Second Story gets by with a little help from our friends. Our volunteers provide valuable, necessary help to us in fulfilling our mission of helping homeless, pregnant, abused, and at-risk young people. Join us in helping provide safe shelters and opportunities for growth to children in need. Everything you do makes a difference.
Second Story has four types of volunteers:
I’m an individual applying for long-term volunteering.
Our long-term volunteers are amazing, committed individuals who care deeply about homeless, pregnant, abused, and at-risk youth. On a consistent basis, these volunteers show up for these young people in the best ways. They may sign up as a volunteer groundskeeper to manage the lawn and gardening at one of our shelters for homeless youth. They may act as a tutor to help a fifth-grade student with their math homework. They may clean the kitchen and bathrooms at our teen shelter for runaway youth. Or they may act as a childcare volunteer to read books, change diapers and clothing, and help with feeding for the infant of a teen mom.
Our long-term volunteers go through a high level of screening and vetting, including background checks and TB screening. Learn More.
I’m an individual applying for short-term volunteering. Learn More and Apply.
Do you have the desire to help young people? Our short-term volunteers provide vital assistance to Second Story in fulfilling our mission of providing youth with safe havens and opportunities for growth. Short-term volunteers may help with snack pack and meal preparation. They may do a stint of yard work like mowing, raking, planting, or watering. They may help in a repair project at one of our residential homes. If they have a special skill, they may even provide us with a service like marketing or financial services.
We encourage you to fill out our volunteer application so that we can find a great way for you to fit in. Depending on where we fit you in, you likely won’t need to complete a background check or health screening but can join us right away. Learn More.
I’m part of a group applying for a volunteer activity or service day.
Churches, scout troops, companies, social clubs, and other organizations often join us for a special volunteer activity or a service day. Our group volunteers organize projects such as spring cleaning, painting and home maintenance, cooking meals for the children, yard work days, or even hosting a birthday party for young people in our programs. There are many creative and inspiring ways to help. Learn More.
We welcome students doing their community service hours with us and youth volunteers. We can provide you with the paperwork needed to get credit for your hours. Youth volunteers can fill many helpful roles, but for privacy concerns, these roles don’t place youth directly with the young clients who use our services. Contact us to ask how you can get involved! Learn more.
At Second Story, we believe in second chances. If you are doing court-appointed hours, we would love to talk to you about how you could fulfill your requirements through Second Story. Responsibilities may include helping us organize donations, yard work, maintenance work, or other tasks. Learn more.