St. Francis Center is a seven days a week, year-round operation and we could not exist without the support of our volunteers. We offer a hospitable, safe and accepting environment to more than 300 different volunteers who work with us annually. There are many ways for volunteers to serve and SFC is able to accommodate a variety of schedules and circumstances.
Individual volunteers must be 18 years of age or older in order to volunteer in positions with direct contact with guests. Children under 18 years of age are welcome to volunteer with a legal guardian, although the child will not serve in areas with direct guest interaction.
Volunteers are asked to commit to volunteering for at least 3 months, although longer commitments are more beneficial.
In addition to regularly-scheduled volunteers we will also accept as volunteers those participating in student community service activities, student intern projects, corporate volunteer programs and other referrals as available.
For more information on volunteering with St. Francis Center, please contact:
Ellie Benjamin – Director of Volunteers and Community Engagement
Volunteer Application Process
Volunteers are placed into assignments based on their interests, skills, and the needs of SFC. Interests and skills are assessed through the completion of a volunteer application, background screening and personal interview. To ensure the best possible match between the interests and skills of potential volunteers and the needs of SFC, all volunteers must complete the application process, which includes an application, tour & interview, and training.
Apply to Volunteer at St. Francis Center
To become a volunteer, please complete the following online volunteer applications and we will contact you with next steps.
Volunteer Position Details
Day Center: Basic Services Volunteer
Basic Services volunteers provide hands-on care for community members experiencing homelessness by participating in the following critical onsite services, and can rotate through several areas during each volunteer shift:
- Distribute mail, messages and hygiene items
- Assist guests in accessing their items in storage
- Assist guests who are shopping in the clothing room
- Monitor use and distribute towels and hygiene items in the showers
- Wash, dry, and fold towels and other donated items as needed
- Sort and organize donations
Employment Services: Client Navigator
Client Navigators are an integral part of the Employment Services team at St. Francis Center, which helps men and women develop skills, gain work experience, and connect with full-time employment. This program is designed to end the cycle of poverty and promote economic self-sufficiency. Participants in the Employment Services program come from St. Francis Center’s day center program, drug and alcohol programs, parole and corrections transition services, and other community organizations.
- Greet clients as they enter the building
- Answer phone calls
- Track client attendance
- Advise and offer assistance with program registration forms
- Assist clients with:
- Computer searches
- Resume writing
- Job applications
- Manage and maintain a list of community resources, current job openings, and current housing openings
Safe Outdoor Space: Barnum Location
Volunteers working at SFC’s Safe Outdoor Space (S.O.S.) help maintain the site for the 50 residents. Tasks include sanitizing common areas, picking up trash, and letting residents/visitors in and out of the facility. Additionally, volunteers are encouraged to build relationships with the residents of the S.O.S. site. Click here to learn more or sign up for a shift.
Ongoing opportunities are also available to provide lunch or dinner for the residents. Click here to learn more or sign up on the Meal Train.
Housing Services: Resident Activities
Resident Activities volunteers help build community for the residents living in SFC’s affordable housing program. Activities may include hosting bingo games, meals, or assisting with regularly scheduled “tech hours.” Opportunities are also available based on the skills and interests of the volunteers, such as workout classes, book clubs, etc.
Volunteers are also used to provide vehicle maintenance, technical support services, work on the SFC Events Committee, and speak locally about issues that affect homelessness and the work that we do at St. Francis. The possibilities for volunteering are as many and varied as the volunteers who donate their time and skill. Please contact us with your ideas