What you can do to help: Volunteer individually, bring a friend, make it a family event, or bring a group from school or church.
Fundraising Events: Help organize and carry out annual events. We need people on planning committees, as well as enthusiastic decorators and ticket-sellers to attend actual events. Groups are always welcome to volunteer at events!
Join an Events Committee: Help prepare special activities and events for the shelter like the Volunteer Tea, birthdays, Christmas Open House, etc.
Social Media & Publicity: Help spread the word about the shelter and its events by contacting local newspapers and online news sources. You could also spend an afternoon passing flyers out in the surrounding community.
Office Volunteer: Half-day shifts from 9am-1pm and 1pm-5pm. File, answer phones, complete phone intakes for prospective clients, and work on side projects as time permits.
Thrift Shop Volunteer: Any given day in the thrift shop, you’ll sort through clothing and other donated items, price items, and help keep the whole store tidy and clean. We have special need for volunteers during our big sales, which include the Blowout Sale every 2nd Saturday of the month, an anniversary sale on the 20th of each month in 2012, and a Dollar Day sale on the last Thursday of each month.
Share-A-Meal Program: Experience a family-style dinner with our residents. Volunteers provide the meal and some much-needed social time after clean-up. Bring along games, cards, etc. for some added fun.
Maintenance Helper & Groundskeeper: PLS is always in need of handy helpers with electrical, plumbing, or carpentry skills to be on-call when something goes awry. We also have need for someone with a green thumb to help plant, weed and beautify our homey landscape.
Grant Writer: Find new opportunities and write for monetary grants. As a private non-profit, much of our operating costs are derived from grants. We're currently seeking someone with knowledge of or interest in the grant writing process to help bring in funds for PLS.
Health & Education Instructor/Professional:Offered on-site every Tuesday and Thursday to our residents as part of our overall goal to enhance client self-sufficiency and capability, our H&E Program covers topics related to maternal health, job preparation, resume writing, Infant and Child CPR, First Aid, breastfeeding, art projects, computer skills, and more. Special need for a Labor & Delivery Nurse.
Mentor: Meet on-one-one with resident twice monthly. Act as role model and stable force in client’s life. Activities could include a picnic lunch, special event outing, or a simple conversation.
Birth Coach: Help prepare resident mentally and physically for labor. Accompany the resident to the hospital for childbirth, help advocate for the resident’s chosen birth plans while in hospital.
Tutor: Remedial and basic reading, writing, and math skills to be worked on in one-on-one setting with clients. Tutors provide ongoing help to the resident finishing the high school diploma or studying for the GED.
Child Care Assistant: Help the Childcare Director and teachers care for babies during business hours of the work week. Must pay for and pass a background check and TB test before starting.
Babysitting: Come babysit for infants and toddlers on Tuesday and Thursday nights. Residents are in classes from 7-8:30pm, and their cute as pie children need supervision.