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Every Emmaus volunteer makes a tremendous difference in the lives of homeless women, men, and children. Please consider making a much-appreciated contribution of your time and talents.

Volunteers provide two types of service: direct (on-site) service and indirect (off-site) service. We also offer special Teen Service Nights for young volunteers.

Direct Service

Volunteer in our food pantry

Direct service may include a wide variety of on-site activities, such as:

  • Cooking and serving meals, particularly on weekends.
  • Working in our food pantry.
  • Transporting food and other donations.
  • Helping with outdoor cleanup projects.
  • Work with or provide services for the parents in our Family Shelter.
  • Doing crafts or other projects with children in our Family Shelter.


If you are particularly interested in working with children, we have a partnership with Horizons for Homeless Children, a statewide group that places volunteers in shelters to work directly with children.

Direct service is an ideal option for individuals, families, or small groups. To be a direct service volunteer, you must:

  1. Attend a Road Home Tour.
  2. Complete a Volunteer Application (see Required Forms).
  3. Consent to a CORI check (see Required Forms) or, for volunteers under age 18, be accompanied by an adult who has completed a CORI check.

To learn more, call our Volunteer Manager at (978) 377-0639.

Indirect Service

Indirect service includes off-site projects such as running food or supply drives, preparing and delivering meals, or putting together hygiene or other kits for our residents. Because of its scheduling flexibility, indirect service is ideal for youth groups, business teams, or other large groups.

To provide indirect service, we suggest the following steps:

  1. Call our Donation Line at (978) 241-3412 to find out how you can best help.
  2. Take a Road Home Tour to learn more about the people Emmaus serves and how you can support them.

For more information on our volunteer program, download our Guide to Volunteering at Emmaus or see:

Emmaus Explorers

Emmaus is currently recruiting enthusiastic, qualified volunteers to serve in the successful Emmaus Explorers eight-week after school enrichment program that will be open to children residing at the Emmaus Family Shelter. Emmaus Explorers gives kids the opportunity to improve their academic skills, participate in hands-on games, homework help, and more! Every Emmaus Explorers activity is designed to make learning interesting and fun for children in Emmaus programs, and we are depending upon enthusiastic volunteers to make this spring a success.

The fall session will run from September 20, 2017 to December 14, 2017. Regular after school programming is scheduled for every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Volunteers are asked to commit to at least one afternoon per week. There is a volunteer training September 20, 2017 from 5 to 8 p.m. Family Enrichment Nights run two Mondays a month from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Please fill out the volunteer application and email to