We sincerely thank you for your interest in serving Atlanta’s people in need. As providers of services to these groups 24/7, year-round, we are committed to helping them in ways that lead to changed lives and lasting self-sufficiency.
In our experience, the best way to assist people in need is through places with sanitary kitchens, safe shelter, and services that help them address their problems and move forward in their lives. By contrast, feeding and donating to people on our streets is not a long term solution. We find that many people become dependent on these activities, leading them to stay on the streets instead of seeking the help and support that they truly need. Street feedings also pose public health risks for those being fed and sanitation problems for the City.
Rather than feeding or donating to individuals on Atlanta’s streets, please consider directing your generosity to one of the great organizations working tirelessly to improve the lives of people in need in our communities. Whether you wish to volunteer in a kitchen, provide hands-on support, or give food and other resources—there are plenty of opportunities to partner with a local organization that shares your mission.
With your help, we can find long term solutions.
Members of Atlanta's Clergy and Service-Providing Organizations
Supporting Churches and Organizations include:
Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency, Atlanta First United Methodist Church, Atlanta Mission, Atlanta Recovery Center, Big Bethel AME Church Inc., Crossroads Community Ministries, FCS Urban Ministries, Gateway Center, SafeHouse Outreach, St. Vincent de Paul Society, The Catholic Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, True Light Baptist Church
Volunteer and Donation Opportunities
Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency, Inc.
75 Peachtree Place NW, Atlanta, GA 30309
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
ACSS seeks individual and group volunteers aged 18 or older who are interested in: preparing and serving lunch meals for its homeless clients, sorting and distributing clothing donations, helping clients build resumes, or providing administrative support.
404-874-8001 x. 1120
Atlanta Mission, The Shepherd's Inn
165 Ivan Allen Blvd NW, Atlanta, Ga 30313
Programs at The Shepherd’s Inn are designed to solve the problem of homelessness one person at a time, by extending the love, compassion and hope found in Christ. They start by offering a warm place to sleep, a hot meal and an environment where staff can engage each person to hear their story. Their shelter programs may help a man secure a job, find a transitional housing solution or enter a recovery program to address life controlling issues that feed the cycle of homelessness.
Volunteers are needed in a variety of ways, including providing food and serving meals to the Mission's residents.
Contact Ivan Rouse about partnering with The Shepherd's Inn at Ivan.Rouse@atlantamission.org.
Atlanta Mission, My Sister’s House
921 Howell Mill Road Atlanta, GA 30318
Atlanta Mission Women’s and Children’s services are provided at My Sister’s House, a 264 bed facility that offers overnight shelter and residential discipleship programs for homeless women and women with children.
Clothing Closet Organizers are needed Mondays & Wednesdays (10:00-12:00, or 2:00-4:00). Groups of 2-10 people can participate.
Meal Service Volunteers are needed Mondays (10:30-1:30) to assist with lunch.
Melissa Clayton at firstname.lastname@example.org or (404) 367-2473.
Atlanta Recovery Center
169 Trinity Ave, Atlanta, GA 30303
Hours: Monday – Sunday, 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Volunteers can bring prepared meals to serve to adult men residing in Atlanta Recovery Center’s transitional program. Donations of clean clothing sorted by size and gender are also accepted. Volunteers must be over 18 years old.
Derek Boyd, Director: email@example.com
Russell Dotson, Operations Manager
Fred Sullivan, Operations Manager
Back on My Feet
50 Hurt Plaza, Suite 850 Atlanta, GA 30303
Back on My Feet is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to creating independence and self-sufficiency within the homeless and other underserved populations by first engaging them in running as a means to build confidence, strength and self-esteem. Back on My Feet works with three local facilities – Trinity House at Big Bethel, the Gateway Center for the Homeless, and Salvation Army. Volunteers are needed to run with our teams on Mon, Wed and Fri mornings at 5:30am (Trinity House) or 5:45am (Gateway and Salvation Army).
Catholic Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
48 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Atlanta, GA 30303
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m., Saturday, 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Morning Sandwich Ministry volunteers can assist in making and delivering sandwiches to the church. Sandwiches must be meat and cheese only (no condiments), please call the Shrine Office to arrange donation delivery to ensure a representative will be onsite. Saint Francis’ Table volunteers assist in distributing soup, breads, sweets, pizza and other items to hungry individuals, as well as cleanup after service.
Deacon Bill Payne
Crossroads Community Ministries Inc.
420 Courtland Street, Atlanta, GA 30308
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.; Saturday, 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Volunteers for Crossroads Community Ministries serve homeless guests a hot meal every weekday from 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Additional volunteer opportunities are available on Crossroads Community Ministries’ website.
275 Pryor Street SW, Atlanta, GA 30303
Hours: Monday – Sunday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
The Gateway Center is designed to serve as the “gateway” to the community continuum of care that helps individuals move out of homelessness. Volunteers can serve seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Individual or group volunteers must attend a volunteer orientation session, which is held monthly at Gateway Center. Individual and group volunteer opportunities include: chapel services, clothing closet assistance, computer lab supervision, GED tutoring, children’s activities, meal preparation, and painting.
89 Ellis Street SE, Atlanta, GA 30303
Hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Saturday – Sunday, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
SafeHouse Outreach breaks the cycle of poverty by giving a hand-up, not just a hand-out. Volunteers can serve dinner at Nightly Impact Services beginning at 6:30, help out in the office Monday-Friday from 8:30-5:00, mentor an at-risk child, or assist with any of our events. Go to www.safehouseoutreach.org for more info.