ROOTS is seeking additional volunteers during this critical time. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have had over 50% of our volunteers temporarily step down. ROOTS is a young adult emergency shelter that is almost exclusively volunteer run. We are open 365 days a year, with up to 45 guests per night between the ages of 18-25. Volunteers are needed to help with operations tasks but most importantly volunteers will provide social support to the folks who stay here and build meaningful relationships. W e are in great need of additional volunteers at this moment.
All volunteers will be provided with gloves and strongly encouraged to wear masks . The wellbeing of our volunteers is of the utmost importance, and we only ask you to commit to volunteering if you are safely able to do so.
Please stay home if you are feeling under the weather, have had recent contact with anyone demonstrating Covid-19 symptoms, or if you yourself have experienced a dry cough, fever, or other Covid-19 symptoms within the last 14 days. Older adults and those with chronic health conditions are discouraged from pursuing our in-shelter Evening and Morning volunteer roles at this time. Our Sanitation role, which maintains a greater level of social distancing, is still available to everyone.
If you can help during this time and are healthy enough to do so, fill out an application on our website at http://www.rootsinfo.org/get-involved/volunteer/volunteer-application/ for your own welcome packet and all the information you will need to volunteer with us.
In-shelter Evening Shift (8pm-11pm): ROOTS evening volunteers socialize with guests and build community while also working as part of a team to ensure the emotional and physical safety of the shelter space. Evening volunteers serve pre-made meals, hand out hygiene supplies and bedding, sign guests in and out of restrooms, and supervise guest activities such as computer time and smoke breaks. Most importantly, evening volunteers spend time with guests chatting over dinner, playing board games, and watching TV together. Evening volunteers provide guests with a sense of stability while helping ensure our shelter runs smoothly and efficiently.
Rising Out of the Shadows (ROOTS) 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.
The ROOTS Young Adult Shelter (YAS) 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.