170617-N-DQ503-106 BOSTON (Jun 17, 2017) USCGC Eagle (WIX-327) leads the Parade of Sails during Sail Boston 2017 off the port bow of USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41). USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) and more than 50 Tall Ships from around the world are participating in Sail Boston 2017, a five-day maritime festival in the Boston Harbor. The event gives Bostonians an opportunity to see firsthand the latest capabilities of today's sea services, as well as experience maritime history - both past and present. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Taylor Elberg/Released)
 BOSTON (Jun 17, 2017) USCGC Eagle (WIX-327) leads the Parade of Sails during Sail Boston 2017 off the port bow of USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41). USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) and more than 50 Tall Ships from around the world are participating in Sail Boston 2017, a five-day maritime festival in the Boston Harbor. The event gives Bostonians an opportunity to see firsthand the latest capabilities of today’s sea services, as well as experience maritime history – both past and present. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Taylor Elberg/Released)

BOSTON — Sailors, Marines, and Coast Guard midshipmen volunteered at the Pine Street Inn, a homeless shelter, during Sail Boston 2017, June 19.

The service members spent the day helping in the kitchen to prep onions, celery, and tomatoes.

“I felt like … ‘If I’m going to visit another city and they are going to take care of me, I should take care of them,’” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Jamaal Maddox, a Sailor assigned to USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41).

Nearly 5,000 people volunteer at the Pine Street Inn each year. The volunteers are utilized to prep meals, and also to serve breakfast and dinner to the local homeless population.

The Inn supports nearly 1,900 individuals, and serves approximately 2,500 meals each day. Pine Street Inn serves nearly 1,900 individuals daily, with more than 2,500 meals served each day.

“We use volunteers every morning for kitchen prep,” said Elizabeth Condron, the volunteer program manager for the Inn, who oversees 20 to 25 volunteers each day.

She stated there are approximately 7,500 homeless men, women, and children in the Boston area. The Inn has 750 emergency shelter beds available per night, and they provide permanent housing for up to 950 people. They also conduct street outreach and bring services such as bag lunches, blankets, socks and underwear to assist the homeless.

“We want to end homelessness as quick as we can,” Condron explained. “Our idea is that everyone has a home.”

Ultimately, the goal of the military volunteers was to help those less fortunate and to engage with the citizens of Boston.

“I’ve done work like this back home before,” said Fireman Genevieve Jenkins, from Lexington, Kentucky. “It’s always nice to help others.”

The U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Security Response Team patrols Boston Harbor, Tuesday, June 20, 2017. The team deployed from Chesapeake, Virginia, to provide waterside security for the public and tall ships during Sail Boston 2017. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Barresi)
The U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Security Response Team patrols Boston Harbor, Tuesday, June 20, 2017. The team deployed from Chesapeake, Virginia, to provide waterside security for the public and tall ships during Sail Boston 2017. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Barresi)

USS Whidbey Island along with U.S. Coast Guard barque Eagle are participating in Sail Boston 2017, a five-day maritime festival in Boston. The event gives Bostonians an opportunity to see firsthand the latest capabilities of today’s sea services, as well as experience maritime history.

Boston is the only official U.S. port in the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta, a 70,000 nautical mile trans-atlantic race visiting six countries and concluding in Quebec City in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary.

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Sandi Grimnes Moreno, NAVINFO NAVCENT Public Affairs

170617-N-ZU404-074 BOSTON (June 17, 2017) Schooner Adventure (left), homeported in Gloucester, Mass., and schooner Roseway (right), homeported in Boston, sail by USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) during the Grand Parade of Sails for Sail Boston 2017, June 17. Whidbey Island and more than 50 Tall Ships from around the world are participating in Sail Boston 2017, a five-day maritime festival in the Boston Harbor. The event gives Bostonians an opportunity to see firsthand the latest capabilities of today's sea services, as well as experience maritime history - both past and present. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jordyn Diomede/Released)
170617-N-ZU404-074 BOSTON (June 17, 2017) Schooner Adventure (left), homeported in Gloucester, Mass., and schooner Roseway (right), homeported in Boston, sail by USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) during the Grand Parade of Sails for Sail Boston 2017, June 17. Whidbey Island and more than 50 Tall Ships from around the world are participating in Sail Boston 2017, a five-day maritime festival in the Boston Harbor. The event gives Bostonians an opportunity to see firsthand the latest capabilities of today’s sea services, as well as experience maritime history – both past and present. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jordyn Diomede/Released)
170617-N-DQ503-026  BOSTON (June 17, 2017) The Middlesex County Volunteers Fife and Drum aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) during the parade of sails in celebration of Sail Boston 2017. Whidbey Island and more than 50 Tall Ships from around the world are participating in Sail Boston 2017, a five-day maritime festival in the Boston Harbor. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Taylor Elberg/Released)
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BOSTON (June 17, 2017) The Middlesex County Volunteers Fife and Drum aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) during the parade of sails in celebration of Sail Boston 2017. Whidbey Island and more than 50 Tall Ships from around the world are participating in Sail Boston 2017, a five-day maritime festival in the Boston Harbor. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Taylor Elberg/Released)
170617-N-ZU404-005 BOSTON (June 17, 2017) Boston Mayor Marty Walsh addresses visitors onboard USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) during the Grand Parade of Sails for Sail Boston 2017, June 17. Whidbey Island and more than 50 Tall Ships from around the world are participating in Sail Boston 2017, a five-day maritime festival in the Boston Harbor. The event gives Bostonians an opportunity to see firsthand the latest capabilities of today's sea services, as well as experience maritime history - both past and present. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jordyn Diomede/Released)
170617-N-ZU404-005 BOSTON (June 17, 2017) Boston Mayor Marty Walsh addresses visitors onboard USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) during the Grand Parade of Sails for Sail Boston 2017, June 17. Whidbey Island and more than 50 Tall Ships from around the world are participating in Sail Boston 2017, a five-day maritime festival in the Boston Harbor. The event gives Bostonians an opportunity to see firsthand the latest capabilities of today’s sea services, as well as experience maritime history – both past and present. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jordyn Diomede/Released)
170617-N-GR361-054  BOSTON (June 17, 2017) The color guard from the Middlesex County Volunteers Fife and Drum parades the colors aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) during the Parade of Sails in celebration of Sail Boston 2017. Whidbey Island (LSD 41) and more than 50 Tall Ships from around the world are participating in Sail Boston 2017, a five-day maritime festival in the Boston Harbor. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kaleb R. Staples/Released)
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BOSTON (June 17, 2017) The color guard from the Middlesex County Volunteers Fife and Drum parades the colors aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) during the Parade of Sails in celebration of Sail Boston 2017. Whidbey Island (LSD 41) and more than 50 Tall Ships from around the world are participating in Sail Boston 2017, a five-day maritime festival in the Boston Harbor. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kaleb R. Staples/Released)