Our volunteers serve as partners in fulfilling our mission of helping homeless and at-risk young people. Join us in helping provide safe shelters and opportunities for growth to youth in need. Everything you do makes a difference.
Second Story has four types of volunteers:
Our ambassadors help invite people from the community to our Open Door information sessions. They might invite friends from their book club or workplace, parents at their child’s school, or people from their church or other social group to one of our regularly scheduled tours. They may even organize their own Open Door where they invite 10-12 guests for a private tour. We rely on ambassadors to help get the word out that many young people, their families, and their communities are struggling every day to find shelter, food, and other resources. Email Lauren Witherspoon development_coordinator@
Our short-term volunteers help with one-time, essential tasks to help us fulfill our mission. Short-term volunteers may help with snack pack and meal preparation, do a stint of yard work like mowing, raking, planting, or watering, or 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. If they are a young person, a short-term volunteer may serve on our Youth Advisory Council. Youth Advisory Council members are local high school students who help us better understand the challenges young people face and how we can better serve them. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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. Email email@example.com for more information.
Our long-term volunteers are dedicated to young people and our mission. Long-term volunteers may serve as a volunteer groundskeeper at one of our shelters for homeless youth, tutor a student at one of our Safe Youth Projects with their math homework, 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 a TB screening. Long-term volunteers must commit to volunteering for a minimum of four hours a week for at least a year. If you are interested in becoming a long-term volunteer, please complete the application form and register for an Open Door Information Session (if you haven’t attended one already).