Show Your Support

Dorothy Day House serves our Community Breakfast six days a week, Monday through Saturday. We serve three hot cereals, bread, hard-boiled eggs, fresh fruit, milk, juice and coffee. Sometimes we have meat, and often we have pastries donated by local bakers. On Saturdays we usually serve scrambled eggs, potatoes or pancakes and other items as they come available. This meal is generally served to people who are still homeless, many still living on the streets.

We also serve breakfast and dinner to shelter guests at the Dorothy Day House Shelter.


Shelter Guests and Community meals are now all served in the basement of the Veterans Building at 1931 Center Street. 

Community Breakfast Volunteering:

  • First shift volunteers arrive at 7:00 to cook oatmeal, hard Boiled Eggs, make toast etc. for the 8:00 meal community meal.

  • Second shift volunteers come at 8:00 to serve at the 8:00 meal.

  • Third shift volunteers arrive at 9:00 to help clean-up, unload, restock supplies, and prep food.​

Community Lunch Volunteering:

  • Lunch shift volunteers can arrive at 12 noon to help prepare and  setup. Volunteers can then help serve lunch from 12:30 to 1:30pm and optionally help cleanup untill 2:00pm. 

Shelter Dinner Volunteering:

  • The Shelter Dinner is served between 7:30 and 8:30pm. Volunteers can show up an hour earlier to help prepare and/or setup and serve at 7:30pm.

In the true spirit of Dorothy Day, many of our monthly scheduled  activities at the Berkeley Community Resource Center will be driven by the assistance of the volunteers “individual action and community” dedication.

Activities, Mentorship and Socialization are examples of how you can
help be part of this new and exciting path for Dorothy Day House in
realizing the BCRC vision.

At the BCRC, we provide on average 50 showers a day, 8-10 loads of
laundry per day and storage locker services for 58 homeless
individuals to store their belongings. Our day program also includes
breakfast daily at 8:15am and lunch at 12:30pm. We are committed
to bringing in Community Service agencies for Housing Solutions,
Income, Employment and Mental Health Services, to name a few.

Volunteer service includes:

  • Assist in monitoring the above mentioned services

  • Clean up: House laundry, wipe tables, sweep and mop

  • Minor “home” improvement i.e. bookshelves, deep baseboard cleaning

  • Are you qualified for small groups? i.e. women’s group, men’s group, harm reduction, Anger Management etc…

Volunteer Service Shifts:

  • 1-3pm Daily for social interaction/games/assisting facilitators

  • 3-5pm  Daily for clean up-tables, chairs, sweep and mop

The more volunteers we have in the course of the day will allow our
Facilitators to provide more one-on-one engagement with the
Berkeley Community Resource Center participants.

Contact Our Volunteer Coordinators

To learn more about our services, volunteering, or if you need help, please call (510) 705-1325

For information on donating and media inquiries, please call (510) 705-1919

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