HOPE’s street outreach program operates a mobile outreach van seven nights a week, 365 nights per year. Two volunteers staff the van between 6pm – 9pm. On sheltering nights, an additional volunteers assist staff at the overnight shelter site. Street outreach volunteers attend classroom training and work several shifts with veteran partners before hitting the streets on their own. Street outreach volunteers are supported by on-call HOPE staff to communicate and trouble-shoot outreach activities. During street outreach shifts, HOPE provides basic needs support such as food, water, clothing, and blankets or sleeping bags. Outreach teams may also provide transports to available shelter, detox and medical treatment facilities.
Volunteers are required to be at least 18 years old and in good physical condition. Outreach activities may occur during extreme weather conditions and volunteers are required to perform a modest amount of lifting when loading the mobile outreach van with supplies. A valid Colorado driver’s license and background checks are required.
The soup angel program began in September 2007, with one volunteer providing 20 meals per night. By the end of that year, the program had tripled. Currently, we are serving 100+ each night, and to date, more than 185,000 nighttime meals have been served to people experiencing, and at-risk of, homelessness, in Longmont. The meals are delicious and nutritious, but as important as the food is, the simple reminder that someone cares is what the people we serve tell us matters most.
Soup Angels are asked to prepare 20 meals each once a month in containers provided by HOPE. Additionally, soup angels can prepare non-perishable meals to supplement the supply of fresh meals. The soup angel program is appropriate for adults, children and is also perfect as a group or family activity. Current volunteers for this program range in age from three to 75 plus.
HOPE has a variety of special projects going on throughout the year that depend on volunteer support. Volunteers have the opportunity to assist with fundraising activities, HOPE’s Christmas-time sheltering project “Room at the Inn,” clothing donation drives and office/administrative help.
NON-PERISHABLE MEAL BUILDING
Help us ensure that everyone who needs a meal on any given night is given something nutritious to eat. Our soup angel volunteers prepare 80 – 100 meals a night, but sometimes we have more than 100 people needing meals, so we keep non-perishable meals on hand to fill the gap. Building non-perishable meals is a good group activity for folks of any age. You can build them at home, school, office or church and then deliver them to our warehouse afterwards. Contact us for more details.
Blankets help keep our clients warm at night and making them is a great activity for youth or groups of any age. All you need to make a blanket is two pieces of fleece sized like a twin blanket (about 66″x90″) and a pair of scissors. You can make one blanket or one hundred blankets (or anywhere in between) and drop them off at our warehouse at your convenience. Contact us for more details.
Consider organizing a collection of socks, blankets, or other crucial item in your neighborhood, school, church, or workplace. Contact us to find out what the specific needs are at the time you would like to do the drive. We’ll be happy to come speak to your group as well!