Covenant Soup Kitchen is a non-profit organization with a very small staff. We could not be successful without help from the hundreds of dedicated volunteers and community service workers we see each year. We would love to have you join us!
Please note that we usually schedule volunteers one-two weeks out.
Feel free to call (860) 423-1643 and we will let you know if someone has called out and left an opening sooner than that!
Soup Kitchen Assistants
Currently all meals are being served to go, from the double red doors at the back of the building. Guests without housing may use the Warming Center, located in the sanctuary space.
Breakfast is served daily 9-9:30 am and lunch is offered from 12:00-1:00pm. We serve dinner on Friday and Saturday from 4:30-5 pm.
Volunteers are needed before meals to help with food preparation, during meals to help serve, and afterward to help with clean up.
Emergency Food Pantry
Help is needed to sort donations, stock the pantry shelves and fill the written guest orders for pick up or home delivery the following day.
Our Homebound Delivery program has grown and we are in need of drivers to deliver food and other needed items to guests who are unable to get to us due to health, mobility and transportation issues. We would love your help providing this crucial support and all deliveries are expected to be no contact, socially distanced deliveries. We will provide masks, gloves and hand sanitizer if needed.
We also need drivers to pick up baked goods and sometimes other items which are generously donated by our local grocery stores. People with trucks or sport utility vehicles are needed from time to time to pick up larger donations and deliver them to the Soup Kitchen.
-We generally schedule volunteers Monday-Friday between 9am and 4pm. We also have opportunities for some Friday and Saturday afternoons/evenings between 3-5:30pm to assist with Friday and Saturday evening meals. There are opportunities on Saturdays between 9am - 2pm and on Sundays between 8:30am - 1pm. Please note, weekend hours are very popular and tend to book up very quickly.
-If needed in the kitchen, you would be assisting our regular volunteer kitchen crew in getting meals prepped, set up, packaged and served to go.
-If needed in the Emergency Food Pantry, you would be assisting with checking dates, sorting donations, stocking shelves and filling guest orders for pick up the following day or for home delivery.
-There are often other projects going on including things like distributions of food and other needed items, community outreach events, etc. so you may be asked to assist in those areas if you are comfortable doing so.
-If you have any health concerns or limitations, please let us know and we will happily work with you to find a task that with which you feel comfortable.
-We welcome you to share in the meal we serve or bring your own lunch. We serve guests from 12-1 and clean up from 1-2, or until we are finished.
What to wear
We supply gloves and aprons if you are in the kitchen or are working with food. We ask that you please wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose at all times while you are here, indoors and outdoors.
Please wear comfortable clothes which you do not mind getting wet/dirty, t-shirts (no tank tops), closed toe shoes (no sandals or slides).
Please have your hair tied back and covered with a hat - baseball caps and knit hats are fine. We also have hair nets available, if you do not have a hat.
What not to bring
Please do not bring valuables with you. CSK is a very busy organization and it is difficult to keep track of people's belongings.
Where to park
You can park on the street or the parking lot on the corner of Valley Street and Bank Street, across from the Fire Department and Police Station. Parking tickets will be issued if you stay in a space longer than allowed, so check the signs and move your vehicle as necessary. You may not park in the parking lot directly behind our building, which belongs to the Post Office.
When you arrive
Please enter through the double red doors at the back of our building and come down the stairs. Please perform a self check of symptoms of illness and if you if you are well, sign in on the Volunteer Clipboard near the copier in the back. Please make yourself a nametag to wear at all times.
Important - If you need to track your hours for any reason (school, work, court) then you will need to also sign in in the notebook in the back. A staff person will set you up with a log sheet and it is very important that you remember to have a staff person sign you in and out each time. Only hours that have been initialed by staff will be counted and written on your verification letter at the end of your service.
After you sign in, please check in with the staff and you will be assigned to a project!
If you cannot be here when scheduled
We understand that things happen and you may not be able to get here as planned. If you are ill, please stay home and get better! Please call or e-mail to let us know that you cannot make it before your shift is scheduled to begin. We need time to get other volunteers to fill in, so at least a day ahead of time is preferred, if at all possible.
Phone: 860 423 1643 Text: 860 833 0997
Before you leave
Please sign out and leave your name badge in the container. If you are not returning, please discard the paper insert and return the empty holder to the container with the blank inserts so a new volunteer can use it.
We know that you could be volunteering anywhere and we are very grateful that you choose to be here. If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions, please do not hesitate to speak with a staff member.
Your feedback is important and will help us make Covenant Soup Kitchen a better place for everyone.
You can also e-mail email@example.com or phone 860 423 1643 ext. 10 to discuss your thoughts.