In July of 2017, Citizens Inn entered into a merger with Haven from Hunger, creating one organization to better help local families and individuals leave hunger and homelessness behind.

Haven from Hunger’s work currently includes a food pantry and a community meals program at 71 Wallis Street in Peabody. Through the merger, we will continue our homelessness prevention and social service programs, while incorporating Haven from Hunger’s facility and hunger prevention programs into our operation. The merged organization will be known as Citizens Inn. The programs at 71 Wallis Street will continue to be known as Haven from Hunger.

 

 

Families struggling to put food on the table turn to Haven from Hunger for help. Our core hunger-relief programs are our food pantry and our community-meals program. Our clients come to us from Salem, Peabody, and Lynnfield.

Food Pantry

Our food pantry provides over 1,800 households with fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, diary, and canned goods. Last year, we distributed enough food for close to 600,000 meals.

Community-Meals Program

Our community-meals program offers guests a filling, nutritious supper in a friendly atmosphere four nights a week. Last year, we served over 9,000 suppers.

Volunteer

Give the gift of your time and talent and make a direct impact in the fight against hunger. Volunteering is a great way to make new friends, learn skills, and have fun while making a difference..

We welcome individuals, businesses, faith-based groups, social clubs, service organizations, and families and small groups of friends to get involved as volunteers at Haven From Hunger.

We welcome volunteers of all ages, but those under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

How to Volunteer

Please review the opportunities below, then email info@citizensinn.org to let us know what opportunity you’re interested in and whether you’re interested in helping one time or on an ongoing basis.

Thanks for your interest in volunteering!

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

OFFICE

Receptionist
Duties: You’ll help in the office with filing, answering phones, and other office work as needed.

Qualifications: Computer skills are helpful, but not required.

Hours: 
Two shifts available:
— 9 to 11
— 1 to 5

Days: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

FOOD PANTRY

GREETER
Duties: As a greeter, you’ll welcome customers to the pantry, provide each with a numbered ticket, and be sure each has brought with them the required documents — a photo ID and a piece of mail addressed to them that has been postmarked within the last 30 days. For customers new to the pantry, you’ll provide an application and refer them to staff for an intake interview.

Qualifications: A friendly and welcome attitude is essential, as is the willingness to work with individuals from a variety of cultures and with some individuals with limited English skills.

Hours: 
Two shifts available:
— 10:15 to 12:30
— 12:15 to 2:30

Days: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

CUSTOMER CHECK-IN
Duties: You’ll check in customers by entering their ID numbers into a computer.

Qualifications: A friendly and welcoming attitude is essential, as is the willingness to work with individuals from a variety of cultures and with some individuals with limited English skills. The ability to sit comfortably for the duration of the shift is required. Basic computer skills are helpful but not required — we can train you.

Hours: 
Two shifts available:
— 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
— 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Days: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

STATION MANAGER
Duties: You’ll keep the food pantry shelves stocked and help clients select food.

Qualifications: A friendly and welcoming attitude is essential, as is the willingness to work with individuals from a variety of cultures and with some individuals with limited English skills. The ability to lift up to 25 pounds is helpful but not required.

Hours: 
Two shifts available:
— 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
— 12:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Days: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

CUSTOMER CHECK-OUT
Duties: As each customer leaves the pantry, they place their order on a scale. You’ll make sure their order is placed properly on the scale and will record the weight of each order on a written ledger.

Qualifications: A friendly and welcoming attitude is essential, as is the willingness to work with individuals from a variety of cultures and with some individuals with limited English skills.

Hours:
Two shifts available:
— 10:30 to 12:30
— 12:30 to 2:30

Days: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

CUSTOMER CHECK-OUT
Duties: As each client leaves the pantry they place their order on a scale. You’ll make sure their order is placed properly on the scale and will record the weight of each order on a written ledger.

Qualifications: A friendly and welcoming attitude is essential, as is the willingness to work with individuals from a variety of cultures and with some individuals with limited English skills.

Hours: 
Two shifts available:
— 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
— 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Day:: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

Community Dinners

DINING ROOM SET-UP
Duties: You’ll help store perishable foods from the food pantry and set up the dining room for dinner service by moving tables and chairs and setting tables with place settings.

Qualifications: A friendly and welcoming attitude is essential, as is the willingness to work with individuals from a variety of cultures and with some individuals with limited English skills.

Hours: 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.

Days: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

COOK DINNER (may be combined with serving dinner)
Duties: You’ll prepare dinner under the guidance of Haven staff. The meal includes soup, main course, vegetable, starch, bread, salad, and dessert. You can bring food to prepare or use our food.

Groups of 4 to 6 are welcome, as are individuals.

Qualifications: Cooking experience is helpful but not required. The willingness to follow instructions regarding safe food-handling practices is essential, as is the willingness to work with individuals from a variety of cultures and with some individuals with limited English skills.

Hours: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Days:: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

SERVE DINNER (May be combined with cooking dinner)
Duties: You’ll plate food at the serving table and serve dinner guests at their tables. After dinner, you’ll wash dishes, clean dining room, and reset room for food-pantry service.

Groups of 4 to 6 are welcome, as are individuals.

HOURS: 4:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Qualifications: A willingness to follow instructions regarding safe food-handling practices is essential, as is the willingness to work with individuals from a variety of cultures and with some individuals with limited English skills.

Hours: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Days:: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.