Serve a Meal

Help your neighbors and have fun doing it! Preparing and serving a meal is our most popular volunteer activity and we love to welcome new groups!



Tutoring, helping with a job search and resume writing, volunteering at an event, educational internships and faith-based activities are just some of the opportunities we have for you to help your homeless neighbors.


Donate Items

You can help your neighbors in need by donating new or gently used items.


Whether you are an individual or part of a group, preparing and serving a meal for your homeless and hungry neighbors is a rewarding way to give back to your community.  Sulzbacher serves over 1,500 meals a day and at lunch and dinner we don’t just feed the people who live with us, we welcome anyone in the community who is hungry. To keep our kitchen sustainable and accommodate the need, we ask groups for a financial sponsorship at the lunch and dinner meals. We work hard to keep costs down and are able to serve meals for about 50₵ each. (Student and military groups are exempt from financial sponsorship and the breakfast meal has no sponsorship attached.)

6am-8am $0
9am-11am $150
2pm-4pm $250
6am-8am $0
11am-1pm $150
4pm-6pm $250
6am-8am $0
9am-1pm $300
2pm-6pm $500


Please follow the steps below to begin the volunteer application process for individuals and groups.

Let's Get Started
COE volunteer jump roping w child


Complete a background screening.  Visit Sterling Volunteers, create and account, and use the code ypcc94o.  We ask that all of our volunteers cover the $8.00 processing fee.  If you are part of a group, only the group leader needs to complete the screening.  If your group is volunteering with our children, each member of the group must complete the screening.


After your background screening has cleared (approximately 5-7 days), our Volunteer Coordinator will reach out to you to fill out the Volunteer Application.


After your application is complete, you will be scheduled for a Volunteer Orientation.


After your orientation, you will be ready to begin volunteering!

  • It can take up to 2 weeks to complete the entire process, but this is necessary to keep our residents safe
  • We are unable to work with court-mandated volunteers
  • Kids 13 to 17 years of age must be accompanied by an adult at all times

Thank you for taking the first step to becoming an official Sulzbacher volunteer!

For more information or if you need assistance with the process, contact Alex Leuthold at

We greatly appreciate you donating your time and heart to ending homelessness one person at a time!

Most Needed Items


Many people come to us with only the clothes on their backs, so a great way to get involved and help your homeless neighbors is by buying or collecting something off of our wish list.  Do a donation drive at your school, church or business, or buy things right off our Amazon Wish List and have them shipped directly to us!  We will make sure your donation goes directly to the people that need it most.

  • • New hygiene products – travel and full size

  • • New twin sheets and blankets

  • • New towels and washcloths

  • • Diapers in all sizes & baby wipes

  • • New baby items: pack and plays, potty seats, highchairs and strollers

  • • Feminine hygiene products

  • • New socks and underwear for adults and children in all sizes

  • • Used bicycles can be dropped off with our friends at ZenCog in Riverside. They will refurbish the bike, get it in good working order and deliver it directly to Sulzbacher for the people who need it the most

We do not operate a thrift store, so we regret that we are unable to accept:

• Used clothing, stuffed animals, toys and games
• Used books, videos or DVDs
Used baby equipment as some items may have been recalled due to safety concerns