Volunteering at Churches United
We ask those who seek to join our volunteer workforce to attend an orientation, make a commitment of 5 hours per month, and to successfully complete a background check. Volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. If you are interested in partnering with us toward our mission of Shelter and Support in a Spiritual Setting and would like to attend an upcoming orientation. Individual orientations are scheduled upon request, simply contact our Volunteer Coordinator at IAnderson@churches-united.org or call at 218-236-0372.
Registration is required-space is limited.
Students who are required to complete service hours as part of a course requirement are invited to join our volunteer force by meeting the same requirements as individuals. For those who are unable to commit to the individual requirements, we offer an invitation to serve as a drop-in volunteer between 2pm and 6pm on Wednesdays in the community thrift store/donations sorting area or with special projects.
Youth and Civic Groups
Youth groups and civic groups provide a wonderful opportunity for us to get needed work done while offering a service learning component to those who are volunteering. If you have a group and would like to schedule a service project, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at IAnderson@churches-united.org . You are also welcome to call 218-236-0372 with any questions or concerns. Although we strive to fill requests to serve, please understand we must give priority to member churches and cannot fill every request. Flexible dates can be helpful when scheduling your project. Please plan to schedule at least 2 weeks in advance. For groups of youth ages 18 and younger, one adult is needed for every 6 youth.
Our meals are served by serving groups of 4 or more individulas who are able to comit to at least one year and one meal per month on a scheduled rotation. If your group would like to consider this as a way to serve, please contact Julio at JVillamil@churches-united.org. We will contact you to discuss potential open dates and further details. We have 3 open spots for brunch on the weekends.
We are always open to new ideas or projects! If you or your group would like to serve by coordinating a special project, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at Ianderson@churches-united.org. We will contact you to discuss your project and whether it is one we are able to take advantage of within the time-line your request. Thank you for including us in your project ideas.
Frequently Asked Questions About Volunteering
Does Churches United need volunteers?
Yes! Churches United is grateful for its many volunteers–individuals, families and groups–who give of their time and themselves to help us continue our mission to provide “shelter and support in a spiritual setting”.
From our beginnings, Churches United has relied on the energy and passion of dedicated volunteers, and to this day, hundreds of volunteers give thousands of hours of time each year to ensure that the services we provide are available to those most in need in our community.
What are the volunteer needs at Churches United?
The needs vary from day to day and week to week, so it’s best to be flexible. But there are areas in which we often do need regular volunteer help. This could include:
- sorting and organizing clothing and household donations for our thrift store
- tidying, re-folding and restocking in our thrift store
- sorting and organizing food donations
- stocking shelves in the food pantry
- sorting and organizing hygiene items/hygiene room
- indoor and outdoor cleaning projects
- indoor and outdoor maintenance/groundskeeping projects
- office work and mailings
- visit with guests and residents
- cooking/serving meals
- decorating for holidays, taking down & packing up holiday decorations
- We also welcome volunteers who would like to offer a certain skill set or experience towards the mission of Churches United. Just let us know!
Can I serve a meal?
We do have volunteers who work with cooking and serving all of our lunches, dinners and weekend brunches. These are scheduled on a calendar in advance, mostly with groups who can commit to once a month or once every other month, and have one primary contact person. If you are interested in having your group sign up to cook and serve either as needed or on a regular basis, contact our Volunteer Coordinator to find out when there are open dates.
Where are the greatest volunteer needs right now?
Our needs change with the time of year. With the influx of donations during the giving season, we have a growing need for sorting donations. We also hope to setup more quality of life services such as movie screenings and game nights with our residents and community members.
When can I volunteer at Churches United?
We are open to having volunteers between the hours of 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week, and appreciate your flexibility in scheduling times.
How can I start volunteering at Churches United?
Individuals who wish to volunteer at Churches United must first attend an Orientation Session. Registration is required and space is limited so if you are interested it is best to sign-up right away. If you have any questions or trouble with the site, contact our Volunteer Coordinator at IAnderson@churches-united.org or call at 218-236-0372.
What should I bring to the Orientation Session? What can I expect?
At the Orientation Session, you will fill out a volunteer information/application form (including emergency contact information), confidentiality and boundaries form, and photo release form. We will tour the facility and give information about when you come to volunteer. Expect the session to last one hour or a little more.
Can I schedule a group to come volunteer?
Volunteer groups can be scheduled by contacting the volunteer coordinator and typing GROUP in the message body.
- Please allow at least two weeks advanced notice when scheduling groups.
- For groups of youth ages 18 and younger, one adult is needed for every 6 youth.
- Unless special permission is given by our Volunteer Coordinator, we cannot accommodate groups that are larger than 30 people total.
- Groups are not required to come through an Orientation Session. A brief introduction to Churches United will be shared with your group when you arrive. Please know that we will not be able to give a full tour to most groups. If individuals are interested in a full tour, they may sign up for the Orientation Session.
- As much as we try, we cannot accommodate every group request. If we cannot accommodate yours, we will notify you and can work to change dates, look at alternate projects if available, or give you the opportunity to look for other options in the community if necessary.