Volunteers

Volunteer

Volunteers are essential to the outreach and mission of Greensboro Urban Ministry.

How do I get involved?

If you are 18 years of age or older and are interested in volunteering with Greensboro Urban Ministry, we invited you to join us for a Volunteer Orientation session.  These sessions are held on Tuesdays at 10am and on Thursdays at 4pm at our 305 West Lee Street location.  Orientation attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about our organization and our available volunteer opportunities.  Prior to attending orientation, we ask that you please review the volunteer opportunities listed below to ensure that our opportunities are a match with your availability.

Please note, participation in the orientation does not guarantee volunteer placement and for those students seeking to complete volunteer hours, this orientation will not count towards your service hours.  Additionally, Greensboro Urban Ministry does not provide service hours for court mandated, attorney referred, or pre-court volunteer service.

Individual Volunteer Opportunities

Greensboro Urban Ministry is fortunate to have the support of many volunteers, with over 100 volunteers on-site on any given day.  We are excited to offer the following volunteer opportunities and hope that one will match your schedule and desired experience.

Emergency Assistance – Interviewer

Emergency Assistance interview volunteers assist with interviewing clients to assess their crisis situation and eligibility for financial assistance.

Minimum requirements: 18 years of age and a high school diploma or GED.

Time Commitment: Emergency Assistance volunteers commit to volunteer a minimum of one 4 hour shift per week for one school semester or six month period. Typical volunteer times are 9am – 1pm or 1pm – 4pm Monday – Friday.

 

Emergency Assistance – Telephone Receptionist

Emergency Assistance telephone receptionist volunteers assist with responding to calls requesting information on applying for emergency food or financial assistance.  Volunteers will need to be able to relate to people in crisis situations as a telephone call is frequently the first step in seeking assistance.

Minimum requirements: 18 years of age and a high school diploma or GED. Willing to work with people of diverse socio-economic status.

Time Commitment: Emergency Assistance volunteers commit to volunteer a minimum of one 4 hour shift per week for one school semester or six month period. Typical volunteer times are 9am – 1pm or 1pm – 4pm Monday – Friday.

 

Food Bank

Food Bank volunteers assist with sorting donated food items and filling emergency food assistance bags.

Minimum requirements: 18 years of age if unaccompanied by an adult

Time Commitment: Food Bank volunteers commit to volunteer a minimum of one 3-4 hour shift (8:30am – 5pm Monday – Friday).

 

Partnership Village

Partnership Village volunteers tutor children ranging in age from elementary to high school, help with homework, and assist group leaders with special projects.

Minimum requirements: 18 years of age and a high school diploma or GED.

Time Commitment: Partnership Village volunteers commit to volunteer a minimum of one 1 1/2 hour shift (3:30pm – 5:00pm on Tuesday or Thursday) per week for one school semester or six month period.

 

Potter’s House Community Kitchen

Potter’s House volunteers assist with preparing and serving the lunch meal to 400-600 individuals in need in our community.

Minimum requirements: 18 years of age or 16 if accompanied by an adult

Time Commitment: Potter’s House volunteers commit to volunteer a minimum of one 4 hour shift (9am – 1pm Monday – Friday) per week, ongoing.

 

Weaver House Night Shelter

Weaver House volunteers assist the shelter staff with checking in new guests, interact with guests to assess needs, help with laundry, and generally provide support and encouragement to those staying in the shelter.

Minimum requirements: 18 years of age and a high school diploma or GED. Willing to work with people of diverse socio-economic status.

Time Commitment: Weaver House volunteers commit to volunteer a minimum of one 3 hour shift (6:00pm – 9:00pm) per week for one school semester or six month period.

 

Winter Emergency (WE!) Shelter – Individual Volunteer

Winter Emergency Shelter volunteers provide mental health case management support to clients in need, offering appropriate follow-up and referrals to mental health programs as needed.

Minimum requirements: 18 years of age and a high school diploma or GED.

Time Commitment: WE! Shelter volunteers commit to volunteer a minimum of one 3 hour shift (7:00pm – 10:00pm) per week from December 1 through March 31.

 

Ministerial Volunteer Opportunities

If you are interested in ministerial volunteer opportunities, please click here to be directed to our Chaplaincy Program.

 

Group Volunteer Opportunities

Greensboro Urban Ministry is delighted to welcome civic, professional, and religious groups to volunteer with our many programs.  While we hope that one of the opportunities listed below will be a match for you and your group, we realize that alternative arrangements may be necessary.  If your group is interested in volunteering with our organization, please call 336.553.2642 or email us.

Food Bank

Food Bank volunteers assist with sorting donated food items on the weekend during food drives.

Minimum requirements: 18 years of age if unaccompanied by an adult

Time Commitment: Food Bank group volunteers commit to volunteer for one 3-4 hour shift.

Pathways Family Center

Pathways Family Center volunteers prepare and serve an evening meal (6:00pm) or weekend brunch for up to sixteen families (typically 16 adults and 30 children).  If desired, groups can also include activities with the children (music, art, and crafts).

Details: Groups are responsible for planning and providing the meal and activities (as applicable).

Contact: Susan Taylor, 336.271.5988, or email us.

 

Potter’s House Community Kitchen

Potter’s House group volunteers prepare and serve an evening meal (7:00pm) or breakfast (7:00am on weekends) to 100 Weaver House Night Shelter guests.

Details: Groups are responsible for planning and providing the meal.  This is typically a recurring volunteer opportunity with most groups serving monthly or quarterly.

 

Winter Emergency (WE!) Shelter – Group Volunteers

WE! Shelter group volunteers prepare and serve an evening meal (7:00pm) or breakfast (7:00am on weekends) to approximately 12-20 WE! Shelter guests.

Details: Groups are responsible for planning and providing the meal.  This opportunity is available December 1 – March 31 with with most groups serving on a recurring monthly or quarterly basis.

 

For additional information, please call 336.553.2642 or email us.

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