Volunteers are an essential part of the work of McAuley Ministries. Currently, we benefit from the skills and kindness of more than 100 volunteers who donate their time to help our ministries and those we serve. We are always looking to recruit new volunteers who want to donate their time in service to others. Across our Ministries, volunteer opportunities exist for individuals, businesses and organizations, Churches, and School groups. In fact, volunteering as a group—whether through your company or organization—is a great team-building activity! Take a look at some of our available opportunities below.


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Food Preparation and Serving: Volunteers are invited to help prepare and serve the day’s breakfast and lunch meals. Available times are between 8:00am and 1:30pm Monday—Friday.

Van Drivers: Help our kitchen manager pick up food donations at local stores and in our community.

House and Administrative Support: There is always a lot going on at McAuley House each day, and volunteers are critical to everything we do. Volunteer duties include front desk greeters, office and data entry assistants, clothing distribution helpers, and anyone who’d like to help keep our property looking beautiful.

Afternoon Program Assistants: Our Afternoon Program is full of enrichment activities and we can always use the help of volunteers who want to share their special skills, from leading music activities and knitting to arts and crafts, and special workshops like anger management and financial literacy.

For more Information:

For available volunteer opportunities, please contact Yvette Kenner, McAuley House Administrator, at (401) 941-9013 ext. 302, or via email.

Urgent Volunteer Needs

Van Driver – Fridays; Start 7:30am or 8am until routes are completed, usually 9:30am

Kitchen server – Mondays & Wednesdays; 10am–1pm

Greeter/Front desk attendant – Monday-Friday; 9am–1pm; answer phones

Food Pantry – Monday-Friday; 9am–1pm; unload truck, work the table


Other Ways to Help

If your company or group would like to distribute promotional items, additional personal care items, or information, this can be done in our food pantry bags.

Children above 13 are welcome to join an adult for a volunteer shift and will be included in the total number of volunteers needed that day.

McAuley House welcomes employees with Food Drives and personal care items like men’s and women’s hygiene items. For more information contact Yvette Kenner, Administrator at McAuley House, at ykenner@mcauleyri.org.


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Child Care Assistants: Everyone knows that children love one-on-one attention! When women with younger children participate in our education, workforce development, and other enrichment activities, we need adults to watch over their children. We welcome school and business groups and adults who can offer story-telling, assistance during playtime, and an extra set of hands during arts & crafts. The best hours for this help are Monday through Friday, from 9am to 11am, and between the hours of 2:30pm to 6:00 pm, and weekends.

Gardeners: We would love to have a small group of individuals with green thumbs to help beautify the entrance to The Village, and plant and care for the raised beds.  In the past, the older kids have participated in the planting and caring. As a plus, this individual could engage the kids at The Village in gardening as well.

Front Desk Attendants: We welcome individuals that would like to help with simple receptionist and client service functions at the front desk. Hours are flexible

Painters, Carpenters, and Fixer-Uppers: We are always in need of assistance with the maintenance of our building.

Tutors: Our moms benefit from volunteers who provide assistance with helping them prepare for their GED test, through basic math, reading, and writing skills.

Mentors: Professional and self-assured women can offer invaluable assistance to the moms who need guidance and support while moving from homelessness and poverty to independence and self-sufficiency.

Utilizing Your Special Skills: Do you have a passion that you like to share with others? From knitting, cooking and drawing, to dance, yoga, parenting and more, we love when volunteers want to teach the moms at the Village their specialties.

For more Information:

For more information on volunteer opportunities or to get involved, contact Pauline Mburu at (401) 467-3630, or via email.

Clothing Organizers: We can always use help sorting donated clothing and household goods, and arranging our shopping area.

Retail Assistants: Our customers appreciate being greeted by a smiling face and friendly voice willing to help them as they shop.

For more Information:

If you’d like to learn more about volunteering at The Warde-robe, please contact Andrés Montoya, Manager, at (401) 729-0405, or via email.

The Warde-robe accepts donations Tuesday through Saturday between 9:00am and 3:00pm at our side door located on Jenks Avenue. This is a one-way street that can be accessed by driving around the block. Donors can pull up and park in the loading zone in front of the door. Ring the bell for service or call (401) 729-0405.


The McAuley Village Women’s Leadership Circle is a dedicated group of volunteers who provide a robust array of support services to the women and children living at McAuley Village.

From serving as mentors and participating in our Annual Business Fair, to holding mock job interviews and maintaining our Dress For Success Boutique, Circle members play an integral role in our ability to help our moms achieve a life of self-sufficiency.

We are always looking to recruit new members, as we can do much more together than any of us could do individually.

For more Information:

If you’re interested in learning more about our Women’s Leadership Circle or becoming a member, please contact Barbara Haynes at (401) 941-9013 ext. 303, or via email.

About Us

McAuley Ministries is an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy and rooted in the ideals of its founder, Catherine McAuley. Our ministries provide the basic needs of food, shelter, clothing, health services, emotional support and guidance, and respect for the most vulnerable in our community through our core values of Hospitality, Compassion, and Dignity.


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