Volunteer

Volunteering at SHELTER, Inc. provides one step forward in ending homelessness.

Volunteer Opportunities

We offer volunteer opportunities for individuals, families and groups of all kinds. Volunteering at SHELTER, Inc. provides one step forward in ending homelessness.

Opportunities include cooking dinner, working on building improvement and landscaping projects, assisting with children's activities and coordinating donation drives. Learn more about each of these opportunities below and fill out the volunteer application form to get started!

Volunteer Projects

Volunteer projects are available to groups and individuals. To coordinate a group volunteer event please contact volunteers@shelterinc.org.

Donation Drives

Gather your friends, family and neighbors to create and lead a donation drive for homeless families. Needed items include baby items, gift cards for food, toiletries, holiday gifts, and bathroom starter kits.

Office Assistance

Do you like office work? Need office experience while searching for a job? If so, we have an immediate need for volunteers to help us on a few office projects. Set your own schedule throughout the work day, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Building Improvement and Landscaping Projects

Projects such as painting, landscaping, cleaning, and helping to furnish units for families are needed throughout the year.

Group Meal Projects

When normal activity resumes, you can create a menu for the families at the Martinez Mountain View Family Shelter or SHELTER Solano in Fairfield. Groups will provide, prepare, and serve meals for approximately 30-75 people. If your group is interested, please call 925.957.7561 to learn more or schedule your group.

Children’s Activities

When normal activity resumes, projects are held on-site at our shelter locations or various field trip locations. We plan events for the children who live at our sites to enrich their lives. The projects include movie days, picnics, sports games, going to the park, arts-and-crafts days, museums, and holiday parties. We need chaperones for the children to help share their experience.

Can my organization, group or school participate in a project?

Absolutely! If your group is interested in volunteering, we will match you with a project appropriate for your group If you have an idea for a project you do not see listed, or to coordinate a date and activity that meets your groups objectives, please contact volunteers@shelterinc.org.

Can I start my own volunteer project?

Yes! SHELTER, Inc. has opportunities for individuals and groups to initiate a project. If you have an idea for a project you do not see listed, please contact volunteers@shelterinc.org.

We welcome young volunteers (12 years old and younger) as long as there is an adult/guardian supervising during the project.

How to Become a Volunteer

  1. Complete the Volunteer Application Form
  2. Review our Volunteer Handbook

If you have additional questions, please send them to volunteers@shelterinc.org

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Have you been financially impacted by COVID?

Our new COVID program serves community members affected by the COVID-19 virus who are not able to pay past, present and/or future rent.