Volunteer Instructions

Dear Volunteer,

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with St. Mary’s Dining Room. We rely on volunteers to help serve over 700 homeless and financially burdened men, women and children every day of the year. This packet provides you with important information about your volunteer experience. Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator to schedule dates and times to volunteer. We look forward to having your assistance in the near future!

Thank you.


Volunteer Orientation:
Join us for a volunteer orientation! Learn about the mission of St. Mary’s Dining Room and the volunteer opportunities that are available. Both individual and group orientations are available. To schedule please call (209) 467-0703 or email volunteer@stmarysdiningroom.org


Parking is available on Sonora and Harrison Streets in front of our campus, or in any available parking spot . If you are coming as part of a group, we highly suggest carpooling, as parking is limited. Please do not park in the Stockton Shelter for the Homeless.

Dress Code

Please wear appropriate clothing:

  • Long pants (no shorts or capris).
  • Sleeved shirt (T‐shirts are good. no tank‐tops).
  • Closed toed shoes (no sandals or high heels).
  • Aprons, hairnets and gloves will be provided. You are welcome to bring your own or wear a hat in place of a hairnet.

Please do not bring any personal belongings. We do not have a secure storage area and can not be responsible for lost items. All volunteers under 18 years old MUST have an adult chaperone, One adult may chaperone up to 5 youth.