Volunteer Opportunities

Connecting through Service: Volunteering at Homeless Connections

Grand Chute Lions Dinner GroupVolunteers are vital to Homeless Connections in carrying out its mission, and in ensuring that individuals experiencing homelessness in our community are connected to the services and resources they need. There are many ways in which volunteers are able to connect through service, including preparing and serving meals, greeting people at the front desk, governing on the board or other committees, planning fundraising events, and helping with cleaning or organizing projects around the building.

Your volunteer experience with Homeless Connections should be one that motivates you to encourage others you know to get connected as well! Our volunteers serve as advocates for our agency. Even when they are not logging volunteer hours for Homeless Connections, they continue to support the mission by telling their friends and family about the volunteer work they do and about the work being done by Homeless Connections to prevent homelessness in the community.

Individual Volunteer Opportunities:

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Our greatest volunteer need at this time is for front desk volunteers on Saturdays and Sundays. Priority interviews will be given to those who express interest in volunteering at the front desk on weekends.

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Here is a list of our current volunteer needs at Homeless Connections:

  • Front Desk: Share your smile and help connect people to the information they need. As a front desk volunteer you will direct phone calls, greet visitors and residents, monitor lobby activity, and receive donations. Coverage is needed for shifts throughout the day between the times of 7:30am and 9:00pm. Customer service skills and experience answering phones is preferred.
  • Snack Service: Refine or discover your culinary talents by volunteering to prepare and serve a snack from 7:00-9:00 PM each night. This is a great family or group activity! No cooking skills required, but must complete kitchen training.
  • Running Errands: If you have a flexible schedule and enjoy a nice drive, perhaps you would be interested in going on errands for Homeless Connections! We receive donations from area businesses and organizations and we often need the help of volunteers in picking up or dropping off different items. Must be able to drive a licensed vehicle and lift at least 25 pounds.
  • Office Projects: Do spreadsheets, databases, scanners, and mailings get you excited? You might enjoy volunteering to assist Homeless Connections’ administrative staff with various office projects. Experience working with computers and other office equipment is preferred, as well as weekday/daytime availability.
  • Fundraising: Fundraising events are fun! They are even more fun when volunteers are involved! Whether you like to plan or participate, there are various ways to assist Homeless Connections with its fundraising events and needs drives throughout the year (e.g. Human Race, Garden Walk, and Benefit Gala).

These are just some of the areas in which Homeless Connections is most often in need of volunteers. Stay connected to our volunteer opportunities through our website, newsletters, and other agency publications! To be alerted of new needs by email, please become a fan of our Volunteer Center of East Central Wisconsin page.

Getting Started:

1. Complete a Volunteer Application: The Volunteer Application can be completed on our website or picked up any time at the front desk of Homeless Connections. Upon completing the application, you may be asked to meet for an interview.
2. Attend a Volunteer Orientation: All new volunteers are required to attend a Volunteer Orientation, during which you will learn more about our organization, as well as volunteer roles. Orientation is typically held once a month on a Saturday.
3. Receive Training: Before you begin to volunteer, you will have the opportunity to receive training in the area in which you are interested in volunteering.

*An individual must be at least 18 years of age in order to volunteer, unless volunteering with an adult leader or guardian. An individual who wishes to volunteer will also go through a background and reference check.

Group Volunteer Opportunities:

Homeless Connections welcomes volunteer groups! From employee groups to church groups, school clubs to youth groups – there are many ways to get connected throughout the year (groups of up to 10 volunteers are ideal, but opportunities for larger groups can be arranged):

  • Prepare and/or Serve an Evening Meal or Breakfast: Homeless Connections serves dinner on a nightly basis and serves hot breakfasts on Saturdays and Sundays. Your group could prepare and donate a meal to be served for dinner, or could sign up to provide and serve breakfast on a weekend. Contact the volunteer coordinator for available dates.
  • Building Projects: Volunteer groups can help with a variety of building projects from painting, cleaning, raking, and landscaping (building projects can allow for volunteer groups of up to 25 individuals).
  • Donation Drives: Coordinating a donation drive for Homeless Connections is a fun way for groups to volunteer off-site. Get your friends, family, colleagues, and classmates involved in volunteering by organizing a drive for donations from our wish list, which could include such items as food, hygiene products, laundry detergent, office supplies, and gift cards.
Current Volunteers

You may access handbooks, calendars, and other relevant information on the password protected volunteer page. Contact the volunteer coordinator if you need a password.