During the week there are approximately 50 slots for volunteers. Some congregations have a different member for each slot, and some volunteers take on multiple roles. Volunteers come from the Host and Support Congregations and are assigned duties by the Volunteer Coordinators—members of the host congregation who oversee the week.
Volunteering at the Day Center
Our Day Center is where our families are during the daytime hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., every day of the week, including weekends. Volunteering at the Day Center is being on the physical site of the day center for a determined time as agreed upon by you and the director.
Types of projects to do at the Day Center when you volunteer:
- Provide hospitality and support to homeless children and their families
- What does this mean? Baking cookies for the children, tutoring children with homework, playing with the children (working with the children must be with permission from the parents), talking with the guests of our program
- Supervising Day Center policies and procedures
- Providing resources and referrals to families
- Administrative tasks such as: typing, filing, answering phones, etc.
- Open and/or close center
Volunteering for Family Promise at a Congregation
ALL VOUNTEERS WORKING AT THE CONGREGATION ARE UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF THE VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR OF THAT PARTICULAR CONGREGATION. There are two Volunteer Coordinators per rotation: one at the host congregation and one at the support congregation.
The congregations are where our families eat dinner and spend the nights from 5:15p-6:45a in morning. The congregation gives them free dinner, breakfast, lunch, and family-centered housing seven days a week. Volunteers can help every night of the week in the following areas:
- Pantry Needs (1 volunteer or more during a congregation’s rotation week)
- Volunteers supply immediate needs of milk, orange juice, deli meats, lunch fixings, and any other supplies that are suddenly needed.
- Dinner Preparation (Two or Three volunteers in advance of 6:00 pm).
- Dinner is a hot meal prepared at the volunteers’ home or in the congregation’s kitchen and is served around 6-6:30 pm. Cooking dinner is a good opportunity for congregational groups – such as a woman’s, men’s, couple’s group and youth group. Some congregations have a “night out” dinner, serving pizza, fried chicken etc. Volunteers help reheat food in kitchen, lay it out for serving, eat with the guests, and asset in cleaning up afterward.
- Dinner and evening hosts (Two volunteers 5:30-8:30 pm)
- Hosts arrive to open the building,welcome guests, lead the meal, make sure the time table is kept, insure safety, enforce program guidelines, and note needed pantry items for following days of hosting. Dinner and Evening Hosts also socialize with guests and assist with guests’ needs. After dinner Hosts may conduct children’s activities, help with homework, or assist a guest with a particular need.
- Overnight Hosts (Two volunteers from 8:30 pm – 7:00am)
- Overnight hosts spend the night at the host congregation. Overnight Hosts call curfew at the congregation’s set time and are available in case of emergency.
- Breakfast Preparation (Possibly one or two volunteers, 6-7 am)
- On weekdays breakfast is a quick, simple meal (cereal, muffins, toast, juice, and coffee) because guests must be ready to leave on the van at 6:40 am. At some congregations, one or two volunteers arrive at 6:00 am to prepare breakfast and assist in cleaning up, which allows the overnight host to leave in time for work. On weekends breakfast is more relaxed and Hosts can prepare something more substantial, such as bacon and eggs or pancakes.
Other Volunteer Opportunities
- Volunteers purchase and donate food staples, paper products, cleaning supplies, and other needed items for the Day Center (i.e. daytime residence of families).
- Volunteers plan and organize special activities and events such as arts and crafts projects, videos, game nights, parties and outings for the families.
- Volunteers bring in a birthday cake if needed or birthday balloons and/or decorations for guests’ birthdays.
- Setup/Take Down
- Some Congregations, during their rotation, have large parish halls that are partitioned into areas for the guests to live. They need help to set up these partitions and take them down at the beginning and end of their rotation.
- Helping with materials: posters or stuffing envelops and sending them out
- At our Day Center
- With one of our congregations
- Helping a Board member
- Fundraising Events and/or Rummage Sales
- Helping congregations with fundraising events for Family Promise
- Helping for a Family Promise fundraising event
- Help a board member prepare for a fundraising event
- Speaking with congregations/youth groups/etc. about Family Promise
- Lending a hand to a Volunteer Coordinator in speaking to youth groups, to Bible studies, etc.
- Speaking with corporations/ businesses re: Family Promise
- What is your talent? We’ve all come together in faith – interfaith – to achieve what we believe is a godly outreach (or the right thing to do) in this community. Each one of us has ben given a talent or special interest. Isn’t this our gift? Shouldn’t we look to use that gift(s) at Family Promise? Please consider making your talents available to this interfaith family looking to help other families in our area! Contact info@FamilyPromiseVerdugos.org to volunteer.