SEARCH & SAVE
HOPE’s search & save mobile outreach service operates cold nights during the winter when people need blankets, hats and information about the emergency shelter in order to survive the elements. This incredibly important work establishes supportive relationships and increases the chances that individuals will access the array of programs to help them move off the streets and into housing.
Two volunteers staff the van between 5:30pm – 7:30pm. Search & save volunteers attend classroom training and work several shifts with veteran partners before hitting the streets on their own. Volunteers are supported by on-call HOPE staff to communicate and trouble-shoot outreach activities.
Volunteers are required to be at least 18 years old and in good physical condition. Outreach activities occur during extreme weather conditions and volunteers are required to perform a modest amount of lifting when loading the mobile outreach van with emergency supplies. A valid Colorado driver’s license is 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 10 meals once a month in containers provided by HOPE. 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 3 to 75+ years old.
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 Day lunch service, clothing donation drives and office/administrative help.
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″x 90″) 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!
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for HOPE or getting re-engaged, please complete this form.