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Many Hands Make Light Work!

With a small staff of just four people, none of Xavier Mission’s work would be possible without the power and energy of volunteers. Every year, more than 5,000 volunteers provide 15,000 hours of service to keep our programs running!

No matter what your schedule or skill set, we have a volunteer opportunity that will work for you. Whether it’s a few hours on the weekend, an overnight during the week, or admin work behind the scenes, we’ve got the perfect spot!

Join like-minded people from around the city and the world to make your impact today.

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Thanksgiving 2018

Volunteer Opportunities

Clothing Room

Hours of Operation: 2nd & 4th Sundays, 9:30am–10:00am
Volunteer Shift: Every Sunday, 8:30am–11:00am

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FAQ

Do I have to sign up to volunteer?2018-09-30T20:41:03+00:00

Yes, we prefer that volunteers sign up in advance with our volunteer coordinator to ensure that we have enough volunteers but not too many: if too many come, people often feel they aren’t needed and that they’ve wasted their time. Please also note that we have the fortunate circumstance of being a very well-known volunteer site and that, especially during the school year, we often book weeks in advance. It is best to schedule your volunteer date as far in advance as possible.

I have to do community service, how do I sign up? Can I get a verification letter?2018-10-03T12:20:35+00:00

Volunteers who require an agreement or signature from Xavier Mission BEFORE beginning community service MUST speak with Christina first (cbowman@xaviermission.org). All other volunteers can sign-up through the links on the website. Volunteers should bring all service verification forms with them on the day of service to be signed. Xavier Mission can also provide a service verification letter if needed.

What will I be doing during my volunteer shift?2018-09-30T19:53:56+00:00

On the days of distribution (the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month), the shift begins with preparing the clothing room for service and continues with the distribution of clothing to our guests. On non-distribution Sundays, the entire shift is devoted to sorting through the donations that have come in during the week.

Who are the guests of the Clothing Room?2018-09-30T19:54:29+00:00

Our guests tend to be homeless individuals that also visit our soup kitchen. Some need a fresh change of clothes because they don’t have a way to wash their clothing on a regular basis. Others are low-income individuals who don’t have the means to buy new clothing. Some have job interviews or have just gotten jobs and need appropriate clothing.

Can I donate clothing?2018-09-30T19:55:09+00:00

Of course! Please see the section here about donating clothing items.

Food Pantry

Hours of Operation: 2nd Saturday of each month, 10:00am–11:30am
Volunteer Shift: 2nd Saturday, 8:30am–12:00pm
Note: Spanish- and Chinese-speaking volunteers are particularly needed!

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FAQ

Do I have to sign up to volunteer?2018-09-30T20:41:03+00:00

Yes, we prefer that volunteers sign up in advance with our volunteer coordinator to ensure that we have enough volunteers but not too many: if too many come, people often feel they aren’t needed and that they’ve wasted their time. Please also note that we have the fortunate circumstance of being a very well-known volunteer site and that, especially during the school year, we often book weeks in advance. It is best to schedule your volunteer date as far in advance as possible.

I have to do community service, how do I sign up? Can I get a verification letter?2018-10-03T12:20:35+00:00

Volunteers who require an agreement or signature from Xavier Mission BEFORE beginning community service MUST speak with Christina first (cbowman@xaviermission.org). All other volunteers can sign-up through the links on the website. Volunteers should bring all service verification forms with them on the day of service to be signed. Xavier Mission can also provide a service verification letter if needed.

What will I be doing at the Food Pantry?2018-09-30T20:45:37+00:00

Volunteers spend the first part of the morning preparing for the pantry by setting up tables, stocking food and clothing, and bagging vegetables and bread. During food distribution, volunteers are assigned to a food group table where they assist the guests as they shop for those particular food items. Volunteers may also be asked to assist with line procedures, registration, and clothing distribution.

What should I wear to volunteer?2018-10-03T12:16:51+00:00

Be comfortable! T-shirts and jeans are fine. Please do not wear:

  • Clothing with inappropriate or offensive sayings, characters, pictures or designs.
  • Very short shorts/skirts, or shirts that expose your midriff.
  • Sandals or other open-toe shoes—every once in a while, cans of food are dropped!

We’ll provide gloves, which everyone working with food must wear.

Can I bring a group to volunteer?2018-09-30T20:48:50+00:00

Yes! The maximum group size is 10, unless the volunteer coordinator is short-staffed and makes the decision to allow a larger group. Groups of teenagers under 17 MUST be accompanied by 1 adult for every 5 teens.

Group leaders should be prepared with contact information for each person in their group on the day of service. Also, group leaders MUST give the volunteer coordinator a number where they can be reached on the day of service so that we can get in touch with you if you are delayed, etc. If you do not have a cell phone, the volunteer coordinator can work out an alternate means of communicating with you on the day of service.

Coughlin Men’s Shelter

Volunteer Shifts:
Primetime: Every night, 7:00pm–10:00pm
Overnight: Every night, 7:00 or 10:00pm–6:30am (next day)

Location:
24 West 16th St., between 5th & 6th Aves.

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FAQ

I have to do community service, how do I sign up? Can I get a verification letter?2018-10-03T12:20:35+00:00

Volunteers who require an agreement or signature from Xavier Mission BEFORE beginning community service MUST speak with Christina first (cbowman@xaviermission.org). All other volunteers can sign-up through the links on the website. Volunteers should bring all service verification forms with them on the day of service to be signed. Xavier Mission can also provide a service verification letter if needed.

Do I have to sign up to volunteer?2018-10-02T06:24:45+00:00

Yes, volunteers must sign up in advance so that we do not over or under book on any given night. Volunteers must attend a training before volunteering for the first time. We offer two trainings each month. Please check our website or contact Christina at cbowman@xaviermission.org to sign up for a training.

What does a primetime volunteer do?2018-10-02T06:25:47+00:00

Primetime Volunteers open and prepare the shelter, welcome the guests, help to provide the meal items, socialize with guests and see all guests off to bed, then leave at lights out.

What does an overnight volunteer do?2018-10-02T06:26:08+00:00

Overnight volunteers arrive at some point during the primetime shift to assist the primetime volunteer, then remain at the shelter overnight, wake guests in the morning, set out breakfast, and oversee morning clean-up and departure.

Do volunteers have to clean?2018-10-02T06:26:31+00:00

All volunteers assist in making sure the shelter is neat and orderly, including helping to re-stock food and supplies and doing a final pass-thru in the morning to check for cleanliness. Guests are expected to help keep the shelter clean as well.

Will I be volunteering alone?2018-10-02T06:26:54+00:00

All new volunteers are paired with an experienced volunteer—no new volunteers are expected to volunteer alone. Overnight volunteers ideally work in pairs—couples and friends are welcome to volunteer together!

What should I wear to sleep?2018-10-02T06:27:18+00:00

Bring comfortable, appropriate clothing or pajamas to sleep in. All volunteers and guests must be fully covered when sleeping.

Do I have to stay awake all night?2018-10-02T06:27:42+00:00

Volunteers are not required to stay awake during the night; a cot and clean linens are provided for each overnight volunteer.

What are the guests like?2018-10-02T06:28:04+00:00

Up to 13 men are our guests each night. They arrive by bus from the Olivieri Drop-In Center to sleep in a safe and restful environment. Guests are 18 and older and are carefully screened for health and behavioral problems and cleanliness at the drop-in center. Guests are not sent to the shelter if they severely lack personal hygiene, if they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or if they have a severe and persistent mental illness.

How often should I volunteer?2018-10-02T06:28:26+00:00

We appreciate a regular commitment that fits your schedule; once a week or even once a month is wonderful. However, we are happy to welcome you whenever your schedule allows.

Welcome Table

Volunteer Shifts:
Meal Prep: 8:30am–11:30am
Meal Service: 12:30pm–3:30pm

Location:
55 West 15th St., between 5th & 6th Aves.

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FAQ

What should I wear to volunteer?2018-10-03T12:18:07+00:00

Be comfortable! T-shirts and jeans are fine. Please do not wear:

  • Clothing with inappropriate or offensive sayings, characters, pictures or designs.
  • Very short shorts/skirts, or shirts that expose your midriff.
  • Sandals or other open-toe shoes—hot soup can be spilled or heavy items dropped!

We’ll provide aprons, hairnets, and gloves, which everyone working with the food must wear; if you don’t want to wear a hairnet, you can bring your baseball cap, bandana, or some other type of hat.

I have to do community service, how do I sign up? Can I get a verification letter?2018-10-03T12:20:35+00:00

Volunteers who require an agreement or signature from Xavier Mission BEFORE beginning community service MUST speak with Christina first (cbowman@xaviermission.org). All other volunteers can sign-up through the links on the website. Volunteers should bring all service verification forms with them on the day of service to be signed. Xavier Mission can also provide a service verification letter if needed.

Do I have to sign up to volunteer?2018-10-02T07:07:40+00:00

Yes, we prefer that volunteers sign up in advance with our volunteer coordinator to ensure that we have enough volunteers but not too many: if too many come, people often feel they aren’t needed and that they’ve wasted their time. Please also note that we have the fortunate circumstance of being a very well-known volunteer site and that, especially during the school year, we often book weeks in advance. It is best to schedule your volunteer date as far in advance as possible.

Are there age restrictions to volunteer?2018-10-02T07:08:07+00:00

For the morning shift, volunteers of all ages are welcome. For the afternoon shift, we require that volunteers be at least 14 years old.

What will I be doing at the Welcome Table?2018-10-02T07:09:15+00:00

The AM shift is meal prep for the 1000+ meals that we’ll be serving in the afternoon. You won’t be cooking food. Instead, you’ll be:

  • Pouring cups of juice, buttering slices of bread, chopping fruit and vegetables
  • Rolling utensils in napkins
  • Setting up and cleaning tables and chairs

The PM shift is the meal service. You’ll be performing tasks such as:

  • Putting hot meal items (entrée, bread, juice, coffee, dessert, etc.) on trays
  • Working at food stations giving out extras—e.g., coffee, bread, water, etc.
  • Washing, rinsing, and drying trays
  • Cleaning tables and chairs and sweeping the floors
Can I bring a group to volunteer?2018-10-02T07:14:41+00:00

Yes! For the AM shift, the maximum group size is 5. For the PM shift, the maximum group size is 15, unless the volunteer coordinator is short-staffed and makes the decision to allow a larger group. For the afternoon shift, all volunteers in the group must be at least 14 years old. Groups of teenagers under 17 MUST be accompanied by 1 adult for every 5 teens.

Group leaders should be prepared with contact information for each person in their group on the day of service. Also, group leaders MUST give the volunteer coordinator a number where they can be reached on the day of service so that we can get in touch with you if you are delayed, etc. If you do not have a cell phone, the volunteer coordinator can work out an alternate means of communicating with you on the day of service.

What time should groups arrive?2018-10-02T07:15:37+00:00

For the AM shift, group leaders should arrive by 8:15am and team members should arrive by 8:30am. For the PM shift, group leaders should arrive by 11:30am and team members should arrive by no later than 11:45am. Even though we don’t start serving until 12:30, there are multiple tasks that need to be accomplished before we serve and we need our entire volunteer crew available to do so.

Please stress to your volunteers the importance of arriving on time and staying for the whole shift!