During these uncertain times, how can we help?

As the world leader in volunteerism we feel a responsibility to unite our broader community, and to use this moment to become stronger.

See below to access our COVID-19 Resource Hub, and to explore our growing directory of COVID-19-specific and virtual volunteering opportunities.
Read More
 

CoPilots for Consider The Homeless!

Save to Favorites

CONSIDER THE HOMELESS

  • 34 people are interested

About Consider The Homeless!
Consider the Homeless! is a local grassroots organization in Berkeley, CA that delivers food and survival supplies to unhoused Berkeley residents living on the street, in their car, or in an encampment. Unlike other services for the homeless, we do not require that people find their way to us. We go to them, and we meet them where they are...literally and figuratively.

We have two primary programs: 1) Our mobile soup kitchen feeds over 100 women and men each time we go out. We distribute hot, homemade soup with bread and survival supplies in the evening every Thursday and Sunday, rain or shine. 2) During the pandemic, we also provide grocery bags of non-perishable, ready-to-eat foods & drinking water to about 80 people twice a week.

Ready to make a difference? Become a Mobile Soup Kitchen Co-pilot!

Would you like to train with us to become one of our "co-pilots?" It takes two people to distribute soup, bread and survival supplies on Monday and Thursday evenings, so you would never be alone. You would begin as a co-pilot (not the driver), going out in the CTH van to bring soup & bread to people. You will be taught very specific guidelines about how to interact with people in the most respectful way possible. Fundamentally, we are showing people that they are valued and trying to establish a connection through a simple gift (the soup). Always, our priority is to respect the privacy of our sisters and brothers on the streets and everyone's safety during this pandemic. We do not try to learn "their story", nor do we ask them their name or other questions. Instead, we introduce ourselves and try to earn their trust through a friendly, respectful interaction. This is vital in order to be of help in future, and is the core of our philosophy at Consider The Homeless! We try to remember names by offering ours and use it when we can. Contact us to learn more at Volunteers@ConsiderTheHomeless.org

1 Shift

  • evening / 05:00 PM to 08:00 PM
    Mondays and Thursdays
  • NONE OF THESE TIMES WORK FOR ME, BUT I CAN STILL HELP
More

1 More opportunity with CONSIDER THE HOMELESS

About CONSIDER THE HOMELESS

Location:

1349 HEARST AVE, BERKELEY, CA 94702, US

Mission Statement

CONSIDER THE HOMELESS! A small yet dedicated group of neighbors and friends who seek to alleviate the suffering of Berkeley’s homeless, our brothers and sisters who are living and sleeping on the streets of our fair city. Our goal is to offer whatever help we can to those living on the streets - beginning with the basic need for food. We strive to warm their bellies and their hearts while offering what we have, with a simple greeting and a smile. There is no hidden agenda. We gain their trust as we respect their privacy and we always treat them with the utmost respect.

Description

Since 2014, twice weekly, CONSIDER THE HOMELESS cooks & serves 9 gallons of hot, homemade, nutritious soup, enough for 100 people. We serve when most folks are settling in to where they will be spending the night. Along with the hot food we also keep an abundance of donated basic survival supplies.
Please help us to grow this grassroots effort to reach out to and help our less fortunate neighbors. Our vision for the future includes:
Develop a Team to Offer One-to-One Advocacy: A team of trained volunteers our Army of Advocates can offer one-to-one assistance to our homeless neighbors who ask for help. Matching up an advocate with a person asking for help will be a critical part of this activity. We see this helping to ease the load of case workers & expediting appropriate assistance for the homeless.
Volunteers will be required to complete an 8 hr course to identify untreated mental health problems, that offers practical suggestions on how to talk to homeless clients & how to de-escalate potentially difficult situations or, complete a workshop, written especially for CTH for those willing to work with the more seriously effected with emotional issues.
Maintain and Increase our Capacity Building the volunteer base, cooks, servers, etc needed for our weekly runs.

Advocacy & Human Rights
Homeless & Housing
Hunger

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.
This opportunity has 1 shift

WHERE

PO Box 2771Berkeley, CA 94702

SKILLS

  • People Skills
  • Food Delivery / Distribution

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • We strongly prefer volunteers who can make a minimum of a 3 month commitment, but will consider shorter terms.
  • A driver's license is helpful but only required for those that go on to become a driver for the mobile soup kitchen.

Report this opportunity