To begin the process of becoming a volunteer, click the button below or email us at email@example.com. Within your inquiry, please specify whether you are interested in becoming a direct care or project volunteer and for which home (North Shore of Boston in MA or Greater Hartford area in CT). To understand the difference between direct care and project volunteers, keep reading below.
Our direct care volunteers support the program participants and staff directly in our Residential Recovery Housing (North Shore of Boston, Massachusetts) and our Supportive Transitional Housing (Greater Hartford area of Connecticut)
Opportunities are M-F 8am-12pm & 12pm-4pm. This shift helps with administrative tasks, cleaning, running errands and transportation for appointments. This is typically the busiest time in the home and staff are usually present.
Opportunities are M-F 4pm-9pm. This shift helps with transportation from work or school, meal preparation, and the community dinner. Occasionally staff are present in the home.
Opportunities are Sat. & Sun. 8am-12pm, 12pm-4pm, and 4pm-9pm. This shift helps with transportation to and from appointments and home organization. This shift is usually quieter in the home and rarely has staff present.
Hope Lyfters help transport the Amirah women to and from their work, school, groups, and appointments. There is great opportunity to create meaningful friendships on car rides together!
Our project volunteers support the program by helping with indoor and outdoor home maintenance, seasonal projects, and other assigned tasks at our Residential Recovery Housing (North Shore of Boston, Massachusetts) and our Supportive Transitional Housing (Greater Hartford area of Connecticut).
Our Gratitude Team supports the organization by helping us to give thanks in big and small ways. They meet regularly throughout the year in Lynnfield, Massachusetts.
Join the Gratitude Team on a Saturday morning every other month to help write thank you cards, notes, and other correspondence to our supporters and community.
Do I need to be vaccinated and wear a mask?At this time, we are asking all volunteers to be vaccinated in order to volunteer in our safe homes. Both of our safe homes are located in high-risk counties and so our mask policy reflects local and state recommendations and may be implemented when transmission rates are high. Please reach out to the volunteer coordinator if you have questions about current mask requirements.
What if I reach out or apply but then decide I don't want to volunteer?That happens sometimes! Life happens, things come up, and the time you thought you had to give to volunteer is now gone. Just let your point of contact know that you are no longer interested, and we will stop reaching out.
What is the process to become a volunteer in your Residential Program and how long does that process take?Once we've received your inquiry, the volunteer coordinator for your location of interest will reach out. All volunteers must complete an application and background check, as well as sign our Comprehensive Confidentiality Policy and have their Covid vaccination card reviewed. Prospective direct care volunteers will begin their process with a brief virtual meeting and are also subject to a reference check.
Will I be able to teach the women something?We ask that all volunteers come in ready to serve with the needs that are present. If you really enjoy something in your life, for example knitting, after time as the women begin to know you and your passions, they might ask you to teach them about this. This happens organically though, and in some cases it does not happen at all.
Can I lead a Bible study in a safe home?While we understand the heart of this request, we do not proselytize the women that are in our programs. We treat the six avenues of whole person care, including spiritual trauma recovery and have a trained professional on staff to meet with each woman for spiritual trauma recovery. If women express interest in the Christian faith, we connect them to local churches that would support them in their desires to grow in their faith journeys, this often includes attending Bible studies.
What does a typical shift look like?It depends on the day and time of the week. You might drive a woman to a doctor's appointment or run some errands like shopping for groceries. You might help staff out with some tasks around the home. If you are around at dinner time, sitting down and being a part of the meal is welcomed and encouraged. You also might simply be the safe presence in the home while the women rest and recover from a long week of meetings and therapeutic appointments. No matter if it is busy or slow, your presence is supporting these women and vital to our growth.