Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer#

To find out more about volunteering, contact Helen Domenici, Volunteer Coordinator, at helen@steppingstonesshelter.org or (301) 251-0567. Below is a list of each volunteer job along with a short position description. We welcome individuals and groups to volunteer with us.


Dinner Donor

Description Provide a well-balanced meal for approximately 20 people to be delivered by 5:30 p.m. or sooner (dinner).  Dinners are needed every evening of the week.

Sign up now to make a dinner for shelter families at the sign up.

* Volunteers can receive up to 3 community service hours for preparing a meal off site.


Afternoon Snack Provider

Description Help us provide afterschool snacks for our children, such as granola bars, animal crackers, dried fruit, and/or juice boxes so they can have something to eat when they come home from school.

Time Commitment Very flexible. It can be a one-time meal donation or recurring.


Donations Sorter

Purpose Sort and organize donations that are given to us by community members.

Key Responsibilities Sort through donations that we receive from donors and separate the items that the shelter will keep from those that will be re-donated elsewhere. Additionally, help haul the items that the shelter will keep to their appropriate storage spaces.

Qualifications You must be able to lift at least 30 pounds and climb stairs.

Time Commitment Monday through Friday. Flexible hours between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Training and Support Orientation with the Director of Community Engagement.


Clothing Closet Sorter

Purpose We have a wide selection of donated women, men, and children’s clothing that is lightly used. We need volunteers to keep well-organized and well-stocked.

Key Responsibilities Sort, folds and put away clothing received. Replenish and re-donate used clothing as necessary. If residents request clothing, put together bags of clothing for them. Update the foyer area with clothing for the residents to choose from.

Time Commitment Monday through Friday. Flexible hours between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Training and Support Orientation with the Director of Community Engagement.


Clerical Worker/Receptionist

Purpose To assist with office/administrative work.

Key Responsibilities General office support- data entry, answering phones, greeting visitors, sending thank-you cards, etc.

Qualifications Comfortable in a professional office setting, organized, basic computer skills, respect for confidentiality and discretion.

Training and Support Orientation with the Director of Community Engagement.


Childcare Volunteer

Purpose To keep children safe and busy while parents work towards their goals of housing and employment. The parents can attend workshops, search for jobs or housing online, etc.

Key Responsibilities Stimulate children’s physical and social growth through activities such as arts and crafts, homework help, drama, reading, etc. Most importantly, keep children safe.

Qualifications You must be 15 years or older, mature, patient, and flexible.

Time Commitment Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 7:00 p.m.to 8:30 p.m.

Training and Support Attend a mandatory childcare orientation with the Volunteer Coordinator and ongoing support as needed.


Homework Club Helper

Purpose Help our middle- and high school aged clients stay on top of their classes by assisting them with their homework.

Key Responsibilities Work with the clients to help them with their academic assignments.

Qualifications Basic knowledge of middle and high-school math, English, science, etc. Prior tutoring experience not necessary, but highly appreciated. Willingness to work with and mentor teenagers. Must be at least a senior in high school.

Time Commitment Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 7:00 p.m.to 8:30 p.m.

Training and Support Attend a mandatory orientation with the Volunteer Coordinator and ongoing support as needed.


Children’s Activity Volunteer

Purpose Provide a fun, interactive activity for our children residents. Examples include: Arts and crafts, charades, cupcake decorating, board games, outdoor activities in the summer, etc. Groups welcome (maximum 8 people). Groups: If you are leading an activity with a group with members under the age of 16, you must have one adult for every group member under 16 years old.

Key Responsibilities You are welcome to use what is at the shelter but you must provide any materials that the shelter does not have. You must have the ability to be mature, patient, and flexible.

Time Commitment Can be a one-time activity or an on-going activity. Wednesday, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


Parent Workshop Leaders

Purpose To provide helpful workshops to resident parents. These workshops can be anything from budget management, parenting classes, nutrition, couponing, yoga, etc.

Qualifications Must have extensive knowledge of the area you will be teaching.

Time Commitment Very flexible. Can be a one-time class or ongoing. Takes place Tuesday and Thursday evenings, (7:00 to 8:00 p.m.)


Outdoor/Yardwork Volunteer

Purpose: Help us keep our yard a clean, well-maintained, and beautiful place.

Key Responsibilities: Outdoor tasks include cleaning up littler, raking leaves, weeding, planting, gardening, sweeping the porch, etc.

Qualifications: Comfortable with upkeep and maintenance of the yard.  


Room Turnover Helper

Purpose When a family moves out of the shelter, we have to prepare the room for a new family to move in.

Key Responsibilities Wash all linens and blankets, vacuum and dust the room, wipe down all surfaces and drawers, make sure the past family didn’t leave anything behind, make beds with fresh linens, put toiletries and towels out for the new family, and select kid-friendly items for each child.

Time Commitment This position is an on-call position. We need about two rooms turned over a month.

Training and Support Orientation with the Director of Community Engagement.


Donation Drive Supporter

Conduct a drive at your school, congregation, organization, neighborhood or social group to collect needed items for the shelter. Drive ideas include, but are not limited to: items from our ‘Urgent Needs list,” which can be found on our website. Donations are important because we use them to replenish household items. We also donations to help fill ‘Wish Lists,’ which residents fill out when they move to a new home. Additionally, past residents can always come back to the shelter and ask for items that they need.

You can organize a donation drive with a theme such as:

“Back to the Basics” Paper towels, gallon Ziploc bags, bath towels, hand towels and washcloths, Shower curtains and rings, shower liners, new bed pillows.

“Sudsy Sunday” HE laundry pods, disinfectant spray, dish soap, pump hand soap – individual or refills, body wash, body lotion, deodorant, shaving gel.

“Think Clean” Air freshener, trash bags (white kitchen and black outdoor), sponges, latex gloves, dish washing gloves, bathroom spray cleaner, brooms, mops, vacuum.

Additionally, assemble baskets, packs, kits, etc. such as:

  1. Welcome Baskets We give families a laundry basket full of toiletries when they move in. Welcome baskets include: full size adult shampoo and conditioner, children’s shampoo, adult and child body washes, toothbrushes, toothpaste and mouthwash, tissues, shaving cream and razors, Q-Tips, Body Lotion, etc.
  2. Snack Packs
  3. Bathroom Kit: When families move out of Stepping Stone and to their new homes, we like to say farewell by giving them things they may need for their home. An often overlooked donation is bathroom items. Prepare a Bathroom Kit that includes that following items: small trash can, toilet bowl brush, toilet bowl cleaner, bath mat, shower curtain (with liner and hooks), and matching towels/washcloths/hand towels.