Current Volunteer Opportunities
Short-term & Long-term
Donation Pickups: Are you available during regular business hours or sometimes on weekends to pick up silent auction donations from local businesses? Sometimes a car is needed, sometimes not. With a day to a week notice, we need some volunteers to pick up donations and deliver them to us. This project is ongoing until early March, so if you may have some time, please let us know.
Quilting: Are you a quilter? Would you like to teach the art & skill to others? Our quilting group is getting veerrrrry small (2 people). We have had a few people express interest in joining; however, they are looking more to learn how to quilt. The quilting group meets Monday mornings. (1-2 volunteers)
Pet Food Pick-up: We have a few low-income seniors with pets, which are definitely considered family members. Occasionally, we have pet food in the food pantry, that we are able to give to them in order to ensure their pets are not hungry. But this is more often a rare occasion. We’re looking for a volunteer who can pick up some pet food from The Pongo Fund on either the 2nd or 4th Sunday of each month between 10:30am-1:30pm. A volunteer would go just once a month to stand in the line to pick up about 1lb of pet food and deliver it to Friendly House.
Homework Club: MWF, 3:30-4:15pm. Help at-risk 2nd-5th grade children understand and complete homework assignments. Patience & flexibility are essential. Orientation & background check must be completed to begin. Minimum 3-month commitment. Combine homework help with classroom assistance for a more complete volunteer experience.
*Monthly Flyering: We’re looking for volunteers who can commit to posting flyers and newsletters at designated places around town on a monthly basis–grocery stores, community bulletin boards, etc. Some in NW but many others maybe in your neighborhood. Usually the first week each month. (4-8 volunteers)
Volunteer Application for Short- and Long-term Volunteering
*SAGE Newsletter: We hope to get 3-5 volunteers to help us fold the SAGE newsletter on Monday December 30th, 1pm. If we get enough volunteers it shouldn’t take more than an hour, if we only have a couple people it may take up to 2 hours.
*Giving Tree/Adopt-a-Family: If your family, business, congregation, school, etc. would like to buy gifts for a family or seniors, please contact Monique.
*Wrapping Paper, Bows & Tape: Our supplies this year are depleted. If you’d like to buy these things and drop them off, we’d love you even more than we already do! We’ll used them this year or save them for next year.
*House Chores: We’re always looking for volunteers who can help seniors with one-time house chores and/or errands. Vacuuming, cleaning a kitchen or bathroom, organizing, taking items to Goodwill, grocery shopping. Sometimes these are on short notice. Please let us know if we can contact you when these projects pop up.
ALL VOLUNTEER SPOTS FILLED! *Holiday Train Display: Sunday, December 8th, 2-5pm. Staver Locomotive again hosts a festive, free gathering for all, to kick off the holiday season and raise funds for Friendly House programs. We’ll need volunteers to help with setup, serving cider & popcorn, staffing a kids’ craft table and cleanup (3-6 volunteers)
ALL VOLUNTEER SPOTS FILLED! *Senior Holiday Social: Friday, December 6th, 10am-4pm (including setup/cleanup). Help make this holiday celebration special for low-income elderly adults. Set up tables/chairs, decorate, prepare food; help seniors get food & beverages; engage & socialize with seniors; and clean up afterward. We expect over 120 attendees. (8-12 volunteers)
ALL VOLUNTEER SPOTS FILLED! *SAGE Holiday Social: Friday, December 13th, noon-4pm (including setup/cleanup). A welcoming, inclusive, fun and heartwarming holiday celebration for LGBT elders. Food, raffle, entertainment, activities and merriment. Help make it a special (holi)day for SAGE. (6-8 volunteers)
ALL VOLUNTEER SPOTS FILLED! But you’re welcome to attend this free event. *Holiday Caroling and Community Celebration: Wednesday, December 18th, 5-9pm (including setup/cleanup). A neighborhood favorite. Help make this a festive evening–food, games, prizes for all ages & incomes. And we’ll go out caroling in the neighborhood with songbooks & a guitar. (6-8 volunteers)
ALL VOLUNTEER SPOTS FILLED! *Holiday Gift Delivery: A very popular volunteer activity–claim your spot early! Take gifts to and visit with homebound, isolated seniors, or to low-income families. Flexible schedule, starting around December 19th until December 24th. Most seniors & families live in the walkable NW neighborhood. Some live farther away, requiring a car. Children welcome with parents. Gifts can be delivered on the weekend, but they must be picked up by that Friday, 5pm. Contact Jim to schedule.
An asterisk (*) indicates a potential group project. Group Volunteer Application.
Internships: We often have internship opportunities for students & others wishing to develop relevant professional skills & gain experience in a social services setting. Internships may include seniors, children, families, administration, events and more.
Senior Program volunteer orientation: The last Wednesday each month, 6-7pm, you can learn about the latest and ongoing opportunities to work with seniors. RSVP required.
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