Interfaith Nutrition Network
100 Madison Ave.
Hempstead, NY 11550
For this site please contact the site supervisor listed below to schedule your service. Be sure to register your hours in GivePulse once complete.
Jason Tessler (contact first)
(516) 486-6243 ext. 206
(516) 486-6243 ext. 115
Nature and Purpose of Agency
To assist hungry and homeless Long Islanders in need of basic human services, food, clothing and emergency housing in a dignified manner.
Tasks Available for Students
<>· <>Assist in preparing, serving and clean-up of meal;
<>· <>Shifts vary in different soup kitchens.
<>· <>Stock and inventory pantry.
<>· <>Sort clothing and help distribute during meal time.
<>· <>Bag groceries or personal care items for distribution to guests.
<>· <>Office Support
<>· <>General office work; e.g. answering phones, typing, stuffing envelopes, assist in organizing volunteers for group events.
<>· <>Holiday time — volunteers may be needed for different projects.
Monday through Friday: 8:30 to 2:00 PM: Serving food in the soup kitchen
Monday through Friday: 2:00 to 5:00 PM: Sorting food and other donated items
Student Awareness/Special Instructions
Direction to the Mary Brennan INN - Southern State Pkwy: Take Southern State to exit 19 north, (this will place you on Peninsula Blvd.) Go 3 lights down Peninsula Blvd. (stay to the left). On the 3rd light, make a left on President street. Go down President Street for 2 lights. On the 2nd light, (Madison Ave) make a right. Go down Madison Ave. 2 blocks. On your right you will see the Mary Brennan INN.
Take Hempstead Tpke. North (Hempstead Tpke turns into Fulton Ave). Go to Franklin Ave. and Make a left at the light. Take Franklin Ave. to Peninsula Blvd. (Stay to your right). There will be a Hess Gas station on your right. Take Peninsula Blvd 2 blocks. Make a right on Madison Ave. We are the 3rd building for the corner on your left hand side.
While our motives and goals are the same, the most important fact is that we (staff and volunteers) understand and agree with the philosophy of The INN; and in this understanding and agreement we know (1) we treat our guests with dignity and respect; (2) we have a no questions asked policy; and (3) we have a non-judgmental attitude about how much any one guest is permitted to take.
The reason for this non-judgmental attitude is because (1) we know that no one wants to have to come to a soup kitchen but guests come because they have a need and hope they can get that need met at Mary Brennan INN; (2) we never know the exact situation(s) of most of our guests; (3) there is a possibility that the guest is getting clothes and/or other items for a neighbor who is not ready to come inside the soup kitchen yet, may be sick, or just unable to get there at all.
We hope you can understand, but most of all, respect our philosophy. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at (516) 486-8506 ext. 107 or ext. 115.
Volunteer shift is from 8:30-2:00
(No partial shifts permitted)
Mary Brennan INN
100 Madison Avenue
Hempstead, NY 11550
GUIDELINES FOR VOLUNTEERS
<> i. <>Offensive behavior, including harassment, at our facility or at any related functions will not be tolerated.
<> ii. <>Violation of this policy will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action which may include dismissal/termination of your volunteer services.
<>1. <>Definitions and Examples: A volunteer conduct that is inappropriate and offensive has the potential of being perceived as harassment. Supervisors are responsible for acting promptly and dealing seriously with situations in which they observe or are advised of inappropriate and offensive behavior.
<>2. <>One offensive behavior is Harassment. Harassment may include verbal or physical conduct that shows hostility or dislike towards an individual because of the individual’s race, creed, religion, age, gender, national origin sexual orientation, marital status, disability, veteran status, or status with regard to public assistance. Harassment may include but is not limited to: Slurs, negative stereotyping threats intimidation, hostile acts, condescending or hostile written or graphic material posted or circulated at The Mary Brennan INN.