In 2019, we had more than 200 volunteers, serving more than 1500 hours! Even with all that has been happening in the world this year, we have been able to engage volunteers in a variety of ways. As we look towards this next season, we have several opportunities for those hoping to be involved regularly or every once in a while. Continue reading below to learn more about our current and regular volunteer needs.
Homework Helpers (HH) provides in-person academic support for K-12 students at one of our three sites: Genesis Project, First Presbyterian, and Orchard Place. Volunteers have the opportunity to build positive relationships with students in the community, while engaging them in their educational development.
Tutoring is another educational opportunity for volunteers who are wanting to work with students one-on-one.
Experiential Education (EE) allows many of our Empowering Youth Program participants the chance to try things they’ve never done to help them discover their passion. EE offers a safe place for at-risk youth to learn about themselves, socialize with others, and ignite their “spark” in a group setting. Groups focus around different interests, often including but not limited to the following: Dungeons and Dragons, sports, music, art, improv, and life skills. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their positive attitudes to these groups and engage in the activities alongside the youth.
Oftentimes, our participants struggle with getting from one place to another. Transportation Support is another way volunteers can involve themselves in the work we are doing at The Matthews House. Volunteer to provide a ride for a youth so they can participate in one of our programs!
We also have a Mentoring Program. Volunteers are matched with participants from our Strengthening Families or Empowering Youth Program, and spend time one-on-one with youth needing additional adult supports. Oftentimes this looks like hanging out in public places, and connecting through shared interests and conversation.
The HOST Home Program is back and revamped, and we need volunteers! A HOST home is a short-term voluntary placement for young adults, ages 18 – 21, who are at risk of being homeless or are currently homeless. The goal is to provide a safe, temporary, welcoming space for up to 6 months where the young adult has time to prepare to transition into independent living. This program cannot exist without the commitment of volunteers who are willing to open up their homes to these young adults. To learn more about becoming a HOST Home, contact our HOST Home Coordinator, Kim Martin, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-631-5057. Click HERE to apply today!
Here’s what you need to do! Complete this interest form, and Emily Fleming, our Volunteer Coordinator will get in touch with you! If you have questions, feel free to email her at email@example.com or call her at 970-829-6038. We appreciate your interest in getting involved at The Matthews House.