Volunteer

Join the hundreds of volunteers that help feed Milwaukee’s hungry. Volunteers are the backbone of the Gathering. We have many volunteer opportunities available for both individuals and groups who want to join the fight against hunger in our community.

If your group (3+ individuals) is interested in any of these opportunities, fill out our online Group Volunteer Form. If you are an interested in volunteering as an individual or as a couple, complete the Individual Volunteer Form. You can also call the Gathering office at (414) 272-4122 for more information. 

Volunteers should be friendly, helpful and willing to assist where needed. (For volunteers 17 years of age and under, please review our Children and Youth Volunteer Policy.) Volunteer opportunities and descriptions follow.  

We look forward to hearing from you!


“It is an honor to cook and serve for our guests.”
— Andy, Cook and Coordinator

Group Opportunities:  All groups must sign up through the gathering office

Serve Breakfast
Suitable for groups of 5-15. Shifts available Monday-Friday from 7:00-10:15 a.m. at The Gathering on State Street (924 W. State St.). Download a detailed Serving Breakfast description [PDF]. 

Serve Saturday Lunch (4 locations)
Suitable for groups of 6-20 depending on site. Shifts available Saturdays from 9:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the three main Gathering sites. Additional shifts available at Mt. Carmel Lutheran Church every second Saturday from 10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Download a detailed Serving Saturday Lunch description [PDF].

Serve Dinner
Suitable for groups of 5-7. Shifts available Monday and Wednesday from 3:45-6:00 p.m. at our Christian Faith Fellowship Church East meal site (724 S Layton Blvd). Download a detailed Serving Dinner description [PDF].

Cook Saturday Lunch (training provided)
Suitable for groups of 3-6. Shifts available Saturdays from 7:00-10:00 am once every 4-6 weeks at one of our three main lunch locations. Cook teams prepare lunch for 100-300 Gathering guests, depending on the location. Menus, supplies and training provided. Volunteers should be 21+ and willing to commit to one year of service. Download a detailed Cooking Lunch description [PDF]. 

Preserve Produce (seasonal project)
Suitable for groups of 3-10.  Wash, chop, blanch, freeze and can fresh produce for our Fresh Produce Preservation Project (FPPP). Shifts available weekly from August through October. Dates are scheduled seasonally and based on donation delivery. Download a FPPP description [PDF].

Beautify Our Meal Sites
Suitable for groups of 5-20 people. Help by cleaning a meal site or supplying site decorations. Opportunities available throughout the year subject to need and availability. Download a detailed Site Cleaning description [PDF] or a Site Decoration description [PDF].

Bag Lunch Project
Suitable for groups of any size. Groups provide all ingredients and assemble bag lunches for distribution to Gathering guests as they exit our Saturday lunch meal sites.  The next available large scale meal is not until noon Sunday. Download a detailed Bagged Lunch Assembly description [PDF].


 

Gathering volunteers provide over 30,000 hours of direct service annually.  That’s just under 3 1/2 years worth of hours.


INDIVIDUAL OPPORTUNITIES

Serve Breakfast (Walk-ins welcome!)
No registration needed. Orientation is on site. Shifts available Monday-Friday from 7:00-10:15 a.m. at The Gathering on State Street (924 W. State St.). Download a detailed Serving Breakfast description [PDF].

Preserve Produce Wash, chop, blanch, freeze and can fresh produce for our Fresh Produce Preservation Project (FPPP). Shifts available weekly from August through October. Dates are scheduled seasonally and based on donation delivery. Download a FPPP description [PDF].

Coordinate Saturday Lunch (3 locations; training provided)
Available for individuals or pairs. Coordinators manage  Gathering Saturday meal sites by welcoming and directing the volunteer serving group. Shifts are 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. once every 4-6 weeks at one of our three main lunch locations. Volunteers for this leadership opportunity should be 21+ and willing to commit to one year of service. Download a detailed Saturday Coordinator job description (PDF).

Cook Saturday Lunch (training provided)
Individuals are welcome to join a current Saturday Lunch Cook Team.  Shifts available Saturdays from 7:00-10:00 am once every 4-6 weeks at one of our three main lunch locations. Cook teams prepare lunch for 100-300 Gathering guests, depending on the location. Menus, supplies and training provided. Volunteers should be 21+ and willing to commit to one year of service. Download a detailed Cooking Lunch description [PDF]. 

Board Member 
The Gathering is guided by a 21-member Board of Directors elected for terms of three years. If interested, call the Gathering office at 414-272-4122 and ask to speak with the Executive Director.

Committee Member
Several committees are open to volunteers, including event planning, awareness, and volunteer development. If interested, call the Gathering office at 414-272-4122 and ask to speak with the Executive Director.


“Knowing the guests enjoyed their meal in a safe and clean environment is important to us.”
— Julie and John, Cooks
“Getting to know the guests is so rewarding and is one of the reasons I continue to volunteer.”
— Christine, Coordinator