Volunteers Bring Connection and Hope
Volunteers at Plymouth Housing Group further our mission – a home and a better quality of life for all individuals – by creating an atmosphere of home and community for our formerly-homeless residents and giving them new connections, opportunities, support and hope for the future.
Volunteering at Plymouth provides the opportunity to help residents develop community connections and friendships. The skill-building, mentoring and social interaction that occurs through our volunteer program contributes to residents’ confidence and helps them maintain stability in permanent housing.
Opportunities range from one-time efforts to ongoing service, and are available for individuals as well as groups. Youth volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
GET INVOLVED TODAY!
1. View the many volunteer opportunities below.
2. Sign up to receive monthly volunteer email announcements.
4. Meet with the Volunteer Manager to discuss the best fit for you.
5. Attend a volunteer orientation (please RSVP to reserve a spot).
6. Take a Walking Tour of Plymouth (please contact us to explore customized tours for individuals or groups).
For more information on any of the activities below, please contact Elisabeth at 206.374.9409, ext. 135 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tickle the Ivories with a Plymouth Tenant
Do you play the piano? Would you like to share your musical knowledge with others? We are seeking a volunteer to teach basic piano lessons at Plymouth on Stewart, where a piano was recently donated for the community room. Work with 1-3 tenants in half hour sessions and help bring music into their lives. Schedule is flexible.
Harm Reduction Info Session
The Harm Reduction model helps create a stable environment in which people experiencing homelessness can access the assistance they need to address their challenges and effect positive changes in their lives. Learn about the principles of Harm Reduction and why this approach is essential to the work Plymouth does. This session will provide context to help volunteers understand the social inequalities that affect the population Plymouth serves, and how the Harm Reduction approach provides a holistic perspective for creating change. RSVP to attend the next training on Thursday, March 12th from 12:30-2:30pm.
Computer Tutors Needed
Would you like to lend your skills to train others in basic MS Office? We are looking for volunteers who can mentor staff in using Office 2013, especially MS Outlook. Time commitment would be one to five training sessions of one hour each on a weekday either at 8:30am or 3:00pm during the month of April. Required skills: Solid comfort level with Outlook, experience training others, and enthusiasm for supporting those who serve our community!
Approximately 20% of Plymouth residents are women, many of whom face a unique set of challenges after life on the streets. We will be celebrating these lovely ladies on March 26th with our third annual Women’s Day luncheon. Help make this an elegant, bright and inspired day by volunteering to decorate the space, serve the meal or contribute a dish. Desserts, hors d’oeuvres, and fresh flowers are most needed to make this a pampering and delightful gathering. Sign up here to contribute!
Next Volunteer Orientation – March 31st
Whether you’ve volunteered for years or have yet to find that perfect volunteer role, “Plymouth 101” is a great way to strengthen your commitment to serving those in need. We invite you to join us on Tuesday, March 31st from 4:00-6:00pm. Meet other volunteers while learning about the organization’s history, service philosophy, who we serve, how to work with individuals with a background of trauma, and how you can make a difference in the fight against homelessness. Please RSVP.
Provide a Meal
Because Plymouth residents lived for many years on the streets or in shelters, they often have lost touch with friends and family. Organize a group and “adopt” a building to provide monthly meals for residents, providing community and friendship in a healthy setting. Individuals and families can also contribute a dish to special celebrations (such as Thanksgiving) at a Plymouth building or help serve the meal and socialize with residents.
Essential Supply Center
The Essential Supply Center is a place where residents can obtain goods they might not otherwise be able to afford. All of Plymouth’s tenants are very low-income and each month many have a hard time making ends meet. Donations provide short-term relief to our residents in times of great need. Volunteer to sort donations and assemble welcome baskets for new tenants. Recruit your friends, family, or coworkers to gather non-perishable food, household and personal care items for Plymouth’s residents.
Volunteer one-on-one with a Plymouth tenant in need of a friendly, familiar face and the extra support of a consistent companion. Visit twice monthly to help a tenant with activities such as grocery shopping, light cleaning, going for walks, or just being there to listen.
Lead an activity for residents to explore their talents and creativity, such as painting, writing, yoga, music or a game night. Be a computer mentor, encouraging residents as they learn to navigate the internet, or help tenants with basic life skills. Residents will learn a new hobby, revisit something they enjoyed in the past, and gain tools to help them along their path as they leave homelessness behind forever.
Help us beautify our properties, brightening the community spaces that Plymouth residents share. Our residents struggle with many issues, so a clean, organized environment helps them stay focused and healthy. Painting, landscaping, and maintenance projects are available year-round and are great for groups. Residents will be thrilled with the results, which will give them pride in their surroundings.
Plymouth holds two major fundraising events each year: the Key to Hope Luncheon and the Seattle Dances! gala. To run these events, we rely on volunteers to help organize and assemble materials, set up on event day, and welcome guests. Volunteers are also needed to conduct a yearly survey with the more than 1,000 tenants in our 13 buildings.