Please note: we greatly appreciate the overwhelming interest and commitment we have experienced by people offering to volunteer at the Soup kitchen in our regular volunteering roles. We are gratified to see that all our dining room volunteer positions are now filled. From time to time other short term positions become available, so keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates on casual volunteering opportunities. These include fundraising and one-off events such as our Annual Street Appeal, food drives, pop-up Soup Kitchens in your workplace, or assisting staff in our purposeful activities program.

If you are keen for a more permanent volunteering role we suggest you head over to Volunteer Wellington and see what they have to offer, with many other services in Wellington seeking the support of volunteers. Volunteer Wellington powers the community and voluntary sector through volunteer engagement, professional development, support and mentoring services. Their three offices support more than 380 community organisations.

About Volunteering

Volunteers invested a collective 12,000 hours in the Soup Kitchen in the past 12 months. We would like to thank each and every one for their hard work and commitment.

Volunteers have been involved with the Soup Kitchen since its inception, and continue to provide hands-on help to all aspects of the Kitchen.

Regular Volunteering: weekly, fortnightly & monthly

The majority of our volunteers help out in the dining room at the Soup Kitchen serving meals. Generally volunteers are rostered on once a fortnight or once a month. Please note that volunteers helping in the Dining Room need to be 15 years or older.

Two volunteers help in the Soup Kitchen each morning from 7.20–8.30am, Monday–Saturday to serve soup, bread, tea, coffee, fruit and milo.

Between five and seven volunteers work as a team with Soup Kitchen staff to help serve dinner to our guests and assist in the kitchen 4.20–6pm, Monday–Saturday. Every effort has been made to make the dining room a warm, inviting and comfortable. Volunteers play a significant role in creating this environment through the friendly service they provide to our guests.

Soup Hub
A small computer suite for Soup Kitchen community use operates on weekday afternoons. Volunteers offer assistance with basic IT skills, and help supervise the Hub. The Hub is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 12.30–4pm.

Bread Collection
A volunteer collects and transports bread donated by Wellington City New World to the Kitchen using their own vehicle (7am, Monday–Saturday). Volunteers commit to one day a week.

One-off, Workplace Volunteering & Opportunities for Rangatahi

We always endeavour to find opportunities for willing volunteers to support our mahi. Here are some of the ways you can get involved. 

Annual Street Appeal
Our biggest fundraiser for the year, this one day requires up to 250 volunteers to help coordinate sites and collect from members of the public. This is a great opportunity for schools, community groups and workplaces to volunteer. If you would like to help, please contact us.

Food Day Appeal & one off events and activities
Volunteers assist with a range of one-off events, such as our twice-yearly Food Day Appeals at Island Bay New World, our annual Open Day, one-off food collections and fundraising dinners.

Workplace Volunteering
While can be quite difficult for us to find meaningful work for a large team on a specific day, especially in our Kitchen. Do please get in touch with us if you are looking for a team volunteering opportunity – we’ll have a chat about your ideas and talents, and which projects we currently have underway.

We have individuals from workplaces volunteering with us doing everything from collecting in our Annual Street Appeal, running a workplace food collection, hosting a bake sale or supporting a fundraising activity. If your organisation has given you a volunteer day, please contact us. It may just be that your special skills are a perfect fit for our organisation.

Other ways to volunteer
The Soup Kitchen also welcomes volunteers who may have skills or ideas that can help in other ways. If you think you would like to help out in a way not listed here, please share your talents!