Spring 2021 Volunteering

What We Need

For spring, we have four categories of helpers needed as described below. Because volunteerism is still greatly curtailed through the pandemic recovery period, we ask that all starting volunteers choose only one category. You express interest through the same form below for all categories. We'll get back to you with the next step. It's not hard, but due to limited staff during the pandemic recovery, we are accepting only the most available and dedicated of volunteers at this time.

  • Online Event Helpers (Zoom)
  • Virtual Helpers (behind the scenes, work from anywhere)
  • Theme workers
  • Vaccinated Weekly Helpers in our facility

If you volunteered with us in the past, you know how much volunteers have helped us and what an impact you can make on clients' lives.

If you're interested in volunteering, please read the descriptions and expectations below. Choose the one best category for you and fill out the expression of interest form at the bottom of this page!

Virtual Helpers

Sample duties include making Canva graphics for us to use, creating learn and earn Google forms, updating content on our web, helping with responses or posting on social media, helping coordinate the virtual volunteers, doing consumer research, and making phone calls. We have a few errands in this category as well. Virtual tasks are described in our Virtual Volunteer Center document. You'll get access to this document after you apply and are accepted.

Virtual volunteers commit to:

  • Work weekly at least one hour
  • Complete work promptly
  • Communicate through our online chat and document sharing
  • Record all hours promptly in your volunteer log
  • Virtual volunteers are not likely to have any contact with clients but must report any contact with clients immediately to info@streetyouthministry.org.

We have a limited amount of bandwidth to work with our virtual volunteers. Those unable to contribute for two weeks in a row may be removed and others added from a waiting list.

Online Event Helpers (Zoom)

We need two helpers for each of the following events. There is about an hour of preparation involved in each event as well that you must do to assist the online event host. Each event is held by Zoom. Interaction with clients and SYMin host is expected. You'll get access to schedule sign-up after your application is accepted.

  • Tuesday 1pm Men's Support Group
  • Tuesday 6pm Game Night
  • Wednesday 6pm Talent Night

Online Event helpers commit to:

  • Focus on one group and attend at least 4 groups in two months
  • Contribute to discussion or activities and occasionally make supportive comments with clients during the event
  • Men's Support Group volunteers must identify as male.
  • A volunteer must agree to personal boundaries and confidentiality to participate.
  • No offers of assistance other than group participation are permitted.
  • No exchange of contact information is permitted.
  • No outside contact with clients is expected. Any contact outside SYMin must be reported immediately to info@streetyouthministry.org.

We have a limited amount of bandwidth to work on our online events. Those who no-show will be removed to make room for those from a waiting list. What happens in our groups may not be discussed with others. Boundary issues may likely result in immediate removal from the group.

Theme Workers

Every other week, we offer a theme week that ties our virtual events and Drop-by activities together. Theme week includes outdoor safe events across a table twice a week to help with engagement. Examples include fashion week, back-to-school week, and gratitude week. Our amazing team needs help brainstorming future events and tangible help gathering supplies and doing drives for needed supplies. We launch all events on Monday with an outdoor activity 12-4, follow up with another activity and finish on Friday with an outdoor event 12-4. Those volunteers who feel comfortable can participate in the outdoor event, provided we are at Stage 3 or lower. We are not able to provide access to our indoor facility however. Theme volunteers often choose to focus on one or two themes and often involve their friends or a group. Themes are listed in SYMin Biweekly Theme Work Volunteer Center. You'll get access after you apply and are accepted.

Theme workers commit to:

  • Focus on one or two theme weeks
  • Contribute to idea generation, supply gathering, and executing our theme weeks using our document sharing.
  • Recruit friends and groups if necessary.
  • Record all hours and in-kind donations in their volunteer log document promptly.

We have a limited amount of bandwidth to work on our themes. Those who don't prepare in advance will be remove to make room for others from the waiting list.

Vaccinated In-House Helper

With availability of the vaccine, we are delighted to announce that we have openings for fully vaccinated volunteers to help for 2-3 hours in our facility M-F starting at either 11:30am or 2:30pm. Our clients and staff are not yet vaccinated so mask wearing, strict social distancing, and limiting social contact 5 days prior to volunteering are required. The tasks will involve a mixture of serving clients at our gate, sorting supplies and clothing, and assembling food bags provided to our clients.

Facility Helpers commit to:

  • Submit application verifying fully vaccinated status
  • Screen themselves using our form prior to arrival each day, including having no symptoms, not being exposed to someone with a COVID case, and having had a social circle smaller than 6 in the past 5 days.
  • Follow all social distancing and hygiene rules in place for the past 12 months at our facility, as presented in the screening form
  • A volunteer must agree to personal boundaries and confidentiality to participate.
  • No offers of assistance to clients other than we provide at the facility are permitted.
  • No exchange of contact information is permitted with clients.
  • No outside contact with clients is expected. Any contact outside SYMin must be reported immediately to info@streetyouthministry.org.

We have a limited amount of bandwidth to train in-house helpers. To apply you must supply three training times in advance. No-shows will be removed to make room for others from the waiting list.