Volunteer at YouthCare

Volunteers are critical to our mission. They support everything YouthCare does, whether working directly with youth or helping to ensure that these young people have what they need to thrive.

Interested in volunteering? Here's what we typically look for in a volunteer:

  • Willing to support our community's homeless youth
  • 21+ years old for individual opportunities OR 16+ years old for group opportunities
  • Able to commit to the allotted time commitment, typically 6 months consecutively
  • Able to pass a national background check. Check out our background check policy here.

Questions? Contact us at volunteer@youthcare.org 

Current Volunteer Opportunities

  • Seeking Safe Place Response Team Volunteers!

    Young people in crisis often don’t know where to turn. Runaways are more likely to drop out of high school and to live in poverty. Safe Place is a program that quickly connects youth in crisis to help, through a network of local businesses designated as “Safe Places.”  Read more

  • Dinner at our House!

    Do you enjoy cooking? Use your skills to provide healthy, delicious dinner for young people in need. Cook at home or cook in our facilities so youth can get the nutrition they need before they go to work or school the next day! Read more

  • Host a Drive!

    Community drives help youth get what they need to get off the streets and prepare for life. Make an individual donation or host a community drive to collect needed items for young people in YouthCare programs. Use this link to plan your drive.  Read more

  • Make Magic Happen at the Main Office!

    Whether you have some time during the day or want to learn about how a nonprofit works behind-the-scenes, we need your help! Assist the main office in sorting and organizing the places that youth will "shop" for the things they need to get off the streets and prepare for life. We are currently seeking volunteers who can help once a week for about 2-4 hours anytime between 9am-5pm. Read more

  • Bring Friends to Cook & Serve at YouthCare!

    When volunteers serve meals at YouthCare's James W. Ray Orion Center, they enable staff to concentrate on what they're there for: serving youth. Just as important, by donating food, volunteer groups help us stretch our budget — in the face of pressing need, as the number of meals served at YouthCare has grown significantly in the past few years. Read more

  • Seeking Drop-In Floor Help on Weekday Afternoons!

    Drop-in services are often the first link for youth to connect with YouthCare’s other services - and we need your help supporting this first point of entry for youth coming in off the streets. Read more

  • Help out with Immediate Needs! Join the "VoluntHero" Team!

    This is a team of individual volunteers who are contacted when there is an immediate need for help. It's a great way to have a flexible and diverse volunteer schedule, meet other volunteers, and help YouthCare with our most immediate needs! Click here to sign up as a VoluntHero! Read more