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The Cor Unum Meal Center relies on the assistance of volunteers to function. As a volunteer, you will not be an "extra helper" but rather a vital element of our ability to serve the many poor in our community.

To volunteer, please complete one of the volunteer applications below, or contact the Cor Unum Meal Center at 978 688-8900, or the Saint Patrick's parish office at 978 683-9416.

Volunteer Applications:

  • General Volunteer
    Please complete this application form if you are interested in becoming a Cor Unum Meal Center volunteer. Once you complete the form, click the submit button at the bottom.
  • Student
    Please complete this application form if you are a student required to complete community service hours for school, church or other service organizations, please complete the following application. Once you complete the form, click the submit button at the bottom.
  • Family
    Please complete this application form if your family (2 or more and/or have children under the age of 14) is interested in volunteering at Cor Unum Meal Center. Once you complete the form, click the submit button at the bottom.
  • Group
    Please complete this application form If you are an organized group representing a Church, School or other Community Based Program interested in volunteering on a regular basis at Cor Unum Meal Center. Once you complete the form, click the submit button at the bottom.
  • Court Ordered Service
    Please complete this application form if you are mandated by the court to complete community service and are interested in becoming a Cor Unum Meal Center volunteer. Once you complete the form, click the submit button at the bottom.
  • Welfare Mandated Service
    Please complete this application form if you are mandated by the Welfare Department to complete community service and are interested in becoming a Cor Unum Meal Center volunteer. Once you complete the form, click the submit button at the bottom.

Volunteers are asked to participate in an orientation to learn more about the Cor Unum Meal Center and the many volunteer opportunities. See below for a breif description of a few of the jobs our volunteers help out with.

Chef/Cooks
With help of assistant food preparers who work under the cook's direction, the cook prepares foods according to a pre-arranged menu and prescribed recipes. Slices, grinds and cooks food using full range of cooking methods. Tests foods being cooked for quality assurance as outlined by health regulations. Prepares and bakes simple pastries and rolls. The cook may participate in planning meal menus along with the menu coordinator, and kitchen supervisor.

Waiters/Waitresses
Greet diners as they sit down at available seats at tables. Pick-up prepared meals from kitchen and serve to corresponding guests. Refill drinks as needed. You may need to direct the guests who are finished eating in clearing tables. You may need to assist with resetting tables for new guests. Waiters and waitresses may assist with other volunteers before the meal in setting-up dining room and after the meal in dining room clean-up.

Dishwashers
Clean dishes, utensils, glasses, pots, pans and equipment in kitchen area. Team work with others who will dry or put away dishes and other equipment. Help maintain kitchen and surrounding area. May help with trash.

Dining Room Clean Up
After meals assist food servers in cleaning the dining room so that it will be clean and ready for the next meal served. Activities will include removing items from tables, sanitizing tables and chairs, picking up and emptying trash, sanitizing carts and trays and taking them into the kitchen for storage, and sweeping and mopping dining room floor.

Kitchen Clean-Up
During meals, assist food servers, dishwasher and cook in maintaining orderly and organized kitchen. After meals assist dishwasher in sorting and putting away all plates, utensils, pots, pans, silverware, etc. Empty trash. Wash and sanitize outside of all equipment, counters and all food surfaces.

We need your help!





"I first began going to Cor Unum about a year and a half ago, just to satisfy community service hours. It felt good to know I was helping other people so I continued to come back on a regular basis. I leave every week with a sense that my contribution has made a difference."
- Anthony Curro,
St. John's Prep School