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Volunteer Administrative Assistant Needed!

Volunteer Administrative Assistant

Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen, Inc.
Part time, 20-30 hours per week



Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen (DESK) seeks a dedicated and passionate volunteer who will assist the Executive Director in a variety of administrative and development duties.  The appropriate volunteer will be a self-starter with strong computer skills, and the ideal candidate will have previous experience working in an office setting, preferably for a nonprofit organization.


Mission & Background Information

Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen serves people who are experiencing homelessness or living in poverty by providing food assistance and services that promote health, community, and equity.  Since 1987, DESK has offered evening meals and a weekly food pantry to the Greater New Haven community.


Position Summary

The Administrative Assistant will work with the Executive Director to accomplish a variety of tasks related to Fund Development, Finance, Governance, and overall administration.  Fund Development includes external communications (email, social media, direct mail, website, etc.), event planning, grant writing, and donor relations.  Finance includes general bookkeeping, bill payments, and donation processing.  Overall administration includes a variety of day-to-day office tasks.   Most work will take place at DESK’s main office, located at 311 Temple Street in New Haven; there will be occasional off-site work.


Qualifications and Requirements

Volunteers interested in this position should be enthusiastic about providing much-needed services to the target population, but they should also have a strong sense of the importance of the administrative support that goes into social service work.  Ideally, the volunteer will be very comfortable using a variety of computer programs applications, including Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat, and social media and web applications.  Background in nonprofit administrative or other office experience is preferred.


Compensation and Benefits

This is an unpaid volunteer position.  The primary benefit will be in the form of direct services experience, university credit (if applicable), and the overall satisfaction of helping those in need.


How to Apply:

Interested candidates should email a letter of interest and résumé to Steve Werlin at with “Volunteer Administrative Assistant” in the subjection line.


DESK is an equal opportunity employer who values greatly the role of diversity in the workplace and encourages applications from people of all backgrounds and lifestyles

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