From Our Volunteers
“I have been a volunteer at Sister José Women’s Center for the past year, and it has changed my perspective on life. In the grand scheme of things, we are all here to help one another. It’s one of the greatest joys to give time and attention to people in need.”
“I like to serve in the kitchen, AKA, “my happy place.” I bake, I cook, I serve, I prep, I wash dishes because increasing numbers of women come to us every day experiencing hunger. Food shares love. Smiles radiate love. Through kind words we can express love and change a woman’s life. It has been an honor to participate in the miraculous growth and outreach the center has experienced in the last seven or eight years.”
“Sister José’s is welcoming, and it feels like home. The women are full of love and compassion. Sometimes it seems like they are someone who could be my friend, and yet, they are in this situation that has brought them here. I wish more people would come and be a part of this. It’s such an impressive place.”
Who can volunteer?
At Sister José Women’s Center we strive to provide a welcoming and safe environment for all our guests. To make guests more comfortable we only allow female volunteers to work directly with our guests at our facility. With that being said we do offer indirect volunteer opportunities for males. Please check our volunteer calendar regularly to see all our opportunities that best suit you.
All our volunteers must be 18 years or older to volunteer with us. If you have an interest in serving with a family member or friend who is under the age of 18, please check with our volunteer coordinator to see if we have any volunteer opportunities available for you.
Do volunteers have to complete a background check?
All our volunteers will have to complete a background check before volunteering with us. This is to ensure the safety and well-being of our guests. More information regarding the background check will be provided once you have filled out the application form.
What volunteering opportunities are available?
Our organization has a variety of volunteer opportunities, which are all listed above in the “Volunteer Opportunities” section. Once you are an established volunteer, you will have access to our volunteer calendar where you will be able to sign up for specific volunteer opportunities.
How do I get started?
Will I receive training?
Once you have begun volunteering with us, you will have seven days to complete an online trauma informed care course. This course will only take an hour to an hour and a half to complete. It will prepare you to better understand and serve our guests.
All volunteers who have been established within our organization will be provided with the opportunity to advance their skills through continued training.
What are the hours during which volunteers can help?
Can I volunteer with family or friends?
We would love for our volunteers to serve with their family and friends, but please note all parties must complete a background check and our required training.
Can I volunteer once, or do I need to make an ongoing commitment?
Questions? Contact our Volunteer & Outreach Manager, Christine Hoekenga, at 520-849-7106 or mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interested In Volunteering?
Contact our Volunteer & Outreach Manager, Christine Hoekenga, at 520-849-7106 or email@example.com to arrange for a personal tour and receive a New Volunteer Orientation Packet to begin your journey of providing direct service to women who are unhoused in our community.