Volunteer 2018-02-28T23:41:34+00:00



re you interested in volunteering or learning more about Good Shepherd Center for Homeless Women & Children?

Volunteers are essential to the success of Good Shepherd Center and help us improve the lives of homeless women and children in our community. We would love to have you join our team as a volunteer. Prior to volunteering we strongly reccomend that you participate in a tour of our facilites. Tours are offered the second Saturday of the month at 10:00 am.  NOTE: There will be no tour in December.

Tours begin at our Farley House Residence, located at 1671 Beverly Blvd. Parking and entrance to the building are in the alley located one block north of Beverly Blvd., off Union Ave.

The tour takes a little more than an hour and will be followed by a Volunteer Information and Orientation. If you are interested in volunteering or learning how how you can get involved (e.g. donating, serving on our Auxiliary Board, or assisting with fund-raising), we strongly encourage you to participate in the tour.

Those that attend the Volunteer Information and Orientation portion will:

  • Learn more about Good Shepherd Centers’ programs
  • Be provided with a list of current volunteer opportunities and a job description
  • Have an opportunity to fill out a volunteer application

If you would like to participate in the tour or attend the Volunteer Information and Orientation, please contact Annemarie at ahowse@gschomeless.org.

Requirements for Volunteers:

  • Fill out a volunteer application
  • Pass a background check.or be live scan fingerprinted at one of our Live Scan Centers. (depending on your volunteer position).
  • TB clearance (must be current-within one year)
  • Interview by a staff member/s
  • Please note: Minors do not need to pass a background check but will need parental or guardian approval (signature)

If you would like to attend the orientation, please contact Annemarie at ahowse@gschomeless.org.

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Fund-raising
  • Join our Outreach Team
  • Join our Auxiliary Board
  • Assist in our Family Services Program
  • Serve as a tutor in Math or English for women working on their GED. Tutoring is one on one and hours are flexible.
  • Prepare (or cater) a meal and serve to residents at one of our shelters
  • Facilitate an employment related seminar-this can be a one time commitment.
  • Organize our donation room. You must be able to work independently with little supervision. Hours are flexible but must be weekdays, during regular business hours. Great organizational abilities a plus!
  • Facilitate a drive (food, toiletries, beauty products). Ask about our incentive program.
  • Volunteer opportunities change periodically depending on our needs at the time. We welcome your ideas.

Please contact Annemarie at ahowse@gschomeless.org or 213-235-1962 if you are interested in any of these positions.

Ideas for School Children Who Need Community Service Projects or Adults Looking for a One-Time Volunteer Opportunity: (no background check needed)

  • Organize a food drive-We are always in need of food for our  shelters, to fill the cupboards in our food pantry and for our Mobile Outreach. We accept both perishable and non-perishable items.
  • Collect sample size toiletries for the Emergency Outreach Van that serves homeless women living on the streets.
  • Organize a drive for full size toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, body wash and make up).
  • Organize a drive for our teens-Most donations we receive are for women and small children. Example of items for teens: Skinny jeans for male and female, T-shirts, Converse shoes (Chuck Taylors) in all colours and sizes, Gift Cards to: Forever 21, H&M, JC Penney, Target, Subway, McDonalds, Movie Tickets in ANY amount, Uber or Lyft.
  • (These ideas are also appropriate for church groups, businesses, college students, or adults who want to help, but do not have the time to volunteer on a regular basis.)

Please continue to look on our website for our most needed items and for most current volunteer opportunities, as needs for special events and other activities may be available throughout the year.

If you have any questions in regards to in-kind donations and/or volunteers opportunities please contact Annemarie at ahowse@gschomeless.org or 213-235-1962.

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