Volunteer

Stepping Stone Emergency Housing has many individual and group volunteer opportunities. Contact Tracy Pierce by email, or by phone 763-277-8313, or sign up to become a volunteer on our website.

Top 5 Current Volunteer Needs at Stepping Stone:

  • On-call food pick up driver: Help us pick up our needed food donations
  • Clothing closet supervisor: Assist residents finding apparel and track individual inventory(weekly commitment preferred)
  • Fitness instructor: lead a fitness class in our newly updated recreation room
 

Volunteer Application Form

 

FAQ - Volunteering

What individual opportunities are there?

  • Food pick-up driver
  • Front office assistant
  • Computer lab supervisor
  • Lead an arts & crafts activity
  • Serve a meal to residents
  • Clothing Closet organizer
  • On-call food pick-up driver
  • General maintenance/repairs
  • Small group facilitator
  • Large group facilitator
  • Presenter/facilitator on a variety of topics
  • Fitness Instructor

What group opportunities are there?

  • Lead an arts & crafts activity
  • Donate A Dinner
  • Game Night
  • Movie Night
  • Spa Night
  • Call Bingo
  • Special Event or Project (painting, gardening, etc.)
  • Seasonal project/event
  • Lead a group activity or event
  • Collection/donation drive

What is your age requirement to volunteer at Stepping Stone?

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.

What is the time commitment expected of Stepping Stone volunteers?

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).

What kind of training would I receive as a volunteer at Stepping Stone?

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.

What is the process in order to become a volunteer?

The first step is to complete a Volunteer Application 

Volunteer Application Form

Upon completion of the application, Meagan Brostrom, Stepping Stone Volunteer Coordinator, will be in touch with you to set up a time for you to come to Stepping Stone for a tour and informal interview.

Is there a limit to the number of people who can help at the shelter?

The groups who Donate-A-Dinner can have anywhere from 4-10 individuals; otherwise, we welcome individuals or large groups.

Do you complete background checks on volunteers?

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.