Volunteer

There are many ways to volunteer at

House of Hope!

 Whether you want to volunteer solo or with a group, once a week or once a year –

we have a way for you to get in on the action!

We truly would not be able to provide programs and services at our current rate without the support of dedicated volunteers.  We rely heavily on volunteers in order to ensure 85 cents of every dollar donated goes directly to programs and services benefiting those in need.  In 2016, over 1,000 volunteers donated over 43,000 hours of their time to House of Hope – that’s the equivalent of 20 full time staff and $1 million in salaries and benefits!

Click on an option below to learn more:

Ways to volunteer:

Food Pantry

Ensure our clients have a dignified experience “shopping” in the pantry for the groceries that benefit their households most.  The food in our pantries is entirely free to clients and they are actually able to choose what food they want from each category.  Help out in one of our 4 pantries by sorting donations, stocking shelves, assisting clients, and checking them out at the end of their shopping trip.

Food Distribution Center

We process and distribute 60,000 lbs. of food every month at our food warehouse on Bonita St.  Help sort and process donations, work in the clean room, prepare orders to be shipped to our outlying branches, or pick up donations from our local partners. 

Thrift Store

In addition to operating our clothes closet program for clients, our four thrift stores generate approximately 40% of House of Hope’s income, allowing us to continue providing vital services to those in need.  Help us in one of our 4 thrift stores by sorting and pricing donations, operating the cash register, keeping the sales floor tidy and helping customers find that perfect item!

Golden Gate Center for Enrichment

Our beautiful enrichment center boasts a wide variety of free programs and services for our community focused on education, vocation, health and nutrition, and arts and culture.  Get involved by spending some time at the welcome center, providing job coaching or tutoring students! Click here to read more about the Golden Gate Center for Enrichment.

Nutrition Gardens

If you have a green thumb, we have 3 nutrition gardens across Martin County that would love your help!  These gardens will help provide our pantries with fresh produce and herbs as well as teach people agricultural skills and the importance of eating healthy.  Help us keep them blooming!  Click here to read more about the nutrition gardens.

Administrative Support

There are many ways to volunteer in our main office including filing, data entry, community outreach and special events.


Group  & Done in a Day Volunteer Projects

Are you looking for a team builder for your company, a monthly project for your faith based organization or a way for your club to get some community service hours together?  Let us customize a  community service project tailored to your group’s needs!  

Contact Lauren Mustelier, manager of volunteers, at Lauren@hohmartin.org or (772) 286-4673 ext. 1004 to schedule a group project.
Group project options include:

  • Food Packaging Event:  In our state licensed food handling and prep area, we can repackage donations and bulk items, freeze fresh produce to extend it’s shelf life, and prepare meals for our homeless clients. This opportunity is best for groups of 15 individuals or less, ages 8 and up.
  • Sorting EventOur Food Distribution Center processes and distributes 60,000 lbs of food a month. Our thrift stores process 20,000 lbs of donated clothing and household items in addition to 850 pieces of furniture every month.  Bring a group and spend a few hours helping us sort food or thrift donations.  Ages 8 and up.
  • GleaningGleaning is harvesting the produce left after a field has been professionally picked.  This produce is considered below market grade which means it might be smaller or larger than what supermarkets consider “shelf-worthy” but it is still just as nutritious!  Once harvested, the produce is distributed to our pantries instead of being tilled back into the soil.  Last year, volunteers recovered over 47,000 pounds of produce through gleaning! This is a perfect event for large groups and for families as children as young as 5 are welcome to participate.  Gleaning occurs every Saturday morning from mid-January to June but can vary due to weather and crop condition.
  • Letter Carriers “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive:  Join volunteers across the United States for the nation’s largest single-day food drive on Saturday, May 12, 2018.  Last year, here in Martin County, over 200 volunteers collected and sorted 64,000 lbs. of food in just one afternoon!  This event fills quickly so sign up now!
  • Gardens: Our three nutrition gardens offer opportunities for your group to roll up their sleeves and get dirty!  Help us build planters, maintain the gardens, or prepare plantings!

Contact Lauren Mustelier, manager of volunteers, at Lauren@hohmartin.org or (772) 286-4673 ext. 1004 to schedule a group project.


Youth Volunteers

Youth 14 and older are welcome to volunteer solo at any of our locations with a parent signature.  They can earn the community service hours they need for school and scholarships while learning important skills that help them when they venture into the workforce.  Many of our youth volunteers work to achieve the President’s Volunteer Service Award which sets them apart from their peers and looks great on college applications.

Youth under 14 are welcome to volunteer with their parent or guardian.

We are more than happy to provide documentation of hours served at any point.

 


FAQs

I want to help!  How do I get started?:

STEP #1: Fill out a volunteer application. Please click here to fill out an online application.  Please note that if you are over the age of 18 you will be required to complete a background check form at orientation as we run a Level 1 background check on all adult volunteers.

STEP #2: Sign up to attend a Volunteer Orientation – it is a prerequisite for volunteering at any of our locations. We will discuss how House of Hope helps our community, volunteer positions, and get you signed up for your first shift. Our upcoming Orientation dates are listed below. They are held at 2484 SE Bonita Street, Stuart. Contact Lauren Mustelier, manager of volunteers, at Lauren@hohmartin.org or (772) 286-4673 ext. 1004 to sign up for an orientation.

  • Tuesday, November 1 – 2:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Monday, November 13 – 10:00am – 12:00pm

How long are the shifts and when are they?

Shift schedules vary by location and some locations are more flexible than others.  Typically, shifts are 4 hours long and begin at either 8:45 am or 12:30 pm.  If you prefer to work a shorter shift or a different time frame just let us know – we make every attempt to make volunteering as convenient as possible for you!

Do you accept court ordered community service?

We do accept some court ordered community service. To determine if we will be able to accommodate your request answer the following questions:

-Have you ever been convicted of a felony?

-Have you ever been convicted of a crime involving violence, sexual misconduct, or theft (including fraud)?

-Are you or have you ever been required to register as a sex offender?

If you answered YES to any of these questions we will not be able to accommodate your request to complete your court ordered community service with House of Hope.