Yes. 100% of your donation is tax deductible. Stepping Stone is a registered 501c3 non-profit, Tax ID #20-3226868.
Yes. If you come to Stepping Stone to drop off a non-monetary donation, you will fill your own receipt to take with you. If you give a monetary donation, a receipt will be promptly mailed to you.
Absolutely! We hold all donations, regardless of amount, with great respect. If you designate how your donation should be used, we respect and will honor your request.
If your donation is not designated to a specific program and item, it will be placed in our general operating budget.
Please don’t donate any single serve items (small cans of soup, boxes of hamburger helper for 3, etc.).
Stepping Stone would prefer that your little ones are at least 10 years of age. We ask that if there are children present, please have a 1-to-1 ratio of parent to child. We are willing to work with groups and children of all ages, but given that we serve individuals 18 and older, the most important aspect is to ensure that the parents/adults accompanying the group are able to sufficiently supervise the children.
We are so grateful that you are interested in volunteering at Stepping Stone and we are flexible to work with you so that you many volunteer as much or as little time as you are willing/able to give. We have opportunities for short term, long term, or sporadic volunteer opportunities. You will receive the most out of your volunteer experience at Stepping Stone if you volunteer at least on a monthly basis, but it all depends on what works for you. Most volunteer shifts range anywhere from 1 hour (food pick up) up to 4 hours in length (front office assistant).
All Stepping Stone volunteers receive a range of training depending on your volunteer interests.
Depending on how you are interacting with residents will determine the level of training that you receive. Our goal is to make your experience with Stepping Stone staff and residents as successful as you hope it to be. Training for the volunteer work that you will be doing is paramount to this success. For example, working one-on-one with a resident will take significant training versus coordinating the Clothing Closet.
The groups who Donate-A-Dinner can have anywhere from 4-10 individuals; otherwise, we welcome individuals or large groups.
Due to the vulnerable nature of our homeless residents, Stepping Stone may conduct a background check on any volunteer. The level of interaction with a resident also plays a factor if a background check is needed. For example, if you are picking up food donations and hardly talk with our residents we would be less likely to complete a background check compared to a volunteer who is leading a budgeting class or interacting one-on-one with our residents.