ROOTS In-Shelter Overnight Volunteer

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ROOTS is a young adults emergency shelter serving individuals between the ages of 18-25. We service up to 45 guests per night with a safe place to sleep, warm meals and other essential services. We need volunteers to provide social support and build meaningful relationships with the folks who stay with us. Additionally, our volunteers help facilitate and maintain the shelter space through various tasks. We welcome all unique bodies and value inclusivity and diversity amongst all people in the shelter space, including our volunteers. You must be at least 18 years of age to volunteer with us.

At ROOTS, we use every day to make a difference in the lives of homeless youth. Overnight volunteers are crucial in this effort and make the biggest impact to the individuals we serve.

In-shelter Overnight Shift (This shift starts at 7pm and ends at 8:30am the following morning, except Fridays which end at 9:30am). Overnight volunteers stay overnight at our shelter along with our guests. Volunteers work in teams and directly with our staff to help ensure emotional stability and physical safety within the space. Between 7PM and 10:30PM, overnight volunteers will assist in tasks identical to evening volunteers. After lights out, overnight shifts are broken up into four 2-hour awake shifts. Overnight Volunteers are asked to remain awake for one of these 2-hour shifts, and will sleep for the remaining 6 hours at our shelter. During the awake shift, Overnight Volunteers are responsible for assisting in walk-arounds of the room every 10 minutes. During walk-arounds volunteers are available for guests who require emergency assistance, and complete guest laundry. We ask that Overnight Volunteers commit to one shift per week; bedding, dinner, and breakfast are all provided. All overnight volunteers will be supported by shelter staff at all times and they are there to address any questions or concerns during your shift. We highly appreciate the commitment of Overnight Volunteers and see them as crucial support in the operation of the shelter space.

For the safety of all guests, volunteers, and staff, we require all volunteers to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination and to wear face masks throughout the duration of their shift. Volunteers are free to bring in their own face masks or other PPE, and we can provide gloves and disposable face masks on-site. The wellbeing of our volunteers is of the utmost importance, and we only ask you to commit to volunteering based on an individual assessment of personal health and comfort. Each shift, your Volunteer Supervisor or other staff will ask you questions listed on the ROOTS COVID-19 screening guide and will take your temperature. Staff and guests are screened in the same way upon entering the space. We work to provide the safest environment for all bodies in the shelter and we appreciate your consideration.

If you are interested in signing up for this position, fill out an application on our website at for your own welcome packet and all the information you will need to volunteer with us.

2 Shifts

  • 07:00 PM to 08:30 AM
    M-Th, Sat/Sun
  • 07:00 PM to 09:30 AM
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About ROOTS Young Adult Shelter


4541 19th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105, US

Mission Statement

ROOTS Young Adult Shelter is a University District organization based in compassion and committed to social justice that fosters change and empowers human potential by providing critical services to street-involved, homeless, and other low-income persons and through supporting service providers and faith communities in creating a comprehensive network.


ROOTS Young Adult Shelter serves homeless individuals between the ages of 18 and 25 and is the only shelter program in Seattle specifically addressing the needs of homeless young adults. These young people are too old to access youth shelter programs but often feel unwelcome or threatened in emergency programs serving older single adults. YAS services include: clean bedding and sheets; dinner and hot breakfast; healthy and hygiene supplies and services, including laundry and showers; onsite case management and referral to other support and transitional services; visits by healthcare providers, including public health nurse and acupuncturist; educational materials related to risk avoidance, harm reduction, and other area programs; supportive and nurturing relationships between program staff and guests.


Children & Youth
Homeless & Housing
Children & Youth, Community, Homeless & Housing


We'll work with your schedule.
This opportunity has 2 shifts


4541 19th Ave NESeattleSeattle, WA 98105



  • Community Outreach
  • People Skills




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 6 months recommended

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