Volunteering at St. Francis House

Volunteers play an essential role in making our work possible. If you are 17 years or older, donating your time in our kitchen, our clothing department, or the Margaret Stewart Lindsay Art Studio is a great way to make an impact in your community in a friendly and supportive environment. We appreciate the help of individuals and small groups who show generosity and passion for service at St. Francis House every day.

Volunteers in our kitchen help us serve breakfast and lunch to hundreds of guests 7 days a week. If you’re an early riser, we would love to have your help serving breakfast from 7AM until 9AM. Mid-day, volunteers serve help serve lunch from 11AM until 1:30PM. You can also help prep lunch from 9AM until 11:00AM on weekdays.

St. Francis House is the largest distributor of clothing to people experiencing homelessness in the Boston area. Our Fresh Threads program provides our guests with basic clothing, shoes, undergarments, and seasonal essentials. We make sure to provide our guests with a variety of options so they can choose clothing that not only meets their needs but fits their style and feels good to wear. As a volunteer in our clothing department, you can assist our staff and help connect our guests with the clothing that is right for them. We have clothing shifts available in the morning from 8:45AM until 11AM and in the afternoon from 12:30PM until 2PM.

For the artistically inclined, we have unique volunteer opportunities in the Margaret Stewart Lindsay Art Studio. Every weekday, up to 20 guests come to our art studio to paint, draw, weave, and more under the guidance of our Art Therapist, Gurleen. Volunteers in this department help Gurleen with organized projects and work with guests as they create art in a variety of different mediums. We have various shifts available in the art studio between the hours of 8AM and 2:30PM Monday through Friday.

When you volunteer at St. Francis House you make our mission to rebuild lives possible. To get started, visit www.stfrancishouse.org/volunteer and fill out a new volunteer form. Any questions about volunteering can be directed to our Volunteer Services Coordinator at (617) 654-1212.