Volunteering at Bread for the City


Thank you to our network of dedicated volunteers who make our work possible!

Holiday Season Schedule

Please note the following changes in Bread for the City’s upcoming schedule for the holiday season:

  • Wednesday, December 24th – Open from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
  • Thursday, December 25th – Closed
  • Friday, December 26th – Closed
  • Monday, December 29th – Wednesday, December 31st – Open from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Thursday, January 1st – Closed
  • Friday, January 2nd – Open from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Opportunities for Individuals

Most of Bread for the City’s individual volunteer opportunities are appropriate for regularly attending volunteers who make a weekly commitment for a minimum period of at least three months. To join our team of regular volunteers, we ask individual volunteers to meet the following guidelines:

  • Serve one shift weekly or biweekly, either 9:00am-12:00pm or 1:00pm-5:00pm, Monday through Friday (excluding Friday afternoons)
  • Make at least a 3-month commitment to their shift to ensure a service stable environment for our clients. This is a minimum guideline, and we invite you to serve as long as you like.
  • Be accompanied by an adult if you are 15-17 years of age
  • Be able to provide their own transportation to either of our centers, located at 1525 7th Street NW, Washington DC 20001 or 1640 Good Hope Road SE, Washington, DC 20020. Please note: We can provide transportation assistance for Client Volunteers.

If you can commit to these guidelines, the next step is to attend a Volunteer Information Session.

Upcoming Volunteer Information Sessions – Please check back for future dates!

Check out our current opportunities for individuals here

Interested in internships? See our available internship opportunities.

Opportunities for Groups

There are many ways for groups of volunteers to get involved at Bread for the City! If your group would like to serve, please contact a Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@breadforthecity.org or call 202-595-7865.

Free Farmers MarketsCity Year

Bread for the City hosts a Free Farmers Market at each of our service centers once per month. Through our Free Farmers Markets, anyone in the community can receive a free bag of fresh produce. Volunteers help us to set up the outdoor markets and then distribute produce directly to the community.

Number of Volunteers Needed: 10-15

We are currently seeking volunteers to help from 9:00 – 12:30 PM on the following dates:

  • Friday, January 30th – Southeast Center
  • Friday, February 6th – Northwest Center
  • Friday, February 27th – Southeast Center
  • Friday, March 6th – Northwest Center
  • Friday, March 27th – Southeast Center

If interested, please contact volunteer@breadforthecity.org or call 202-595-7865.

Clothing Program Group Opportunityphoto (4)

Southeast Center
1640 Good Hope Road SE

Bread for the City’s clothing program distributes seasonal and professional clothing and household items through a “free thrift store” model. Clothing program volunteer groups help to sort donations, hang and merchandise items, and keep our clothing room neat and tidy so that clients have a dignified and respectful experience.

Number of Volunteers Needed: 5-10

This opportunity is available for two or three hour-long shifts during the following times:

  • Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2:00 – 4:00 PM
  • Fridays from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm or 2:00 to 4:00 PM

If interested, please contact volunteer@breadforthecity.org or call 202-595-7865.

Professional Opportunities

We currently do not have any professional volunteer opportunities open. Please check for future opportunities.