The Great Hostel Give Back - Service Opportunity Sites

The Great Hostel Give Back

The locations listed below have partnered with local non-profit organizations who are able to work with GHGB participants. Service opportunities are not available at all GHGB locations; only those listed below have partner service organization opportunities available to groups. Groups must confirm service with the organization prior to starting the application. The application will ask if the group is volunteering a partner location and for specifics about the service.

If your location of choice is not listed below, please identify a service organization on your own in your destination of choice.



Community Servings

Community Servings is a not-for-profit food and nutrition program providing services throughout Massachusetts and in Rhode Island to individuals and families living with critical and chronic illnesses. We give our clients, their dependent family members and caregivers appealing, nutritious meals, and send the message to those in greatest need that someone cares. Our goals are to help our clients maintain their health and dignity and preserve the integrity of their families through culturally appropriate, home-delivered meals, nutrition education, and other community programs.

Service opportunities: meal prep and serving, sponsor a day of meals, make cards for children.

Volunteers must be 13+

Contact Nate Ross, Manager of Volunteer Services, at



Crossroads Community Outreach

Crossroads Community Outreach is a 501(c)3 non-profit that does street outreach to assist the unsheltered homeless.

Service opportunities: meal prep/service/clean-up; food pantry organizing and/or food distribution; clothing donation sorting and organizing.

Volunteers under age 18 are welcome, but groups must have 1 chaperone for every 6 minors.


Los Angeles/Santa Monica


Heal the Bay

Heal the Bay is an environmental nonprofit dedicated to making the coastal waters and watersheds of Greater Los Angeles safe, healthy and clean. To fulfill our mission, we use science, education, community action, and advocacy.

Service opportunities: Nothin' But Sand Beach Cleanup (Every 3rd Saturday of the Month at various Los Angeles County beaches); Wednesday Warriors (Every Wednesday afternoon).

Contact Halina Do-Linh, Volunteer Manager:

New York City


Materials For the Arts

Materials for the Arts collects unneeded items from businesses and individuals, and makes these donations available for free to its recipients: nonprofit organizations with arts programming, government agencies, and public schools. The MFTA warehouse is operated by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs with additional support from the City's Departments of Sanitation and of Education. Friends of Materials for the Arts, in collaboration with the City of New York and the creative community, is the nonprofit strategic partner that guides and supports educational programming, warehouse operations, and other initiatives of Materials for the Arts.

Service opportunities: Volunteers at MFTA directly serve New York City's artistic and educational communities by performing tasks in the warehouse. A great way for creative-minded people to show they care about the arts and the environment. Tasks can include anything from sorting donations to arranging displays and helping pull items for pick-up for cultural organizations across the city.

Special arrangements must be made for volunteers under age 16.

Contact Diana Mendez,

San Diego


Serving Seniors

Since 1970, Serving Seniors has been transforming the aging experience through our innovative approach to providing comprehensive services. Our method has earned national recognition as a model for helping seniors remain healthy and independent. We’re the only organization in San Diego, and one of the few in the United States, that provides such a broad base of vital services to vulnerable, low-income older adults.

Service opportunities: Serving Breakfast (7:00 - 9:00 a.m.) &/or Lunch (11:00, 12:15pm & 1:15pm). Serving coffee, water & refills. Retrieving finished lunch trays and returning to dish room. Preparing the dining room for the following meal. Wiping tables & chairs, cleaning floor.

Contact Timothy J. Ruis,

San Francisco


Street Soccer USA

Our mission is to improve health, education and employment outcomes for the most disadvantaged Americans by using sports to transfer the skills necessary so that they can achieve these outcomes for themselves. We also seek to raise awareness about the challenges of poverty in America so that as a country we can develop a more level playing field for all.

Service opportunities: Field maintenance and event production support.

Please, no volunteers under age 14.

Contact Benjamin Anderson,

Washington D.C.


D.C. Central Kitchen

DC Central Kitchen’s mission is to use food as a tool to strengthen bodies, empower minds, and build communities. Volunteers will help DC Central Kitchen staff prepare nutritious meals by cutting, chopping and/or peeling produces, which would otherwise go to waste. The support of volunteers helps DC Central Kitchen prepare and deliver more than 5,000 meals to partner homeless shelters, rehabilitation clinics, halfway houses, and after-school programs each day. No cooking or food service experience is required.

Please, no volunteers under age 12. Volunteers under the age of 18 must provide a parent/guardian’s name on the waiver.