How Your Time Impacts Our Mission

Roast Beef Night!

DESK’s efforts are focused on securing the resources necessary to continue its services. Obtaining financial assistance through donations, fund raisers, and grants provides DESK with a stable financial base. Volunteer participation and community service efforts supplement DESK’s human resources and facilitate operations. Specific contributions that enable DESK to continue with its normal operations and services include shopping for, preparing, storing, stocking, and serving food and venue maintenance.

DESK depends on the following organizations as venue sites: the Joseph Silifka Center for Jewish Life, Trinity Episcopal Church on the Green, First & Summerfield United Methodist Church, and the parish houses of United Church and Center Church.

Foote School Volunteers

DESK secures community service resources from Project Apoyo, Aspirations, the New Haven County Bar Association, the Foote School, Jr. Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, New Haven’ court-appointed programs, and various education institutions. Volunteers and community service individuals from these groups complete the tasks that enable DESK to fulfill its mission. In addition, the Yale School of Nursing provides daily medical screening at all of DESK’s evening meals.

Volunteer Opportunities

DESK has opportunities for volunteers in food preparation and serving,  fundraising, advertising, deliveries, administration, and more. For information, please or call at (203)-809-8770.

Community Service Opportunities

Southern Connecticut State University’s Muslim Student Association, helping to paint DESK’s dining hall for their service event.  The event was a community service event at SCSU called, “The Big Event”.

DESK provides a variety of community service and volunteer opportunities on a daily  basis.

  • Community service for educational requirements.
  • Public,  individual, and group volunteering.
  • Court appointed/ alternative incarceration community service.

For more information.  Contact or call (203)-809-8770


Health regulations require that kitchen staff/volunteers wear closed toe shoes.

A Volunteer

A Volunteer

All volunteers, regardless of age and prior affiliation or experience with our organization, must complete and sign the waiver, to be submitted immediately upon arrival at the DESK program, facility, operation, or event. Thank you.

Download the Volunteer Release and Waiver of Liability