We’re so glad you’re interested in volunteering at Miriam’s Kitchen and helping to end chronic homelessness in D.C.!

All volunteers need to commit to at least one shift per month on an ongoing basis. By attending our orientation, you acknowledge and agree to this commitment. Please note you must attend an orientation before you can begin volunteering. 

We have cancelled our Volunteer Orientation on Friday March 20th.  Stay tuned for a potential date in April. Here is some helpful information on volunteering at Miriam’s Kitchen – General Guidelines and FAQ’s.

Please note that if no events appear, our orientations are currently booked.

Make the place you volunteer the place you give.  Donate here

These are the four major areas where we need volunteers:


Volunteers can help serve a meal or do prep work for a future meal. We ask that kitchen volunteers commit to one regular shift per month.

Monday – Friday, 6:00 – 8:30 AM

Monday – Friday, 4:00 – 6:30 PM

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 12:00 – 2:00 PM
(This shift is for individuals only, not groups)


For group or  individual volunteer opportunities, please email volunteer@miriamskitchen.org.
We can only accommodate groups of 7 or less.


Volunteers can help distribute toiletries, fulfill clothing orders, or simply engage with our guests.  Some volunteers help by giving haircuts, manicures, or writing resumes. Do you have some other skills to offer? Let us know!

Guest Services Hours:
Monday – Friday, 6:30 – 8:00 AM, 4:00 – 5:45 PM

Barber Hours:
Monday – Friday, 8:00 – 9:45 AM, 2:30 – 4:30 PM

Mail Helper:
Monday – Friday, 1:00 – 2:00 PM

Toiletry Cart During Studio:
Monday – Friday, 2:30 – 4:00 PM

volunteer@miriamskitchen.org for morning and afternoon GUEST SERVICES and BARBER shifts.


Volunteers can lead a writing group or assist the art therapist before, during or after studio time. Writing group volunteers need to come at least once a month and Studio volunteers need to come once a week. The first step is to register for the Volunteer Orientation

Writing Group Leader
Monday – Friday, 8:15 – 9:45 AM, 2:30 – 4:30 PM

Art Helpers
Tuesday – Friday, 8:00 – 9:45 AM or 2:15 – 4:30 PM

Want more information? MK Studio Volunteer Position Descriptions explains it all.


Still have questions? Please email volunteer@miriamskitchen.org.


Volunteers can support the advocacy team by lending your writing, communications, and media skills to our campaign.

Jesse Rabinowitz,  Advocacy Specialist, jesse.rabinowitz@miriamskitchen.org