The work we do at the Watertown Urban Mission would not be possible without the approximately 3,000 hours every month which volunteers give us, but still we could always use more help. So if you would like to roll up your sleeves, we are ready to slot you in. Every month, on the second Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. and fourth Thursday at 8:30 a.m., we host a Volunteer Orientation, which we require of our volunteers to ensure you know the impact your work has and how your gift of time is most beneficial.
Do I have to sign up for an orientation?
We ask that you attend an orientation before beginning your volunteer work with us. No signup is necessary--simply report to the reception desk when it's time for the orientation! With the exception of November and December, when holidays affect the schedule for orientations, the orientation sessions are always the second Tuesday at 3 p.m. and the fourth Thursday at 8:30 a.m. You don't need to bring anything with you to the orientation. In the orientation, you will be given an application to fill out and return, along with a welcome letter from your Mission’s executive director. The orientation typically lasts about an hour, consists of a presentation and a building tour, and the hour counts towards your volunteer time!
The volunteer application will give us an idea of where to best utilize your interests, skills and talents and then we’ll put you to work helping people. Have an idea? Let us know how to get it off the ground. And thank you for just thinking about volunteering and know that we are eternally grateful to all who give of their time to help.
What jobs might you ask me to do?
The primary need here at the Mission for volunteers is in the Impossible Dream Thrift Store. So we like to direct most of our volunteers to serve here. However, we want to put you in your comfort zone because your time is valuable and we want you to get the most of your experience.
Other opportunities include help in the food pantry, with special events, conducting community projects, distribution of Food $en$e once a month, school supply, winter supply and toy distributions, and more.
Putting together Christmas baskets for sale in the Impossible Dream Thrift Store
Harvesting fresh produce at the community garden
Ready to assist the next customer in the Food Pantry
Helping at the annual school supply distribution
Sorting baked goods before distribution in the Food Pantry
Helping stock items and assist customers at the annual school supply distribution