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We welcome you, and your group to come volunteer.

VOLUNTEERING

Our volunteer program significantly impacts our ability to serve homeless families in our community. We continually have a wide variety of volunteer opportunities. We welcome both regular and one-time volunteers, individuals, and groups, to share your talents and skills. Below you will find a synopsis for each of our programs, each of which is supported by our volunteers and events.

CONTACT

Our Community Center provides after school programming for resident youth, which includes homework help, STEM-based activities, therapeutic activities, and mentoring programs in addition to other events like Family Literacy Night.

This program utilizes volunteers Monday – Friday 3:00 pm – 6:30 pm.

Our Donation Center provides the families we serve with the necessary items to begin again. Here families have access to food, clothing, and other household items, which supports them as they begin their path to self-sufficiency. Through the Donation Center, parents are able to pick out gifts for their children that they might not otherwise be able to afford and the youth can obtain supplies for school and the like.

This program utilizes volunteers Monday – Friday 9:30 am – 4:30 pm.

The Resource Center provides residents access to various materials such as financial literacy courses, parenting classes, resume building, job readiness, and self-care workshops. Residents also have access to computers and the internet for job searching. All of these are important means to help families become empowered and independent.

This program utilizes volunteers Monday – Friday 9:30 am – 5:00 pm.

Our Outreach Team is a volunteer group of men and women who represent House of Refuge at community events, promote House of Refuge through social media and collaborate fundraising events to benefit House of Refuge.

Meetings are held the 3rd Monday 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm.

 This program utilizes volunteers Nights and Weekends.

We continue to partner with and welcome Eagle and Girl Scouts for projects. Examples of projects completed at House of Refuge include building custom shelving units, installing a water fountain in our main entryway, curbing, DVD drive…and much more.

For more information please contact us at volunteer@houseofrefuge.org

Our Maintenance team is responsible for the House of Refuge campus, maintaining both the grounds and the homes of all residents through all necessary repairs including but not limited to plumbing, electrical, landscaping, painting, and other related work.

This program utilizes volunteers Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Want to Get a Whole Group Involved?

Looking for a group opportunity? Search no further. The more the merrier! Group projects include a variety of activities such as painting houses, landscaping, maintenance, food drives, and hosting events for residents like an ice cream social, game night, or parent night out.

For more information please contact us at volunteer@houseofrefuge.org or click the button below.

Still Have Questions?

What skills or experience do I need?

Though prior volunteer experience is beneficial is not required. We have many opportunities from wrap around services for residents, day to day operations and service to residents in multiple departments to community awareness and outreach so welcome a wide variety of skills.

How old do I need to be?

For regularly scheduled individual opportunities, an individual must be 15 years old.

How much time do I need to give?

As we are a small staff, we rely on our volunteer team for day to day responsibilities & ongoing projects. We do ask volunteers to commit to volunteering with us for a minimum of 6 months. Most shifts are 2 – 3 hours in length, and volunteers can sign up once (or multiple times) a week/month.

 

What paperwork is required for me to volunteer?

Online Application  (CLICK HERE)

Fingerprint Clearance Card

– An affidavit is available to volunteers which serves in place of an FPC allowing individuals to volunteer while waiting for their card after they have applied.

Waiver/Confidentiality Agreement

– For those under 18 they only require a waiver/confidentiality agreement in place of an FPC which must be signed by a parent/guardian.

Will I need references?

No.

Will I get training?

Yes. There are two sets of training, first a general training following orientation which reviews all departments. Second will be on the job training within the volunteer’s area of service.

Will you do a background check?

For the safety of both our residents and volunteers, a fingerprint clearance card is required for all volunteers age 18 and up. To learn more about the fingerprint clearance card or to begin the process, please click here.

Do you run a volunteer Intern program?

Yes. If you were interested in intern opportunities, please email info@houseofrefuge.org.

Will you provide me with a reference?

We want to help our volunteers as much as they help us. We can always provide a reference for you.

Other Ways to Help
Still wondering about other ways to serve?

Check out our Donation Center

OR

Have a look at our Box List, with creative ways to support our residents through donated items to make their house a home.

WHAT'S NEXT?

Begin by applying on-line. For the safety of both our residents and volunteers, a fingerprint clearance card is required for all volunteers age 18 and up. To learn more about the fingerprint clearance card or to begin the process, please click here.

If you still have some questions you’d like answered before making a decision, email us! We would love to hear from you – volunteer@houseofrefuge.org

It is through the support and commitment of our volunteer community and local businesses that we are able to provide the quality of care and excellent resources to the families we serve. Thank you!