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About Volunteering

Every year, thousands of volunteers donate their time and talents to making a difference in the lives of homeless families and individuals in our programs. From cooking dinner at the family shelter to sorting donations, there are always opportunities for groups and individuals to get involved for a single day or on an ongoing basis. 

At this time to curb the spread of COVID-19, volunteer projects are being done remotely and are limited when it comes to any volunteering within the shelters. This includes providing meal service at the shelters. Individuals and groups can hire restaurants or catering companies with a commercial license to cook and bring in/deliver meals to the shelters. To provide money or a catered meal at either the Mountain View Family Shelter in Martinez or SHELTER Solano, or to discuss other volunteer opportunities, please contact Yareth Rodriguez at Yareth.Rodriguez@ShelterInc.org. 

To donate the cost of a meal at the shelters click here!

How to become a volunteer

  1. We have volunteer opportunities for groups and individuals throughout the year. Please view our volunteer opportunities and holiday volunteer opportunities to see how you can help.

  2. Please download and complete the Volunteer Application Form and email it to Yareth.Rodriguez@shelterinc.org or print and mail it to SHELTER, Inc. ATTN: Yareth Rodriguez, P.O. Box 5368, Concord CA 94524.

Volunteering FAQ's

  • CAN I START MY OWN VOLUNTEER PROJECT?

    Yes! SHELTER, Inc. has opportunities for individuals and groups to initiate a project. For more information, check out our Volunteer Opportunities page. If you have an idea for a project you do not see listed, please contact Yareth Rodriguez at Yareth.Rodriguez@shelterinc.org.

  • CAN MY ORGANIZATION, GROUP OR SCHOOL PARTICIPATE IN A PROJECT?

    Yes, volunteers come in many group types, from church groups to corporate groups, as well as Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts and teens from the local high schools. If your group is interested in volunteering, we will try our best to match you with an appropriate project. Please visit our Volunteer Opportunities page for more information on seasonal and group projects.

  • IS THERE A MINIMUM AGE REQUIREMENT TO VOLUNTEER?

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

  • CAN SHELTER, INC. COME TO MY VOLUNTEER FAIR OR EVENT?

    Yes! SHELTER, Inc. can table at volunteer fairs and events to recruit more volunteers for our services. For more information please contact Yareth Rodriguez at Yareth.Rodriguez@shelterinc.org.

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