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Union Station Homeless Services

Quick Overview: Union Station Homeless Services relies on the support of volunteer groups to provide daily home-cooked meals to shelter residents and community members in need. If your family, corporation, or civic group would like to cook and serve a meal or drop off/cater a meal from a local restaurant at one of our shelters, consider sponsoring an "Adopt-a-Meal"!

Mission: Union Station is the San Gabriel Valley's largest and most comprehensive social services agency, serving individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

Roles & Responsibilities:

Plan a menu of your choice (i.e. roasted chicken, mac and cheese, salad, cookies, and drinks)

Purchase the ingredients needed to prepare the food

Cook the meal - you can bring it cooked from home or prepare it in our kitchens

Or purchase food from a restaurant and drop it off or have it delivered

Serve the meal to our residents

Our staff would be happy to serve the meal on your behalf if you choose not to serve in person


Volunteers must provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 to cook/serve onsite.

Please note that there is an age requirement for volunteering in the kitchen. Children under the age of 13 are not allowed in the kitchen at any time. Volunteers must be at least 13 years old with a chaperone, 16 to volunteer without. We ask that you please wear closed toed shoes and long pants for your safety and protection.

Questions? If interested or if you have any further questions, please email us at to check availability.

**Volunteers will be required to wear a surgical grade mask or higher (not cloth). If you do not have a surgical mask, Union Station Homeless Services will be able to provide you one upon arrival to your volunteer shift. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required if serving/cooking at our facilities. All volunteers serving food directly to clients must wear a face shield (provided by Union Station). Additionally, all volunteers must read and acknowledge a COVID liability waiver onsite.

All volunteers participating in this volunteer opportunity should adhere to the health and safety guidelines outlined here:

By clicking "Express Interest," I acknowledge that I am aware and understand that I am being referred to Activities that are coordinated and managed by a third party Agency or Organization and that L.A. Works has no jurisdiction, control, or oversight over these Activities. The Activities may be inherently dangerous and may expose me to a variety of foreseen and unforeseen hazards and risks including exposure to Coronavirus Disease 2019 ("COVID-19"). The Activities may involve a degree of contact with clients who need assistance and other volunteers who may be carriers of COVID-19 and that personal protective equipment may not be available for my use and/or effective against preventing transmission of COVID-19 whether as a result of my own actions or otherwise.

By clicking "Express Interest," I acknowledge that I am voluntarily participating in the Activities and have considered those risks. I hereby expressly and specifically assume such risks, including any and all risk of injury, illness, harm, or loss that I may incur as a result of my participation in the Activities. I hereby fully and forever release and discharge L.A. Works from, and expressly waive, any and all liability, claims, and demands of whatever kind or nature, either in law or in equity, that may arise from my participation in the Activities.

*Important information

*Volunteer time shifts are broken down into the following time frames:

Sunday Morning

Sunday Afternoon

Sunday Evening

Monday Afternoon

Monday Evening

Tuesday Afternoon

Tuesday Evening

Wednesday Afternoon

Wednesday Evening

Thursday Afternoon

Thursday Evening

Friday Afternoon

Friday Evening

Saturday Morning

Saturday Afternoon

Saturday Evening

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About Union Station Homeless Services


825 E. Orange Grove Blvd., PASADENA, CA 91104, US

Mission Statement

To help individuals and families rebuild their lives and end homelessness.


We need volunteers to help support our kitchen staff with cooking, serving, and cleaning. Volunteers are integral to providing much needed donation items to our clients.

Homeless & Housing


Tue Sep 21, 2021 - Mon Jan 31, 2022
12:01 AM - 11:59 PM


Pasadena, CA 91104







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