Thank you for your interest in volunteering at The Light House! Please find a list of our available volunteer opportunities below. Off-site opportunities do not require an application or orientation, but all of our on-site opportunities do. If you would like to volunteer on-site, please click on the following link to learn more about the application process.
Off-Site Opportunities (No Orientation Required)
Make Bagged Lunches
We distribute approximately 100 bagged lunches daily to our residents and community clients who are in need of food. Bagged lunches are available at any time for anyone who comes through our doors hungry.
• Sign up to bring in bagged lunches for: January, February, March, or April.
• Click here for instructions on how to prepare and deliver bagged lunches.
Through our homeless prevention program, our pantry provides nearly 100 bags of non-perishable groceries each week to people in our community. These grocery bags help supplement individuals and families on a very limited budget, so that they can still eat and use their income on rent. Sponsoring a food drive is a huge help in keeping our pantry stocked and our grocery bags full. The items we need most are listed on the Needs section of our website.
Other Ideas for Student Volunteers
In order to volunteer at The Light House, you must be 18 years or older. Students who are 11-17 years old may volunteer with adult supervision, once the adult completes the application process. If you would like to help the homeless community without going through the application process, please click here for ideas on other ways to help.
On-site Opportunities (Orientation Required)
Breakfast is served at 7:30am on weekdays and 8:00am on weekends year round, thanks to our wonderful volunteers. Groups that participate in the meal program purchase the ingredients, prepare and serve the meal to our residents, and store the leftovers. Please plan to serve 40-45 residents during the weekdays, and 20-25 residents on the weekend.
Dinner is served at 6:00pm daily, year round, thanks to our wonderful volunteers. Groups that participate in the meal program purchase the ingredients, prepare and serve the meal to our residents, and store the leftovers. Please plan to serve 40-45 residents during the weekdays, and 20-25 residents on the weekends.
*Most of the dinner opportunities are covered by faithful and dedicated volunteer groups from community churches, organizations, and businesses, but we regularly have a few spots open each month.
Fresh Market Volunteers
Our Fresh Market offers fresh food, donated by local grocery stores and restaurants, to community clients in need. Volunteers set-up and organize the market, help clients pick out a bags worth of fresh food, and clean-up the remaining items at the end of the shift. Shifts are Monday-Wednesday from 10:00am-12:00pm.
Organize and Distribute Bagged Lunches
In conjunction with a hot lunch that we provide daily to residents and community clients, we distribute bagged lunches to supplement the other meals in a day. Volunteers organize the bagged lunches by sandwich type, distribute two to each client, and store the remaining lunches at the end of the shift. Shifts are Monday-Friday from 10:00am-12:00pm.
Our pantry is filled with non-perishable food items that provides many of our community clients with two bags of groceries each month. Volunteers pack and label the grocery bags, as well as rotate and check for expired food on the shelves. Shifts are Monday-Thursday from 12:00-2:00pm.
Safe Harbour Resource Center Host
Our Safe Harbour Resource Center offers various crucial resources for community clients in need, such as BGE/eviction assistance and case management services. Volunteers will help community clients with laundry, showers, and pantry bag distribution, as well as assist the Homeless Prevention Diversion Specialist with light data entry of services provided. Shifts are varied Monday through Friday. Volunteers are required to attend training prior to signing up.
Our Career Closet is an incredible resource for our residents, as well as agency referred clients, to receive articles of clothing that are both work appropriate and suitable for everyday wear.
Career Closet Volunteer: Volunteers assist clients in picking out outfits, as well as organizing clothing donations. Shifts are Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10:00am-12:00pm.
Clothing Donation Volunteer: Volunteers are also needed the first Saturday of the month from 9:00-11:00am to receive and organize clothing donations from the community.
The front desk is the first thing people see when they walk into our organization. Volunteers are needed to monitor the doors, answer phones, greet residents, clients, and other visitors, and assist the Resident Assistants with small administrative tasks. Shifts are Monday-Friday from 9:00am-12:00pm. Volunteers are required to attend training prior to signing up.
Financial Empowerment, Adult Basic Education, and Soft Skills Assistance
Many of our residents, B.E.S.T. students, and alumni are working to develop the skills they need to reach self-sustainment. Volunteers can work in a group or one-on-one setting to help clients develop reading and financial skills, study for GED testing, and advance in workforce development (such as resume writing, cover letter building, conflict resolution, basic computer skills, etc.). Volunteers are required to attend training prior to volunteering.
Pro Bono Services
Do you have a special skill and would like to volunteer your time? Please contact the volunteer office if you have time in your schedule to give.
Some areas of interest to The Light House: Handyman services, carpet installation, gardening/landscaping, technical and computer services, dental services, credentialed Therapist, legal clinic, exercise trainers, and nutritionists.