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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 Compassion 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 16 years or older.

Three to four volunteers help at the Compassion Soup Kitchen each morning Monday to Saturday, from 7:30 am to 9:00 am,  to serve soup, bread, tea, coffee, fruit and milo.

Between five to seven volunteers work as a team with Compassion Soup Kitchen staff to help serve dinner to our guests and assist in the kitchen Monday to Saturday, from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm. Every effort has been made to make the dining room 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 the Compassion Soup Kitchen community use operates on weekday afternoons. The Hub is open Monday to Friday, from 9:00 am–3:00 pm.

Bread Collection
Leftover bread is donated by Aro Bake for the Compassion Soup Kitchen through the 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. 

Workplace Volunteering


If your workplace or school is interested in one off volunteering, please email

Please note that due to the size of the Soup Kitchen, we are only able to accommodate small group sizes, e.g: 6-8 persons per session.

Timeframe: Anywhere between 10:00 am until 2:00 pm.

Group volunteering is unavailable on a Saturday

We have individuals from workplaces volunteering with us doing everything from 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 Compassion 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!