Volunteer Opportunities

Donate your time to help us in our mission of ending homelessness

Welcome House is always looking for individuals and groups who are willing to donate their time to help us in our mission of ending homelessness.

In 2018, Welcome House was supported by 1,928 volunteers. Of those individuals, 944 volunteered in direct client-based services and 984 in indirect-administrative services. A total of 7,861 hours of volunteer work came to Welcome House in 2018 and all efforts brought us closer in our ultimate mission.

How To Get Started

Listed below are short-term, reoccurring, and group opportunities that are open within our agency for volunteers. This is not an exclusive list and as always, we are willing to work with you if there is another volunteer opportunity you would be interested in fulfilling. Please check out the opportunities below to see what you’re interested in, then complete the volunteer application.

VOLUNTEER APPLICATION

All volunteers must begin the process by completing the Volunteer Application Form at this link. Once your application is received, someone will reach out to you to take the next steps.

For more information on volunteer programs, please call or email Sara Kahmann at 859.431.8717 or skahmann@welcomehouseky.org.

Chef de Welcome House

How many people: as many as you’d like | Budget: yes

In this position individuals and/or groups will supply meals for Welcome House clients staying in Welcome House housing facilities. Cook a meal for the 35 women and children staying as guests in our Shelter, and deliver the meal around 3:30-4PM. This can be done any day of the week with approval to ensure no duplicate meals.

Donate A Meal

Sorting Donations

How many people: Up to 15 per shift | Budget: no

Donation sorters help carry donations up and down stairs, sorting the donations into their appropriate places, cleaning up and organizing the items in the shelves, consolidating shelves to make room for incoming donations, general tidying up. Possibly picking up/delivery donations from/to our Shelter (half a block away) or other office (on Greenup Street). This activity would take place during business hours Mon.-Fri. 9am-4:30pm.

Host a social activity

How many people: up to 5 | Budget: yes

Host an activity night at our shelter for women and children! This could be a fun activity or craft for the kids, a life-skills class for the women, a fun parent/child activity, a spa-night for painting nails and giving facials, the possibilities are endless! Volunteers are responsible for providing materials for any projects or classes they’d like to host. These activities work best Mon-Fri 7:00pm-8:30pm.

Child Care Provider

How many people: 2-5 | Budget: no

Our clients are constantly working to find employment, attend trainings and meetings, and secure an education. By volunteering as a Child Care Provider, you are helping our clients reach these goals by watching their children as they balance many priorities often times with no support model. Shelter is looking for Child Care Providers Sunday through Thursday 7:30-9:00 PM, and especially Sunday and Wednesday during Shelter house meetings.

Help with landscaping

How many people: up to 20 | Budget: not necessary, but possible

The children’s playground at our Gardens at Greenup Apartments could use a little bit of a cleanup – picking up trash in the mulch, sanitizing the playsets, and general tidying up. If your group has a bit of a budget or would like to get more involved in this project, the playground could be re-mulched, or you could even host a cookout after the pickup! Ideally this activity would take place during business hours Mon.-Fri. 9am-4:30pm, weather permitting.

Class Host/Guest Speaker

How many people: up to 5 | Budget: yes

The Class Host will volunteer their time and talent to teach the Welcome House clients specific skills. Don’t know what special skills you have to share? What about knitting? Crafts? Budgeting? The opportunities are endless. Just call us with your ideas and we will help you find the right fit!

Collect Donations

How many people: as many as you’d like | Budget: no

Everyone loves a good resource drive! The donation collector position will be the advocate for Welcome House and our clients by collecting high need items from their networks to donate to Welcome House. The donation collector will contact Welcome House with the interest in conducting a donation drive. Welcome House staff will provide a “wish list” of items needed to the donation collector and the donation collector will host the drive and deliver the donations during business hours or schedule a time to drop off the items to Welcome House facilities.

Welcome Bags

How many people: as many as you’d like | Budget: yes

Help us welcome our new guests at the Welcome House Shelter and other Welcome House living locations by putting together a welcome bag full of wonderful hygiene goodies.

Class Host/Guest Speaker

How many people: up to 5 | Budget: yes

The Class Host will volunteer their time and talent to teach the Welcome House clients specific skills. Don’t know what special skills you have to share? What about knitting? Crafts? Budgeting? The opportunities are endless. Just call us with your ideas and we will help you find the right fit!

Sorting Donations

How many people: Up to 15 per shift | Budget: no

Donation sorters help carry donations up and down stairs, sorting the donations into their appropriate places, cleaning up and organizing the items in the shelves, consolidating shelves to make room for incoming donations, general tidying up. Possibly picking up/delivery donations from/to our Shelter (half a block away) or other office (on Greenup Street). This activity would take place during business hours Mon.-Fri. 9am-4:30pm.

Admin Extraordinaire

How many people: solo work | Budget: no

There is always paper work, computer work, and general behind-the-scenes support that needs to be completed. If you find that organization is your strong suit and you want to get involved with Welcome House, call today to become an Admin Extraordinaire.

Receptionist

How many people: solo work | Budget: no

This position will be needed at both our 205 West Pike Street location and the King’s crossing location (1132 Greenup Street) in Covington. The receptionist volunteer position will require the individual to learn how to operate the phone systems and assist in answering  and transferring calls, and taking messages as needed. Additional help with paperwork may also be requested from this position. Business hours are M-F 9:00 am -4:30 pm but available shifts vary.

Chef de Welcome House

How many people: as many as you’d like | Budget: yes

In this position individuals and/or groups will supply meals for Welcome House clients staying in Welcome House housing facilities. Cook a meal for the 35 women and children staying as guests in our Shelter, and deliver  the meal around 3:30-4PM. This can be done any day of the week with approval to ensure no duplicate meals.

Donate A Meal

Child Care Provider

How many people: 2-5 | Budget: no

Our clients are constantly working to find employment, attend trainings and meetings, and secure an education. By volunteering as a Child Care Provider, you are helping our clients reach these goals by watching their children as they balance many priorities often times with no support model. Shelter is looking for Child Care Providers Sunday through Thursday 7:30-9:00 PM, and especially Sunday and Wednesday during Shelter house meetings.

Sorting Donations

How many people: Up to 15 per shift | Budget: no

Donation sorters help carry donations up and down stairs, sorting the donations into their appropriate places, cleaning up and organizing the items in the shelves, consolidating shelves to make room for incoming donations, general tidying up. Possibly picking up/delivery donations from/to our Shelter (half a block away) or other office (on Greenup Street). This activity would take place during business hours Mon.-Fri. 9am-4:30pm.

Donation drives & Fundraisers

How many people: as many as you’d like | Budget: no

Donation drivers help organize a drive or event to bring in donations for Welcome House. The funds or items collected could either be given directly to Welcome house, or any funds raised could be used to purchase in-kind donations from our wish lists or supplies for a volunteer project that requires a budget. This is a great activity that can be done on your own time. Groups can also organize restaurant nights to benefit Welcome House – the group would be responsible for finding a restaurant, choosing the date, and promoting the fundraiser. We’re happy to help promote on our social media platforms as well!

Event Volunteers

How many people: Varies by event | Budget: no

Welcome House event volunteers typically help monitor silent auction tables, coat-check, at-the-door ticket sales, or other event needs for Mardi Gras for Homeless Children (on Fat Tuesday each year), Household Shower (mid-April) or Summer Sunday (the first Sunday in August). This is a great way to help out while having a good time at some of our favorite events!

Shelter Activities

How many people: up to 5 | Budget: yes

Host an activity night at our shelter for women and children! This could be a fun activity or craft for the kids, a life-skills class for the women, a fun parent/child activity, a spa-night for painting nails and giving facials, the possibilities are endless! Volunteers are responsible for providing materials for any projects or classes they’d like to host. These activities work best Mon-Fri 7:00pm-8:30pm.

Shelter Meal

How many people: as many as you’d like | Budget: yes

Your group gets together and cooks a meal for the 35 women and children staying as guests in our Shelter, and delivery the meal around 3:30-4PM. This can be done any day of the week with approval to ensure no duplicate meals.

Donate A Meal

Adopt-the-Deck

How many people: 5-10 | Budget: yes

Our shelter has a private deck that could use a fresh coat of paint, some pretty flowers or plants, sturdy chairs, etc. Your group would be responsible for providing the materials, so this is a project for a group with a small budget. Ideally this activity would take place during business hours Mon.-Fri. 9am-4:30pm.

Playground Pickup

How many people: 5-20 | Budget: not necessary, but possible

The children’s playground at our Gardens at Greenup Apartments could use a little bit of a cleanup – picking up trash in the mulch, sanitizing the playsets, and general tidying up. If your group has a bit of a budget or would like to get more involved in this project, the playground could be re-mulched, or you could even host a cookout after the pickup! Ideally this activity would take place during business hours Mon.-Fri. 9am-4:30pm, weather permitting.

Cookout at King’s Crossing

How many people: 5-10 | Budget: yes

Each summer we host a cookout for the residents of our King’s Crossing Apartments. These clients are either mentally or physically disabled, and don’t get to enjoy fun events like this very often, so this one is always a hit. Volunteers would help provide food and drinks, and fun games that are inclusive for all. The event is usually luau-themed, so leis and fun luau-themed decorations are a great help as well! This event usually takes place right after work, around 5pm-6pm.

Cookout at Gardens at Greenup

How many people: 5-20 | Budget: yes

This volunteer activity is like hosting any family get-together! You provide food, drinks, and disposable plates/bowls/cups/napkins/forks for the ~70 residents at the apartments, as well as for your group. You could bring corn-hole or other fun outdoor games, and you can even bring your families and kids to mingle with the residents, all of whom are families who used to be homeless but are now permanently housed at the Gardens at Greenup. This is a great weekend or evening activity, weather-permitting.

Welcome Bags

How many people: as many as you’d like | Budget: yes

Help us welcome our new guests at the Welcome House Shelter and other Welcome House living locations by putting together a welcome bag full of wonderful hygiene goodies.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I become a volunteer?

Please begin by completing the Volunteer Application. The next step is to contact our Development & Marketing Manager, Sara Kahmann at 859.431.8717 or skahmann@welcomehouseky.org  to schedule your service.

What’s the difference between direct versus indirect service volunteer opportunities?

Direct service opportunities involve working directly with clients, whereas indirect service deals with all the work we do behind the scenes to support our many client programs.

Do I need to submit a background check to volunteer?

Yes. After the application process you will be asked to complete a background check.

Do I have to pay for my background check?

You are not required to pay for your background check. However, if you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to offset the cost, $20 is the approximate cost per person.

What’s the minimum age to volunteer at Welcome House?

We have a wide variety of opportunities available for families or groups with children. All volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

May we schedule as a group? How many people can you accommodate at once?

Absolutely, we love groups! Depending on the specific volunteer project we have space to accommodate 15-20 volunteers at a time. For more information, please contact Sara Kahmann at 859.431.8717 or skahmann@welcomehouseky.org.

What is the time commitment for volunteering?

We understand that your availability may be limited at this time, so many of our opportunities have a flexible schedule. Depending on the area you would like to volunteer in, the schedule will vary. You can serve a meal on one occasion or sign-up to volunteer for an event. If you are able to commit more time, we have other positions that require a weekly, monthly, or longer commitment.

Do you provide volunteering opportunities for court-mandated community service?

Yes, Welcome House does have limited-opportunities for court-mandated community service volunteers. Please contact Sara Kahmann at 859.431.8717 or skahmann@welcomehouseky.org  to discuss opportunities.

Do all of your volunteer opportunities involve directly working with the homeless population?

Many of our volunteering opportunities do involve direct contact with our homeless population. However, we have other ongoing positions, including event volunteers and pantry organization, which do not.

What do I need to bring with me when I volunteer at Welcome House?

Volunteers do not need to bring any unless they require their own community service documentation for school or court. All registration and scheduling should be completed online before your first visit.

Where are the volunteer opportunities located?

Our offices are located in Covington, KY. With the exception of our annual events around NKY, the bulk of all volunteer opportunities will take place on one of our Covington properties.

I still have questions that have not been answered here. Can someone help me?

Absolutely! Please contact Sara Kahmann at 859.431.8717 or skahmann@welcomehouseky.org.

Why Volunteer?

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