The Franciscan Center could not provide critically-needed services to people in need without the dedicated support of volunteers who share their time and talent in service to the poor and hungry citizens of Baltimore. A huge thank you to all who have served and continue to serve!

Join us Monday through Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (most days will stop at 11am), or Tuesday and Wednesday for dinner 5pm-7pm.  We seek groups or individuals to help us with food production, assembling pantry and toiletry bags, and assisting in our clothing department.

Occasionally we need volunteers for special events such as our food distribution (bi-monthly), Annual Gala, Halloween party, Christmas party, Wine festival, and other fundraisers.

If you’re interested in administration volunteering or specials skills such as cooking, we have special project and Guest Chef opportunities. Please inquire with our Volunteer Coordinator at

If you are interested in volunteering with the Franciscan Center and you are a first time volunteer, please inquire with our Volunteer Coordinator by expressing your interest within the form below.


Based on the CDC guidelines, we ask you to consider the followings:

Have you tested positive to COVID-19? See the CDC’s risk assessment guidance. 2. Have you been exposed to someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19? See the CDC’s risk assessment guidance. 3. Do you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19? Symptoms can include a cough or shortness of breath or at least two of the following: Fever, Chills, Repeated shaking with chills, Muscle pain, Headache, Sore throat, new loss of taste or smell. See the CDC’s symptom information. 4. If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, we ask you not to register. We are doing all we can to align with best practices and keep our community safe and us operational.

Lastly, please be mindful of dress code. No tank tops, halter-tops, shorts, or open toe. Your hair must be covered at ALL times. Hairnets are available or you can bring a hat. Aprons must be worn at all times. Gloves must be worn at all times.


Some examples of how you can be involved include:

  • Food Production- making sandwiches and assembling lunch bags.
  • Clothing Department –assembling bags of clothing requested by our guests.
  • Food Distributions- bimonthly (even months of the year) on a Saturday morning.
  • Assembling pantry bags- once or twice a month.
  • Assembling toiletry bags –once or twice a month as needed
  • Special events- help with our annual gala, Halloween and Christmas party, and other fundraisers TBD by need
  • Guest Chef- skilled cooks can help plan and prepare a hot healthy meal. TBD per request
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