Volunteer at the Center's Shelter Program

EWS serverVolunteering at the HSC Shelter Program is a terrific direct service opportunity for volunteers aged 18 years or older. Volunteers work together as part of the shelter team. Volunteers must sign in at the beginning of their shift, and are expected to take their responsibilities seriously and treat every client with respect.

Phone: 703-228-7803
Address: 2020-A 14th Street North (Courthouse Metro), Arlington, VA 22201

Shelter Program Volunteer Shifts

Shelter Program Breakfast Server
Daily: 6 am – 8 am

Shelter Program Breakfast Servers will hand out a light breakfast to clients before they leave the shelter program for the day. You will make decaf coffee and serve items such as cereal, granola bars, oatmeal, etc. Volunteers for this activity must be 18 or older.

Shelter Program Lunch Server
Daily: 11:30 am – 1 pm

The Shelter Program Lunch Server will assist in preparing and/or serving lunch to clients. If a meal has not been provided for the day, the lunch assistant will help to make sandwiches, etc. and will then serve the meals at noon. If a meal has been provided, the lunch assistant will simply help in serving it and cleaning up afterwards. Volunteers for this activity must be 18 or older.

Shelter Program Dinner Server
Daily: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Shelter Program Dinner Servers will be in charge of serving the hot meal that is prepared by A-SPAN’s Kitchen Manager. You will serve each client and ensure equal portions are given to each person. All Dinner Servers will practice safe food handling. Volunteers for this activity must be 18 or older, unless accompanied by a parent/guardian.

Shelter Program Hot Meal-Purchase and Prepare
Daily: 5:30 pm

We serve a hot dinner daily at our shelter program. The meal is prepared by A-SPAN, however volunteers sometimes wish to provide the meal themselves. In order to do this, you must sign up at least one week in advance so we can notify the Kitchen Manager. You must purchase and prepare a hot meal to feed 70 people. We request you provide at least a protein, a starch and a vegetable. The meal must be delivered hot and ready to serve at 5:30 pm on the day of your activity.


Sign Up


If you’ve never volunteered with A-SPAN before or you’re new to our online Volunteer Information Center, get started now by submitting your A-SPAN Volunteer Application Form.

To check the Homeless Services Center Shelter Program volunteer schedule and to sign up for available shifts, please log in to the A-SPAN Volunteer Information Center.

All new volunteers must complete a Volunteer Orientation Session before they are able to sign up for volunteering shifts. Please email Porter Lesiv for information on upcoming Volunteer Orientation Sessions.

For more information or to schedule a time to discuss volunteer activities, contact Porter Lesiv at plesiv@a-span.org or 703-228-7815.