Working at Saturday's or Sunday's Bread involves a commitment of about
four hours, not including travel time. The schedule is 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM at the Church of
St. John the Evangelist,
Street on Beacon Hill in Boston.
Guests are served from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.. Cleanup follows from
3:30 to 4:00 or 4:15. Everything is well prepared in advance to make
use of your time, but expect to work hard for four hours. The day's
work is overseen by a Kitchen Executive, an experienced volunteer who
assigns jobs and makes any other decisions required.
Youths aged 15 to 17 can work in the kitchen, but are not
allowed by state law to serve tables in this restaurant-style setting.
There's plenty of work to do setting up, helping the flow of plates
from the kitchen to the dining room counter and cleaning up.
Saturday's/Sunday's Bread is very popular with youths. This is an ideal
activity for parents and their children or teens doing a community service project.
Volunteers need to be on site downtown, ready to work at 12:30. You may want to carpool or take the T. Directions are below.
Be sure to have a meal before you go. Wear comfortable, rubber-soled
shoes (floors can be
slippery) and clothes that you won't
mind getting a little dirty. Bring an apron if you want to wear
one; a limited number should be available from the Kitchen
Do not bring food. All the food for the meal is arranged in advance.
Collections of toiletries (from hotel stays, for example) are always
welcome, but try to bring a fairly large number. We do not distribute
When you arrive, sign in at the counter, make yourself a name tag and
ask for the Kitchen Executive to get your first task.
There is a brief meeting about 15 minutes before the doors are opened,
during which specific jobs are assigned for the meal service. Several
people will work in the kitchen, putting the meals on plates, several
more will serve as waiters, bringing the meals to the guests seated at
tables. One or two may be assigned to serving coffee. One
person will be designated the doorman, with responsibility to control
the flow of guests into the dining hall and to keep a count. One
person will be designated the maitre d', with responsibility for
directing guests to tables and coordinating the waiters. At the
end of the meeting the volunteers usually join hands for a moment of
reflection. Many of the volunteers come under the auspices of a
religious organization; however, doctrinal discussions are not allowed,
either among the volunteers or with the guests.
In general, there are no seconds until around 3:10 or 3:15. About
then, the Kitchen Executive will decide whether to offer seconds, based
on his or her assessment of the remaining supply of and the demand for
food. Under city health code regulations, guests may not take
The coordinator for Saturday Teams is
Richard Wheeler (617-872-0096), SaturdaySundaysBread@gmail.com; the coordinator for Sunday Teams is Mark Metzger (781-648-2564), email@example.com.
The Church of St. John the Evangelist is at 35 Bowdoin Street, Boston, between
Cambridge Street and Derne Street behind the State House. Click
here for a map and driving directions from Yahoo. The
entrance to the dining hall is through the door to the right of the
main church entrance. Go
up the ramp and ring the TOP BUTTON (this rings the loudest bell inside); if nobody opens the door within a minute or so, please ring the middle buzzer (this rings a bell in the dining hall). Either way, please be patient; it sometimes is hard
to hear either
bell in the dining hall or kitchen. If no one answers the bell after a few rings, try calling the KE on his or her
Parking: Parking is a
challenge, so it's a good idea to carpool or to go by T if
possible. The on-street parking is very scarce. The closest
public parking is the 100 Cambridge Street Parking Garage, which you
enter from Somerset Street, one block
east of Bowdoin. Parking at the garage is $10.00 for the full
day on weekends. Nearby, the Government Center garage at 50 New Sudbury Street is also $10.00 for the full day on weekends.
There are a few other small parking lots
nearby. The Boston Common Garage, a little further away on the other side of the hill past the State House building, is $11
for the full day on weekends.
To reach the 100 Cambridge Street Parking
Coming from Storrow Drive and West, go one block past Bowdoin Street
(and past the 100 Cambridge Street building). Turn right at the next
light onto Somerset. Coming from
Government Center and South/East, turn left at the end of Center Plaza,
the large, curved building opposite Government Center. The garage
is on the right in the first block. If the auto entrance door is
down, please knock; the garage is open Saturdays and Sundays.
Public Transportation: The
closest T stop is the Government Center stop on the Green Line.
From the subway exit, walk west on Cambridge Street two blocks and turn
left on Bowdoin. The walk from the Park Street (Red/Green Line)
station is a little longer, but a pleasant walk in good weather.
Follow Park Street toward the State House, turn right on Beacon, then
quickly left onto Bowdoin.
Commitment of Member Groups
If you are in an organization that would like to sponsor a
volunteer group, we ask that you:
1. If feasible, identify up to 20 to 25 potential volunteers to
participate in your group.
2. Plan to send a team (typically
four to six volunteers) on a regular schedule that you and your group determine:
E.g., Every four, six or eight weeks -- or once or twice a year.
Designate one or two coordinators who can organize the group for each scheduled
Saturday or Sunday and serve as a contact point for the team's
4. Designate a delegate to attend Saturday's/Sunday's Bread
board meetings three times a year.
5. Commit to an annual financial