December 2023: As explained on the Home page, we have no opportunities for onsite volunteers at this time. However, we do need food, supplies, and monetary donations. 

"The curse of poverty has no justification in our age." —MLK, Jr.
Thank you for your interest in assisting Street Reach in its cause to feed and care for the elderly, working poor, unemployed, and unhoused persons.
As a 100% Volunteer-Run Program, we rely completely on the support of volunteers and truly appreciate your willingness to help.

Our volunteer opportunities are limited to Mondays. Hours of operation are from 8am to 6:30pm on Mondays and our Schedule is as follows:

Food Preparation: 9am to 12pm
Light Lunch for Volunteers: 12pm
Food Service: 1pm to 5pm
Cleanup: 4pm to 6:30pm

We encourage volunteers to help on non-holiday Mondays—when the most assistance is needed. Additionally, we are usually short staffed for cleanup from 4pm to 6:30pm and welcome additional support during that time. 

Mornings consist of food-prep work, including unloading trucks, sorting donations, washing/cutting fruits and vegetables, making sandwiches, stripping turkeys, and other various tasks as required. A light lunch will be served to volunteers at 12pm, prior to food service. Afternoons include serving hot meals, pouring beverages, washing dishes, garbage duty, etc. Cleanup begins at 4pm until closing at 6:30pm.

Individuals (5 people or less) are not required to call in advance to volunteer, instead you can work as your schedule allows. Volunteers are accepted on a first come, first served basis. We reserve the right to turn volunteers away in rare cases when we receive too much support.

If you plan come with a large group (6 people or more), email who manages and schedules group volunteers—so that everyone has a good experience while also helping the kitchen most effectively.

Volunteer Requirements:
  • Volunteers 16 years of age or younger must be accompanied by a parent or adult.
  • Wear close-toed, non-skid skid shoes (i.e. no flip-flops). Sneakers recommended.
  • Hair pulled out of way with a baseball cap or ponytail, etc.
  • Wear presentable attire that you don’t mind getting dirty.  No halter tops, short shorts, low rise pants, t-shirts with inappropriate messages, etc.

Upon Arrival:

When you arrive, you can go to the kitchen and ask someone in an apron what needs to be done. You may ask for Kathleen who runs the kitchen, but anyone can help. Everyone is very friendly. For additional information for volunteers, please refer to our FAQ page.

Grant Street Reach’s Volunteer Protection Policy:

If any volunteer in good faith believes that some policy, practice or activity of Grant Street Reach is violation of law, please file a written complaint to the Director. Grant Street Reach intends to adhere to all laws and regulations applicable to the organization. We encourage the support of all volunteers in complying with such laws and regulations.