Emergency Shelter Support
Assist congregations during their hosting week. Sometimes congregations need extra drivers and overnight supervisors. This function is vital in assuring our organization continues to operate smoothly. All volunteers for congregation support need to be flexible. These opportunities call for individuals who can adapt to different environments. Times and locations may vary.
Interested in becoming a host site? Contact LaTasha Lotts, Shelter Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about open hosting weeks, schedule a time to visit a host site, and discover other ways you can support our shelter.
Transportation continues to be a major barrier among the homeless population. Many of our clients need rides to appointments and job interviews they have arranged throughout the day. This is a great way to help our clients on the path towards self sufficiency. All volunteer drivers utilize their personal vehicles and must present a valid license with updated registration and insurance. Transportation support is needed Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Life Skills Classes
We currently have a great need for self-motivated individuals who are willing and able to facilitate classes for SOS clients. Examples of classes held by volunteers at SOS include: Resume and Cover Letter Assistance, Financial Literacy, Adult Literacy, Mock Interviews, Creative Writing, Computer Skills, Parenting Classes and Navigating a Career in Transition, Yoga, Karate, Art Therapy, Guitar Lessons, Singing Lessons, and Knitting.
The mentoring program uses adult volunteers who are committed to supporting, guiding, and being a friend to a young person. All individuals interested in mentoring must receive clearance from the Department of Human Services before volunteering.
Mentoring volunteers must commit to a consistent weekly or bi-weekly volunteer schedule to form a routine with their mentor. In addition, we hope volunteers have the financial flexibility and willingness to do engaging activities such as: bowling, arcade gaming, trips to the batting cage, go-carting, trips to the driving range, receiving a manicure or pedicure, eating out at a restaurant, going fishing, attending a play, ballet, musical or anything else that may inspire, motivate or enhance the life of a child (SOS does receive some free passes and will provide them when available).
Provide educational support to SOS clients by assisting with homework, school projects, as well teaching positive study skills. Tutoring takes place at 5:00 p.m. at the SOS office or at 7:00 p.m. at the host site. Tutors should come once every week.