Volunteering Your Time,
Volunteers are a key component of our work to help the homeless. From Board Members, to Reception and Kitchen Assistants, to Thrift Store Helpers, Valley Mission has an active and growing pool of volunteers. And as we have grown, so have the possible volunteer assignments.
Most individual assignments are during weekday business hours. Projects for groups and individuals are often evenings and weekends. But we welcome ideas, and adjust these schedules whenever possible. If interested in helping, please contact the Director of Programs and Volunteers at 540-886-4673.
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Some of the ways you might help with our efforts include:
Children’s Ministry - Assist the Chaplain with the Bible Study program for shelter children during the Chapel Services for adults on Sundays at 5 pm and Thursdays at 6 pm. Skills working with children of varying ages and young teens preferred. Background checks will be made on volunteers with this program.
Cook and Serve a Meal - Provide a prepared meal for shelter residents and low-income neighbors from the community. Provide breakfast (7 am) or lunch (12 noon) or dinner (5 pm) during the week, or brunch (10 am) or dinner (4 pm) on the weekend. Volunteer groups must schedule ahead to prevent overlap with other groups. Some cooking may be done on-site, but must be pre-arranged through Director of Volunteers.
Kitchen Assistance - Assist Cook with cleaning, organizing, sorting food donations, serving meals, and other needed activities as requested by Cook. Commitment of two hours a week, Mon.-Fri. between 9 am -6 pm. Meals are served to shelter clients as well as community members.
Monthly Birthday Party for Residents - Provide a monthly birthday party for residents (adults and children). Volunteer group would provide cake, ice cream, drinks, and new wrapped gifts, if possible. Party will be held weekday or weekend immediately following dinner. Some flexibility with days and times will be necessary.
Thrift Store Helper - Assist with cleaning, straightening, sorting donations, and moving large items if able. Commitment of
two hours a week. Staunton Store: Monday - Saturday 9 am - 6 pm ---- Waynesboro Store: Monday - Saturday 9 am - 6 pm
Donation Drives - Organize donation drives for new and/or used items for the Thrift Store inventory. Furniture is especially needed for shelter clients moving into housing. Please call (540) 886-4673 for a list of items most needed.
Reception/Administrative Assistance - Answer agency telephones, take messages, assist with mailings, assist office staff as needed. Commitment of at least two hours a week, Monday -Friday between 8 am - 5 pm.
Fundraising – Please contact our Executive Director at 540-886-4673 to discuss fundraising ideas and the Mission's most pressing needs.
Newsletter Mailings - Help every other month with mailing the Mission's newsletter The Beacon. Groups and individuals are needed for several days to complete the placement of mailing labels and stamps. Work will be done during business hours. Interested volunteers will be contacted with exact dates each time.
Special Projects - On-call volunteers are needed to assist with various projects, such as planting a garden, painting, teaching in the skills programs, based on volunteer’s abilities, etc. We are open to ideas on the ways you would like to help.
"Adopt-A-Room" -Assist in a coordinated effort to complete the men’s dormitory, which is one large open room with bunk-beds. We will need twin-size comforters, carpeting, curtains, painting and other decorating. Groups and individuals are invited to participate.
Mural Painting/Decorating - Decorate shelter hallways and common areas. Volunteers with experience in art and design are invited. Volunteers will provide all supplies needed and submit a drawing for approval before beginning work. Work can be done weekdays, evenings, or weekends with prior arrangements made.
Construction Projects - Volunteers with construction skills are needed to assist with various shelter improvements and occasional projects at theThrift Stores in Staunton and Waynesboro. Supplies can be provided by the Mission if necessary, but any assistance with supplies would be appreciated.
A.S.K. Program - Volunteers with professional experience in specific skill areas are needed to work one-on-one with residents providing education and information on important life issues (i.e. Health, Legal, Financial, Nutrition). Group programs will also be developed.
Job Readiness Program - Work with residents utilizing a program already in place. Meet with small group of residents twice a week for one month, during weekday hours, and follow-up with Case Manager on progress of residents. This program is currently operating as a part of the Life Skills Program.
Life Skills Program- Assist the Case Manager with various topics Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 2:30-4:30 pm. May also assist with specific classes during the 5-week program.
Coach’s Corner - Meet with small groups of shelter residents on a weekly basis and discuss a general topic which supports their efforts toward self-sufficiency. Discussion topics will be chosen by the Case Manager. This effort is currently under development. Suggestions are welcome.
Information Displays - Create interesting, professional and informative displays to be taken into the community and used during presentations about the work of the Valley Mission. Volunteer may also set up and manage displays at the Mission entrance, both Thrift Stores, and shelter entrances.
Video Creation -A volunteer is needed with the equipment and know-how to create a 5-8 minute video about the work being done at Valley Mission. The video will be viewed at the shelter and both Thrift Stores, will be added to our web site, and will be incorporated in discussions and displays in community activities and outreach.