The Haven relies on the goodwill, expertise, and time of community members to keep our doors open every morning, every day of the year.

Volunteers have donated more than 100,000 hours of service at our day shelter and in our kitchen. We welcome your help. Volunteer opportunities are available in The Haven’s day shelter, kitchen, and offices.

All volunteers must attend an orientation before their first volunteer shift.

 

Day shelter volunteering opportunities

  • Greet and tend to the needs of guests at our welcome desk

  • Maintain accurate sign-up sheet for laundry, showers, and computers and monitor use

  • Assist guests with filling out paperwork and job applications or scheduling appointments

  • Disperse needed items to guests, such as laundry detergent, soap, shampoo, lotion, and toothbrushes

  • Accept and thank donors for material donations, and ensure that donors fill out the donation form

  • Help keep The Haven clean and tidy for guests and staff

Kitchen Volunteering Opportunities

  • Prepare and serve healthy breakfasts (chop vegetables, cook eggs, make coffee, serve on the line, wash dishes, clean up)

  • Sort food donations

  • Prepare vegetables and fruit for storage and for upcoming meals

  • Help with preparation for The Haven Homecooking, our weekly pop-up café

OTHER VOLUNTEERING opportunities

  • Serve on one of our “deep cleaning” days, to help keep The Haven up to our standards of being the best that it can be

  • Organize a supply drive for needed items

  • Assist our staff with office or business tasks

*Please note that only volunteers who have attended orientation can sign up for a shift.


Group volunteering

Because The Haven operates 365 days a year and offers all of our services every day, it is difficult to accommodate groups who want to prepare a meal together, particularly as breakfast is the only meal we provide. We instead rely on our regular trained volunteers, who show up at 6:30 a.m., to serve during these daily shifts.

There are many other ways groups can support The Haven, however.

  • Become a regular volunteer. Fill out the form on this page and then attend one of our monthly volunteer orientations to get started.

  • Start a fundraiser for The Haven with your group or on your own via Facebook (choose the button + Create Fundraiser). We’re also registered on MightyCause, an independent fundraising platform that is easy to use.

  • Run a supply drive to benefit The Haven. Consult our list of needed items [link to Give Supplies]. You could kick off your drive with a special presentation and tour of The Haven.

  • Bring your group for lunch to our weekly restaurant, The Haven Homecooking. Take a tour, get to know us and some of our guests, and learn how to get involved.

  • Become a donor. Every little bit helps. Committing to giving monthly [link to Give Money] is a great way for families or groups to contribute, with each member agreeing to set aside a small amount each month to assist our neighbors facing homelessness.


Questions?

Contact Diana Boeke, our volunteer coordinator, at diana@thehaven.org.