To get the best experience on The Bowery Mission’s website, please upgrade to the latest version of Chrome, Safari, Firefox or Internet Explorer.

Okay, got it!



Outnumbering our staff by a ratio of over 100 to 1 each year, volunteers truly make life transformation possible. Join us in our work to empower others! Without friends like you, The Bowery Mission simply could not meet the needs of people experiencing homelessness and hunger in the New York metro area. Serve a meal, tutor and mentor clients, offer a special or professional skill. You can make an impact in someone's life today.

Register online to volunteer

  • Individuals & Community Groups

  • Corporate Groups

We Love our Volunteers!

Last year...



Volunteers served more than 17,000 shifts


Volunteers came from all 50 states


Volunteers prepared and served more than 429,500 meals


Through the efforts of our volunteers and staff, we served over 7,100 people


Volunteers donated more than 46,100 hours of their time



"I get to serve the community, make them smile, feed them a meal that they potentially otherwise would not receive. It's such a humbling experience....This is the community's safe spot, the one place they can come to and know that they're okay."

Tabatha, volunteer during COVID-19



Resources & Other Opportunities



Get answers and see guidelines for volunteering

Service Trips

Learn more about short-term opportunities for churches

Make a Gift

Besides serving, you can support financially


Learn more and sign up online: see opportunities for Individual & Community Groups and Corporate Groups!



Since the 1870s, The Bowery Mission has served New Yorkers experiencing homelessness, hunger and other crises. Each meal and every service is an invitation to residential and community programs that help clients make progress towards individual goals such as regaining sobriety, reconnecting with family and faith, and preparing for work and independent living. To empower children to thrive and succeed, we also offer year-round opportunities for enrichment for youth.

Get Involved

Learn about more ways to get involved, visit