Out of the Cold relies heavily on the support of volunteers who offer their time to provide food, shelter, comfort and hospitality to the guests that utilize the program. There are several volunteer opportunities throughout the city at the various locations.
Over 3,000 volunteers come from all ages and backgrounds. A variety of skills and strengths are welcome and needed.
Where do I volunteer?
Where you volunteer is up to you! Churches and Synagogues offer one-night per week emergency overnight shelter that runs from early evening to the next morning. The sites are located all over the city so it’s best to pick a convenient location for you. Please refer to the schedule to see which site is closest to you.
What is the commitment?
The length of commitment varies as each program has a unique way of operating. Many of the volunteer groups run on a shift work module with shifts that are either 4 hours or 8 hours long. Both afternoon and overnight shifts are available. Each site has different responsibilities for volunteers, including meal preparation, serving, cleaning, general maintenance, security, social programs, donation programs and offering support to guests.
How do I become a volunteer?
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, contact information and site preference, and we will pass it on to the site you are interested in.
Please note that Dixon Hall does not recruit volunteers for Out of the Cold. You must apply through email and indicate the location you are interested in. Each site receives many applications and may take some time to respond.