Volunteering at Elizabeth House
It doesn’t always take something dramatic to change a life; sometimes it’s as simple as an hour of your time.
Elizabeth House is a volunteer-based organization and the dedicated support of our volunteers makes all of our work and success possible. Whether you can volunteer once a week, once a month, or once a year, you can enhance and expand the work of the House in a variety of ways, including tutoring, childcare, cooking, office assistant, grocery shopping, special event planners, and others.
Part-Time Volunteer Opportunities
Tutoring & Reading Club
This is our most urgent volunteer need! We have anywhere from 8-15 school-age children looking for homework help. Volunteers can come at times that work for them to provide one-on-one tutoring with an individual child, or come at our prearranged “Reading Club” time to work within a group setting. Currently, Reading Club meets on Thursdays from 6:30-7:30 PM.
We are always looking for volunteers to play with our kids during our weekly community House meeting on Monday nights from 6:30-8:30 pm.
Most of our children are eager for a “big buddy” and would benefit greatly from this type of relationship. This would be based upon mutual interests of the child and mentor and is usually developed out of experiences on field trips, during homework help or childwatch nights. This would need to be a very committed and consistent individual.
Our mothers need breaks every once in a while, whether to go to a meeting, go for a walk or even to take a bath. While they do often lean upon one another, often, it is not enough. Volunteers would ideally provide an hour or two a month of respite by occasionally watching children.
Past field trips have included horseback riding at Tilden, Family night at the YMCA, swimming, museums, zoos, circuses, parks, and Lake Merritt.
No great skills are needed and we will train you if you are able to commit to any time working in our office. The volunteer would do anything from answering phones, database upkeep, thank-you letters or newsletter production. This is the most flexible type of volunteer position and some work may even be done from home!
Do you like to cook or shop for food? We could use you for this or many other upkeep situations, including painting, donation maintenance or taking on a project like disaster preparedness. Any little bit helps and commitments range from an hour a week to assist a woman in her cook night, to a few hours to clean and paint a room for a new resident.
How do I become an Elizabeth House volunteer?
E-mail or call us to discuss your interest in volunteering (510.658.1380 ext.203 OR firstname.lastname@example.org).
Please download, print, complete and return the Part-Time Volunteer Application. If you are unable to print the application, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, who will send you our Volunteer application and other related paperwork. Once you complete the paperwork and return it to us, we will call you to arrange an in-person interview, orientation and training.
Depending upon how quickly you return the paperwork and how easily the appointment gets scheduled, the whole process could take anywhere from 1-3 weeks.
How many hours do I need to volunteer?
Elizabeth House volunteers work a variety of hours, depending upon the task and the volunteer’s availability. For instance, some volunteers come every Thursday from 6:30-7:30 to help during Reading Club. Other volunteers come the first Monday of each month from 6:30-8: 30 pm to assist with child care during our Community House meeting, or to present at one of the house meetings. We will work with you to make volunteering at Elizabeth House rewarding, flexible and enjoyable.
What do volunteers do at Elizabeth House?
Volunteers care for kids by watching them while their mothers attend meetings, help with homework, share stories, mentor, chaperone field trips, tutor, etc. Please see our Volunteer Opportunities for more information.
Is there an age requirement to volunteer at EHouse?
Yes and no. We have accommodated a range of volunteers from elementary school age through retirement depending on the activity.
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