Volunteers are both the body and soul of Monday Night Hospitality. They prepare the food, serve it with love and compassion and often create special bonds with our guests.
Our volunteers include young adults from every profession and other students from local colleges as well as members of the local community. For many the program introduces them to those in our midst who are in great need. We consider the dissemination of the knowledge of the needs of many in our community a vital part of each evening’s work. As great as this knowledge is, even greater is the realization that the guests and volunteers share a common humanity and can create a spiritual bond in the time we share together. We can learn from each other, regardless of circumstance.
Our volunteers come from:
All Souls Church Members
Columbia University – International Study
John Jay College – Veterans Association
Pace University – International Study
Employees of Travelers Insurance
The Loyola School
New York Cares
The Local Community
The Junior League
New York University
Corporate Volunteer Nights
We offer corporations volunteer nights as staff morale building nights and a place where together it is possible to give back to community. Groups from Goldman Sachs, First Eagle Investors, Travelers, Societe Generale, Discovery Communications and FCB-Health. Volunteers share a common humanity and can create a spiritual bond in the time we share together.
Students from Manhattanville have joined us for over 17 years. Other universities that send students to join us include Pace, Columbia, NYU, John Jay, Appalachian State University and Fordham. Many are social work students and we organize special lectures on subjects such as the urban poor and the health issues faced by the homeless given by our social workers.
All Souls Church
Members of the congregation frequently volunteer and Monday Night Hospitality serves its meal in the church’s Friendship Hall. Space is provided for our social workers and for visiting health staff for special monthly health screenings. The meal service has been offered for the last 37 years. Other churches on the Upper East Side such as St. James, Jan Hus and Epiphany serve meals on other evenings.
Here is the schedule for volunteering on Monday nights:
SET-UP team (4:00 PM to 5:30 PM) :
Hanna Favelukes supervises volunteers that set 220 place settings. China, flatware, napkins, mugs and flowers are put on 28 tables. This is vital work as our guests could not be served dinner if this work was not done in advance. During the school year middle school children from Allen-Stevenson and other neighboring schools help with this task while adults do the heavy work. Children must be accompanied by teachers or parents.
CHEFS (4:00 PM to 6:30 PM) :
Head chefs rotate weekly and kitchen staff positions are coveted. High school students frequently help with food preparation (vegetables), preparing the bread and plating deserts. It's is always a bustling atmosphere in the kitchen that allows you to create new friendships while peeling carrots!
SERVERS (6:00 PM to 9:00 PM) :
Each evening requires about 75 volunteers to serve between 326 to 375 guests and provide the kind of ambience that makes our guests feel loved. Young adults, college students, New York Cares volunteers, members of All Souls, Neighbors and others concerned with social justice in New York City join us each week.