the Volunteer Application attached to this email and bring it with you to the Volunteer Training Meeting. If you have volunteered with us in the past, you will need to update your previous Volunteer Application at the Volunteer Training Meeting that you attend.

You will also need to go online and sign-up for your volunteer position on the days you have available.

Choose a volunteer positions and please sign up HERE on Volunteer Spot or contact us at

2. Volunteer Background Check: Every Kids Cafe Volunteer is required to complete and pass a Volunteer Background Check. The safety of our students and volunteers is of the utmost importance to us at Kids Cafe. We are using the same third party company that Lutheran Church of the Cross uses for their background checks. Altoona Kids Cafe will NOT have access to ANY of your personal information. Whether you have volunteered for us in the past, or this is your first summer, we need all Volunteers 18 and Older to complete this step. Please CLICK on this link to compete this process: 

On the first screen, click on “I want to Volunteer.”  On the second screen, choose “Kids Café” for the Volunteer Type.

3. Volunteer Training Meeting: Altoona Kids Cafe is a USDA Summer Food Service Program and and Equal Opportunity Provider, and therefore we must meet all meal, service, and social justice guidelines. We also want everyone who walks through our doors to have a safe, fun, and AWESOME time at Kids Cafe! To make sure that all of these things happen at the same time, we need to be prepared–that’s where training comes in. We ask that everyone who is planning on volunteering for us at Kids Cafe this summer, whether one day or all 28 days, attend ONE of our Volunteer Training Meetings. Meetings will be held on Wednesday, May 31st from 6:30pm-8:00pm AND Sunday, June 4th from 5:00pm-6:30pm at Cross Creek at 1975 8th Street SW in Altoona (The building just west of Lutheran Church of the Cross). If you haven’t already, you can sign-up for the meeting of your choice here:

That’s it! 3 Steps and you are on your way to becoming an AWESOME VOLUNTEER at Altoona Kids Cafe! Please let us know if you have any further questions.

Thank you!