Sometimes all it takes to help a family is just a little bit of your time.
We really enjoy the enthusiasm and generosity of our volunteers, and we strive to make the Good Neighbor Center a warm, caring environment, not only for our families, but also for our team.
We would like to express our sincere gratitude for all the hard work we receive from our volunteers. With all the help and support of the community we are able to continue to meet the needs of our homeless families.
Below, you'll find some of our volunteer opportunities. If you don't find something that works for you, but you'd still like to lend a hand, please don't hesitate to give us a call or contact our volunteer coordinator at email@example.com.
Volunteer overnight hosts come to the shelter at 9:45pm with a pillow and a blanket prepared to sleep overnight until 6:00am when staff gets in. Overnight hosts are on duty for emergency purposes only. All doors are to be locked at 10:00pm. Residents are to be inside by 10:00pm unless prior arrangements have been made and approved through staff. No residents are allowed out of their rooms for any other reason (especially getting something to eat) than restroom needs or heating a bottle for a baby. All residents are aware of this rule and know it is to be followed. Exceptions are made for work schedules and medical emergencies only.
Groups of 4-12 people are needed to help out with the yard work here at the shelter. This entails weeding, pruning, raking and edging the shelter grounds. Planting flowers during the Spring is also an option to add color. This project is typically done between 9-12pm. Snacks and water/coffee is provided to the volunteers.
Volunteer Meal Hosts cook dinner for the families here at the shelter. Dinnertime is 6:00pm to 7:00pm. We ask that you have the meal prepared, set up, and ready to serve at 6:00pm. Dinner and visiting ends at 7:00pm. Residents have chores to complete and children who need attending before bedtime. If you would like to obtain food from our shelter for your meal, please contact staff a couple of days before your commitment. Please bring 2 gallons of milk or juice, or 1 of each. Please plan on preparing enough food to feed 30 or 35 people (unless specified otherwise). We call all contacts the prior week to confirm and provide updates (i.e. allergies and adult / count).
Other Volunteer Opportunities
During the holiday's we rely on volunteers to help out with many activities on and off site. The shelter has an annual Christmas and Halloween party and we are always looking for extra help coordinating games and making food. Volunteers are needed all year round to help clean rooms, sort through donations and assist staff in many ways.
If you are interested in helping out in any way, please contact the volunteer coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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