Volunteering at SAFH

Over 300 people will come through our doors on any given day during the week. We only have so many paid staff members to help meet demand.

We rely on volunteer assistance to keep our facility open.

Volunteer hours are generally 9:00am - 2:00pm, and lunch is provided. We are open during the week, Monday through Friday.

There is unfortunately no weekend, or "after-hours" volunteer opportunities. See below to find out how you can help.

How to Volunteer

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

After creating an account, you can find all the available shifts for individuals that we have! While we are open Monday-Friday, some of our shifts are reserved for corporate or school groups that reserve the day.

If you need further assistance with volunteering or still have a question after reading the entirety of this page, contact Alex Lawrence (alex@safhnyc.org) or by calling 212-228-5254 x10.

See below for more information on what the volunteer experience at Trinity's SAFH looks like on an average day.

Volunteering as a Group

We are able to host all types of volunteers, including businesses and other corporate groups, schools, churches, youth groups, etc.)

The maximum size group for our facility is around 8-10 people. To book a group or if you have any questions, contact Alex Lawrence (alex@safhnyc.org).

If you're interested in traveling to New York, Trinity Lower East Side Lutheran Parish has a low cost Youth Hostel program for service trips to the City.

For more information on housing during your stay click here, or contact the church office at 212-228-5254 x 10.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the volunteer shifts?

We have two shifts available, Monday through Friday. There are no weekend or evening volunteer opportunities.

Our SOUP KITCHEN shift is 9am-12pm.

Our FOOD PANTRY shift is 12pm-2pm.

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 in the Soup Kitchen?

We ask volunteers to arrive promptly by 9am. You will assist with some light meal prep (cutting vegetables, bagging loose produce, etc.) and cleaning (wiping trays/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 assitst with some cleaning as lunch comes to an end.

What will I be doing in the Food Pantry?

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

When you arrive at 12pm, you will assist with cleaning the dining room (which becomes our waiting room.) Then, in the pantry, volunteers will help guests pick out groceries according to their family size. After 1:30pm, there is some light cleaning, with the day ending at 2pm.

What do I need to bring?

You don't need to bring anything with you. We provide 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 word 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.