When: 8pm-11pm; any day of the week
What would I be doing? Evening volunteers work as part of a team (including evening and overnight volunteers) to help set up shelter, engage with guests, complete intake paperwork for new guests, hand out hygiene supplies, enforce program rules and help ensure the emotional and physical safety of the space. Volunteers participate in a shelter team opening meeting and a post-shelter debrief meeting each shift. Volunteers are supported each night in shelter by a Volunteer Mentor, volunteer Evening Supervisor and the Program Coordinator.
Dinner Meal Team
When: 7:30pm-11pm; any day of the week
What would I be doing? Dinner meal team volunteers work in a team of 3-5 people to prepare dinner, serve dinner and clean up the kitchen. We ask that at least one person from the team has attended volunteer orientation and can act as a contact person for the group. This is a great way to bring along friends, co-workers and family to volunteer alongside you! Dinner Prep Crews are supported by a Volunteer Mentor, and a Dinner Prep Crew Lead.
When: 8pm-8:30am Sat-Thurs; 8pm-9:30am Fri
What would I be doing? Overnight volunteers do similar roles as the evening volunteers before lights out in shelter (10:30pm). After lights out volunteers rotate through having a 2 hour ‘awake’ shift where they are responsible for helping to monitor the space, doing walk throughs of the room every 10 minutes, being available if guests need emergency assistance, and completing guest laundry. There are 4 overnight volunteers (including one or two overnight supervisors) and 1 overnight counselor (paid staff) who is the second person awake all night. Volunteers can sleep the other 6 hours of lights off (10:30pm-7am Sat-Thurs; 10:30pm-7:30am Fri) when they are not on their awake shift. Mats and bedding are provided. Overnight volunteers are supported by the volunteer Overnight Supervisor(s) and the Overnight Counselor. During the evening the Volunteer Mentor and Program Coordinator are also available for support on-site and is available for support in an on-call capacity during the overnight shift.
When: 6:15am-8:30am Sun-Fri; 6:45am-9:00am Sat
What would I be doing? Breakfast crew volunteers work in teams of 3-4 to help prepare a simple hot breakfast, serve food to guests, and clean up the kitchen. Volunteers typically bring food they are cooking that morning. Some non-perishable supplies are available at ROOTS. We ask that at least one person from the breakfast crew has attended volunteer orientation and filled out an application.
When: 6:45am-8:30am Sun-Fri; 7:15am-9:30am Sat
What would I be doing?
Morning volunteers work as part of a team (including overnight volunteers and morning floor volunteers) to engage with guests, hand out hygiene supplies, help clean up shelter, enforce program rules and help ensure the emotional and physical safety of the space. Guests are required to leave shelter by 8am Sun-Fri and 9am Sat. For 30 minutes after guests leave, volunteers help restock hygiene supplies, prepare bedding for the next night, start any remaining shelter laundry and clean up the shelter space. Morning volunteers are supported by the Overnight Supervisor(s). Management and Program Coordinators are available for support in an on-call capacity.
When: Fridays; flexible hours between 1pm-8pm
What is Friday Feast and what would I be doing? Friday Feast is an all-ages meal program serving hot dinner to approximately 100-150 people every friday at the ROOTS shelter location. Volunteers help with meal preparation between 1-5pm, serve dinner from 5:30-7pm, and clean up until 8pm. Volunteers under 18 may participate with adult supervision. If you are interested in bringing a group of volunteers please call us and we will work with you to schedule that!
Administrative Volunteer (flexible hours)
Volunteers assist Executive and Program Directors with assorted administrative support tasks including collating applications and training materials, upkeep of supply storage areas, copying, filing, mailings, etc.
Group Volunteer Projects (flexible hours)
Gather a group of people together and set up a time to come in and help with housekeeping around shelter. Tasks include: organizing clothing closet, sanitizing mats, cleaning and organizing the kitchen, sorting donations, and assembling bulk mailings. Volunteers under 18 may participate with adult supervision.
Collaborate with ROOTS staff to develop a volunteer internship program for yourself to meet school requirements and get involved with different aspects of the organization that will benefit your personal and academic goals.