WHY VOLUNTEER

Our volunteer program significantly impacts our ability to serve families experiencing homelessness 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 are the programs supported by our volunteers and events.

Looking for a group opportunity? Group projects include a variety of activities such as painting houses, landscaping, maintenance, food drives, and hosting activities for some of our reoccurring programs. View the group project tab below for more information.

Volunteer Requirements

  • Must be at least 15 years old
  • Must be 18 if volunteering in the Community Center
  • Over 18 years of age, individual must obtain an AZ DPS Fingerprint Clearance Card 
  • Complete an ADES Affidavit
  • Commit to volunteering for a minimum of 6 months, at least 2 shifts per month
  • Be able to volunteer Monday- Friday, 9am to 5pm and Saturday, 9am to 1pm
  • Sign up for our newsletter!

WHERE TO VOLUNTEER

Our Community Center provides after school programming for resident youth, which includes homework help, STREAM (science, technology, reading, engineering, art & mathematics)-based activities, therapeutic activities, and mentoring programs. In addition to regular after school programming, various evening events are hosted during the week throughout the year.

This program utilizes volunteers Monday – Friday 3:00 pm – 6:30 pm during the academic year.

Our Donation Center provides the families we serve with the necessary items to begin again. Families have access to food, clothing, furniture and other household items. All items families “shop” for at the Donation Center is theirs to keep when they move on from House of Refuge. The Donation Center also has a “toy closet” where parents can shop for a child’s birthday.

Volunteers at the Donation Center will sort and organize donated items, clean areas of the Donation Center and assist families and members of the community who are picking up food boxes and other items.

If your organization is interested in hosting a food or clothing drive, please contact us at volunteer@houseofrefuge.org

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

The Employment & Education Center provides residents with internet access, fax machine, copier and computers. Staff at the EEC plan special classes for residents on a wide variety of topics including financial literacy, parenting, resume building, job readiness, self-care and early literacy. Volunteers can assist with any of our programs in the EEC, assist residents in their job search, resume building and interview skills.

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

Outreach is a group of men and women who believe strongly in the House of Refuge program and are committed to raising community awareness and funds on its behalf. We are interested in both friend-raising and fundraising for House of Refuge.

We are a small group with big ideas, looking for individuals with willing hands, creative minds, and a little time to donate for a great cause. There are many ways to help on any given project, and you can choose when and how you want to participate. Here are just a few possibilities:

  • Represent House of Refuge at a local Chamber or community event
  • Promote House of Refuge through social media platforms
  • Collaborate in brainstorming ideas for public relations and fundraising
  • Become an ambassador for House of Refuge in your neighborhood and community network
  • Join or chair one of our three committees: Membership, Fundraising/Events, or Community Awareness

And remember that all your efforts will help provide transitional housing and support services for homeless families in need!

Meetings are held at House of Refuge on the third Monday of each month at 6:30 PM. Feel free to join us for a meeting and get to know us a little. We welcome all guests and there is no pressure to join. For more information, email outreach@houseofrefuge.org

We welcome any and all size groups to House of Refuge! Whether you’re part of a church, business, or philanthropic organization, our Community Outreach Coordinator can help plan a group project that will benefit the residents in our community. Some organizations will organize group projects as part of a team building exercise or corporate-wide “day of volunteering.” Projects can be a one-time event or an ongoing, regular project in our community.

We also welcome all Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts troops for community projects, Eagle Scout projects and Bronze, Silver & Gold award projects.

Email our Community Outreach Specialist to begin planning your group project!

Help House of Refuge spread Christmas cheer this holiday season to all of our families. We’re hosting a celebration, “Christmas in the Neighborhood” in December and are in need of toys and other gifts that our families can “shop” for, wrap and give to one another. Please click here to view our Christmas List!

VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH

Outreach

Having Outreach as an extension of our Volunteer Program & team at House of Refuge has been a tremendous asset to our agency & the community we serve through. It has been such a joy to be part of their team as well, serving as staff liaison, to see their work firsthand & how their passion for our mission is at the center of what they do & how they function as a group. These men & women are dedicated to the families that call our neighborhood their home, the events that they host on our behalf are always well thought out, very intentional, & always create more room within our local community to share our work with others. Outreach has been a great champion for House of Refuge through the years & it has been incredible to see them grow with us through that time as well. This past October, House of Refuge received its certificate as a Service Enterprise & while going through that process our coach shared with us that in all of her experiences working with agencies through this process, she had never encountered such a unique extension of volunteerism at a non profit.

-Hanna Smiddy – Community Engagement Coordinator

                                                                                                                                   

JANUARY VOLUNTEER HIGHLIGHTS

Thank you to all of our volunteers!

1

First, Attend a Tour

Schedule a tour of our community.
Upon completion, we’ll send you a volunteer application.

2

Next, Complete the AZ DPS Fingerprint Card

The Department of Public Safety will review your application and notify us when it’s been reviewed.

3

Last, Complete Paperwork.

Review our programs. Decide on the areas that align with your interests. Questions? Contact us!

OVER 20 YEARS OF CHANGING LIVES

We invite you to see our community, learn our story and join our mission to change the trajectory of a family’s life forever