Volunteering at SAFH

During this unprecedented time, we have no plans to close. We were open immediately after 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy, and we will remain open now as long as it is safe and responsible to do so.


We have resumed daily volunteering at significantly reduced group sizes. We have shifts Monday - Friday, and we have minimize interaction with staff and guests, though there may be some instances where you will be near (at a distance) the public.


Volunteer hours are 9:30am-1:30pm.


We ask that our volunteers come for the whole time, and work with both programs. Doing so, helps us reduce the number of people in the building on any given day.


You can sign up by following this link, or clicking on the button in the section below.


There is unfortunately no weekend, or evening volunteer opportunities.

How to Volunteer

NOTE: As the COVID-19 situation continues and we learn more, we will constantly re-evaluate our volunteer program and hope to expand it again shortly. In the meantime, we only have "after-hours" volunteering. Follow the link below to find out more information.


The easiest way to volunteer with Trinity's SAFH is to sign up through the volunteer site, DEED using the button below. They also have a mobile app that makes volunteering very easy, not only for us, but a variety of service organizations.


On DEED, you can view all the available shifts we have. We are open Monday-Friday.


The below link is for individuals who are interested in volunteering. We are normally able to host all types of volunteers, including businesses and other corporate groups, schools, churches, youth groups, etc. But now, volunteer shifts are limited to a maximum of 3 people to limit the number of people in the building at any time.


If you have any questions, contact Alex Lawrence (alex@safhnyc.org or 212-228-5254 x10) directly


Clink the link below for available dates for individual volunteers.


Or if you need more information scroll further down for more information on what the volunteer experience at Trinity's SAFH looks like on an average day.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to volunteer right now?


There is of course no such thing as 100% safe right now. There is a chance with all interpersonal interaction that COVID-19 or other viruses can be transmitted. But we are taking many steps to ensure that all staff and guests are safe.


All volunteers will be provided gloves and head coverings. And sanitation/cleaning supplies will be provided. We do ask volunteers to bring their own mask .Our strict hand washing and sanitation practices, which have always been vigorously enforced, have found new meaning with our volunteers. Every effort is made to distance volunteers from each other and staff.


If you have further questions about safety during this time, feel free to reach out to our Executive Director at alex@safhnyc.org.


What safety protocols do you have in place?


We request to take the temperature of all volunteers upon arrival. Also, on our volunteer sign up page, we ask a series of questions of each volunteer, to see if they healthy, and in a good position to volunteer with us. All volunteers and staff are asked to wear a mask for the duration of their shift. We do our best to set up work stations for volunteers in a socially distanced manner. Gloves and sanitizer are also provided.


What are the volunteer shifts?


We are open Monday through Friday, and have shifts open each day from 9:30am-1:30pm. There are no weekend or evening volunteer opportunities.


We do ask that if you commit to volunteering, to please stay for the entire shift. We can not accommodate late arrivals or early departures.


What will I be doing when I volunteer?


We ask volunteers to arrive promptly by 9:30am. You will assist with some light meal prep (cutting vegetables, bagging loose produce, etc.) and cleaning (wiping tables, sweeping/mopping, etc.). You may be asked to help in our pantry cellar, assisting with deliveries or organization of stock.


All volunteers are welcome to eat lunch before we open our doors to our guests for lunch.


Food service starts at 11am, and ends at 12pm. You may be asked to assist with some cleaning as lunch comes to an end.


Then, after the lunch service ends at 12pm, we begin transitioning to a food pantry, opening at 12:30pm for an hour (until 1:30pm).


During the pantry, you will be distributing bags that you packed earlier in the day to families, based on their household size.


What do I need to bring?


We just ask that you please bring your own mask, though we do have some should you not have one. We provide sanitizer, hand soap, aprons, hairnets, and gloves for all our volunteers. Wearing head coverings (hairnets, hats, etc.) is required by law, and will be strictly enforced. A baseball cap is an acceptable substitute for a hairnet and can be worn in place of one.



What should I wear?


We ask that you please dress modestly and comfortably as you will be on your feet most of the day. Because of the health code, no tank tops or open-toed/open-heeled sandals are allowed (i.e. no flip flops, etc.) - you will be sent home. If you're questioning if a specific type of sandal is inappropriate, it most likely is.



I want to volunteer as a group with my office/school/church. How do we sign up?


We are happy to host your group... if it's 3 people or less. Perhaps you and your "pod" want to do something together, or you and a friend want an excuse to hang out while doing something useful, we can of course help in that way. But we do have a strict limit to three (3) volunteers. If you have any questions, you can email or call our Executive Director, Alex Lawrence, directly to schedule your group, alex@safhnyc.org or 212-228-5254 x10.