There are many ways that you can help the shelter, depending on your skills and availability. Some options include:
SERVE A DINNER
Two volunteers assist the resident manager by serving the evening meal, preparing sack lunches for the following day, and cleaning the kitchen after dinner. Many of the volunteers share dinner with the residents and then can choose to stay and spend time with the residents, or leave for the evening.
The kosher kitchen follows the rules of Kashrut, which includes not mixing dairy and meat.
Evening volunteer shifts are from 6:15 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
PREPARE A MEAL
Prepare a kosher dinner for 18 for the residents to enjoy.
There are many possible opportunities to help at the shelter!
It takes a community to run a shelter. If staying overnight or cooking a meal does not fit in your schedule, there are plenty of other volunteer opportunities. Just call Tasho Wesley at (404) 873-3147, and we will find a way to use your unique talents.
On Wednesday evenings we present empowerment programs to teach life and employment skills. Topics include: Interviewing Skills, Resume Writing, Communication Skills, and Planning. We would also like to have programs for art, yoga and exercise. Please let us know if you have a special talent or knowledge to share or a presenter to recommend!
Work one-to-one with shelter residents to help them write resumes, search for jobs and learn basic computer skills. Weekday evenings between 6:00 and 10:00 PM.
We need shoppers to go to the local grocery store once a week and/or Costco/Sam’s once a month to shop for shelter supplies. Most helpful would be volunteers willing to shop at least once a month for the mid-November to mid-March season. We will, however, welcome volunteers who can shop on a one-time basis.
SUNDAY AFTERNOON VOLUNTEER
We attempt to open early at 3:00 PM one Sunday per month to allow the residents the chance to come in early and relax. On these days, we also try to have special programs such as beauty makeovers or manicures. Sometimes we just watch a video and have popcorn. Volunteers make it possible for our guests to enjoy some much-needed down time.
We are open on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years and need volunteers to help keep the shelter open during the daytime hours. Volunteers would assist either the Resident Manager or the Shelter Director. Having the shelter open 24 hours on these three days when so much of Atlanta is “shut down” is a very special gift to our residents. We invite volunteers to sign up for two-hour shifts on the holidays.
Most seasons, we have residents in need of emergency dental care. The local clinic usually has a 6-month wait, and someone needing a root canal or tooth extraction can’t wait that long. Several dentists have been friends of our shelter over the years. We don’t want to take advantage of their generosity, and therefore we are always looking for more professional volunteers. Please let us know if you can help us in this vital area of need.
We pride ourselves on running the Shelter in an extremely cost-effective manner, but we rely on both monetary gifts and donations of items to make ends meet. Please review our wish list to see how you or your group may help.
GROUPS, YOUTHS & PROJECTS
Contact Shelter Director Tasho Wesley (firstname.lastname@example.org) to inquire how your group may help the shelter and what projects we have available for youth. We look forward to working with you in matching your service skills with the needs of the ladies at SI Shelter.
Adept at simple repairs? Or good keeping at spreadsheets up to date? We could sure use your help! We also need volunteers to help write thank you notes and track expenses for grant reimbursements. Please let us know if you have a few hours a week, a month or just are available for a one-time stint. Your help is badly needed.