Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Star House!
Whether you have a limited amount of time, or a lot, there are a number of ways for you to get involved. Star House is open 365 days a year and needs dedicated volunteers throughout the day, every day. Please check out our volunteer opportunities to see what might work best for you or your group!
We always need support in the Star House warehouse receiving, sorting and organizing donated items.
Help us create community with Star House guests through meal preparation, enrichment activities, meaningful discussion, cleaning, restocking, mentoring and more.
Knowledge is powerful to our guests. Are you an "expert" on a topic that our youth would be interested in and could benefit from learning more about?
Help Behind the Scenes
Please note that many of the following volunteer options below are not currently available due to COVID-19. We will resume the normal activities below as soon as possible.
Thank you for your interest in helping in our warehouse! We rely heavily on volunteer support during our open donation hours, which are Wednesday through Saturday from 9:00AM - 1:00PM. Most volunteers choose to work in 2-hour shifts, either from 9:00AM to 11:00AM or from 11:00AM to 1:00PM.
Volunteers working in our warehouse help by processing donated items. This essentially means sorting and organizing clothing, shoes and other items in an orderly fashion so that others will know where to locate them when needed. Volunteers working in the warehouse must be at least 16 years of age; Those ages 16 or 17 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. At any given time, the maximum number of volunteers that can work in the warehouse is 10.
When scheduling a shift, please reserve the number of slots for the total number of people that will be volunteering during that particular shift. For example, if only you will be volunteering, reserve only 1 slot. However, if you are part of a group that will be volunteering together, reserve slots equivalent to the total number of people in the group.
For safety and comfort, we recommend that you:
- Wear closed-toe shoes
Wear weather-appropriate clothing (preferably in layers) as the warehouse environment can sometimes be unpredictably hot or cold
Bring water to drink
Work Directly with Guests
In order to become a direct engagement volunteer, you must be at least 18 years of age, complete the entire volunteer orientation process and successfully pass a required background check.
If you are excited to begin working with Star House guests, please start your journey by completing a volunteer application.
Next, schedule an in-person orientation by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the e-mail, please share the days of the week and times of day that might work best for you to participate in an orientation class.
Direct engagement volunteers are needed throughout the day, every day, and are positive reinforcements for Star House guests and staff. Volunteers lead by example to teach youth how to establish meaningful relationships with boundaries that are healthy, safe and consistent.
Volunteers assist in many ways. Some examples are below:
Socializing with Star House Guests
Volunteers have an opportunity to introduce themselves to guests, interact with them, check in with them, sit and talk (but more often listen) and serve as a welcoming presence for new youth who may just be arriving in the house for the first time. You can participate in house events and encourage youth to participate, prepare a meal or even play sports like basketball, football, or foosball in the gym (you can also bring out the workout equipment). In addition, volunteers can play board games with our guests or even open the art room!
We need assistance restocking our daily needs center, laundry room, food pantries, refrigerators, freezers, and/or to-go shelves.
Volunteers can take out the trash; clean and organize the refrigerator and/or freezer; clean kitchen countertops and cabinets; sweep and/or mop floors; and organize in general.
Through Open Table mentoring, one Star House guest is connected with a table of 6-8 mentors who form a life-changing community of support. To express interest, please select “Yes” to the question on the online application asking if you are filling out the application to become an "Open Table" mentor at Star House. Tables form on an ongoing basis and are so appreciated by our guests.
Share Your Expertise
Do you feel that you can offer youth an opportunity to learn about a helpful topic in a presentation forum? Your presentation should be honest, informative, and based on a topic that youth guests would find both interesting and useful. Prior to scheduling a presentation, the content of your proposed presentation must be reviewed by our Volunteer Services Director. If approved, you will be assisted with scheduling.