Volunteering

Congregations for the Homeless (CFH) volunteers pave the way for those experiencing homeless on the Eastside to break the cycle and lead a stable and productive life. The heart of our program is the more than 3,600 volunteers who bring meals every day of the year, and who donate their time and money to make our clients feel welcome, cared for, and provided for with food and other essentials.

CFH requires volunteer training for many of these opportunities, which require working closely with our clients. If you are interested in bringing your talents to CFH as a volunteer, please contact Sarah Bustad at volunteer@cfhomeless.org

CFH volunteer opportunities

Contact: Sarah Bustad (volunteer@cfhomeless.org)

Ongoing volunteer roles

Training, application, reference, background check, and six-month minimum commitment required. Additional meetings may be required. Prior experience with the homeless not necessary for some positions.

Kitchen Ambassador – Work with food volunteers at the winter shelter helping get them set up, orienting them to the space, and helping serve if necessary. One shift a week from November – April.

Day Center Assistant – Create more opportunities for the men to have relationships and create community outside of their day-to-day interactions. One shift a week, for a minimum of 6 months. 

Shelter Assistant – The purpose of placing volunteers in this role is to create more opportunities for the men to have relationships and create community outside of their day-to-day interactions. One shift a week for a minimum of 6 months.

Adopt a house – Spend time with one of CFHs shared houses getting to know the guys in the house. This can include going over once a month for a sports game, doing a BBQ, or other creative ideas. Six-month minimum commitment.

Group projects

Donate a meal – Donate a meal to the Eastside Winter Shelter. Signup at http://signup.com/go/rBJQWBx

Donation drive – At CFH we are always in need of shelter supplies. Please contact us for more information.

Move in team – Help once a month when the shelter moves, when our clients move from the shelter into housing or from CFH housing into independent housing.

Volunteer Groups are accepted on an as needed basis. Please contact volunteer@cfhomeless.org to see if there is a need.

Internships and high school community service projects available upon request