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The Community Kitchen does have paid staff to maintain our services. However, we could not operate, let alone be successful, without extensive volunteer support. Groups and individual volunteers are needed year-round. If you or your group would like to volunteer, please read about our programs below, consider your interests and skills, call  and ask to speak to our volunteer coordinator or  fill out the Online Volunteer Application listed below:
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Day Shelter

The Day Shelter offers opportunities for volunteers to assist clients at the front desk or, if applicable, to create special programming to engage and educate clients.  Open daily from 7:00 AM – 4:30 PM, the Day Center is a place for clients to access special services or get relief from cold or hot temperatures. Volunteers at the front desk area will help clients check mail, acquire hygiene items, check out towels for showers, and get acces ...keep reading

Donation Desk

Located at the entrance under the green 'Chattanooga Community Kitchen' awning, the Donation Desk is staffed 7am – 5pm every day of the week to receive donations from the community. Volunteers can aid the donation desk by accepting incoming donations and fill out tax receipts. Up to two individuals at a time can sit at the desk during operating hours. ...keep reading

Family Housing Learning Center

The Family Housing and Learning Center (FHLC) is a transitional housing program with ten apartments available to working families as they move from homelessness to self-sufficiency.  Case managers assist residents through budgeting and finance classes, parenting, cooking, and other life-skills.  They also help residents set up schedules to attend classes aimed at furthering their education in specific areas of interest. VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNI ...keep reading

Food Service

The Community Kitchen serves 3 meals a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  Meals are open to everyone.  No questions asked. VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Please note kitchen staff prepare all meals and are present to direct volunteers. Breakfast:  Up to 3 people needed from 6:30 to 8:00AM. Lunch: 3 to 6 people needed between 9:30AM to 11:45AM. Dinner (Weekdays Only): 2 people needed from 3:00PM to 5:00PM. Individuals and Groups are ...keep reading

Homeless Employment HELP II

The HELP II Program assists clients with finding and keeping jobs, including necessary life-skills training (such as resume, interviewing techniques, hygiene, consistency, etc.)  Case managers work with clients to secure housing, transportation, and essential needs.  After completing the program, clients are tracked for 90 days.   VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Individuals to teach life skill classes.  Classes are held every Thursday fr ...keep reading


The Operations Department ensures that all programs operate efficiently and that all building and grounds maintenance tasks are current.  All construction and maintenance projects are overseen by Operations. VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Jobs may vary depending upon needs. Groups and Individuals alike can be utilized. Typical projects include: Landscaping: planting flowers, mowing, edging, trimming bushes, etc. Cosmetic: painting and caulking ...keep reading


There are many outreach opportunities to meet the needs of the homeless living on the streets, in camps, or with nowhere else to go.  Foot-care is also an essential part of outreach. VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Individuals and Groups are needed from October to January 1st to assist in putting together the Christmas Card Party, backpacks, and gifts for the clients at Christmas Individuals and Groups can also assist with planning education ...keep reading


SAFAH, Supplemental Assistance for Facilities To Aid the Homeless, is a program designed to prevent formerly homeless women and children (primarily victims of domestic violence) from cycling back into homelessness by helping make the transition from shelter to permanent housing.  Assistance with the first month’s rent, security deposit, furniture, etc. are provided to help the clients succeed in permanent housing.  Case Management is also pro ...keep reading

St. Catherine’s Night Shelter for Women & Children

Saint Catherine’s Shelter for Women and Children is an offsite night shelter managed by the Community Kitchen.  Residents must be referred to the shelter by a program.  There are eight beds available to shelter residents.  Staff Coordinators open the shelter and are on call during the night, but rely on volunteers to spend the night. VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Individuals to act as Overnight Hostesses - Volunteer to arrive between 5:30P ...keep reading

St. Matthews Night Shelter For Men

Saint Matthew’s is an offsite night shelter for men operated by the Community Kitchen.  Residents must be referred to the shelter by a program. The shelter is open seven days a week, 365 days a year from 5:30pm to 6:30am.  Staff Coordinators open the shelter and are on call during the night, but rely on volunteers to spend the night. VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Individuals to act as Overnight Hosts – Volunteer to arrive by 5:30pm and st ...keep reading

Thrift Store

The thrift store/give-away program distributes free clothing to the needy and sells items at reduced prices to the general public.  Proceeds of thrift store sales are used to hire homeless and needy individuals. VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Individuals or Groups: Sort clothes by size, age, etc. Size, tag and fold linens Organize items on the floor (put all of one item together) Periodically clean donated shoes, tie together Pair unusable ...keep reading