Volunteer at Family Promise
Do you want to volunteer with us?
Family Promise of Summit County is always looking for volunteers. Please take a few moments to download our Volunteer Handbook and confidentiality agreement. Thanks for considering Family Promise in your plans.
Family Promise of Summit County success depends on the efforts and enthusiasm of hundreds of volunteers. They perform the tasks necessary to provide a safe and comfortable temporary home for our guests. Volunteers express their hospitality by interacting with guests, treating guest families with dignity and respect, and showing genuine concern for their well being. Without volunteers, there would be no network.
Each host week, the host congregation has about 50 volunteer opportunities to prepare meals, serve as evening and overnight hosts, coordinate activities, organize supplies, and assist guests as needed. Volunteers come from the host congregation, support congregations and community groups. Although most hosts are adults, youth can participate as well, particularly with arranging activities for young children and helping older children with schoolwork.
Volunteer hosts fill one or more of these roles during host week:
Drivers – (One morning volunteer 7 – 8:30 a.m. and one afternoon volunteer 5 – 6 p.m.)
The Family Promise van transports families to and from the host congregation as well as dropping school age children off at local schools during the school year. Some family members are dropped off so they can catch a bus for work, school, housing or other appointments.
Dinner Servers & Prep (Two or three volunteers, in advance of 6 p.m.)
Dinner is a hot meal prepared at the volunteer’s home or in the congregation’s kitchen and is served around 6:30 p.m. Cooking dinner is a good opportunity for congregational groups – such as religious study, women’s circles, men’s groups, couples and youth groups. Some congregations have a “night out” dinner, serving pizza, fried chicken or other carryout food.
Most volunteers plan to arrive between 5 – 5:30 p.m.
Dinner & Evening Hosts (Two volunteers, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.)
These volunteers may be part of the dinner preparation team or may arrive to eat with guests. Dinner hosts socialize with guests, welcome newcomers, and assist parents with children’s needs. Dinner is informal. After dinner, hosts may conduct children’s activities, help with homework, or assist a guest with a particular need.
Overnight Hosts (Two volunteers, preferably a man and a woman, 8:30 p.m. – 7 a.m.)
Two hosts spend the night at the host congregation. Overnight hosts spend time with guests, help older children with homework, and are available in case of an emergency. They wake guests between 6 and 7 a.m. Often, overnight hosts prepare breakfast.
Breakfast Preparation (Possibly one or two volunteers, 6 – 7:30 a.m.)
On weekdays, breakfast is a quick, simple meal (cereal, muffins, toast, juice, coffee) because guests must be ready to leave on the van at 7 a.m.
At many congregations, overnight hosts prepare breakfast. At other congregations, one or two volunteers arrive at 6 a.m. to prepare breakfast and clean up, allowing the overnight hosts to leave in time for work.
Often on weekends, breakfast is more relaxed and hosts prepare something more substantial, such as bacon and eggs or pancakes.
Rotation 49, 50, 51, 52 – Through mid-October 2014