Group Opportunities

Want to get involved? Scroll down to learn more or complete the group interest form below!

How to Get Involved

Dining Hall

Because we serve about 400 meals per day from our kitchen, we always have plenty of opportunities for groups to serve! This often means volunteering during a meal shift, or helping behind-the-scenes with simple food preparation or cleaning.

WSM has a fully operational kitchen and dining facility that serves
3 meals a day to our guests and staff. Volunteers who sign up to serve during a meal shift may be asked to assist with bussing tables, serving food on the line, simple food preparation (i.e. cutting fruit and vegetables, etc.), cleaning, or may be asked to assist with other kitchen tasks, depending on where help is needed most that day.

We are currently scheduling:
Breakfast (6:00am-8:30am)
7 Days Per Week
Up to 3 Volunteers per Shift
Lunch (11:00am-1:30pm)
7 Days Per Week
Up to 4 Volunteers per Shift
Dinner (4:00pm-6:30pm)
Monday thru Friday
Up to 4 Volunteers per Shift
Dish room volunteers
“Volunteering at Water Street is important to our staff as we see the value in being in the community around us. At Water Street, we get to volunteer right beside the folks that are also being served by the programs that the mission offers. It’s a unique, valuable experience that makes us see the true blessing WSM is to those it serves, ultimately strengthening our community."
Heather Groff, BCF Group

Other Ways to Lend a Hand

Unique Group Opportunities


Weekend Day Shelter

In our Weekend Day Shelter we invite volunteers inside to experience a unique opportunity to connect with guests. Through games and activities or just showing up to chat, volunteers show guests they are loved. We call this Presence Ministry and it’s an important way we build community.

Saturday & Sundays 
Morning & Afternoon shifts available
Great opportunity for small groups of up to 10 adult volunteers!

Restoration Relief

Hosting a Donation Drive

Can’t make it to campus, but would still like to make an impact?

Do you have an extra large group or want to involve youth under the age of 18?

Consider hosting a donation drive for Water Street’s most used items! Your food donations help us serve about 300 hot meals every day, as well as provide groceries to hundreds of Lancaster City families each week. Your donations of essential items meet the everyday needs of our Guests.


Food Sorting Volunteers

Seasonal Opportunities

The fall and winters seasons are always busy for Water Street, especially during our annual Rescue Mission Food Drive event! Groups of 8-10 volunteers can join us on a Thursday morning to sort incoming food donations from our Fall Food Drive. Contact the Volunteer Office to see which dates are still available!

Can’t make it to campus, but would still like to help? Participate in our Rescue Mission Food Drive!


Skilled Labor Volunteers

We are incredibly grateful to those who offer their time and professional services to Water Street. Please contact the Volunteer Office to see what opportunities may be available in your area of expertise.

*Due to limited staffing on evenings and weekends, opportunities are currently only offered during weekday business hours.

Interested? Complete the Group Interest Form below or contact for more information.

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Volunteer Account

Let's get started!

If you already have an individual volunteer account with us, you can use the portal login link below to view the volunteer calendar. 

You can also connect with the Volunteer Ministry Office for more information about available group opportunities.

Getting Started.