Project Homeless Connect Norfolk is put on solely by volunteers. No positions are paid. This project is completely community funded, including the help of volunteers. Nearly 100 volunteers are needed for Project Homeless Connect Norfolk to take place, and there are several different volunteer opportunities available for individuals and groups to take part in. Interested in getting a group together to volunteer? Volunteering at Project Homeless Connect Norfolk is a great way for businesses, schools, churches, and sports teams to come together and do some meaningful team building, and give back to their community at the same time.
In order to ensure the safety of all volunteers and individuals receiving services, all volunteers are required to attend a mandatory training. Volunteers must be 19 years of age, unless they have a signed release from their parent or guardian. Please check back for information on the volunteer training.
Event Volunteer Opportunities
Each individual who receives services at Project Homeless Connect Norfolk will be able to enjoy a hot meal free of charge. Volunteers are needed to help prepare the meal the day before the event, serve the meal on event day, bus tables and clean up the cafeteria throughout the day and at closing time.
Check-Out is the final stop at Project Homeless Connect Norfolk. Volunteers for Check-out are located at the table that individuals will submit their exit survey. These surveys ask for feedback about what the individuals liked at Project Homeless Connect Norfolk, what may need improvement, and what additional services they would like to see.
The afternoon before the event volunteers are needed to assist with set-up. Duties include: arranging tables and chairs, hanging signs, placing barricades and cones, and other set-up tasks as assigned. Tear down will take place right after the event concludes; approximately at 6:00pm. Duties include: breaking down and stacking tables and chairs, collecting signs, stacking barricades, cleaning up and sweeping, and other tasks as assigned.
Throughout the event, volunteers are needed to be assigned to whatever area is in need of an extra hand. This may include handing out water to individuals waiting outside, taking out trash, relieving another volunteer during breaks, running paperwork from vendors to the intake rooms, restocking food in the daycare room, etc. Floater volunteers should be prepared to be switched to multiple areas throughout the day. This is a great position for somebody that wishes to be a part of the event, but isn’t sure how to choose which area they should volunteer in!
Volunteers in the daycare at Project Homeless Connect Norfolk will be in the daycare area for their entire shift. Children who come to the event with their parents, but will not be receiving services, can be checked into the daycare. Children in the daycare will be provided a meal and snacks. Volunteers in the daycare need to be comfortable caring for multiple children at one time, and must abide by the check-in/check-out process of the children at all times.
These volunteers will greet individuals as they come into Project Homeless Connect Norfolk and will guide them to the check-in area and where they can meet their Navigator. Greeters are the first face and point of contact.
If you’re looking for a way to help with Project Homeless Connect Norfolk, but can’t commit to helping the day of the event, then outreach might be just for you! We need help getting the word out into the community about this incredible event. Volunteers are needed to hang up flyers in businesses, deliver project information to local social service agencies, and more.