- All prospective volunteers must attend a volunteer orientation session unless otherwise arranged with the Volunteer Coordinator (please see the “Volunteer Orientation Sessions” section of this guide for orientation session days/times).
- MwC’s standard minimum age for volunteers is 13. If you have specific questions or concerns regarding opportunities for younger volunteers, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator directly to discuss.
- All volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. There is a 1-to-1 minor to adult ratio for minors under the age of 13. For minors ages 14-17, there is a 4-to-1 minor to adult ratio required.
- MwC’s doors are open from 6:30 am to 5:30 pm every day. Most volunteer opportunities occur between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm.
- The vast majority of our volunteer opportunities require advanced scheduling. Our space is limited and, because volunteers must complete orientation and training before beginning any volunteer opportunities, we ask that you contact us before you drop in to volunteer.
- We ask our volunteers not to bring additional family members, friends, or acquaintances with them when volunteering. If you know someone who is interested in volunteering at MwC, please provide their information to our Volunteer Coordinator or ask them to contact them directly.
- When volunteering, please wear clothing that you do not mind getting dirty! We highly recommend shoes with closed toes and non-slip soles; sneakers are always a good choice.
- Volunteers in our kitchen and dining room must adhere to all applicable health code regulations. Please see the “Meal Service Volunteers” section of this guide for details.
- All volunteers must sign in on the sheets provided in each volunteer area throughout our facility.
Visiting Ministry with Community:
- Please enter our building through our main entrance at 500 N Edwards St., and check in at the front desk.
- Volunteers are welcome to park in our front lot or, if that lot is full, at the Park Street Market just around the corner (please see the map below for details).
- Please leave valuables in your locked vehicle! We provide a coat room for volunteers’ jackets, but we cannot be held responsible for personal items.
- There are several “no parking” zones along Church Street, near our front entrance. Please be aware of these zones.
Volunteer Orientation Sessions:
- Volunteer orientation sessions are drop-in sessions, and are open to anyone who is interested in future volunteer opportunities at MwC.
- Sessions last approximately one hour and include a tour of our facility. These sessions give you the chance to learn about MwC, see what we do here, schedule volunteer hours and ask questions.
- If you are not able to attend one of our open orientation sessions, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator directly to arrange a private orientation.
Open orientation sessions will be held weekly on the following days and times:
Wednesdays at 3:00pm
Fridays at 9:00am
The list below contains information regarding some of our most common volunteer opportunities. This list is NOT exhaustive, so if you are interested in helping us in another way, please contact us directly to discuss possibilities!
Meal Service Volunteers:
Do you enjoy serving your community in a hands-on, fast-paced environment? If so, our dining room might be the perfect place for you! MwC offers breakfast and lunch to our members every day of the year. Breakfast runs from 8:00 to 9:00 am, and lunch is served from 1:30 to 2:30 pm.
- Breakfast at MwC is conducted in a “self-serve” format. We need volunteers for breakfast to help with setup and cleanup. Breakfast volunteers generally work from 7:15 to 9:15 am.
- We serve lunch to our members in a family-style environment. Volunteers help us by setting tables, dishing up plates, serving meals, refilling beverages, and keeping the dining room clean. Lunch volunteers generally work from 12:45 to 2:45 pm.
- Meal volunteers MUST adhere to health code standards, which include:
o Wearing shoes with closed toes;
o Keeping long hair pulled back or in a hair net;
o Following proper sanitization procedures;
o Ensuring that no outside food enters our dining room; and
o Avoiding heavily-scented cosmetic items (lotions, perfumes, cosmetics), as some of our members may be sensitive to these items
If you are interested in volunteering with MwC during mealtime, please attend a volunteer orientation session!
Service Desk Volunteers:
If you enjoy talking to people and answering questions in a fast-paced and fun setting, we need you at our service desk! At MwC, the service desk is the first point of contact for members when they enter our building.
- Service desk volunteers must be able and willing to interact with a diverse population with a variety of needs.
- Service desk volunteers set their hours with the Member Services Coordinator.
- Service desk volunteers provide support to members looking to access MwC’s services, and they may be required to do any of the following tasks:
o Answer incoming telephone phone calls
o Help members to access their mail
o Help members to access our storage lockers
o Provide members with basic toiletry items
o Educate members about MwC’s on-site services, and help members to sign up for those services
If you are interested in volunteering at MwC’s service desk, please attend a volunteer orientation session! Please note that a personal interview with our Member Services Director may also be required.
Phone Room Volunteers
If you are fantastic on the phone, consider volunteering in MwC’s phone room! Our phone room volunteers help us by answering and directing a wide variety of incoming calls.
- Phone room volunteers must have excellent phone skills and friendly personalities.
- Phone room volunteers schedule their hours in advance with the Member Services Director.
If you are interested in volunteering in MwC’s phone room, please attend a volunteer orientation session!
Computer Lab Volunteers:
Are you technologically savvy, and do you like to help others learn computer skills? MwC’s computer lab allows our members to create resumes, search for jobs, search for housing, complete online applications for services, or use email and social media sites. The lab itself contains four member computers and a separate workstation for volunteers.
- Computer lab volunteers assist members with computer-related questions and handle the printing of members’ documents.
- Computer lab volunteers must have intermediate computer skills.
- Computer lab volunteers schedule their hours in advance with the Volunteer Coordinator.
If you are interested in volunteering in MwC’s computer lab, please attend a volunteer orientation session!
Do you have a busy schedule but still want to help your community? If so, gleaning may be the perfect volunteer opportunity for you! MwC’s gleaners are volunteers who help us by picking up food donations from local businesses and bringing them to our facility.
- Gleaners must have their own transportation!
- Once they have picked up donations, gleaners bring them to our delivery door on Rose Street (in the parking lot of McDonald’s).
- MwC maintains an online calendar of gleaning opportunities, and gleaners are welcome to sign up for opportunities as they become available.
If you are interesting in volunteering as a gleaner for MwC, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator directly for access to the gleaning calendar.
Holiday and Special Event Volunteers:
If you love celebrations and want to give back in a very special way, please consider volunteering for our holidays and special events! MwC celebrates the Thanksgiving and Christmas Day holidays with our members, and we have several large fundraising events each year for which we always need volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering for a holiday or special event, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator to discuss open opportunities and scheduling!
If you have additional questions regarding volunteering, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator directly.
Ministry with Community’s front parking lot is open to volunteers.