The Father McKenna Center has a very small paid staff and volunteers are essential to providing the care and accompaniment that is the legacy of Father Horace McKenna. Thankfully, The Father McKenna Center is graced by hundreds of volunteers each year.
During this time of the coronavirus pandemic, we have adapted our services to ensure the safety of our guests, staff, and volunteers while maintaining a high level of service. Rest assured, volunteers still play a central role in providing that service!

Can you lend a hand?

The Volunteer Program is currently accepting volunteers to support the programs and services offered by the Center.

Volunteer Programs

Click to see list of current opportunties
The Saturday Volunteer Opportunities have been suspended until the pandemic has subsided. Please check back with us for great opportunities for your team or community-building event for your church group, youth group, alumni club, or even a group of families and friends.

Day Program

Days: Monday to Friday
Time:  7:30 am – 11:15 am

We are looking for volunteers to greet and guide in guests, help prepare and serve meals, distribute clothing, and clean sanitize our facility.

Kitchen Assistant

7:00 am to 12:00 pm

Assist Kitchen Manager by serving our guests restaurant-style in order to maintain social distance. This position requires extended periods of standing upright.

Meal Service (Breakfast and Lunch)

Assist Kitchen Manager by serving our guests restaurant-style. We ask volunteers to serve our guests as waiters so our guests practice social distancing.

Clothing Distribution

Twice per month

Assist an FMC staff member to distribute clothing to our guests.

Cleaning/Organization Projects Assistant

Assist staff members with sorting and organizing clothing and food donations and/or cleaning and sanitizing our facility.

Food Pantry

Days: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri (Note: Closed Wednesdays)
Time: 1:15 – 2:45 pm


We are looking for volunteers to help “shop” for canned goods in our Food Pantry for residents who reside in Ward 6. We also need help to distribute fresh produce, milk, eggs, meat, and bread. We ask volunteers to help set up and clean up the food pantry area as well.

If you have any questions, please contact Emily Dold or call her at 202-842-1112.