Father Bill's & MainSpring (FBMS) relies on volunteers to help us meet the needs of the people we serve. Volunteers contribute thousands of hours each year, saving the organization tens of thousands of dollars in labor costs. Thank you for your interest in volunteering. 

If you are an individual interested in volunteering, please complete the volunteer application and return it to volunteer@helpfbms.org

If you are part of a civic, corporate, religious or community group and are interested in a project or day of service, please email: volunteer@helpfbms.org and provide us with your group name, contact information and volunteer interest.

If you have questions about volunteering, please send us an email at volunteer@helpfbms.org (prefferred) or call 617-376-2255, ext. 2237.

Thanksgiving 2016: If you are interested in volunteering for Thanksgiving please send your request to volunteer@helpfbms.orgWe currently are at capacity for volunteers however we are maintaining a wait list should we need additional volunteers. 

Volunteer Opportunities for Individuals:

Direct Care Staff: Help staff with various tasks during and after the evening in-take period. This position requires significant interaction with guests, including helping check their belonging in as they enter the shelter for evening. A Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check is required to work directly with shelter guests.

Kitchen Support:  Kitchen volunteers provide, prepare and serve meals for emergency shelter guests.

Administrative/Clerical: Filing, sorting donations, computer data entry at various locations.

Volunteer Opportunities for Individuals or Groups:

"It was snowing outside and seeing so many who appreciated a hot meal was very humbling. We heard over and over how they so appreciate when Arbella comes and serves lunch, the food is always great and so are the people. Even more humbling was when one of the guests at Fr. Bill’s gave us a wreath she had made. She was so excited and so proud and wanted to thank us. In turn, we were compelled to thank her, not only for the wreath, but for warming our hearts.” -- Arbella Meal-A-Month Volunteer

Meal-A- Month Program: Our Meal-A-Month program at both our Quincy and Brockton Shelters, is one of the most popular opportuninites for our volunteer groups. Meal-A-Month participants, come from all walks of life, including churches/faith groups, civics, social clubs, and corporations/other office groups. They often prepare and/or serve the meals to our sheler guests. Because of this level of support, our guests receive nutritious hot meals on a regular basis.

The Table: prepare and serve lunch at this community lunch program in Brockton between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and  2:00 p.m. (must be 18 years old). The Table serves lunch six days per week to hundreds of people in need from the greater Brockton area. This community lunch program is located at our MainSpring House in Brockton and volunteers are needed to prepare and serve lunch. To participate, you must be at least 18 years of age and available from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. If you are interested in volunteering for The Table, please contact: kmullen@helpfbms.org.

Facility Maintenance: Participate in larger scale projects such as painting, landscaping, heavy cleaning of common areas and other capital improvements at FBMS shelters and properties. 

Host a Drive or an Event: A fundraising drive or event is a great way to bring together a group of people to support Father Bill’s & MainSpring (FBMS). At the conclusion of each drive and event, the participants are invited to take a special tour of one of our shelters or other programs to see first-hand how your generosity benefits the men, women and children we serve. If you are interested in holding a drive or an event for Father Bill's & MainSpring, please contact the development office at 617-376-2255.

Hereare our current wish lists: Individual Shelter, Family Shelter, and Moving into Housing.

Distribution Center: The distribution center in Brockton utilizes individual volunteers to receive, sort and inventory donated items. Groups of volunteers are sometimes needed to sort larger donations, especially during the holidays when the center is particularly busy. The distribution center is open on Mondays and Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Thank you!

















Addresses: Development Office
422 Washington Street, Quincy, MA 02169
Phone: 617-376-2255
Administrative Offices
430 Belmont Street, Brockton, MA 02301
Phone: 508-427-6448
Fax: 508-427-6943
Housing Information Hotline:
Agency Partners: