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 fill out and submit the volunteer application online.
While the volunteer dress code is casual, we ask that you please not wear revealing clothing, skirts or shorts that stop above the knee, sleeveless shirts, or shirts that expose your midriff. Additionally, please do not wear clothes with political/religious messages. This volunteer opportunity is in a professional setting, and we want to ensure a comfortable environment for everyone. Lastly, all volunteers must wear close toed, non-slip shoes.
Questions? Please email Carmen Garcia,  at cgarcia@shepherdstable.org.

Shepherd’s Table Volunteer Application

Meal Service Volunteers

Duties: assist the chef with meal prep, set dining room, greet guests, serve the meal, wash dishes, and help clean the kitchen and dining areas after the meal.
Breakfast (Mon-Fri): 7:00 to 8:45 am
Lunch (Mon-Fri): 11:30 am to 1:15pm
Dinner (daily): 4:00 to 6:00 pm; 5:30 to 7:45 pm
Brunch (Saturday-Sunday): 9:00 to 11:30am
Choppers (Mon-Tue): clean and chop vegetables (mornings)

Bright Meal

Throughout the year individuals, businesses, and other groups also sponsor a Bright Meal. A Bright Meal allows each individual/group to decide on a menu, pay for the food and bring the volunteers to set and serve the meal. Folks do this to celebrate a birthday, anniversary or another important occasion. Businesses do it to give back and to develop a sense of community among co-workers. All who plan and serve the special Bright Meal are amazed at the gratitude of our dinner and brunch guests who are so thankful for a special occasion.

Bright Meal Agreement

Drivers for Food Pick–Up

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.
Weekdays: Mornings or Afternoons.

Clothing Sorters/Distributors

Volunteers sort donations accumulated throughout the week, stock them in the Clothes Closet and help keep the racks and shelves neat and orderly.
Hours: Mon & Fri, 9:00am-11:00am (sorters); Wed 9:45am-12:00pm (distributors)

Resource Center

Assist Resource Center staff with distributing mail, toiletries and bus tokens to clients, filing and completing paperwork, and helping with other tasks. Volunteers must be 21 years old, people oriented and have basic clerical skills.
Hours: daily, 1:00-2:00pm and 6:00-7:30pm
Minimum commitment: every other week

Food Pickup

Pick up food donations from area grocery stores/restaurants and deliver them to Shepherd’s Table. You must be able to provide your own transportation.
Minimum commitment: weekly

Eye Clinic

Assist Eye Clinic staff with greeting clients, filing and completing paperwork. Volunteers must be 21 years old.
Tuesdays: 10:00am-4:00pm

Administrative Assistance

Weekday 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.