High Impact Volunteers
Would you like to learn more about Star of Hope Mission, the issues of homelessness and how you can make a difference? If so, take the next step to becoming a valued team member – a High Impact Volunteer!
High Impact Volunteers, both individuals and groups, are strategic partners who come alongside our staff to minister to our clients by volunteering at least once a week. High Impact Volunteers share our commitment to the mission and are valued team members who become an extension of our staff.
Volunteering at Star of Hope is a serious commitment - we trust your decision to submit an application will be made with much prayerful thought and consideration. Star of Hope requires:
- that volunteers be able to support our Christ-centered mission.
- volunteers to work at least one shift per week.
- individual volunteers to be at least 18 years old. Students volunteering with a parent or chaperoned group must be in high school. Volunteers working with our children must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or GED.
- an application and interview.
- reference and criminal history background checks. This includes fingerprinting for volunteers working with our children.
- that each new volunteer complete orientation.
High Impact Volunteer Opportunities: Find an opportunity from the list below and complete our Volunteer Interest Form. A member of our Volunteer Services Team will contact you for availability and scheduling.
Call Center Volunteers
Be part of the growing excitement as Star of Hope begins a new volunteer ministry - our Call Center! Volunteers will be the voice of our mission, assisting callers with questions about the services we provide, the availability of shelter, donations, volunteering, disaster relief and much more. Volunteers will also have the opportunity to comfort, encourage and uplift callers through prayer. Volunteers will learn a tremendous amount about our mission, the issues of homelessness and our community in a fast-paced, team environment. Morning and afternoon shifts, Monday - Fridays for volunteers who are able to make a consistent commitment. (Location: Hope Center - Administration Building)
Star of Hope ministers to the whole person - mind, body and spirit - and regular exercise is essential to maintain wellness. Our aerobics class needs an instructor any two days Tuesday - Friday from 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. You will have a great time working out with a group of very special people as you promote fitness and healthy living. (Location: Transitional Living Center)
Client Support Volunteers
For volunteers who like to be in the hub of action, our busy Reception Desk is the place for you. This is a great opportunity to welcome clients, visitors, donors, other volunteers and staff into our facility and assist them with a variety of needs. Daytime and evening shifts. (Location: Transitional Living Center)
Colors Clothing Store Volunteers
Many clients come to Star of Hope with nothing more than the clothes they are wearing. Volunteers are needed to assist guests select clothing for themselves and their children, organize new items, and keep clothing store tidy. Daily except Sunday. Daytime and evening shifts. (Location: Women & Family Emergency Shelter)
Computer Learning Center Assistants
In order for our clients to become successful, they must master current technology. Volunteers are needed between 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday, to assist clients in the Computer Learning Center. Clients needs vary from learning beginning computer skills to writing resumes and cover letters. (Location: Transitional Living Center)
We serve three meals a day, 365 days each year, at all three facilities. What an opportunity to encourage and uplift as you hand a meal tray to our clients. This can be scheduled for an individual volunteer or small group on an ongoing basis. Volunteers help set-up, serve and clean-up. And faithful volunteers who know the routine are a special blessing to the kitchen staff and the clients we serve.(The number of volunteers varies per kitchen: Men’s Development Center - 10; Women & Family Emergency Shelter - 6; Transitional Living Center - 6.) Lunch and dinner shifts available throughout the week.
We are looking for church groups of 3-6 adults and individuals to mentor families and singles transitioning into permanent housing through our New Horizions program. During a six month commitment, mentors will be required to meet with their mentees no less than twice a month. What a tremendous opportunity to ensure the success of former Men's Development Center and Transitional Living Center residents who are becoming independent, contributing members of our community!
Due to poor hygiene, ill-fitting shoes, and our humid weather, foot problems are a common health issue for many of the transient men we assist. There is a huge need for a podiatrist who would regularly volunteer in the clinic. What a wonderful gift that would be for many of these men! The MDC Clinic is open Monday - Friday during normal business hours. (Location: Men's Development Center)
Donation and Distribution Center Volunteers
There is a real need for a dedicated group of 4 - 6 women to faithfully sort women's and children's clothing for several hours once a week. This can be done on a weekday or Saturday morning. This project could be taken on by a larger group who rotates days. Not glamorous and behind the scenes, but ESSENTIAL to providing for the basic needs of our clients!
Transitional Living Center: Reaching out to Star of Hope teens is especially important. This may be our last chance to make a difference and keep the cycle of homelessness from repeating itself. Beginning in September, volunteers are needed for our Thursday night teen mentoring program. What an incredible feeling as volunteers build relationships and see the positive impact this has in the lives of our teens. Teen mentors must be consistently available on Thursday evenings September - May from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.