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Join us in serving the families at St. Mary’s Franciscan Shelter.

We have an army of volunteers that help us make a tremendous difference in families’ lives. We welcome you to join us weekly, monthly or annually.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

PLAYROOM – We are looking for playroom volunteers on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays. We are so thankful to our Playroom Volunteers for bringing fresh energy and stimulating positive thinking in the lives of resident children. This takes place on weeknights from 7 to 8 PM.  Volunteers take the resident children into the playroom to play games, do a craft, see a video, play board games, etc., while the parent(s) can do a load of wash, or take a shower, or participate in the Parent Support Group.

DINNER TIME – We are looking for dinner volunteers on Thursdays and Sundays. Our dinner volunteers are the biggest support for our staff in making the shelter stay comfortable for the residents. We have a ‘Meals Program’ in place, but we need help to get it all together and on the table by 5:30 in the evening.  Volunteers arrive at the Shelter at 5 PM to help. Volunteers eat with the staff and residents and then help to clear the table and load the dishwasher.  Work is finished before 7 PM.

Volunteer Needs

We are always looking for dedicated volunteers who can help us in the following areas:

  • Simple office duties
  • Light housekeeping
  • Dinner assistants
  • Playroom monitor
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Carpentry
  • Gardening

If you’re a professional (doctor, lawyer, accountant, teacher, dentist, etc.) we need your help too!

Become a Volunteer

We know that everyone is busy and we will endeavor to fit your schedule to our needs. For more information about volunteering contact the shelter at 610.933.3097, or contact us here.