Working Together | “Service isn’t only defined by the amount of volunteer hours you do or the percentage of every paycheck you give away, but by the love that you pass on to someone who needs it.”

Volunteer Program

Our professionally structured program provides volunteers with an empowering and educational experience. Service at St. Anthony’s is more than volunteerism, it’s an opportunity to connect with the people of the Tenderloin community through shared moments of compassion and the gratification of creating positive change.

With the dedication of 130,000 hours a year, volunteers are what make our work possible. St. Anthony Foundation welcomes more than 10,000 people each year from every sector of the community from students to corporate employees to engage in direct service to the poor and homeless. We have a wide variety of positions including serving trays to guests in the Dining Room, sorting clothing donations, teaching classes in the Tech Lab, and administrative assistance to name a few.

St. Anthony’s has several volunteer programs to meet the specific needs of different types of volunteers. Please select one of the following options:



15,000 people, including women and children, live on the street and in shelters, and thousands more use free food programs to stretch budgets that don’t quite cover food, clothing, medical expenses, and San Francisco rents.

12,000 families and individuals live in rooms without kitchens in San Francisco.

3,000 meals served daily at St. Anthony’s Dining Room. Every year, more people turn to St. Anthony’s for help.

100 years ago, the original St. Anthony’s Dining Room was built to be used as an auto repair shop. While the need increases, the building and equipment get older. Old equipment and an obsolete building design restrict and slow down service.

40% of all the free meals served in San Francisco are served by St. Anthony’s.

1 dining room in San Francisco serves free meals every day of the year--the Dining Room at St. Anthony’s.