• Volunteer

    At this time, we are not accepting any applications from people wishing to fulfill court appointed community hours.

    Individual Application - online

    Also in downloadable PDF form.

    Group Application - online

    Also in downloadable PDF form

    As of now, we cannot accommodate new volunteer groups larger than 6 people. Thank you for understanding!

    Volunteer Calendar

    If you have filled out a volunteer application, feel free to check our volunteer calendar for available volunteer dates and shifts in our kitchen at 39 Kingston Street.

    Volunteer Positions

    We do ask that individuals be 18 years of age or older unless accompanied by a parent or an adult supervisor.

    Front desk volunteers track residents as they pass in and out of the building, answer phone calls, page clients and staff, and distribute materials to visitors seeking information. Training will be provided, but prior experience with homeless populations is a plus. We're looking for a commitment of at least one shift per week on either 8am-1pm or 1pm-4:30pm daily.

    Shift Schedule



    The Boston Rescue Mission provides three meals a day for our Residential Recovery guests, two meals for overnight shelter guests, and one daily afternoon meal open to the public. Volunteers are needed to help prepare and set-up for meals, serve, and assist in the clean-up process. Participating in meal programs is one of the most popular volunteer opportunities.
    Here is the kitchen shift schedule on a typical weekday:

    Shift Schedule



    4:30pm-6:30pm (dishwashing)

    Every Saturday morning, volunteers help prepare and pack meals in the kitchen which they later help distribute to the homeless at the Boston Common. Volunteers may also accept prayer requests and interact with the population. Volunteers also help to clean up and return outreach materials. Following Outreach, either the same outreach group or another batch of volunteers helps out in the kitchen.

    Shift Schedule

    7:30am-10am (Outreach)

    9:00am-12pm (Kitchen)

    3:30pm-6:30pm (Kitchen)

    Sunday Community Meal is one of our most popular volunteer opportunities as it allows a group of 5-6 volunteers to take on full responsibility to arrange the food ingredients and prepare and serve food for about 175 homeless men and women at the Mission. Food can be prepared either at their preferred facility or at the Mission’s kitchen.
    (Recommended Food: Sandwiches, Pasta, Spaghetti, Salad, Veggies, Soup, Fruits)


    Arrive at the Kitchen


    Serve meals to Mission’s residents


    Serve meals to Outside guests

    6:00pm – 7:30pm

    Clean up

    Due to the volume of clients and guests who are served by the Mission each year, the Kingston House requires a great deal of upkeep and repair. Maintenance volunteer duties may include cleaning, painting, repairing, and home improvement. Volunteers particularly talented in specific areas such as electrical, plumbing, and mechanical are eagerly sought. Schedule for this opportunity is need-based.

    If you are interested in joining the Boston Rescue Mission family as a volunteer please fill out one of our applications. Feel free to download a more extensive list of guidelines for volunteering in our volunteer handbook.

    Our volunteer drivers have a valid driver’s license and an excellent driving record. We need help driving our cargo vans, picking up food donations from area restaurants, transferring and storing those donations, and other driving tasks as needed. Lifting up to 50 lbs. is a must. Volunteers have strong interpersonal skills, are self-motivated, and graceful in attitude and spirit. Please be professional in appearance and manner, present a model of loyalty and confidentiality, possess maturity, have a good memory and strong detail orientation, and a sense of love and care for the needy. These shifts are between 4:30-6:30pm weekdays.

    Shift Schedule

    4:30pm-6:30pm M-F

    We welcome hands to help with housekeeping! One of our main needs is help cleaning the acutal beds for our shelter guests. This cleaning shift needs volunteers on weekdays from 1-4pm.

    Shift Schedule

    1:00pm-4:00pm M-F

    Our administrative offices at 25 Kingston St also need cleaning. If you have 2 hours in a week, we would love your help in one 2 hour shift or two 1 hour shifts during the work week. These times are flexible.

    Every night our shelter guests use bedding and towels during their stay. Your help in washing, drying and folding is appreciated!

    Shift Schedule


    If you can work with a computer, file and scan documents, enter data, and do other general office duties, we would love your help! A regular commitment of 6-10 hours per week for several months would be ideal.

    For more information regarding volunteer opportunities please contact Mauricia at 617-338-9000 ext.1230 or email volunteer@brm.org. And thanks so much for thinking of your neighbors in need!

    Finally, check out our Volunteer Profiles. You may be our next feature!

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