VolunteerUPDATE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our volunteer program is currently suspended. Please check in soon, as we continue to reevaluate opportunities for those interested in serving their community.
The Good Samaritan Haven relies on volunteers to keep the shelter running smoothly. We have a variety of volunteer opportunities available for all ages, and can accommodate either groups or individuals. We are always in need of new volunteers at the shelter, and would love to have your help. Please review the volunteer opportunities available, and contact our staff about becoming part of our team!
Provide a Snack or Breakfast at Bethany Warming Shelter: Can you please help provide snacks, breakfast, non perishable food, and/or desserts for our guests at the Bethany Warming Shelter this winter? Donations should be dropped off at the church at 8:30pm each evening at 115 Main Street in Montpelier. Many of our guests are hungry when they arrive at night, and are very appreciative of a small snack for the evening. Breakfast items are also greatly appreciated. Please note – we do not have access to the kitchen at the church so food donations cannot be refrigerated. Sign up for our our Bethany Warming Shelter Meal Train here.
Prepare a Meal: Each night we serve a free meal for shelter guests that has been prepared by volunteers. Inquiries from individuals, groups or service organizations interested in cooking are welcome. You can cook a meal once a month or bring a side dish to supplement the meal. Homemade cookies and holiday pies make our guests feel a little more like they are home. To sign-up, please email Judi Joy or call the office (802) 479-2294.
Evening Volunteers Needed to Serve Dinner at Shelter: Good Samaritan Haven seeks new volunteers to help serve dinner nightly at the shelter from 6:00-8:00pm. Volunteers are needed to assist with serving, preparation, and clean-up of the evening meal. Volunteer opportunities are also available in the evening to sort donations or help with light admin tasks. We are hoping to find some new people who are able to commit to volunteering on a regular basis. This is a fun way to interact with our guests and to provide direct support to those in need. Email Rick DeAngelis if you are interested in learning more about evening volunteer opportunities.
Other volunteer opportunities:
- Securing donations from individuals and businesses in the community
- Sorting and organizing food and clothing donations
- Processing fresh fruits and vegetables and preparing them for future meals
- Assembling “Cold Weather Bags” to hand out through the Outreach Program
- Planting and maintaining the garden
- Helping out in the office
- Cleaning the common areas
- Organizing and cleaning the basement/attic
- Painting (interior or exterior)
- Doing maintenance and/or repairs
- Volunteering your Trade Skills: plumbing, carpentry, electrical work, cutting hair, etc.
- Leading art projects, workshops, or other learning opportunities
Providing transportation for guests to medical appointments, job interviews, etc.
- Recruiting other volunteers
- Raising awareness about homelessness through community events and special projects