The common denominator among all of Interfaith’s volunteers is their commitment to serve our neighbors in need.
Volunteers are the heart and soul of Interfaith Social Services. Last year volunteers contributed more than 16,000 hours of time serving within Interfaith’s various programs. Our volunteers commit to a 3-hour weekly shift in a variety of different roles.
Interested in volunteering?
PLEASE NOTE: This form is to collect info only. If you are selected to fill one of our shifts, we will reach out to you.
(Unfortunately at the current time there are no weekend volunteer opportunities.)
We also welcome corporate volunteer groups and community groups looking for one-day volunteer opportunities. These can be great team-building experiences for your employees while they also get to give back to their community.
The majority of our volunteer positions fall during the school day and are for ages 16 and up, however, we have several ways for your youth group to volunteer for Interfaith.
Want to Help?
Interested in organizing a food drive?
Ready to Volunteer?
Roll up your sleeves and…
Prepare grocery orders for clients in the Food Pantry
Join the team of Bureau Drawer Thrift Shop volunteers who sort clothes, prepare items for sale and assist customers
Restock and organize our Food Pantry shelves, refrigerators and freezers
Grow vegetables in our alleyway garden
Answer phones at our reception desk
Join a fundraiser event planning committee
Organize a food or clothing drive at your job or house of worship
Think about what specialized skills you may have and how you can use them to benefit others; call us with your creative ideas
Food Pantry Volunteering
If you can commit to a weekly shift in our food pantry, please fill out this questionnaire. PLEASE NOTE: This form is to collect info only. If you are selected to fill one of our shifts, we will reach out to you.
One of Greater Boston’s largest food pantries, Interfaith Social Services’ Pantry Shelf has been providing emergency food to families and individuals since 1975. Last year volunteers distributed more than 800,000 pounds of food to hungry families.
Food Pantry job descriptions and responsibilities:
Morning Pantry shift (9:15am – 12:30pm):
A crew of 9 pantry volunteers are tasked with checking in clients outside while clients stay in their cars, bagging groceries and bringing groceries out to clients’ cars.
Afternoon Pantry inventory shift (noon-3pm):
A crew of 4-5 inventory volunteers are tasked with unloading our food pick-up truck, re-stocking pantry shelves, fridges and freezers and maintaining general cleanliness of pantry. Heavy lifting is required.
Thrift Shop Volunteering
If you can commit to a weekly shift in our shop, please fill out this questionnaire. PLEASE NOTE: This form is to collect info only. If you are selected to fill one of our shifts, we will reach out to you.
Our Bureau Drawer Thrift Shop is an important fundraising source for Interfaith. It is our second largest fundraiser, typically bringing in more than $100,000 per year to support our food pantry, mental health counseling center and homelessness prevention program.
Thrift Shop job descriptions and responsibilities:
Morning Shop inventory shift (10am – noon):
A crew of 3 volunteers will organize the shop, moving inventory from the sorting room to be put on the racks and shelves in order to get the shop ready for opening at 12:30. This crew will also be accepting incoming shop donations and helping to sort and organize as needed. Heavy lifting is required.
Afternoon Shop shift (12:15pm – 3:30pm):
A crew of 3 volunteers will staff the shop. One volunteer will be assigned to standing at the front entrance greeting customers and ensure that there are only 5 shoppers at a time in the store (these are the current COVID19 safety guidelines). One volunteer will assume the role of cashier, processing sale transactions with our customers. One volunteer will oversee the checkout line, be back-up to the cashier and help with accepting and sorting donations as needed.