Try It For a Day

Try It For a Day

Are you interested in becoming a volunteer, but need to try it out first? We currently have Try it for a Day volunteer opportunities at the Mary Brennan INN soup kitchen, and the Center for Transformative Change boutique, both located in Hempstead. Register as a volunteer to Try it for a Day!


Mary Brennan INN Soup Kitchen

Volunteer Shifts:

Main ShiftMonday-Friday 8:30am-2pm: During this shift, volunteers will be helping to prepare and serve a meal to INN guests, as well as participate in other volunteer projects throughout the day. All volunteers must be at least 16 years old to work during this shift and must commit to the entire time as there are no partial shifts. (There are no exceptions).

Clean-Up Shift – (For ages 10 & up) Monday & Wednesday 2:30-4:30pm: Volunteers during this shift will help clean up the soup kitchen and prepare it for the following day. Children ages 10-15 need to be accompanied by an adult.


Volunteers must be flexible and ready to work in any capacity needed. You should arrive in comfortable clothing…casual shirt, long pants, comfortable shoes/sneakers (no open-toe shoes or flip flops are permitted) and wear or bring a baseball cap. Volunteers are expected to bring their own lunch or a snack to have during the break/volunteer meeting at 11:00AM. Oh, and don’t forget to bring your warm smile to help brighten the day for those we serve.They may participate in the following tasks:

  1. Assist in preparing and serving the day’s meal. (Main shift only)
  2. Sorting through donations of food or clothing or stocking the pantry. (Must be able to lift up to 25 lbs)
  3. Clearing and cleaning tables when guests are finished with their meal. (Main shift only)
  4. Greeting guests at the door or signing guests up to take showers. (Main shift only)
  5. Accepting donations.

Center for Transformative Change (CTC)- Boutique Only

Volunteer Shifts: (All CTC volunteers must be at least 16 years old)

Monday & Wednesday 9am-2pm

Friday 12pm-4pm

Monday & Friday 9am-2pm
During these shifts, volunteers in the boutique will be expected to sort through clothing donations and assist guests in acquiring clothing for everyday needs. Click here for details about volunteering in the CTC boutique


Volunteer days must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance. Register to volunteer for all shifts by filling out the form below.  Try it for a day…help The INN and help give back to the community at the same time.  If you really enjoy it, please think about becoming one of our regular volunteers.  It’s worth it!