Volunteering at Calvary

The ongoing success of our programs would not be possible without the dedication of volunteers who have supported us from Calvary’s founding to present day. Calvary volunteers provide invaluable services to residents, but they also gain something valuable in return from the relationships they build and the meaningful work they do. Our staff schedule volunteers based on their availability, interests, skills and where there is a specific need.

Become a Volunteer
Volunteers are critical to Calvary's programs
As one volunteer said...
"I really think that Calvary is a DC nonprofit leader in supporting its volunteers. It's great to volunteer for such an awesome organization!" - Peter Sacco (current volunteer)
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How You Can Volunteer
Front Desk Volunteer

Front Desk Volunteers are the voice of Calvary to all visitors, new clients and folks who call us on the phone. Volunteers are responsible for answering all incoming phone calls, welcoming Calvary visitors, and managing residents’ movement in and out of the building. Volunteers may also be asked to help with administrative tasks that can be done while managing other front desk responsibilities.

Front Desk Volunteers cover shifts from 9 am – 1 pm, and are asked to commit to covering one shift per week (M-F) for three months (with the option to extend based on the volunteer’s availability).

Job Placement Program Facilitator

The Job Placement Program (Step Up DC) Facilitator allows 4-6 program participants to access the computers on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. If time allows, the Facilitator may also be asked to do light administrative work in support of the Step Up DC Program.

Facilitators should be patient and respectful, and have enough computer experience to log participants onto computers, monitor that computer use is appropriate, and answer any questions that may arise related to online job searching and technology.

This is a great opportunity for you to volunteer alone or with a small group of colleagues. Click here to learn more about the group opportunity format.

Job Fair Transportation Volunteer

The Job Fair Transportation Volunteer accompanies clients to local job fairs as part of Calvary’s job placement program (Step Up DC). Volunteers will meet clients at Calvary, help prepare them for the job fair, then accompany the clients (via public transit or Uber/Lyft) to the job fair. Job Fair Transportation Volunteers are expected to make an ongoing commitment to join clients for four job fairs in a year.

Job Fair Transportation Volunteers should be excited about empowering clients in their job search, should have an ability to encourage clients in stressful situations, and have a knowledge of job search best practices and making a good first impression in the job market.

Step Up DC Employment Task Force

The Step Up DC Employment Task Force is a group of 2-3 committed volunteers who help increase job opportunities and community relationships on behalf of Calvary’s job placement program (Step Up DC). Task Force members research employment opportunities in the community and reach out to employers encouraging them to hire applicants from Step Up DC.

Volunteers will regularly check in with one another and Calvary’s Workforce Development Specialist in order to maximize their efforts. A volunteer seeking to be a part of the Step Up DC Employment Task Force must possess intermediate computer, job searching, and web navigation skills; the ability to reach out to managers and talk about Calvary and Step Up DC in a professional manner; and the ability to communicate effectively with people of diverse cultures and backgrounds and an approachable, enthusiastic demeanor.

Meal Volunteers (Saturday Breakfast)

Meal volunteers provide a nutritious home-cooked breakfast to brighten a resident’s day with a hot meal and a warm smile. Saturday breakfast volunteers prepare a meal at home for 30 residents and bring it ready to serve at 6:30 am on Saturday mornings. After serving the women, volunteers are encouraged to sit down, relax, and enjoy their meal with the residents.

This is a great volunteer opportunity for individuals and groups of up to 12 volunteers, and volunteers under 18. We ask groups to cover at least three meals a year.

Education Facilitators

Education Facilitators support Calvary’s Lifeskills, Education and Arts Program (LEAP) by leading weekday afternoon classes.  Facilitators lend their time and expertise to women at Calvary by leading one-hour classes on a variety of topics, including:

  • Communication skills
  • Presentation for the workplace
  • Creative expression and movement
  • Education and training
  • Health and wellness

LEAP classes take place at Calvary every afternoon of the week from 1:30 – 2:30pm and 3:30 – 4:30pm.

Would you like to volunteer?

Other opportunities are available for individuals and groups, and Calvary’s staff is happy to work with you to find the best fit for your skills and schedule. If you are interested in volunteering at Calvary, please complete an online application. For more information about volunteer opportunities, contact Arielle Baker.

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