The Matthews House offers a variety of volunteer opportunities for adults 18+. Become a Homework Helper or Children Activities aid, support our special events and Experiential Education groups, volunteer with a group to provide a meal, mentor a youth one-on-one, and more! Continue reading below to learn more about a few of these opportunities, and contact our Volunteer Coordinator to learn about our current needs.
Homework Helpers is an after school program for students ages 8-16 offered Monday-Friday at both of our Community Life Centers. Students get a healthy snack from the Food Bank, enjoy free play time, and have designated homework time. Homework Helpers volunteers build positive relationships with the students, facilitate activities, and help students with homework. Volunteers typically help one day per week at one of our Community Life Centers.
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 youth to learn about themselves, socialize with others, and ignite their “spark.” Each session we’ll have groups such as Girls Group, Guys Group, Open Gym, and Art/Improv! Our expectation is that volunteers commit to a whole session of one weekly EE group, with the intent to truly engage, participate, and build relationships with our youth.
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 an online application, interview with our Volunteer Coordinator, then pass a background check. Email our Volunteer Coordinator, Emily Fleming, at email@example.com or call her at 970-829-6038 with questions. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!