Volunteer Opportunities

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Volunteers are at the heart of the mission of Shepherd’s Table. More than 1,400 people a year share their time and talent with us. Together we impact the lives of women and men who are homeless or living in poverty.
We invite you to explore where your interests lie.
Answer the questions:
  • What gives you joy?
  • What impact do you want to have?
Volunteer opportunities are endless. Some are in house, others occur outside of Shepherd’s Table. Each act of service is vital to our mission and impacts many lives!

Available Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Shepherd’s Table. We offer many ways to help. Please take the time to select a service that matches your interests and talents. However you choose to help, your volunteering connects you to your neighbors in need. When volunteering, remember to serve our guests with a smile and always be respectful. If interested, please find the attached application below and forward to Ashley Wagstaff, Volunteer & Development Associate, at awagstaff@shepherdstable.org.

Shepherd’s Table Volunteer Application

In the Dining Room

  • Dinner Preparation Workers
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Duties: set tables in the dining room and assist the chef with food preparation
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Servers
Breakfast: 7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 a.m. Dinner: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Duties: greet guests, collect meal tickets, serve the meal, wash dishes, and help clean the kitchen and dining areas after the meal.
  • Brunch Servers
Saturday and Sunday: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Duties: greet guests, collect meal tickets, serve the meal and clean dining hall

Meal Service

Join us in preparing a meal, serving a meal, chopping vegetables, or washing pots and pans. Dinner service preparation is needed 7 days a week.
  • Brunch Preparation
Saturday and Sunday: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Duties: greet guests, collect meal tickets, serve the meal and clean dining hall
  • Meal Service and Cleanup
6:00 – 8:00pm
Duties: set tables in the dining room and assist the chef with food preparation
  • Dinner Servers
5:45 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Duties: greet guests, collect meal tickets, serve the meal, wash dishes, and help clean the kitchen and dining areas after the meal.
  • Choppers
Weekdays: Mornings and Afternoons
Duties: clean vegetables, chop vegetables
  • Drivers for Food Pick–Up
Weekdays: Mornings or Afternoons.
Duties: Pick up donated food from stores and restaurants. All food must be delivered to Shepherd’s Table. Reliable vehicle is a must. Always be courteous when interacting with donors. Maintaining a gracious relationship with these donors is vital to the operation of our program.

Clothes Closet

  • Clothes Closet Sorters
Mondays and Fridays: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Duties: Volunteers sort donations accumulated throughout the week, stock the Clothes Closet with fresh clothes, and help keep the racks and shelves neat and orderly.
  • Clothes Closet Distributors
Wednesdays: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Duties: assist guests in finding clothing, check guests into showering facilities, hand out clean towels and toiletries. Ability to speak Spanish is an asset.

Resource Center and Administration

  • Resource Center Assistants
Daily: 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Wednesdays: 10:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Mondays – Fridays: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Duties: distribute mail, bus tokens, provide clerical support. Ability to speak Spanish is an asset.
  • Eye Clinic Volunteer
Duties: Volunteers assist Eye Clinic staff with greeting clients, filing and completing paperwork. Volunteers must be 21. Spanish speaking is a huge asset.
  • On-Call Volunteers
Daily: 8:00 a.m –10:00 a.m
Daily: 5:30 p.m – 8:00 p.m
Duties: If there are not enough volunteers to serve dinner, pick up food, or in case of snow or ice, On-Call Dinner Volunteers will be contacted to fill in at the last minute.
  • Administrative Assistance
Weekdays
Duties: Assist with data entry, mailings, appeals, and other administrative duties.
  • Board of Directors and its Committees
Board Duties: Board of Directors serve in leadership roles, providing governance visioning, and strategic planning. The Board meets bi-monthly.
Contact: Mike Balderrama at michael.balderrama@gmail.com.
Committee Duties: Serve as a working member of one of the Board committees, sharing your passion, time, and talent. 
  • Standing Committee
Duties: Finance, Strategic Development, Personnel, Executive Committee
Other committees are formed as needed and include event committees led by staff.
Shepherd’s Table awards court-appointed hours for community service.  Please call 301-585-6463 to inquire.