Want to make a big impact in your community? We have unique volunteer opportunities in our shelter.
In January, the FRESH Start Emergency Shelter & Resource Center will be transitioning from the hotel to a single location for the overnight shelter.
We are in need of individuals who want to volunteer to support the shelter operations. We will need many hands to cover these positions 365 days a year.
The four needs are:
1. Welcome and check-in: this role will be responsible for welcoming our guests, doing the nightly registration, and receiving the guests' nightly vouchers. We need two volunteers for this each night. Arrival is 8 p.m. and ending time is about 9:30 p.m.
2. Safety check: this role ensures guests' personal items are placed into their storage bins for the night. This volunteer will do a visual inspection of bags and ensure guests are compliant with shelter rules. Arrival is 8 p.m. and ending time is about 9:30 p.m.
3. Refreshments: This volunteer will be available in the snack area to replenish snacks, socialize with our guests, and place any approved items needing refrigeration in a refrigerator. Arrival is 8 p.m. and ending time is about 9:30 p.m.
4. Overnight: these volunteers can fill one of the above positions and then stay overnight or can volunteer for just the overnight shift. Arrival is no later than 9 p.m. (unless filling another role). A volunteer rest area is available and responsibilities include ensuring guests remain indoors and in the assigned sleeping area. Additionally, this position will conduct lights out and wake guests at 6:30 a.m. It is not required this volunteer remain awake for the entire night, but be ready to support any guests' emergency needs. We need two volunteers per night for this position.
There is a short online training, which is required prior to volunteering. Also, a short knowledge quiz must be completed as well. The link to the training and quiz will be sent via email once you register.
To register as a volunteer, please complete the application at: https://forms.gle/E7ScMRP4oURuPz7G9
Once you complete the training and knowledge quiz, you will be sent further directions to complete the application for a background check (at no cost to the volunteer).