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Reminder: Open Table will be closed the week of April 19-23. We are sorry for any inconvenience, and look forward to seeing you again the following week. We will not be accepting food donations during the break.

Volunteer to Make a Difference

Thank You For Your Generosity, Time, and Caring

Volunteer with Open Table and join the effort to end the indignity of hunger. We can only fulfill our mission with the help of you, our friends and neighbors. Help pack and distribute grocery bags, prepare meals, serve guests, organize food donations, plan events, raise funds, and so much more.

Open Table has many diverse volunteer needs we hope that you will be able to fulfill one of the many!


Open Table staff and volunteers are on vacation this week (4/19-4/23) and so is volunteer registration and scheduling.  Please come back next week; our new CERVIS volunteer software will be active on April 25th! If you have an urgent question, contact us at

Volunteering During COVID

Yes, we are OPEN and need volunteers!

Based on our needs and your availability, you will be assigned to a team and remain on that team throughout the duration of the COVID-19 crisis.

While we greatly appreciate your willingness to volunteer more often. From a public health point of view, it is safer for Open Table’s community (guests, volunteers and staff) for everyone involved to limit exposure to one another. It takes 180 volunteers per week to run Open Table, and if all were exposed to COVID19 on site – we would not be able to run our program.

We encourage our volunteers to schedule themselves for shifts as soon as they know their availability for the month with Volunteer Gopher, our volunteer management database. We also encourage you to remove yourself from the schedule as soon as you know you will not be able to make a shift. If you availability changes, please let us know and we will do our best to put you on another shift.

We'd Love for You to Join Us!

Every week 180 volunteers work together to run our Pantry and Meals programs. Regular 2-hour shifts take place at our 33 Main Street location.  M-Thu 9:00 AM-6:30 PM. We also have many behind the scenes opportunities – fundraising, event planning, administrative support, transportation and board membership. Please be sure to indicate on your application your availability and interests. It takes a village to run Open Table.

If you are not available when we are open, we encourage you to consider helping us with our special events or projects. Volunteers are often able to help in this capacity with much more flexibility. The skill sets we are always looking for include: grant writing, public relations, marketing, event planning, board development, fundraising, community outreach, and knowledge of multiple languages.

Questions? Want to Learn More?

Please contact us at if you have additional questions, problems registering, or just want to learn more about volunteering.

Contact Us

Volunteer Parking

Our wonderful main facility is located right in the heart of downtown Maynard. Although there is on-street and lot parking directly around the building, we are requesting that volunteers who are spending more than an hour at the facility please park in the River Street Municipal lot (parking fees are waived for Open Table) just a short walk away. This will allow downtown parking to remain available for visitors and patrons of the stores and restaurants in our community. Thank you!

Parking Directions for Volunteers

  • From Route 62 westbound (Waltham Street), continue onto Summer Street.
  • Take a left on Nason Street
  • Take a left on Main Street (Route 62 eastbound).
  • Take a right on River Street directly across from Open Table and follow the road as it curves toward the end of the street.
  • Look for Open Table sign on telephone pole in front of the parking lot on the left. Permits are waived for Open Table. DO NOT PARK across the street – you WILL BE TOWED.
  • The lot is a 3-minute walk from the corner of River and Main to our facility at 33-37 Main Street. Walk to Open Table via River Street for the quickest route.

Recent Volunteer News

Summer Internship Program

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Expense Reimbursement

Occasionally our volunteers and staff purchase supplies for Open Table out of pocket. Such approved expenses will be reimbursed. Please submit all required information and receipts.

Communications Requests

Have a communications request or need help with a flyer or marketing piece?
Complete a request form online or contact the communications team at