Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we have currently suspended our onsite volunteer program. We look forward to welcoming you again. Please visit www.stfrancishouse/covid19 for the most up to date information on our operations during the coronavirus emergency.


St. Francis House is deeply grateful for the dedicated volunteers who give their time and talent every day. In the past year, more than 3,003 volunteers donated 28,137 hours of service.


Meet a few of our volunteers, GerryPeri, and Nicole . Whether they work in the kitchen, distribute clothing, or connect guests to services in the Resource Center, our volunteers help ensure the quality of our services for Boston’s poor and homeless. If you would like to join them in helping the less fortunate:

Click here to fill out a volunteer application!

Food Services:

Assist with meal preparation, service, and clean-up in our kitchen and dining room. Three shifts are available on weekdays: 7-9am, 9-11am, and 11am-1:30pm and two shifts are available on weekends: 7-9am and 9am-1:30pm.

Fresh Threads Clothing Program:

Work with guests one-on-one to meet their clothing needs, or help to sort donations and restock our shelves. Shifts available Monday-Friday, 8:45am to 11am and 12:30pm-2pm.

Guest Services:

Volunteer alongside counselors in our Resource Center, helping to provide basic services, answer questions about St. Francis House, and provide guests with information about accessing services.  Shifts are available Monday – Friday.

Please note, volunteers must be 17+.

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

Saturdays and Sundays:

Group size: 3-7 volunteers (needs vary by shift). Choose between 7am to 9am (serve breakfast) or 9am to 1:30pm (prepare, serve, and clean up lunch).


Group size: 3-15 volunteers. (needs vary by shift) 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 (ie. prepare and serve lunch from 9am – 1:30pm).

Please note, volunteers must be 17+.