Heading Home volunteers are crucial to the success of our organization, our staff and the people we serve. Opportunities range from sorting clothing and furniture to encouraging our recently-housed neighbors (clients) as they transition out of experiencing homelessness.
Please call our Communications and Outreach Associate Kim North at (505) 344-2323 x 202 or email her if you’re interested in investing your time and talents. Below are several of our current volunteer opportunities. To sign up for a volunteer opportunity, please click here. To download a volunteer flyer, click here.
This opportunity is specific to the Covid-19 Outbreak. We are looking for a dedicated volunteer who will assists in the unloading/loading of busses and helps new shelter guests to their beds; The volunteer would help Heading Home facilitate a safe and comfortable dorm, help staff maintain accurate headcount and rosters of all guests in dorm, and help Staff maintain periodic rounds through and around bunks to ensure safety of guests.
There are always cleaning and outside projects that we need assistance with. Our custodial team does a great job, but sometimes can use the extra help. This volunteer position allows you to help us make our shelters clean, beautiful places where families and individuals can find rest and safety.
Game Night Facilitators
This is a great opportunity for organizations, companies and large groups. We are seeking volunteer groups to help facilitate Game Night at the Albuquerque Opportunity Center once a week. We’ll provide the bingo equipment and other games, you and the guests get to play! If groups would like to bring their own games or activities, that would be welcome as well.
We are in need of volunteers to assist us with a small raised-bed garden at our AOC campus. We will need assistance preparing the garden for the Spring/Summer planting season, weeding, watering and general maintenance tasks. If you have a green thumb, we would love to have your help!
Haircuts and grooming are very important to our clients. We are looking for professional barbers to offer their services to our clients.
Housing Application Helper
Heading Home’s ultimate goal is to transition our clients into permanent supportive housing. We are looking for a few friendly and efficient volunteers to help Albuquerque Opportunity Center guests fill out housing applications. This volunteer would work closely with our exit planner and shelter guests. The time frame for this volunteer opportunity would be 6:00pm – 8:00pm on weeknights.
Listening Companion (Additional Application Required)
We all need someone to listen to us. Many of the residents at our shelter have little to no social support outside of the shelter. This volunteer position allows you to be that listening ear for the men while they work to get off the streets. This position requires people who are non-judgmental, safe and not looking to “fix” problems that people are experiencing. It really is just about listening.
Help someone exiting homelessness by furnishing their new home. We need strong volunteers who are able to lift 50 lbs. to assist at our warehouse by sorting, organizing and delivering furniture donations.
Organizing Donation Room
We need volunteers to help us sort and organize clothing donations. Having an organized donation room directly helps the men, women and families staying at the Westside Emergency Housing Center by enabling them to receive the clean clothing they need.
WEHC Shift Helper
An extra helping hand is a great addition to the evening shift at the Westside Emergency Housing Center. There are files to be managed, doors that need to be unlocked for residents and residents who require assistance. This volunteer position allows you to get hands-on experience at one of our shelters and helps assist the evening shift team in making the operation run even more smoothly.
Special Skills Classes
Do you have a special skill and offer training? We are looking for people who want to teach our residents and clients something new. There are many things that would bring great value to the residents’ lives and we need people who want to share that skill.
Welcome Home Basket Assemblers
This is a great opportunity for organizations, companies and large groups. We are in constant need of Welcome Home Baskets for our newly housed clients. These baskets can be put together on-site at Heading Home, or wherever your group would like to assemble them. Our baskets consist of a mix of the contents below and are usually donated by the group assembling the baskets.
• Laundry basket
• Toilet paper
• Paper towels
• Hygiene supplies (Deodorant, shampoo and conditioner, bar soap/body wash, lotion, toothbrush and tooth paste, Band-Aids, Kleenex).
• Cleaning supplies (Mop, broom, dust pan, trash bags, dish soap, sponges, multi-purpose cleaner, laundry soap, dryer sheets, toilet brush, and plunger).
• Can opener
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