Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, all on-site volunteer activities have been suspended until further notice. However, Father Bill’s & MainSpring continues to rely on volunteers who give their time and talents off-site to help meet the needs of those we serve.

Volunteers remain the lifeblood of our organization, contributing thousands of hours each year and saving us hundreds of thousands in operating costs.

For more information, please call us at 508-427-6448 x2283 or email volunteer@helpfbms.org.

Current Needs

Prepared Meals

Prepared meals needed for dinner, lunch, and breakfast at our emergency shelters in Brockton and Quincy. For more detailed information, visit helpfbms.org/covid19meals.

Bagged Lunches

Bagged lunches needed at our emergency shelters for individuals and families. Click here for our bagged lunch flyer.

Please email volunteer@helpfbms.org if you would like further information or available locations and dates.

Future Opportunities for Individuals and Groups

Soon, we will look forward to welcoming individual and group volunteers back on site for one-time opportunities or long-term commitments. View the range of opportunities below. If you are interested in future volunteer opportunities, please complete our individual volunteer application or group volunteer application.

If you would like to learn more about volunteering with FBMS, or have any questions, please call us at 508-427-6448 x2283 or email volunteer@helpfbms.org.

Volunteer Spotlight

Kitchen Support/Meal-A-Month Program

Kitchen volunteers (individuals or groups) provide, prepare and serve lunch or dinner for emergency shelter guests in Quincy and Brockton. Because of this generous support, our guests receive nutritious hot meals on a regular basis.

Kitchen Support is ideal for individuals or groups, adults 18 and older. Volunteers can participate in our meal programs weekly, monthly, periodically, or one time only (groups only). CORI required for service in the kitchen. If you or your group are interested in volunteering in one of our kitchens, please complete out our kitchen volunteer form and email it to volunteer@helpfbms.org.

Direct Care

Volunteers can assist staff with various tasks during and after the evening intake period at our individual emergency shelters in Quincy and Brockton. Direct Care volunteers assist between the hours of 4 and 6 pm.

Direct Care is ideal for individual adults age 18 and older who feel comfortable interacting directly with the homeless population. Due to training involved with intake, we request a regular commitment of at least 6 months. A CORI check is required for Direct Care volunteers.

Facility Maintenance Projects

Volunteers can spend one day on medium to large scale projects such as painting, landscaping, heavy cleaning of common areas and other capital improvements at FBMS shelters and properties. In other instances, volunteers may “adopt” a site and provide periodic landscaping and general clean up. Facility maintenance projects can take place at many of our FBMS properties throughout the region, depending on our need.

Facility Maintenance Projects are ideal for groups of 10-20 individuals (depending on the project) who are looking for a one time project. A great teambuilding exercise!

Distribution Center

Our Distribution Center in Brockton utilizes volunteers to receive, sort and inventory donated items, which are distributed out to our sites from the Center as they are needed. Volunteers are especially needed 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., but volunteers can be accommodated during other days/times, depending on the need.

This volunteer opportunity is ideal for individuals of all ages or for groups of 6 or less (due to limited space in the Distribution Center). Volunteers may come in on a one-time basis or ongoing.

Administrative/Clerical Support

Our Administrative Offices in Brockton, as well as other office locations throughout the region are regularly in need of support with administrative and clerical duties, such as filing, answering phones, assembling mailings, and computer data entry.

Administrative/Clerical Support is ideal for individuals of any age who demonstrate a keen attention to detail and would be available on an as-needed basis. A CORI check is required for Administrative/Clerical Support volunteers.

Information Technology (IT) Volunteer Needed
Our IT Director is seeking a volunteer to support the growth of our agency and our mission to end homelessness in Southern MA. Hours are flexible; available Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

The volunteer would provide support to the director and agency users as needed, including assistance and maintenance of computer systems and hardware, as well as installing, configuring, and updating hardware and software. Volunteer may also engage in IT initiatives involving business and systems analysis, and other projects. Ideally, volunteer should have broad knowledge and experience in various facets of IT.

If you’re interested, contact our Volunteer Services Coordinator Mary Ann Mendes at 508-427-6448 x2283 or at mmendes@gmail.com.

Offsite Volunteer Opportunities

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As most of our volunteer opportunities are open to adults aged 18+, we have several volunteer opportunities that can take place offsite from Father Bill’s & MainSpring properties. These are the best options for those under 18 to be involved in our mission and learn about homelessness.

Prepare and deliver bagged lunches: Individuals or groups purchase items and prepare bagged lunches at your own facilities and deliver them to our emergency shelters in either the Brockton or Quincy. Lunches are gratefully accepted, by prior appointment, all days of the week and are particularly needed the last two weeks of the month for our shelter guests who may be working and saving for permanent housing. For more details, please download our Bagged Lunch Flyer. If you’re interested in assembling bagged lunches for FBMS, click here to view our request form. And click here for answers to FAQs.

Run a Drive: Running a drive for essential items is great way to involve friends, family, co-workers, or group members in supporting our mission. Members of our Development team are available to advise you on how to most effectively run a drive. We can recommend items currently needed and, in some instances, can help develop materials or promote your drive on social media. At the culmination of your drive, we can also arrange for a staff person to come speak with your group. To get started, download our Wish List and contact us at 508-427-6448 or email info@helpfbms.org

Opportunities with Partner Organizations

Father Bill’s & MainSpring is grateful to have the support of local organizations who send volunteers to provide programming and support at some of our sites. Below is contact information for some of these opportunities. Please reach out directly to these organizations to see how you may be involved.

Horizons for Homeless Children PALS program  – (Evelyn House and Conway House)

School on Wheels Massachusetts Tutor/Mentor program – (Evelyn House and Conway House) 

Birthday Wishes (Family Programs)