None of Hope House’s objectives would be possible without the contributions from our volunteers who donate their time and talent to make Hope House’s dream a reality.
Whether it is from church groups who come once a month, or individuals who come once a week, the workforce at our disposal always help meet the demands of Hope House.
Volunteer programs vary upon the position a volunteer selects to work in as well as the flexibility in the volunteer’s schedule. However, Hope House offers several opportunities to those who would like to volunteer, whether it is going to be regular or simply a one-time occasion.
The jobs may involve but are not limited to:
- Making salads
- Preparing meals
- Pouring beverages
- Slicing desserts
- General cleaning
- Tray washing
- Organizing storage
During the year, we have several school groups, groups of friends, church groups, and many more come and join the Hope House initiative. Group events should be scheduled ahead of time to make sure that the slot is not taken and the group can be properly accommodated.
We traditionally work with groups of no more than 10 volunteers which include parents or guardians. If there is a volunteer between the ages of 14 and 16, then a parent or guardian is required to supervise. We also ask all groups to dress appropriately, including but not limited to: no short-shorts, flip flops, tight jeans, etc.
If a date needs to be changed or cancelled, a 10 day notice prior to the scheduled date would be greatly appreciated to avoid conflict in the Hope House calendar and accommodate for other potential volunteers. It is also very important for a group to commit once a date is fixed because we have to cancel our regular volunteers in order to accommodate for the group. Last minute absences by a group would result in us lacking in volunteers, who are ultimately the driving force of Hope House.
Unfortunately, some have to wait a bit before they can volunteer at Hope House. The age policy for volunteers at Hope House is as follows:
- If a volunteer is below the age of 14, then they are not eligible to volunteer at Hope House.
- If a volunteer is between the ages of 14 and 16, they are eligible to volunteer so long as there is an adult accompanying them.
- Any volunteer above the age of 16 are eligible to volunteer at Hope House.
The following are potential positions that volunteers may choose to fulfill as well as the shifts and expectations, however, Hope House will offer flexible scheduling to those who need it.
Our General Volunteers are to prepare and serve food, clean, as well as to warmly interact with our guests. General Volunteers are also expected be willing to receive training in food safety and other sorts of training as they may arise.
General Volunteers can work during two shifts:
AM Shift: 9AM-2PM
PM Shift: 3:30PM-5:30PM
Our Cooks are provided with recipes in advance and are expected to prepare dinner meals for the guests at Hope House. Cooks must have a general knowledge of cooking but do not require any experience in working in a commercial kitchen. The cooking is done by either an individual or a group of about 3-4 people. Cooks must be willing to receive training in food safety and our commercial kitchen equipment if necessary.
Cooks can work in 2-3 hour shifts once a month or more. The shifts include:
12:30PM-3:00PM on a Monday- Saturday
1:30PM-3:30PM on a Sunday.