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Volunteering Your Time at NECHV

Community involvement at NECHV is vital to our mission and helps to bridge gaps of support in terms of time, talent, and resources.

Meal Service

Each year over 1,400 volunteers assist Veterans at NECHV by serving meals at the Center. Meal service is an ideal volunteer outing for clubs, companies, and individuals. Many groups have regularly scheduled meal service dates each month.

Each day, NECHV serves between 380-400 meals to Veteran residents and Veterans accessing services through our programs.  Volunteer teams of up to 5-7 individuals serve meals behind the line.  This is a great way to support our kitchen staff and get to directly interact with Veteran residents.

Below are the times for each meal:

Weekdays
  • Lunch: 11:30am – 12:45pm
  • Dinner: 4:30pm – 5:45pm
Weekends
  • Breakfast: 7:30am – 9:30am
  • Dinner: 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Please note that our meal service calendar books up far in advance, so please plan ahead!

Holiday meal service opportunities are very popular and are generally booked a year in advance. Preference is afforded to returning groups, many of whom have been coming for years. If we are not able to fill your holiday volunteer request, please know that your gracious offer is appreciated. Perhaps you might look at other dates to volunteer if we are not able to accommodate you.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

Other volunteering opportunities are developed on a case by case basis, depending upon need and availability. Examples are sorting and preparing supplies for Veterans, coaching and teaching at the Veterans Training School, and participating in special work details, projects and corporate work outings.

Volunteers with specific skills to share can become involved directly with Veterans through the Veterans Training School. Mentoring, resume review, job skills coaching, and course instruction are some examples of volunteer participation in the Center’s supportive services. Many find this to be a very rewarding experience that is mutually beneficial.

Group Volunteering Opportunities and Corporate Outings

NECHV welcomes corporate groups, school and alumni organizations, faith-based groups, civic organizations, and more for volunteer support.  All opportunities are offered in our downtown Boston location at 17 Court Street. Learn more >>

Sponsored Meals

Through this program, a breakfast, lunch, or dinner meal can be underwritten, served, and/or sponsored. Learn more >>

In-kind Contributions

As a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, NECHV accepts certain in-kind donations of food, clothing, supplies, and equipment. Learn more >>

Gift Card Donations

In addition to cash donations, gift cards are especially helpful and appreciated. Many individuals have found that gift card drives are very successful on many fronts. They are a way to make a small and meaningful gift and Veterans can use them to meet their own needs.

If you conduct a gift card drive, please specify generic, accessible, and well-known cards to places that are easy to get to in downtown Boston.

Contact Us

If you have something to donate, please call for a list of items that are useful to us.

For all individuals and for further inquiries on any of our community support programs, please contact Community Support at 617.371.1749 or community.support@nechv.org.

If you don’t have time for direct involvement or live too far from Boston, please consider making a donation to NECHV. More than twenty-five percent of our annual budget comes from private support, and your contributions are greatly beneficial and appreciated.

Thank you for your support of our nation’s Veterans.