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.

Donation room volunteer – Come into the Day Center and help keep the donation room organized. 3-month minimum commitment, hours vary.  

Employment assistance – Provide assistance in helping CFH clients to find and keep jobs. Volunteers act as a referral for the CFH Case Management team, providing additional support resource for CFH clients and CFH staff. Six-month minimum commitment, hours vary.

Recreational group supervisor – Organize interested clients into a sports team, walking club, or other recreational activity. Six-month minimum commitment, hours vary.

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

Carol Fever.Hat Donor.EWSVolunteer groups – we have many opportunities for volunteers to get involved. Please contact volunteer@cfhomeless.org to arrange the details. 

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

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. 

Food gleaners – Create relationships with grocery stores or food banks in the area to pick up left over food and bring to the Day Center/Winter Shelter.

Internships and high school community service projects available upon request