Volunteer Opportunities

 

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Ready to make a difference?

You’ve come to the right place! At SAMMinistries, every one of our volunteers is a valuable part of our team, and we could not succeed in overcoming homelessness without you.

To schedule a volunteer opportunity, email [email protected] or call 210-321-5639.

Take a look at the options below to find the volunteer opportunity that’s right for you.

Our goal is to find a volunteer opportunity to fit you or your group’s interests and expertise.

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Volunteer as an individual

Nationally, 20% of all children who experience homelessness will fail their grade.  Help break this cycle by assisting elementary-aged children to complete their homework at our Transitional Living and Learning Center (TLLC).  This opportunity is ideal for high school and college students as well as adults who enjoy tutoring children.  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings from 4pm-6:30pm during the school year.


Our parents are busy going to work and school to support their families.  They welcome any opportunity to spend time together as a family. Consider hosting a family enrichment event for the families living at TLLC.  Ideas include:  movie night; barbeque; family game night; and water fun day.  Hosts are asked to provide ALL necessary items.  Availability varies. Please contact Volunteer Services at 210-321-5639 for more information.


Do you have passion and knowledge in a certain subject or hobby that you’d like to share with our residents? We are looking for volunteers that would like to host their own workshop with our residents, whether its children, teens, or adults. Ideas include but are not limited to: education, health and wellness, art, job skills, and more. If you would like to offer workshops or classes in an area of your expertise, our residents would love to have you! Times and days may vary depending on schedule. Please contact Volunteer Services at 210-321-5639 for more information.


SAMMinistries’ Homeless Prevention Services provides rental assistance, utility assistance and supportive services to help individuals and families who are in imminent danger of eviction, or are currently homeless.  Volunteers are needed help return the hundreds of phone calls we receive each week.  Volunteers may also help with other administrative needs including database entry and file assembly.  This is an opportunity for individuals over 18 years old who have cleared our background check process.  Monday through Friday 8:00am-5pm at our Prevention Offices.


Throughout the year, SAMMinistries hosts various special events.  You can assist the SAMM team at events like our Empty Bowls fundraiser in March, Our Back to School Bash in August, or Christmas Events at the end of the year. Days and times vary. Please contact Volunteer Services at 210-321-5639 for more information.


The residents of TLLC are hungry for the Word of God.  Can you help feed their spirit?  Maybe your group has a calling to host a Bible study with the adults and children of TLLC.  Does someone in your group have a passion for music ministry and want to share that with our residents?  We are looking for interested church groups to host Spiritual Services at TLLC.  We are open to your suggestions as to how best to bring the Word of God into the everyday lives of TLLC residents.  This is an opportunity for churches.  Availability varies. Please contact Volunteer Services at 210-321-5639 for more information.


Without donors, SAMMinistries couldn’t provide so many varied services to our clients. If you enjoy talking on the phone and hearing stories, then this is the task for you!  We are in need of 3-4 volunteers to help call past donors and thank them for their support.  Donors appreciate hearing how their donation is making a difference. Availability varies; email [email protected] for upcoming dates.


In order to ensure that our residents attain self-sufficiency, we offer different classes and activities to all the parents living at our Transitional Living and Learning Center. Classes include money management, parenting, conflict resolution, job readiness, and more. Volunteer to help in our Children’s Enrichment Center while the parents are in class. Weeknight evenings from 6:15pm-7:45pm.


The recently renovated Harvey E. Najim Library at the TLLC is now open for our residents to check out books. Library monitors help catalog and label books, check in and out materials, help staff and residents use library technology and find books, and maintain cleanliness and order in the library. The library is open every Saturday from 11:00am – 3:00pm.


The teens at SAMMinistries always look forward to a fun escape from their day-to-day responsibilities.  Come spend time with them by volunteering to open the Teen Room at our Transitional Living and Learning Center (TLLC). Volunteers can play video games, watch movies, or simply hang out and share laughs during Teen Room. Bringing a snack to share with the teens will ensure smiles all around!  During the summer: Fridays from 12:00pm to 4:00pm. Suggested days during the school year: Thursdays or Fridays from 6:00-8:00pm.


On Monday nights, an art instructor provides lessons to our families. The class has grown to almost 30 participants, so our families need you to assist the instructor with handing out supplies and keeping the younger children on task. Mondays, 6:30-7:30pm.


Volunteer as a family

Cleaning, painting, and gardening are vital to ensuring a safe, beautiful home for our residents.  Families can volunteer at SAMMinistries by helping with day-to-day tasks at the Transitional Living and Learning Center (TLLC). Projects may include: deep cleaning kitchen, cleaning and sanitizing toys in child care rooms, outdoor gardening and clean up, car wash for SAMMinistries vehicles, and immediate need projects. Availability varies; email [email protected] for upcoming dates.


The recently renovated Harvey E. Najim Library at the TLLC is now open for our residents to check out books. Library monitors help catalog and label books, check in and out materials, help staff and residents use library technology and find books, and maintain cleanliness and order in the library. The library is open every Saturday from 11:00am – 3:00pm.


Throughout the year, SAMMinistries hosts various special events.  You can assist the SAMM team at events like our Empty Bowls fundraiser in March, Our Back to School Bash in August, or Christmas Events at the end of the year. Days and times vary. Please contact Volunteer Services at 210-321-5639 for more information.


In order to ensure that our residents attain self-sufficiency, we offer different classes and activities to all the parents living at our Transitional Living and Learning Center. Classes include money management, parenting, conflict resolution, job readiness, and more. Volunteer to help in our Children’s Enrichment Center while the parents are in class. Weeknight evenings from 6:15pm-7:45pm.


Volunteer as a group

Cleaning, organizing, and inventorying are vital to ensuring a safe, beautiful home for our residents.  Volunteer teams can deep clean the kitchen and help with other needed maintenance of TLLC.  Projects in the past have included:  painting; mulching; gardening; and organizing the children’s library. This is an opportunity for churches or groups.  Availability varies. Please contact 210-321-5639 for more information.


Throughout the year, SAMMinistries hosts various special events.  You can assist the SAMM team at events like our Empty Bowls fundraiser in March, Our Back to School Bash in August, or Christmas Events at the end of the year. Days and times vary. Please contact Volunteer Services at 210-321-5639 for more information.


In order to ensure that our residents attain self-sufficiency, we offer different classes and activities to all the parents living at our Transitional Living and Learning Center. Classes include money management, parenting, conflict resolution, job readiness, and more. Volunteer to help in our Children’s Enrichment Center while the parents are in class. Weeknight evenings from 6:15pm-7:45pm.


Once a week the families of TLLC all share a meal together to build community before parents attend life skills classes for the evening. Each year we seek groups to provide dinner to the families each Tuesday night. Dinner is served at 5:30pm and must be completed in time for class at 6:30pm. Meals cost teams an average of $300.  Tuesday evenings. Please note that dates are booked up to a year in advance.


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