Volunteer at Catholic Social Services!
With over 1,000 volunteers contributing more than 20,000 hours of work, volunteers are the foundation of Catholic Social Services. From helping a refugee family move into their new home to preparing meals for the women and children residing in our emergency shelter — there are a variety of ways to join us and volunteer in Anchorage.
All onsite volunteer programming is on a case by case basis.
CSS remains committed to serving our community, and the health of our clients, volunteers, and staff is our top priority Learn more and stay up-to-date by reading our response to COVID-19. We ask that all volunteers sign and return the COVID-19 Volunteer Policy.
Your dedication and generosity has the potential to create lasting positive effects in the lives of the individuals and families we serve. We count on dedicated volunteers to help run our programs, including:
- Two emergency shelters
- A food pantry
- Supportive housing
- An adoption support program
- Services for individuals with disabilities
- A refugee resettlement & immigration program
Frequently Asked Questions:
We answered some of your most frequently asked questions below, but feel free to contact us if you have a question that’s not included.
How do I sign up to volunteer?
The easiest way to get started as a volunteer is to browse our different volunteer opportunities and see what best fits your schedule, skills and passion. Once you find something you would like to do, simply fill out the volunteer application and you will be contacted within a few days with further details.
What are the current volunteer needs?
We are constantly updating our website with new opportunities based on our program needs. Check out our current opportunities to learn more.
Do I need a background check to volunteer?
A background check is NOT required for every volunteer position. It is required if you volunteer at Clare House, Brother Francis Foot Clinics, RAIS English Tutor/Family Mentor or in an Administrative role as you may come in contact with private or sensitive information.
Once we determine the best fit for you as a volunteer, our staff will contact you for your social security number if the position requires a background check. Please note that we do not collect social security numbers on our online volunteer application.
Can I receive court ordered community work service hours?
Catholic Social Services no longer accepts volunteers seeking Community Work Service (CWS) hours.