Volunteer at DESC

DESC volunteer Elmie Hill sorts through clothing donations at our Donation Processing Center.

Volunteers are essential to DESC – they allow our clients to connect to their community and make it a better place for all involved. 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 is designed to match your interests to the needs of the organization, so that your time with us can be as meaningful as possible. While the responsibilities of different positions vary, all positions require that you are dependable, have good communication skills, and are able to respectfully interact with people from a variety of backgrounds.

If you are not able to donate your time, you can always support by making a donation!

PLEASE NOTE:  Though things have changed a bit over the last year due to COVID precautions, there are still many ways for you to get involved at DESC.  Currently, in an effort to protect those we serve, we are offering only opportunities that have minimal contact with others and will continue to explore additional options as things progress.   

What we typically look for in a DESC volunteer:

    • Willingness to serve current or formerly homeless people
    • 18+ years of age
    • Able to comply with DESC confidentiality and volunteer boundary requirements
    • Available to make a commitment of at least one shift per week for six months
    • Complete a background check

Attend Volunteer Orientation

Micro Focus Volulnteer group
Volunteers from Micro Focus, volunteer by prepare and serve a meal at one of our supportive housing projects.

The next step is attending a volunteer orientation, where you will learn more about the services DESC offers, and how volunteers can help.  These orientations will be conducted via Zoom or combined with a training session if one is required for your specific role.



If able to attend, please RSVP by email to volunteer@desc.org

Some of our individual openings are listed on Volunteer Match. If you’d like, you can check them out, and apply to any and all that interest you.

Find open opportunities!

Or reach out to us at volunteer@desc.org to find out more about current opportunities, learn more about how to apply, or find out more about volunteering as a group.


You may also download and print a copy of our full volunteer application below.

Download our general application

Thanks again. You’re on your way to making a significant impact on the lives of the vulnerable and those that are experiencing homelessness.