Feeding the hungry and sheltering the homeless in the Danbury CT area since 1982


Without volunteers, Dorothy Day House could not exist.   Here are some ways to help out:

Kitchen volunteers:

Kitchen volunteers are organized into crews .  There are approximately 20 crews, with most crews preparing and serving the afternoon meal one day a month (ex. 4th Thursday).   Due to Covid and takeout meals, the size of our crews has been reduced and we have no need for kitchen volunteers at present.

Making sandwiches:

We are looking for people to make sandwiches at home and bring them down to Dorothy Day House for distribution in the afternoons.

If you have an interest in making sandwiches for us send an email to  

Please do not bring in sandwiches unless you have arranged with someone at Dorothy Day to accept and store your donation.

Other donations:

We need donations of fresh fruit (preferably bananas), snacks, cookies and bottled water for grab and go bags.

We are also accepting donations of non perishable food, toiletries and other items.   For more details, see our wish list..

Shelter showers:

We open up the shelter showers twice a week to give homeless people not staying at the Dorothy Day House shelter the opportunity to get a shower.   We currently need volunteers for showers on the 3rd and 4th Wednesday each month and on the 2nd and 4th Sunday each month.  Volunteers arrive at 4:30pm and stay until just after 6pm.  If interested, please contact Lynn Taborsak at 203-297-3572 or

Baked good donations pickups:

A number of local supermarkets have graciously made their expired baked goods available to us, but we use volunteers to pick up donations and deliver them to Spring Street.

Currently we do not need baked good donation pickup volunteers.

Shelter volunteers:

Due to Covid, our shelter is currently closed so we have no need for volunteers at present.

Ideas for elementary and high school aged children:

Here are some things you can do to help out at Dorothy Day House:

1) Conduct a food drive.   See the "wishlist" on our for ideas
2) Make sandwiches --  see above
3) Have a bake sale or other event to collect money

More volunteer opportunities for young people ages 11-18 can be found through the Youth Volunteer Corp of Western CT.   This is a service of the Volunter Center of United Way of Western CT.   Call 203-797-1154 or

"Do not neglect to show hospitality, for by that means some have entertained angels without knowing it" - Hebrews 13:1-2

Dorothy Day Hospitality House
11 Spring Street, Danbury CT
Mailing Address: PO Box 922 Danbury CT 06813-0922
Tel:  (203) 743-7988

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