Group Opportunities


Pine Street Inn has volunteer opportunities perfect for corporate groups, faith-based groups, clubs, alumni organizations, schools and more.

Our staff will work with you to customize an opportunity for your group at any of our locations:

  • Harrison Avenue (Men's & Women's Inns), South End
  • Shattuck Shelter, Jamaica Plain
  • Holy Family Shelter, Dorchester 
  • Permanent housing sites throughout Greater Boston


Check out the list of our group volunteers opportunities below, and click on your preferred location to email our one of our volunteer staff members.



This half-day opportunity combines hands-on service with an educational tour of the Inn to provide your group with a deeper understanding of the issues of homelessness, poverty and Boston’s lack of affordable housing. Participants emerge from this session as educated advocates who can bring new insight about the issues of homelessness and poverty to their work places and communities. 
A session can be designed to meet the needs of your group. We are happy to collaborate with you to ensure that your group gains knowledge of the issues that interest you. Morning and evening opportunities are available. Perfect for groups of 6-10 volunteers.


2. Evening Sponsor & Serve

This opportunity allows volunteers to make a fiscal contribution and interact with our guests though hands-on service. Not only will you have the satisfaction of covering the cost of a meal, you will have the chance to see your donation put to work as you help serve a meal to our guests!


Unable to cover the cost of a meal? Pine Street still appreciates any donation of your group’s time and energy. Groups are more than welcome to serve meals whether or not they are able to sponsor them. Please note that our meal service calendar does book up in advance so plan ahead! Perfect for 3-10 volunteers.



Provide the ingredients and prepare a healthy dinner for the tenants at one of our permanent housing sites. Come up with a creative meal and cook on-site for approximately 12 tenants. This is a great way to get to know our tenants while sharing a delicious meal. Perfect for 2-5 volunteers.

4. opportunities for larger groups (20-60)




5. In-Kind Donation Drive

Collect critical items like toiletries or gift cards that are needed to support our guests and clients.
Wish list includes:
  • Gift Cards
  • New socks for both men and women
  • New underwear for both men and women
  • MBTA passes
  • Food Donation drive information found HERE

Contact Us

For more information on group volunteer opportunities, please contact 617.892.9184 or volunteer@pinestreetinn.org.


Volunteer FAQs:

Volunteers enter through our main lobby and our receptionist will contact the Volunteer Department. Volunteer staff will greet you and get you started on your project. We have lockers for coats, bags, or other belongings, but please note that Pine Street Inn is not responsible for lost or stolen items. If the entire volunteer group is running very late or if anyone is lost and needs directions, please call 617.892.9184 and let the volunteer team know.
All kitchen volunteers are trained in food safety at the beginning of the shift. Volunteers work in our kitchen environment chopping vegetables, making sandwiches, weighing food, and other basic meal preparation services. Volunteers work together as a team alongside our kitchen associates and trainees. Your group project may involve cutting certain items in the kitchen; we provide special cutting gloves for this project.
All volunteers must be 15 years of age and older regardless of parental permission or attendance. We require that all volunteers wear LONG PANTS, CLOSED-TOE SHOES and T-SHIRTS. Those wearing open-toed shoes or shorts will not be allowed to volunteer.
Volunteers should wear comfortable clothes, that they do not mind getting dirty. You should avoid wearing loose clothing, including: untucked shirts, wide sleeves, wallet chains, bracelets or long necklaces. We require all volunteers to wear hairnet or alternate head covering; you may bring in a baseball cap if you prefer.
We have very limited parking available in our Visitor Parking Lot located at 245 E. Berkeley Street. The entrance to this lot is just beyond the Mobil Gas Station. We cannot guarantee parking, so we encourage carpooling or public transportation as the lot can fill up quickly. If the visitor lot is full, there is paid parking available across from 363 Albany Street. The rate for this lot is $2.50/hour.
We look forward to your visit, and thank you for joining us in our efforts to End Homelessness!