Individual Opportunities

It’s volunteers like you that make life-change at Water Street possible! 

How to Get Involved

Dining Hall

Because we serve about 300 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
Questions? Contact


“Volunteering gives me an opportunity to bless others with my constructions skills.”
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Unique Individual Opportunities

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Food Bank Outreach Center

Residents of the Lancaster community have access to Water Street’s Food Pantry known as the Outreach Center 3 days a week. Our Outreach Volunteers help keep the tables stocked with groceries throughout the shopping experience. Together we create a welcoming environment that helps uplift spirits and get individuals the grocery assistance they need.

We are currently scheduling volunteers on:

Weekend Day Shelter

The Weekend Day Shelter (WDS) is a safe 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!

Click the Learn More button below to find out how to sign up as an individual or group.


Wonder Academy & PreK/Kindergarten

Wonder Academy provides daily Pre-K and Kindergarten classes for children from primarily low-income families who could otherwise not afford a private Christian education.

Volunteers assist with lunch to set out trays, hand out lunch items and assist children with opening condiment packages, milk, etc., or help in the classroom or recess, as needed.

These opportunities are for individuals 18 or older who are willing to commit to serving a minimum of once per week for a minimum of three months. Background clearances required.

Interested? Contact for more information.



Teen Haven

Teen Haven helps launch teens from our Lancaster City community into a life of leadership and purpose. By providing a safe and nurturing environment, and mentoring them to become leaders in their city, churches and schools, Teen Haven is building a stronger foundation for a thriving community.

Teen Haven opportunities are for individuals 18 or older who are willing to commit to serving a minimum of once per week for a minimum of three months. Background clearances required.

Interested? Contact for more information.


Residential Ministries

Volunteer opportunities in Residential Programs impact our Guests directly and involve 1:1 relationships with them. The volunteers we seek are high-impact, long-term volunteers who can commit to a weekly or bi-weekly schedule for a minimum of 3 months.

Residential Programs Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. Background clearances required.

Questions? Click the Learn More button below.
Interested in volunteering? Contact

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Seasonal Opportunities

The fall is always a busy season for Water Street! We have opportunities available in the kitchen to serve on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Because of the popularity of holiday serving — and because spaces are limited — we operate on a first come, first served basis when scheduling volunteers.

Thanksgiving and Christmas shifts are not available for self-registration through your volunteer account. Please click the button below and complete the form to let us know of your interest.


Skilled Labor

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? Contact for more information.

Donation Drive Dock

Donation Drive

Can’t make it to campus, but would still like to help? Consider hosting a donation drive!

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.

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Donation Processing & Administrative Opportunities

All Donation Processing and Administrative volunteer positions are currently full.


Donation Truck Assistant

All Donation Truck Assistant positions are currently full.

Volunteer Account

Here's how you can begin:

If you already have an account with us, you can use the portal login link below. If not, set up a new account today!