Thousands of people volunteer their time and talents with LMM each year. Our volunteers fulfill a community need by positively impacting others through service.
If you’d like to volunteer or learn more about specific volunteer opportunities, please contact your area of interest below.
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We respect the dedication, contribution, and unique commitment of our volunteers. Volunteering as a guardian gives you the opportunity to meet a need in your own community for an at-risk group of people. You will be able to reach out with a caring heart and hand to a person who likely is without family or close friends. As a volunteer guardian, your primary tasks would be health-related decision making, placement-related decision making, managing personal relationship issues, and advocating for your ward.
Housing & Shelter
Volunteer contribution is vital to the life of the Men’s Shelter. Many volunteer opportunities with Housing & Shelter are available and fit the interests of individuals and groups seeking to engage with our residents and make a difference. We look forward to hearing from you!
- Computer Lab: Assist residents with basic computer questions, job search and resume writing.
- Job Readiness: Assist one-on-one with those seeking jobs.
- Housing Readiness: Help residents prepare for housing in a program covering such topics as rights/responsibilities of being a tenant, budgeting/credit counseling.
- Cook and/or serve a meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner).
- Scripture Study: Reading and reflecting on Scripture with a volunteer group that welcomes all faith traditions.
- Listening: Be a listening/pastoral presence, training sessions on the Listening Program at 2100 are offered.
- Help with neighborhood clean-up, painting, construction, and clothes sorting.
- Join with paralegals and lawyers, assisting residents with legal issues including child support, divorce, and expungements.
Visual Arts or Music Workshops
- Paint indoor, outdoor murals with shelter residents
- Lead simple art workshops
- Lead music and discussion groups
Life Skills Workshops
- Lead recovery workshops & other life skills.
The guiding principle of LMM’s Men’s Shelter is to provide a place of welcome. We embrace the presence, gifts and voices of every individual and strive to respond to the needs of each person while respecting their dignity. In volunteering, a welcoming attitude is conveyed in many ways:
- Commitment to person-first language, as in a “person who is homeless” versus a “homeless person,” honoring the dignity & self-respect of those we serve
- Meeting people where they are
- Building trust, which may take time
- Being willing to give others our full attention, even if it’s only a brief encounter
- Learning names
- Knowing that we all have assets, and building on them where possible
- Connecting through the things we have in common
- Honoring the commitment of reliability (whatever it is)
- Stating commitments, rules, and expectations clearly from the beginning, to help people feel comfortable and safe
- Promoting an atmosphere that honors boundaries
- Respecting other people, as you wish for others to respect you
- Confidentiality; the names of residents stay here
- Seeking to understand rather than to proselytize
Workforce Development serves the underserved by providing job training to individuals who face employment barriers, but there’s so much more! We have a Women’s Resource Room for our participants who are in need of clothing essentials and job interview apparel. If you’re interested in volunteering to sort and/or do inventory of our donated items, please reach out to us!
Youth Resiliency Services
Youth Resiliency Services welcomes volunteers to assist with shelter upkeep including minor repairs, furniture takeaway/delivery and beautification activities (i.e. landscaping). There are also opportunities for inventoring and sorting of donations, or for hosting special events such as a clothing and/or personal hygiene items drive, and organizing and providing a meal for the youth.
For volunteers working directly with youth, we welcome individuals who have specialized training and/or experience in facilitating groups pertaining to education, career and life skills development. Young people in our care are minors, therefore a volunteer application will need to be completed and approved.
Friend-to-Friend is a program that matches volunteers with woman residents of Northeast Reintegration Center and with men at Grafton Correctional Institution. The purpose of the match is to establish a friendship. The volunteers commit to visiting once a month and writing a letter or card once a month. Volunteers are matched with residents that receive few or no visits and are in need of a friend to communicate with as they navigate the criminal justice system.