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Homeless Day Resource Center Volunteer

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The Beacon, a program of Catholic Charities

  • 18 people are interested

Beacon volunteers do the day-to-day work to ensure that guests have access to basic services. As more people become homeless due to the economic impact of COVID, the demand for services is increasing at the same time that many of our usual volunteers are choosing to shelter at home due to underlying health conditions or the need to care for family members. Many protocols and precautions have been put into place at The Beacon to protect guests, volunteers, and staff. It is important to note that we are considered an essential service. If you have any questions about COVID precautions, please don't hesitate to ask.

Shifts vary in length & are offered 7 days a week, between 8am and 4pm. Biggest current need is for computer lab volunteers. Roles include: assisting with the shower program, laundry program, kitchen services, and computer lab.

AM Roles/Shift times are:
Kitchen Volunteer (serving and clean-up): 8-10:30am
Shower Volunteer: 8:15am-11am
Laundry Volunteer: 8:15am-Noon
Computer Lab Volunteer: 8am-Noon (flexible)

PM Roles/Shift times are:
Kitchen Volunteer (serving and clean-up): 11:45am-2:30pm most days (1 hour later on Fridays, 1/2 hour later on Sunday)
Shower Volunteer: 1-3:30pm most days
Laundry Volunteer: Noon - 4pm
Computer Lab Volunteer: 12-4:30 (flexible)

We are currently looking for volunteers who can make a minimum of twice-monthly commitment, either on a recurring schedule in a consistent role or on a fill-in basis (cross-training encouraged).

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About The Beacon, a program of Catholic Charities


615 E Washington Ave, Madison, WI 53703, US

Mission Statement

The Beacon Homeless Day Resource Center provides compassionate, guest-centered services to help the homeless in the Madison community.


With the help of local community agencies and volunteers, we help strengthen the lives of individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness by providing the care and support needed to help our guests get back on their feet.

Homeless & Housing


We'll work with your schedule.


615 E Washington Ave(enter at rear, off Main Street)Madison, WI 53703



  • Literacy / Reading
  • Career Counseling / Coaching
  • Hospitality
  • Housekeeping
  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building


  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Shift times vary by role and day. Minimum shift length is 1.5 hours.
  • Patience. Empathy. Active Listening. Ability to Follow Protocols. Ability to Work Independently With Training/Support. Volunteers will need to complete some paperwork, including a COVID-19 Protocols agreement.

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