Help us help people
This is an exciting new volunteer opportunity for people who want to build rapport and get to know some of our clients. Volunteers come to the HOPE office, make sure the blue van is stocked and take the van to the shelter.
At the shelter, volunteers connect with clients around what basic needs items they require (clothing, shoes, hygiene items etc). Volunteers then distribute the items to clients from the blue van before returning it to the HOPE office.
Volunteers are required to be at least 18 years old and provide proof of a valid driver’s license. Volunteers can work alone or in pairs.
Search and Save volunteers, who go out in the HOPE van on the coldest nights when people need blankets, hats and information about the nighttime navigation services center 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.
Shelter Volunteer (overnight sleeping and other services): Nighttime navigation teams are made up of three volunteers over the age of 18 who assist clients and HOPE staff at our nightly navigation (overnight sleeping) site.
HOPE coordinates between two local church facilities, using their space to provide overnight sleeping to our clients experiencing homelessness. Nighttime navigation volunteers arrive at the church at 5:30pm to assist clients with check-in and stay until approximately 7:00pm to help serve meals, assist clients with personal belongings and clean-up. Volunteers are required to be at least 18 years old.
Soup Angels, who cook delicious and nutritious hot meals for 50 people per night staying at the nighttime navigation services center. The meals are invaluable but they also are a simple reminder to our clients that someone cares about them. Soup Angels are asked to prepare 10 meals once per month. The Soup Angel program is appropriate for adults, children or as a group or family activity. Current volunteers in this program range from 3 to 75 years old.
Warehouse volunteers, who help HOPE staff sort and organize the donations we receive on a daily basis. Help in the warehouse is incredibly important as clients come to the warehouse pick out clothing or hygiene basic needs items. Helping in the warehouse is appropriate for individuals or groups over the age of 13 years old.
Special Projects volunteers, who organize everything from holiday meal service to clothing donation or blanket-making drives. Contact us for more details.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for HOPE or getting re-engaged, please complete this form.