To volunteer at the the Soup Kitchen, please visit www.sjsk.nyc.
You don't need experience as a chef or server to join the happy band of volunteers who prepare meals for the needy on Saturdays in Casserly Hall below the church. If you can donate a little time any Saturday, just come by. Your help will be welcomed. There's always a need for helping hands. The reward is in new friends to be made and the smiles of those we serve.
The Soup Kitchen has been operating in Casserly Hall every Saturday for about 20 years. Meals are prepared with the help of an army of volunteers from different churches and faiths working under the supervision of one of our rotating head chefs. We strive for nutritionally balanced, hearty meals and whenever possible, include fresh vegetables and salads. We are open to the public from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., but preparations begin at 10:00 a.m. In addition to volunteers who come from St. Joseph's, many others come from the community and student and corporate volunteer programs. Our guests range from fixed-income local residents and the elderly, to street people who are truly suffering. All are welcome, the food is free, and the volunteers are happy for a chance to serve.
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While the Soup Kitchen is funded in large part by outside organizations, our community of St. Joseph's warmly supports the assistance it offers to anyone in need by providing the use of Casserly Hall, the cleaning of the hall after use each Saturday, and the heat and air conditioning. Recently, the parish installed a new hot water heater. We are grateful to the Greenwich Village community which cooperates with the Church of St. Joseph for this wonderful outreach. We are also delighted for the opportunity for our parishioners and students to volunteer regularly to help the poor.