Group Opportunities

Come together to help others on their healing journeys.

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.

We have a fully operational kitchen and dining facility that serves 3 meals a day to our guests and staff (only breakfast and dinner served on Sundays). 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.

Behind-the-scenes opportunities (such as simple food preparation or cleaning/organizing) are also available between meal shifts.

Warfel Construction Volunteering
“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


Seasonal Opportunities

The fall is always a busy season for Water Street! We have additional opportunities available in the kitchen to prepare for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and help is needed to sort incoming food donations from our Fall Food Drive. Sign in to your volunteer account to sign up for these opportunities, or contact the Volunteer Office for assistance.

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 individuals and groups 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.

In the event that we do not have a project that matches the needs/goals of your group, please let us know if we may contact you at a later date if a project becomes available.

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


Winter Weekend Day Shelter

The Winter Weekend Day Shelter (WWDS) is a safe and warm place for our Guests to stay during the day on Saturdays and Sundays when other options are not available. It is a unique opportunity for a group to come get to know our Guests without a longer-term commitment. Help us create a fun atmosphere where Water Street Guests feel valued. Simply be a presence to connect and engage with Guests, or create activities to have fun together!


Donation Drives

Can’t make it to campus, but would still like to help? Consider hosting a donation drive! Your food donations help us serve about 400 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.


Volunteer Account

Let's get started!

If you already have an account with us, you can use the portal login link below. If not, set up a new account today! You can also sign up your group using the links below.

Getting Started.