Volunteers provide the much needed support to the program and the positive relationships that homeless youth lack. p:ear offers a variety of volunteer opportunities:
Includes activities as diverse as picking up meals to serving on a committee (marketing and development, food co-ordination, events planning, etc.), to “work parties” designed to support First Thursday events or improve the facility.
Works a specific project for a specified time, i.e., artistic workshops, hosting and tour guides for a First Thursday exhibition, supporting staff during an off-site cultural or recreation event.
Works directly with youth on a weekly basis providing mentorship, tutoring, meal handling, participation in daily activities.
Volunteers are asked to submit a formal application, and attend the appropriate training for the level of volunteering they are applying for. Trainings are from one to 15 hours and costs range from nothing to $26 for fingerprinting and a food handler's card. Because working with this population is challenging, we have a minimum age requirement of 25.
It’s our hope that if you decide to volunteer at p:ear that your experience will be as rich and rewarding for you as it will be for the program and the youth we serve.
If you are interested in becoming a p:ear volunteer, fill out the volunteer application. The volunteer coordinator will then contact you about the next upcoming training (usually held 3 times per year).
Step One: Download the Volunteer Information Packet and read it.
Step Two: Fill out the Volunteer Application to sign up for the next training.
If you have further questions, contact Joy Cartier, 503-228-6677 firstname.lastname@example.org.