VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

We serve 400 meals every day and provide free groceries and clothing to people living in extreme poverty. Your role is a valuable part to helping those in need. If you, or a group, is interested in volunteering in one of the areas below, please contact Volunteer Coordinator, Nichole, nmobley@wsm.org or call (717) 358-2040.

 

Warehouse Volunteers
(Great for groups and Kid-friendly)

About: Help us serve the homeless and hungry with excellence! Volunteers are asked to maintain our food and clothing warehouses to the highest standards by sorting and labeling food; sweeping, mopping and cleaning. May be asked to move and organize boxes of 50 pounds or more. Great for groups of 2 to 20. E-mail Nichole at nmobley@wsm.org or call (717) 358-2040.

Requirements: A love for people and a servant’s heart. No open-toed shoes. Long pants and work gloves encouraged.

Age minimum: 12

Time commitment: 2-4 hours or more. Weekly, monthly or one-time.

Volunteer Receptionists
Our clinic is seeking volunteer receptionists for morning clinic Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays 8:30am–noon and Thursdays 1:30pm-5pm. For more information, please call Evelyn London at (717) 358-2009 or email elondon@wsm.org.

Sorters
Help sort the thousands of pounds of clothing and linen donations that arrive on campus. Sorters needed Monday – Friday from 10am to 12pm or 1pm to 3pm.


Serve A Meal
Serve a meal we serve breakfast, lunch and dinner every day.


Outreach Ministries Volunteer
Outreach Ministries is in need of a volunteer from 9am to 12pm.


Leading Chapel
(Great for groups)

About: Evening chapel is intended to be a time of scripturally grounded, interactive engagement. Rather than preaching at our guests, chapel is designed to be a conversation with our guests. Whether you organize a night of praise and worship, a mini drama or a sermonette, chapel is a great opportunity to build relationships with our guests and encourage them in their current season of life. We ask that you allow at least 15 minutes at the end of the teaching time to talk and pray with the guests, should they choose to approach you personally. A chapel team should be composed of 3-5 people, and the leader should be a seasoned leader in his/her congregation. Groups offer the best possible chapel experience and more personal interaction for our guests. Contact Sarah at soliphant@wsm.org or call (717) 358-2069.

Requirements: A love for people and a servant’s heart.

Age minimum: 18

Time commitment: 7-8 p.m. Saturdays; or 5th Thursdays; or 5th Fridays and on call in case of a cancellation by another team.

 

 

LONG TERM OPPORTUNITIES

Mission Program long term volunteers serve on a weekly basis and often have specific qualifications that match the need noted below. They also work directly with our guests in various ways. If you would like to apply for any of the volunteer opportunities noted below, please contact our Mission Volunteer Coordinator, Sarah Katherine, at soliphant@wsm.org or call (717)358-2069.

 

Evening Shelter Assistant Volunteer

About: We are seeking volunteers to help with the evening transition for our shelter guests. Tasks may include supervising shower times, helping guests locate supplies, scanning in guests for the evening, and tearing down from chapel. This is a highly relational position with lots of opportunities to listen to guests and encourage them.

Requirements: Patience, flexibility, ability to work with a homeless population, ability to work with a team and honor WSM policies

Time commitment: 1 night a week, 6:30-9:00 pm

 

Children’s Ministry Volunteer

About: Do you have a passion for working with kids and thrive in a high-energy environment? We are seeking volunteers for our children’s ministry who will partner with our staff as we seek to love, encourage, and develop the children at Water Street. As a children’s ministry volunteer you will lead short lessons and games for the kids and be a key supporting role to the staff overseeing the children’s ministry.

Requirements: Patience, lots of energy, experience working with kids. A background check is required for this position.

Time commitment: 2 hrs/wk Thursdays 1:30 – 3:30 pm; some mornings and nights also available.

 

Access Center Administrative Volunteer

About: Welcome people to our Access Center, the front door of Water Street’s campus. You will provide support to our Access Center team through directing visitors, answering phone calls, and performing important data entry. We are seeking volunteers who have a passion for people and are energized by helping others. Ideal volunteers will be able to exhibit a high level of flexibility while working on a variety of tasks. By assisting in the Access Center you will be helping to make the Mission more effective in serving our guests and helping other volunteers get where they need to be.

Requirements: Warm, friendly attitude, experience working in an office a plus, basic computer skills; Spanish as a second language is a bonus.

Time commitment: 9:30am-12:30pm Tue & Fri and 12:30–3:30pm Tues, Wed, Thur, or Fri.

 

Career Tutor

About: Are you interested in guiding our guests as they journey on a path to a renewed lifestyle? We are seeking volunteers to proofread resumes and cover letters, assist with online navigation and job hunting, and online job applications. Consider becoming a career tutor in the Career and Learning Center and see first hand how someone ends homelessness! Our new Career and Learning Center is partnering with CareerLink to offer career seminars for our residents and guests. Outside of the class, guests will be developing their own resume and cover letters. We need career tutors to come alongside our guests as they work on these. In addition, you will help our guests as they job search and apply to open positions. As some of our guests have little to no computer training, you may also be helping them learn to use a computer and the internet. Come encourage lasting change as our residents move from homelessness to hope.

Requirements: Basic computer skills, experience with resume and cover letter writing, tutoring experience preferred but not required; Spanish as a second language a bonus.

Time commitment: 1-2 hrs/wk minimum

 

Community Homeless Outreach Center Volunteer

About: We are in need of volunteers to help in our Community Homeless Outreach Center (CHOC). This position requires the heart of a servant who has the opportunity to truly love on our guests. You will help scan guests into CHOC and assist with distributing toiletries to guests such as shampoo, razors, and soap. You will also be serving our guests through doing their laundry. Our guests are encouraged as they can receive a shower and clean clothes.

Requirements: Ability to work with homeless population

Time commitment: 1-4 hrs/wk, weekdays between 9:00am-5:00pm.

 

 

Prince Street Campus
210 S. Prince Street
Lancaster, PA 17603

Volunteer Coordinator
volunteer@wsm.org