Volunteers are the lifeblood of IHN. They come from varied faiths and ages and provide hospitality for our congregational shelter network, organize fundraising drives, tutor in our Afterschool Program, introduce IHN to their community group or friends, and more.
Are you interested in lending your talents to become a volunteer?
To make the congregational shelter network run smoothly, each host congregation should identify individuals for the following volunteer jobs.
Coordinate volunteers, schedules, guest arrangements and sleeping set-ups, meals, transportation, laundry, and recognition opportunities to thank volunteers after the host week.
Teams set up the accommodations on Sunday afternoon and help take down and move the air mattresses the following Sunday.
(Two or three volunteers before 6:30 p.m. each evening.) Dinner is a hot meal prepared at volunteers’ homes or in the congregation’s kitchen. It is served between 6–6:30 pm. This is a great opportunity for congregational groups such as Bible study, women’s circles, and men’s groups.
(Minimum two volunteers, 5:30–8:30 p.m.) These volunteers may be part of the dinner preparation team or arrive to eat with guests. Dinner hosts socialize with guests, welcome newcomers, and assist parents with children’s needs. Dinner is informal. After dinner, volunteers may conduct activities, help with homework, or assist a guest with a particular need.
(Two volunteers, 8:30–9 p.m. to 7 a.m.) Two hosts spend the night at the temporary shelter. Overnight hosts spend time with guests, help older children with homework and are available in case of emergency. They wake guests around 6 a.m. Some overnight hosts also assist with breakfast if there are no breakfast volunteers.
Opportunities exist throughout the year to initiate, plan, publicize and participate in fundraising and publicity events.
Organizes collections for pajamas; hats, gloves; school supplies
Obtains cards for grocery and big box stores such as Pathmark, Target, ShopRite
Program offers children a safe place to be after school before their parents return from work. Volunteers provide tutoring and homework help as well as other activities such as reading and board games.
Needed Monday through Thursday from 4–5:30 p.m. to help children with homework
Needed Friday from 4–5:30 p.m. to share a special talent or skill, or lead children in an activity
Lead or organize individual workshops for resume writing;, interview techniques and hints; job search skills; computer skills; healthy cooking and wellness.
Assists IHN with planning holiday celebrations for the families
Donate family “wish list” items for Christmas; provide food baskets for holidays such as Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas
Make video shorts highlighting the work of IHN to be used for publicity and fundraising purposes.
Energetic volunteer to create material and resources to publicize the mission of IHN including website content and press releases. Ability to write press releases and connections to media a big plus.
Answer telephones, assist with mailings, and/or work with office staff on special projects.
These individuals, with or without a truck, are willing to help move and transport furniture for families moving into new homes.