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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

Grocery Shopper – On Fridays, pick up list and gift cards from shelter.  Shop and then return to shelter. We will help unload your vehicle and we will put everything away.

Playroom – Playroom 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) do a load of wash, take a shower, and/or participate in the Parent Support Group.

Dinner Help – Volunteers arrive at St. Mary’s Shelter at 5 PM to help put dinner on the table. Our meals are delivered by local churches, organizations and individuals, but we need help to get it all together and on the table by 5:30. Volunteers eat with the staff and residents and then help to clear the table and load the dishwasher. Work is finished before 7 PM.

Yardwork – Volunteers are needed to do light yard work such as mowing grass, pulling weeds, mulching, tending to our gardens, etc. This is a flexible opportunity that can be done at your convenience.

Office Assistance – Office assistants answer the phone and doors, perform clerical work (including computer input, mailings, filing and sorting), and complete other administrative tasks to keep St. Mary’s running smoothly.

Housekeeping – A few examples of basic cleanup tasks include tidying up the dining room after the morning meal, and freshening up the public areas. 

Miscellaneous – Some other volunteer opportunities occur on an as-needed basis. We are happy to see if any as-needed tasks meet with your desires and talents for serving our families.

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 by email at volunteer@stmarysfs.org. Thank you!