Volunteering

Looking to roll up your sleeves to pitch in for a good cause? You’re in the right spot! HOPE 4 Youth provides meaningful one-time and long-term volunteer opportunities that allow you to make a difference in the lives of the young people we serve. We welcome your help with donating meals, sorting supplies, mentoring and more.

Becoming a volunteer

The first step to becoming an individual volunteer (or the lead volunteer of a group) is to complete our online volunteer application. After submitting it, you will get a confirmation email and more information from Nikki Kalvin, our manager of community engagement.

We invite all new volunteers to attend A Look Inside HOPE, which is offered four times throughout the year. These 45- minute meetings include a tour and are a great way to learn more about our programs and services.

HOPE 4 Youth adheres to the highest standards to ensure the youth we serve and our volunteers remain safe. That said, all volunteers who work directly with youth are required to pass a background check. 

Ready to go? Access the online volunteer application

Already have a volunteer account? Log into our volunteer calendar to schedule your next gift of time.

Current opportunities

These jobs are for volunteers who want to serve on a regular basis and can be done individually or as part of a group:

DONATE A MEAL
Volunteers are needed to provide a meal that can serve 14 – 16 youth at our Drop-In Center. Per food safety guidelines, all meals brought into HOPE 4 Youth need to be prepared in a licensed kitchen.

There are three options:

  • Prepare a meal off-site in a licensed community kitchen (church, school, etc).
  • Purchase retail foods and then prepare onsite. Must be unopened and labeled (ex: take and bake lasagna; retail meal items like Costco or Simek’s; Cub foods deli items). Sandwiches can be prepared and put together on-site if you bring in the ingredients needed.
  • Bring in food from a restaurant.

Lunch meal donations need to be received by 11:30am, to be served between 12 -1 p.m. Dinner meal donations need to be received for prep by 4:30pm. You may have access to the kitchen earlier, if needed.

This is a great option for families and a fun team-building opportunity for companies and service organizations. Multiple meals can be prepared in advance and brought in to be kept in our freezer for future meal service.

SERVE A MEAL

Help prepare and serve lunch or dinner to youth visiting the Drop-In Center, following all food safety protocols. Also, provide a welcoming and safe atmosphere for the youth. Must be 24 years or older.

Lunch meal prep starts by 11:30 a.m., with the meal served from 12 – 1 p.m. Dinner meal prep starts by 4:30 p.m., with the meal served from 5 – 6 p.m. Plates, utensils and cups are provided. Masks and serving gloves must be worn at all times.

We pride ourselves on creating a safe and clean environment for the young people who spend part of their day with us. Twice a week, our clean-up crew volunteers work in groups of 2-4 to deep clean the HOPE 4 Youth Drop-In Center, including office areas and the bathrooms. 

Volunteers as young as 13 years old can volunteer with a supervising adult. Children are not allowed to be cleaners. This is a great option for families with older children and is a fun team-building opportunity for companies and service organizations. 

Deep cleanings happen twice a week before or after hours of operation at the drop-in center, so it cannot be done between weekdays between 2-7 p.m. 

Hours vary for this position.

Sorters meet and greet donors as they drop off items at the HOPE 4 Youth Donations Center. They check donations for quality, then record and store the items. Sorters also organize and stock the clothing closet and food pantry. 

Sorters who are at least 16 years old can volunteer with a supervising adult. Families with children ages 5 and up are welcome to volunteer on Saturday mornings. 

Two shifts are available: Wed., 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and Sat., 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

These opportunities are specifically for individuals who want to help the 16- to 24-year-olds we serve: 

Mentors welcome young people to the HOPE 4 Youth Drop-In Center and assist them with accessing the food pantry, clothing closet and other resources. Mentors help with a variety of questions, including ones about employment.

Mentors are good listeners who are non-judgmental and able to mediate and resolve conflicts in a respectful manner. They enjoy working with 16- to 24-year-olds.

Mentors must be at least 24 years old, submit to a background check and agree to complete 8 hours of training within their first 60 days of volunteering. 

There are three weekday shifts available: 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 2-5 p.m. and 5-7 p.m.

Greeters are stationed at the HOPE Place front desk to create a welcoming and safe environment for residents and guests. They interact with young people who are coming and going and keep a headcount on evenings and weekends. 

Greeters are good listeners who are non-judgmental and able to mediate and resolve conflicts in a respectful manner. They enjoy working with 18- to 23-year-olds. 

HOPE Place greeters must be at least 23 years old, pass a fingerprint background check and complete 6 hours of training within their first 60 days of volunteering.

Hours vary for this position.

This is a great opportunity for a person who loves to crunch numbers. This volunteer will log, track and verify information about the demographics of the young people being helped and the services delivered at our drop-in center. This position requires strict confidentiality. 

This volunteer must be at least 25 years old, complete a background check and agree to do additional training. 

Shifts are Monday mornings from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Do you have a skill that isn’t represented on the lists here? Perhaps we can create a new volunteer opportunity.

Be sure to note your special skills when completing our online volunteer application. We’ll work to find a place where HOPE 4 Youth can benefit most from your time and talent.