Bay Area Homeless Services welcomes inquiries from anyone wishing to donate their time in service to our less fortunate community members. Opportunities are available for people of all ages and abilities. Many volunteer tasks involve routine administrative or clerical tasks, but many more are geared toward groups of all sizes and skill levels. We welcome volunteers who need to complete community service projects, or those seeking to enhance their resumes. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some volunteer opportunities have been temporarily placed on hold and/or suspended.
We always are in need of volunteers to assist with daily administrative duties. Typical tasks include basic telephone duties, greeting clients and guests, completing donations forms, filing correspondence, and assisting staff in documenting and maintaining the donated food supplies. Most administrative staff “down-time” is spent in the kitchen storeroom insuring that supplies are up-to-date and ready for use or distribution. *
Bay Area Homeless Services is currently fortunate to receive an abundance of donated materials. Volunteers are needed to sort and document the receipt of donated clothing and household items. Donations Assistants also maintain the ready supply of donated personal care products and the agency’s maintenance products and supplies. *
With two buildings built in 1930, another in 2000, and about 300 persons annually using the facilities, we have a true need for volunteers to assist with routine maintenance projects. If you are handy, we need your help! *
Also, we’ve noticed that our lawn grows 24/7/365 and requires mowing and edging on a regular basis. This is an excellent service project for youth groups who can volunteer on a monthly basis. Call the shelter office to pick a month!
Bay Area Homeless Services is very active on social media as a way to inform our community about the great work we accomplish on behalf of our clients. In order to keep the content fresh, and develop a strong local relationship with our many stakeholders we always need volunteers to attend events on our behalf, take and post pictures and drive supporters to our Twitter feed, web page, and Facebook account.
We also need a special person who is interested in completely revamping our Facebook page. Call the Executive Director: 281-420-6728 to begin that discussion.
We get calls on a regular basis from church groups, social clubs, service organizations, youth and educational groups wanting to develop a project for their members. We always have a list of “opportunities” available for you. Whether you are handy with a paint brush, want to organize our linen closets or storage sheds, host a holiday event, or attend one of our monthly birthday parties for our clients we want to help you meet your needs. Some recent special events include: makeovers for the women; a monthly Saturday breakfast for all clients; holiday decoration and gift-wrapping party……..the ideas are endless and our clients truly appreciate everything done for them.
If you have a special professional skill you would like to share with us, please give Marianne a call. We have volunteers providing legal services, mock interviews, financial literacy training, first aid/CPR training and some staff development.
Perhaps one of the best win-win relationships we can provide is to assist with the development of additional internship/externship opportunities. Students of all levels often have a need to develop their skills and must work with clients such as we have at Bay Area Homeless Services in order to fulfill their educational or credentialing requirements. It all begins with a phone call to our office.
*This is an excellent opportunity for individuals to meet mandated community service requirements under our supervision.
Service Project Coordinators
Many groups seek opportunities to serve the Greater Baytown community, and we aim to please! We can usually accommodate requests to develop service projects for groups from 5 to 20 members with a little planning. As may be suspected, a short lead time may be necessary to develop a project that is appropriate for the group size and variety of skill levels.
(Pictured Left) Here a group from Baytown Community Restorations replaces ceiling tiles in our Men’s Dormitory during their annual Community Service Week.