Volunteer at Women’s Lunch Place

We change lives with the help of our volunteers.

“Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.” 
― Dr Syed Muhammad Zeeshan Hussain Almashhadi

We rely on the hard work, dedication, and spirit of volunteers who contribute to every aspect of WLP’s programs. If you are interested in volunteering, we’d love to hear from you!

Current WLP volunteers may log in to the database to update personal information and report volunteer hours. If you have any questions, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator via email or call (617) 449-7208.


For Individuals

Women’s Lunch Place is the beneficiary of a spirited community of volunteers that provide an array of services to our guests. We seek individuals who are dedicated to our mission and are able to commit to a minimum 3-month term of service. WLP offers a variety of opportunities to support our guests, and in turn provides a robust volunteer experience.

  1. Please take a Volunteer Self-Assessment to see if Women’s Lunch Place is a good fit for you.

  2. Review the list of current volunteer opportunities.

  3. Fill out the secure online Volunteer Application form.

  4. If you are at least 16 years of age, but under 18 years of age, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator for a Parental Consent Form.

Get started by viewing existing volunteer opportunities using the link below.


For Groups

Women’s Lunch Place provides 225 meals each day to Boston’s most vulnerable women. We depend on the support and generosity of our partners in the community to contribute to our Healthy Meals Program. Volunteer Groups make a sponsorship donation to underwrite food costs on the day that they prepare and serve the meal. 

Sponsorship of breakfast is $150 and lunch is $300. Recognition: Thank You Sign in the Shelter plus (optional) photos of your group posted on social media. 

Groups of 4­-6 volunteers work in the kitchen and prepare hundreds of meals under the direction of Chef Sherry. Volunteers also serve the guests breakfast and lunch restaurant style, prep food for the next day, and help clean the kitchen and dining room.

Please contact WLP’s Volunteer Manager for help planning your day of service.


Volunteer Resources


Training Video:

Dress Code:

Please wear comfortable, closed­ toed shoes (no sandals or flip ­flops), pants are strongly preferred (shorts or capris must fall below the knee), and a shirt with sleeves (no tank tops). You will also need to wear either a hat or hairnet­­ – you may bring your own, or we can provide. Long hair should be secured in a tight bun (no loose ponytails).

For safety and health reasons, Chef cannot allow 
anyone to remain in the kitchen if they are not 
dressed appropriately.

Read our recent Volunteer Newsletters:

FALL 2019

Spring 2019

Winter 2019

Summer 2018

Spring 2018