What volunteers do

inspirationWe need volunteers for the following tasks:

Setup Team:  On the first day of a Code Blue emergency this team prepares the shelter for operation. This work involves setting up the cots and assuring that each is properly supplied with blankets, and pillows.

  • The setup team is appropriate for properly supervised children and families.

Meals Pickup:  Local restaurants and families donate meals to the Code Blue shelter but often need help delivering the food. The volunteer picks up the food and delivers it to the shelter.

  • This volunteer must have ready access to an auto.

Kitchen/Cook: Volunteers serve the evening meal on weekdays, and prepare and serve food on the weekends. They cleanup the kitchen and store leftovers.

  • Volunteers for this shift should have completed the on-line food safety course.

Companions:  The companions accompany the homeless guests during the open hours.  Most work a 3-hour shift to greet guests when they arrive, help them settle in — and generally help keep everyone comfortable and welcomed. They monitor signups at the door and for the showers.

  • Companions should all be adults over 18.

Clean Up Team:  Each morning of a continuing Code Blue emergency, the team prepares the shelter for the next day’s operation.  This includes gathering up used laundry, cleaning the floors and other spaces, and alerting the supervisors to any supply shortages. On the last day of an emergency, the team removes and stacks all cots and replaces them with chairs.

  • The clean up team is appropriate for properly supervised children and families.

Laundry Pickup & Delivery:  A local laundry cleans all used bedding. The volunteer picks up the used bedding from the clean up team in the morning and delivers it to a local laundry service that washes and sanitizes it. At the same time the volunteer picks up the previous day’s clean laundry in bags, and returns them to the shelter for use that evening.

  • This volunteer must have ready access to an auto.

Shift Supervisor: The shift supervisor monitors the shelter activities, ensures the comfort of the guests and compliance with program guidelines and directs the volunteers.

  • This adult volunteer must have completed the shift supervisor training.