individual volunteer opportunities

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People Serving People has temporarily suspended all on-site volunteer opportunities.

This is to ensure the safety of our guests and community by limiting the number of visitors in and out of our buildings. This will be a difficult change for our outstanding community of volunteers, supporters and our organization. We invite those who are looking to contribute to our organization during this time to make a donation or monetary gift.

Questions? Contact:

Tom Golembeck, Volunteer Coordinator, 612.277.0216
Maria Pederson, Volunteer Associate, 612.277.0246
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Individual Volunteer Application

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Resident Resources Assistant

Make an immediate impact on the lives of families in crisis, acquire firsthand experience supporting those experiencing homelessness, and gain insight into working in a 24/7 human services operation. The Front Desk stands at the very heart of People Serving People, welcoming families into shelter and distributing vital information and basic supplies to guests, staff, other volunteers, and the broader community.

Every day: 9:00am – 10:00pm (3-hour shifts: 9:00am – noon, 2:00pm – 5:00pm, 5:00 –8:00pm, 7:00pm – 10:00pm)
Requirements: Must be able to work in a diverse and fast-paced setting, complete our online application, pass a background check, and commit to a regular schedule for 3 months. Must be at least 16.

Daytime Early Childhood Development Program Assistant

Assist our Educational Services staff in our Infant room (6 weeks – 23 months), Toddler room (2-year-olds) or our Preschool room (3- to 4-year-olds).

Monday–Friday: 9:00am – 4:30pm (2- to 4-hour shift minimum)
Requirements: Complete our online application, pass a background check and commit to a regular schedule for three months. Must be at least 16.

K–5 Educational Support, Tutoring, and Enrichment

Read one-on-one with a child, support children in doing their homework, and help facilitate a small group of children in grade appropriate lessons, games, and crafts.

Monday–Thursday: 5:30pm – 8:00pm (Educational Support and Enrichment)
Fridays: 5:30pm – 7:30pm (Family Fun Night)
Saturdays: 1:00pm – 3:00pm (Enrichment Activities)
Requirements: Complete our online application, pass a background check and commit to a consistent schedule of one night per week for three to six months. Must be at least 18.

Teen Program

Programming challenges teens to be problem solvers, innovators, risk-takers and creators as they develop projects that are meaningful to them.

Monday–Thursday: 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Requirements: Complete our online application, pass a background check and commit to a regular schedule for three months. Must be at least 18.

Reading Partner

Read with children in the front lobby and maintain books spaces throughout the building.

Every day: 8:00am – 8:00pm, (2-hour shift minimum)
Requirements: Complete our online application, pass a background check and commit to a regular schedule for three months. Must be at least 18.

Self-Defense Class Teacher

Teach a self-defense class to adults staying in shelter who are attending Life Skills, an extracurricular group.

Friday: 9:00am –10:15am every other month (flexible if a different schedule would work better)
Requirements: Complete our online application, pass a background check and commit to a regular schedule for three months. Must be at least 18.

Meal Server

Serve breakfast, lunch or dinner to families and assist with clean-up as necessary.
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Breakfast: 7:30am – 9:00am
Lunch: 11:30am – 1:00pm
Dinner: 4:15pm – 5:45pm
Requirements: Must be at least 12; children 12–15 must be accompanied by an adult.

Building Beautification

Assist our housekeeping department with general cleaning duties, including sweeping and mopping floors, washing windows, vacuuming, folding laundry, and cleaning vacant guest rooms.

Monday–Friday: 9:00 am – 10:00 pm (2- to 4-hour shift)
Saturday: noon – 10:00 pm (2- to 4-hr hour shifts)
Sundays: noon – 3:00pm and 6:00pm – 10:00pm (2- to 4-hour shift)
Requirements: Must be at least 12 years old (children 12–15 must be accompanied by an adult).

Development Assistant

Help with donor relations and fundraising. Write thank you cards, address envelopes, do event preparation, and more. Good handwriting is a must!

Monday–Friday: 8:00am – 4:00pm (2-hour shift minimum)
Requirements: Complete our online application, pass a background check and commit to a regular schedule for three months. Must be at least 18.

Questions? Contact Tom Golembeck, Volunteer Coordinator, or call 612.277.0216.