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Volunteering at St. Francis House

St. Francis House is deeply grateful for the dedicated volunteers who give of their time and talent every day. Whether they work in the kitchen, distribute clothing, or assist with mock interviews, our volunteers help ensure the quality of our services for Boston's poor and homeless. Last year, more than 200 volunteers donated 23,000 hours of service. If you would like to join them in helping the less fortunate, read through our listings below and fill out a volunteer application. To read about a few of our volunteers, click here.

Current Volunteers: Click here to log-in to VolunteerNet

Individual Volunteering

Individual Opportunities

  • Food Services: Assist with meal preparation, service, and clean-up in our kitchen and dining room. Three shifts are available daily: 7-9am, 9-11am, and 11am-1:30pm.
  • Fresh Threads Clothing Program: Assist with guests' clothing appointments, or help to sort donations and restock our shelves. Shifts available Monday-Friday, 8:45am to 11am.
  • Guest Services: Volunteer alongside counselors at our Day Center Hospitality Desk, helping to deliver basic services to our guests.
  • Moving Ahead Program: Conduct mock interviews with students and allow them to have the practice and build the confidence they need to secure employment.
  • Women’s Center: Lead activity groups or spend time mentoring or visiting with the women we serve.
  • Housing Resource Center: Assist housing staff in advocacy. Shifts available Monday-Thursday, 9am to 3pm.


Group Volunteering

Group Opportunities

Interested in bringing a group to volunteer?  Complete a Group Visit Request form.  

Saturdays and Sundays:

Maximum group size: 3 volunteers for breakfast; 5 volunteers for lunch. Choose between 7 to 9 (serve breakfast) or 9 to 1:30 (prepare, serve, and clean up lunch).

Maximum group size: 7 volunteers.Choose between: 7 to 9 (serve breakfast), 8:45 to 11am (clothing distribution), 9 to 11am (prepare lunch), or 11am to 1:30pm (serve lunch).


Groups are welcome to stay for multiple shifts (ex prepare and serve lunch from 9am - 1:30pm).