Volunteer at DESC
Volunteers are essential to DESC—they allow our clients to connect to their community and make it a better place for all involved. During 2020-2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, volunteer opportunities are limited to certain activities.∗ But in 2019, over 600 volunteers performed more than 19,000 hours of service work. Volunteers help in many different ways across the agency. DESC is a multi-service organization, with many opportunities to impact the lives of our most vulnerable neighbors: people experiencing homelessness, living with mental health issues and/or living with substance use disorders.
The DESC volunteer application process aims to match your interests to the needs of the organization, so that the time you spend with us may be as meaningful as possible. While the responsibilities of different positions vary, all positions require you to be dependable, have good communication skills and respectfully interact with people from a variety of backgrounds.
If you are unable to donate your time, you can still support DESC by making a donation!
∗PLEASE NOTE: Due to COVID precautions, volunteering is a bit different right now, but there are still many ways for you to get involved at DESC. At this time, we are offering only opportunities that keep contact with others to a minimum. We will continue to explore more options as the pandemic progresses.
What we typically look for in a DESC volunteer:
- Willingness to serve presently or formerly homeless people
- 18+ years of age
- Ability to comply with DESC confidentiality and volunteer boundary requirements
- Available to commit to at least one shift per week for six months
- Complete a background check
Attend Volunteer Orientation
Attend a volunteer orientation to learn more about the services DESC offers, and how volunteers can help. We will conduct these orientations via Zoom or combine them with a training session if your specific role requires training.
WE HAVE NO GROUP ORIENTATIONS SCHEDULED AT THIS TIME
To attend, please RSVP by email.
We list some of our individual openings on Volunteer Match. Check them out and apply to any and all that interest you.
Or contact us at email@example.com to learn more about current opportunities, how to apply or to ask about volunteering as a group.
You may also download and print a copy of our full volunteer application below.
Thanks again. You’re on the way to making a significant impact on the lives of the vulnerable and those that are experiencing homelessness.