There are many ways to volunteer at House of Hope!
Whether you want to volunteer solo or with a group, once a week or once a year – we have a way for you to get in on the action!
We truly would not be able to provide programs and services at our current rate without the support of dedicated volunteers. We rely heavily on volunteers in order to ensure 92 cents of every dollar donated goes directly to programs and services benefiting those in need. Last year, 1,001 volunteers donated over 35,194 hours of their time to House of Hope – that’s the equivalent of 17 full time staff and nearly $1 million in donated time!
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Ensure our clients have a dignified experience “shopping” in the pantry for the groceries that benefit their households most. The food in our pantries is entirely free to clients and they are actually able to choose what food they want from each category. Help out in one of our 4 pantries by sorting donations, stocking shelves, assisting clients, and checking them out at the end of their shopping trip.
Food Distribution Center
We process and distribute 80,000 lbs. of food every month at our food warehouse on Bonita St. Help sort and process donations, work in the clean room, prepare orders to be shipped to our outlying branches, or pick up donations from our local partners.
In addition to operating our clothes closet program for clients, our four thrift stores generate approximately 45% of House of Hope’s income, allowing us to continue providing vital services to those in need. Help us in one of our 4 thrift stores by sorting and pricing donations, operating the cash register, keeping the sales floor tidy and helping customers find that perfect item!
Golden Gate Center for Enrichment
Our beautiful enrichment center boasts a wide variety of free programs and services for our community focused on education, vocation, health and nutrition, and arts and culture. Get involved by spending some time serving as a translator, providing career coaching or helping students with their homework. Click here to read more about the Golden Gate Center for Enrichment.
If you have a green thumb, we have several nutrition gardens across Martin County that would love your help! These gardens help provide our pantries with fresh produce and herbs as well as teach people agricultural skills and the importance of eating healthy. Help us keep them blooming! Click here to read more about the nutrition gardens.
Growing Hope Farm
Featuring three large greenhouses with hydroponic and areoponic growing methods and multiple raised beds, Growing Hope Farm produces over 6,200 units of fresh, locally grown produce every month. We rely heavily on volunteers to keep our harvests consistent, our seeds planted, our greenhouses clean, and our plants pruned! Click here to read more about Growing Hope Farm.
There are many ways to volunteer in our main office including filing, data entry, community outreach and special events.
Are you looking for a team builder for your company, a monthly project for your faith based organization or a way for your club to get some community service hours together? Let us customize a community service project tailored to your group’s needs!
Youth 14 and older are welcome to volunteer solo at any of our locations with a parent signature. They can earn the community service hours they need for school and scholarships while learning important skills that help them when they venture into the workforce. Many of our youth volunteers work to achieve the President’s Volunteer Service Award which sets them apart from their peers and looks great on college applications.
Youth under 14 are welcome to volunteer with their parent or guardian.
We are more than happy to provide documentation of hours served at any point.
I want to help! How do I get started?:
STEP #1: Fill out a volunteer application. Please click here to fill out an online application. Please note that if you are over the age of 18 you will be required to complete a background check form at orientation as we run a Level 1 background check on all adult volunteers.
STEP #2: Sign up to attend a Virtual Volunteer Orientation – it is a prerequisite for volunteering at any of our locations. You will have the option to sign up for orientation while completing your application. During orientation, we will discuss how House of Hope helps our community, volunteer positions, and get you signed up for your first shift. If our virtual orientations don't fit your schedule, you can make a 90 min. appointment to watch a prerecorded volunteer orientation at the Golden Gate Center for Enrichment Monday - Thursday, 12pm - 7pm. Contact Natasha Kassam, enrichment and engagement administrative assistant, at Natasha@hohmartin.org or (772) 286-4673 ext. 1013 to sign up for an appointment to watch the prerecorded orientation instead of attending a virtual orientation.
How long are the shifts and when are they?
Shift schedules vary by location and some locations are more flexible than others. Typically, shifts are 4 hours long and begin at either 9:00 am or 12:30 pm. If you prefer to work a shorter shift or a different time frame just let us know – we make every attempt to make volunteering as convenient as possible for you!
Do you accept court-ordered community service?
We do accept some court-ordered community service. To determine if we will be able to accommodate your request answer the following questions:
If you answered YES to any of these questions we will not be able to accommodate your request to complete your court-ordered community service with House of Hope.
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