Volunteers are the backbone of the YEAH! community. Volunteers make it happen. They do fundraising, solicit in-kind donations, make connections with civic and religious and educational organizations and collaborate with social service agencies who can provide assistance to the street youth. Often this process gives volunteers the opportunity to deepen their understanding of individual life situations that result in youth homelessness.
Most importantly, volunteers provide the sense of community at YEAH!. They work with an experienced supervisor who is always on site. Volunteers who are at the shelter the same evening every week come to regard themselves as a team. Those with irregular schedules meet new people.
Volunteering at the shelter contributes to everyone's well being. Volunteers learn from youth, from their fellow volunteers and from the trainings provided by YEAH!. In turn, youth have a warm bed, hot meals and a way of making connections with people from the wider community.
In the shelter, we need volunteers to prepare and serve food and/or wash dishes, both morning (6:30-8:30 am) and evening (7:45-10:15 pm). Other volunteers are needed to interact with youth, hand out sleeping materials, assist with shower sign-ups and oversee the laundry: both morning (6:15-8:15 am) and evening (8:00-10:00 pm) shifts are available.
We frequently hold orientations for volunteers, which they are asked to complete before volunteering. All orientations and trainings take place from 5:30pm to 7:00pm (8:00pm for some volunteer positions) at 1744 University Avenue, located inside the Lutheran Church of the Cross. You can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about volunteer opportunities and to learn when the next orientations will be.
And check our volunteering FAQ if you have questions about volunteering.