The shelter needs two types of volunteers, those who work with the guests (4 pm to 9 pm) and those who work while no guests are here (about 9 am to 4 pm). All volunteers must be over 18 and have had a background check. Call (920) 436-9344, or email us if you have more questions.
OPERATIONAL VOLUNTEER (work while guests are at the shelter)
Hospitality: Provide a welcoming place for the guests by assisting the staff with guest check-ins; welcome, groups that bring evening meals; fill guest requests; monitor locker rooms; spend time playing cards, games or sharing a friendly conversation with guests.
Morning Meal Server: Set out and serve a continental breakfast; clean up and restock kitchen.
Evening Meal Server: Set up the kitchen in preparation for the evening meal; heat leftovers or serve the meal that the meal preparation group delivers but is unable to serve; clean up and restock kitchen.
Classroom Aide: Assist guests as they study for their GED, complete job or housing applications, create resumes and work on literacy skills.
Health Outreach Assistant: Assist Health Outreach professionals by locating guests when it’s their appointed time to meet with one of the professionals; make copies of necessary paperwork.
Interpreter: Be available to interpret for guests. (Spanish, Hmong, Russian, Sign language)
NON-OPERATIONAL VOLUNTEER (work while guests are not at the shelter)
Inventory: Meet Monday and/or Thursday mornings (mid Sept.–mid May). Sort and organize donated items; help with basic cleaning needs.
Laundry: Work during the mornings doing laundry; assist with other jobs as needed.
Office/Receptionist: Answer the door and phone; assist with donation collection and some light clerical duties.
Fix-it: Work on miscellaneous repair and maintenance projects as needs arise.
Van-Trucker/Hauler: Be on call to provide a truck/trailer or to help move furniture, equipment or misc. items.
Landscaper: Be on call to help with planting, raking or other sporadic outdoor projects.
Cleaning: Assist with routine cleaning weekly.
Once your application and background check have been completed, you will be able to sign up for short 2-3 hours shifts doing specific jobs. A handy online sign-up calendar is available for trained volunteers that want an easy way to see when help is needed, or you can just call in or write yourself in! And there are always helpful staff here to answer questions and give directions.
To view and/or print the four pages of the shelter application, click Printable Volunteer Application
Meal Preparation volunteers do NOT need to complete an application. Instead, contact the Meal Coordinator, Mike Westenberg, at Meals@sjehs.org