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Cause Areas

When

It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.

Where

Simpson Housing Services' Emergency Shelter2740 First Avenue SouthMinneapolis, MN 55408

About

Shelter Support Volunteers assist the shelter staff with managing our emergency shelter. The shelter provides a safe and dignified space for 22 women and 44 men every night. We provide housing advocacy, healthcare services, toiletry and basic clothing supplies, showers, lockers, and three meals a day. Our goal is to help our shelter guests move into safe, affordable, and stable housing as soon as possible.

Sample Volunteer Tasks

Evening Shift

4:45 PM - 5 PM: Get to know staff, make coffee.

5 PM - 6 PM: Assist with checking in the shelter guests.

6 PM - 7 PM: Become familiar with shelter supplies and prepare to open the supply room at 6:30 PM.

7 PM - 8 PM: Enjoy dinner with the shelter guests.

8 PM - 10 PM: Talk with guests, distribute supplies, make coffee.

Overnight Shift

9 PM - 11 PM: Get to know staff, the other volunteer, and guests. Assist with dishes and laundry.

11 PM - 4 AM: Sleep in the secure volunteer sleeping room.

4 AM - 6 AM: Make coffee, set up breakfast cereal, assists with laundry, and fulfills wake-up requests.

Timeframe

This volunteer opportunity is available 7 days a week, year round. Volunteers may sign up for a 4:45 PM - 10 PM shift, a 9 PM - 7 AM shift, or both on the same day.

Benefits

The experience you gain as a volunteer will develop and hone skills that are useful in school, a career, and life. Upon your request, we will provide a letter of recommendation for school, work, or scholarship. Skills practiced at the shelter include:

  • Active listening techniques
  • Multi-cultural communication
  • Healthy professional boundaries
  • Ability to be assertive

Volunteers gain a deeper appreciation for their lifestyle and enjoy a new network of people by meeting shelter staff and other volunteers.

Volunteer Process

1. Complete our online volunteer application at http://simpsonhousing.org/volunteer_ap.html

2. Christina Giese will contact you to schedule a 15 minute phone interview

3. Attend a 2 hour orientation, including a shelter tour

4. Complete a criminal background check

5. Sign up for a Shadow Shift, your hands-on training at the shelter

7. Commit to volunteering 50 hours in a six month period.

Voted Best Way to Cleanse Your Soul by City Pages and Kare 11 TV's Opportunity of the Month for March 2008!

Skills

Good Match For

N/A

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • A minimum of 50 hours within 6 months.
  • Simpson Housing Services is looking for responsible, reliable, and respectful volunteers who have

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