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.
The Importance of Hospitality
Do you have a warm and welcoming spirit? Do you enjoy crafty activities? We are recruiting volunteers who will fill both direct-service and behind-the-scenes roles to support our First 30 Days hospitality efforts. We are looking for folks who have a passion for connecting with others and a desire to help tenants feel safe and welcome in our buildings. Direct-service roles involve volunteering 1-2 hours/week, meeting individually with tenants in their first month of housing to help them acclimate to their new surroundings. Volunteers in behind-the-scenes roles will assist twice a month, crafting welcoming items for our new tenants such as signs, cards, cookies or flower arrangements. If either of these new roles sound exciting to you, please let us know!
Be a Companion to a Senior
The Tenant Connection program matches individual volunteers with Plymouth residents who will benefit from the extra support of a consistent companion. Activities include helping with tasks such as grocery shopping, going for walks, or just being there to listen. We are currently in need of volunteers to work one-on-one with senior tenants (aged 55 and older). Volunteers commit to twice-monthly visits for a minimum of six months. This is the perfect opportunity for those looking to deepen their volunteer experience with Plymouth!
Attend a Plymouth Info Session
We invite you to join us on Friday, June 12th from 11:30am-1:30pm to learn about Plymouth, how you can be involved, and how to strengthen your commitment to serving those in need. We will be introducing new volunteer opportunities with the First 30 Days hospitality Project! 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. Lunch provided!
Outdoor Furniture Needed
The residents of Plymouth Place are a tight-knit community with some of the longest tenancies of any Plymouth buildings – some have lived at Plymouth for 20 years! Home to artists, musicians, and veterans, Plymouth Place hosts many community gatherings and activities. Now that the weather is getting nice, residents enjoy spending time on the rooftop deck where there is a shared garden and beautiful views. The only thing missing is patio furniture – we are seeking a donation of an outdoor table, set of chairs, and a patio umbrella. As you update your backyard for summer, consider sending your gently-used outdoor furniture to Plymouth Place. We’d love to invite you to visit the building and enjoy some Seattle sunshine on the roof!
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.