Mercy Center seeking volunteers to help feed the homeless

Help feed the homeless. The Mercy Center for Spiritual Life is seeking volunteers to help prepare and serve meals at the McKinney Cooperative Shelter in downtown Newport. Volunteers prepare and cook all food at the Mercy Center and then serve at the McKinney Shelter.

Located at 15 Meeting St. in Newport, the McKinney Shelter is an emergency homeless shelter for men and women. The shelter houses 19 men and six women and also offers transitional housing for 12 men and four women, with preference given to residents of Newport County.

Volunteers are needed for the following dates: Sunday, Oct. 6, Sunday, Oct. 27, Sunday, Nov. 10 and Sunday, Dec. 1. Volunteers will meet in the Mercy Center at 3 p.m. and will finish around 6:15 p.m.

Transportation will be provided to and from the McKinney Shelter. For more information, or to volunteer, contact Matthew Kelly, minister of music and social justice, at


  1. Elaine Powrie says:

    Is this request just for students? I have a high school aged son – I would also be interested in helping.

    • Hi Elaine, thank you for your comment. This specific opportunity is reserved for Salve Regina University students. However, you too can become involved at the McKinney Shelter by calling their program coordinator, Kenny Robinson at 401-846-6385. With the holidays approaching, they are always in need of extra help from volunteers. Best wishes!

  2. marie almstrom says:

    I would like to help if its not just a student request

  3. Hi Marie, thank you for taking the time to leave a comment. While this event is reserved for Salve Regina University students, you too can become involved at the McKinney Shelter. Volunteers are always needed, especially with the holidays quickly approaching. Kenny Robinson is the program director at the McKinney Shelter, and he can be reached at 401-846-6385. Kenny will be able to tell you what type of volunteer opportunities are available at the shelter. Best wishes!

  4. Yana Grigoryeva says:

    Hi Matt, I would like to volunteer this Sunday, if it’s possible. Do I have to sign up, or do I just show up at the Mercy Center? Thanks!!

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