Volunteer

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We could not do this work without volunteers like you!

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at St. Francis Center (SFC)!  The Center’s small staff distributes over one million of pounds of food through our programs. Volunteers play a vital role in supporting every aspect of SFC’s daily operations, from working directly with homeless and extremely low-income program guests, to helping organize donations of food and clothing, and even providing administrative assistance. Having volunteers work the “front lines” of our programs solidifies their connection with guests and allows them to see firsthand how SFC meets the immediate needs of the families and individuals served.

The following information will better acquaint you with volunteering at SFC.

1. Getting Started

If you have not, fill out our Volunteer Application. All potential volunteers must complete the Volunteer Application and contact the Volunteer Coordinator directly via telephone or email before volunteering at SFC. NO WALK-IN VOLUNTEERS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

Please refer to our Volunteer Needs Calendar below. Our greatest need is for volunteers during our Tuesday-Friday breakfast program from 7 – 9:15 a.m. and Wednesday and Thursday pantry program from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Please email our volunteer coordinator, at [email protected] or call 213.747.5347 x 111 to schedule any volunteer opportunities. All volunteer shifts must be confirmed with the Volunteer Coordinator. Dates, times and availability are subject to change without notice.

**Children between the ages of 8-13 are allowed to volunteer as long as they have adult supervision.**

2. Donate safely and securely.

We ask our volunteers to make a donation to secure their first volunteer reservation. In these troubled times, every donation helps St. Francis Center fulfill its mission to care for the under-served men, women, and children of our community. You can donate by visiting our secure donation page  or by writing a check to St. Francis Center with “Volunteer Donation” in the memo. However, please do not let this requested donation deter you from volunteering; if it proves to be a financial burden, the Center can work out alternative giving opportunities at no cost to you.

3. Logistics, etc.

SFC is located at 1835 S. Hope St., Los Angeles, CA 90015, approximately two miles south of the Central Business district, one block from Los Angeles Trade Tech College. Our facilities are well maintained and safe.

Parking: Metered parking (coins and credit cards accepted) outside our Center.

Attire: Casual, comfortable attire with closed-toe shoes.

Age Restrictions: We are happy to host volunteers ages 8+ (parent/guardian supervision required for volunteers ages 8-13).

4. Cancellations

Our volunteers are very important to us, and we depend upon their generosity and support to serve our community. To ensure that our programs run smoothly, volunteers must notify the volunteer coordinator of any cancellation via e-mail or phone call at least 24 hours in advance of their reservation (72 hours for weekend reservations). If the volunteer coordinator is not notified in advance, we may restrict future volunteering.

We understand that visiting St. Francis Center may seem intimidating, but our volunteers have told us that their apprehension disappears once they experience the welcoming environment at our Center.