Share the common bond of humanity.
How Do I Volunteer?
If you are an individual, you can come whenever it is convenient for you, except for major holidays. Please contact Brooke Wiese at (212) 924-0167 or you can email Brooke to reserve a spot for our Thanksgiving and Christmas meals. Volunteers, please fill out this form before you come, even on regular weekdays.
Families, corporate, school, church, civic and youth groups are always welcome, and group size is usually 6-12 people. Please contact Brooke to coordinate a date for your group. After you have coordinated a date with Brooke, we encourage the group leader and each participant to fill out our form.
Why Volunteer at Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen?
You can see the results of your work.
Holy Apostles serves over 1,200 meals every day, Monday-Friday, all year around. Our hungry guests receive not only a hot meal, but they often tell us that the friendly greetings and warm smiles of volunteers and staff brighten their day.
You have fun!
The problems of hunger and homelessness are very difficult, but in the community that has formed among the Soup Kitchen guests, volunteers, and staff, we know that laughter goes a long way to make things easier. We work hard, but we have a great time.
You can meet interesting people.
Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen's volunteers are from all walks of life: professionals, students, retirees, former Soup Kitchen guests, and more. There are representatives from a variety of countries, from many different racial and ethnic backgrounds, and various religions (or none). Volunteers come from the neighborhood, all the boroughs of New York City, and from as far away as New Jersey, Connecticut, and Long Island.
You can read about some of our volunteers in our newsletter.
What Will I Be Doing?
Soup Kitchen volunteers work Monday through Friday from 9:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. We need 55-60 volunteers daily to help "run" the Soup Kitchen. Work just one day or make a regular commitment – it depends on you and your schedule. Volunteers assist in serving on the food line, greeting guests, collecting individual meal tickets, handing out drinks, and clearing and cleaning tables when the guests are finished eating.
No special skills are needed. We provide aprons, gloves, hats, and any equipment you might need. Just wear comfortable clothing since you will be on your feet for a couple of hours.You only need to bring yourself and a willingness to work. If you wish to donate toiletries, those are graciously accepted.
How Do I Get To The Soup Kitchen?
The Soup Kitchen is located at 296 Ninth Avenue (on the corner of 28th Street) in Manhattan (click for map) in the Church of the Holy Apostles.
We are easily accessible from most public transportation. You can take the C or E train to either 23rd Street or 34th Street and 8th Avenue, or take the 1 train to 28th and 7th Avenue. We are just four short blocks away from Penn Station and within walking distance from the Port Authority Bus Terminal. You can also reach us by bus by taking the M11, which runs south on 9th Avenue, or the M10, which runs north on 8th Avenue.