Monday - Sunday
7:00 PM - 6:30 AM
How Can I Help?

There are multiple ways to support the efforts at the Malden Warming Center.  As a community-run, volunteer based organization, we have many ways you can get involved!


We are open seven nights per week from December 1st through March 31st. We need volunteers to staff the center throughout the night.

Some shifts (room monitor shifts) involve working directly with our guests and require a training session. Other shifts (cooking dinner, serving breakfast, and manning the donation room) do not require a training session.


We also need volunteers to help behind the scenes, including sorting donations and laundering blankets.

Shifts are listed below. If you would like to start volunteering, please email After a short background check, you will be able to sign up for shifts on our online signup sheet. You can sign up for shifts on a regular or as-needed basis.

Evening kitchen shift: 6:30pm - 8:30pm (2 hours)

  • Duties include: assisting in cooking and serving dinner + making sandwiches for the next day’s lunch. No need to bring food or plan meals. 

Bathroom monitor shift: 7:00pm - 9:00pm (2 hours)

  • Duties include: remaining at a desk outside of the bathrooms and keeping a log as people go in and out; checking on people every few minutes. Short training required: NARCAN video. Email

Donation room monitor shift: 7:00pm - 10:00pm (3 hours)

  • Duties include: remaining in our room that is full of donated items and distributing items to guests as they come up to the room to request them.

Evening room monitor shift: 6:30pm - 12:00am (5.5 hours, can be split in half)

  • Monitor shifts are our biggest needs! Duties include: check guests into the Center, work directly with guests, monitor the room for safety, help ensure a welcoming and safe environment. Training session required. Training session required 

Morning room monitor shift: 6:00am - 8:00am (2 hours)

  • Monitor shifts are our biggest needs! Duties include waking guests, monitoring for safety, ensuring guests leave the Center by 7:30am, and closing duties. Training session required.

Breakfast shift: 6:00am - 7:30am (1.5 hours) 

  • Duties include: making coffee, serving bagels/oatmeal/donuts etc., or even making a hot breakfast like scrambled eggs if you are so inclined. No need to bring food. 

Sorting donations: anytime throughout the day! Just get in touch. Drop ins welcome. 

  • We are blessed with many donations and always need help organizing/sorting etc. 

Please note that we do not have any more training sessions for the room monitor shifts planned for this season. We are still searching for volunteers for the shifts that don't require training sessions.

To get started as a volunteer, please email Kate at


Being open nightly comes with a lot of expenses (heat, water, morning shuttle bus, and more). We rely almost entirely on donations from community members!


Please note that we are not currently accepting clothing donations other than those listed on our weekly Facebook posts or our Amazon wishlist. There are a few exceptions: we can always use thermal underwear, insulated gloves, and sweatpants.
Please "like" Malden Warming Center on Facebook to see our weekly needs.

Amazon Wishlist

Updated regularly with common necessities at different price points.

PLEASE NOTE: You must already be logged in to Amazon to see this list:

 Log in to Amazon then click here

*You can also support the MWC every time you shop on Amazon! Simply click the

AmazonSmile link to select the Malden Warming Center as your Amazon Smile

charity. Then use every time you shop on Amazon, and they

will donate a percentage of the sale to us, at no cost to you!


  • Text-To-Donate: Text 'WARMTH' to 53-555

        to donate any amount, big or small.

        Mail to 529 Eastern Ave., Malden, MA 02148.


Deodorant, gold bond powder, foot powder, mouthwash,

toenail clippers

Self-stable Food: 

Juice boxes + bottled water, microwaveable pasta cups (mac + cheese/chef boyardee etc), individual cereal cups, individual variety chips


Hand/foot/super warmers, disposable nitrile gloves, ponchos, paper products (sturdy 10"+ plates, smaller side/dessert plates, and especially bowls), laundry detergent (unscented), weatherproof gloves, thermal underwear, sleeping bags

Donation Drop-Off: 

Donations can be brought to the Church of the Nazarene, 529 Eastern Ave., Malden, Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, or during the Malden Warming Center’s hours of operation.  Please call 781-324-4230 to be sure there is someone at the church to receive the items. Items are not to be left outside.

Current Fundraisers

The Malden Warming Center wants to see Malden through YOUR eyes. Show us your photos of Malden, and our panel of judges will select one winner in each of the following categories:

      1) Nature

      2) Lifestyle

      3) Architecture

      4) Food

      5) Pets

      6) Abstract

  • Each category winner will receive $50, and be entered into the running to win our $500 Grand Prize

  • Photos will be judged based on three criteria: creativity, compliance with theme, and technical execution

  • Enter as many times as you like. Each entry is $5

  • Enter all six categories, and one entry will be free!

  • The deadline to enter is April 15th, 2022

All photo entries will be shared on the Malden Warming Center Facebook page. The category winners will be announced on April 18th, and our overall winner will be announced on April 21st. 


Josh London has been operating a Malden based photography business since 2005.  Focusing on Weddings/portraits/and events his work has been published in numerous news outlets and wedding magazines. He was featured on channel 7 news for his photo book “The Day Boston Stood Still” a photo book capturing Boston in the weeks following the 2013 Boston Marathon. 

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Kevin Thai enjoys spending his nights watching Pixar and Disney movies with his 16 month old son before bed. Fatherhood is a motivator to be successful in life. That means being kind, showing patience, giving love. Listening. 

And these skills are used in his role as a board member on the Malden YMCA and the Malden Chamber of Commerce. And as the owner of  Three Circles Studio, he is giving back with portraits of the beautiful faces of our community. 

Paul Hammersley is the owner of 3MG/ Motion Music Media Group, offering in-studio and on-location photography, videography, and DJ services. He is in long-term recovery,  and is employed by the City of Malden as an addiction recovery resource specialist. Paul is a husband and a father to 5 girls, and a lifelong resident of Malden.


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