Brother Francis Shelter Volunteers

Our volunteer opportunities are constantly changing! If you have questions, concerns or ideas about volunteering with Catholic Social Services please feel free to call 907-222-7300.

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.

Clare House

Meal Team Providers
  • Prepare and deliver meals to the women and children residents of Clare House
  • Meal Team Providers commit to one day per month or every other month
  • Slots currently available:
    • We do not currently have any slots available. Please reach out if you would like to be on the list if a slot should become available.
Childcare Services
  • Assist with kid’s activities such as arts and crafts, games, etc.
  • Variety of shifts available
Administrative Services
  • Assist with answering phones and door; assist in light filing or shredding
  • Shifts available:
    • Fridays-  8:00 – 11:00 am
  • Lead an educational workshop or provide crafts/entertainment by sharing your skills and interests with the women of Clare House!
  • Let us know the type of activity you’d like to lead.
Clare House Advisory Council
  • Join other community members who work to advocate and fundraise on behalf of Clare House (Requires a long-term commitment and special application process).

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Brother Francis Shelter

Dinner Service
  • Assist with meal preparation, service, and clean-up in our kitchen
  • Orientation held every Thursday at 5:15 pm at Brother Francis Shelter.
  • Shifts available:
    • Monday-Sunday-  6:30 – 8:30 pm
Foot Clinic
  • In the spirit of Washing of the Feet, join a dedicated team that cares for the feet of shelter guests twice monthly. (Requires special training that is provided to address the health issues commonly seen.)
Laundry Services
  • Support guests by working in the laundry room and putting guest’s clothing into washing and drying machines
  • Days & times negotiable
  • Work with case management or program management to design and facilitate 1 hour workshops on special topics (e.g. Resume building, Interviewing skills, Creative Writing, Dealing with Anxiety and other areas of wellness)
  • Days & times are negotiable
Facility Deep Cleaning
  • Assist shelter with special deep cleaning and maintenance projects
  • 2-4 hour shifts as needed
Listening Post 
  • Sit one-on-one with a guest and listen to him or her share their story
  • Shifts available:
    • Thursday-  5:30 – 7:30 pm
    • Wednesday-  1:00 – 3:00 pm
  • Learn more and apply online with The Listening Post

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Refugee Assistance & Immigration Services (RAIS)

Moving Teams (as needed)
  • Assist individuals/families move to new home within the Anchorage area
  • Must have access to pick-up or large vehicle to assist with moving large items
  • Ability to pick up furniture from donors and deliver to individual’s home
English Support Volunteer/Family Support Volunteer (as needed)
  • Supports Individuals/families with English Language Learning through conversations, shopping, cooking, etc.
  • Support Individuals/families feel comfortable in Anchorage by participating in free activities in Anchorage and surrounding area.
Volunteer Projects
  • Offer a field trip opportunity to refugee clients
  • Dates and times negotiable

If you are interested in volunteering, please complete a volunteer application below and contact Keenan Plate, AmeriCorps Volunteer Coordinator, at or 907-339-0488 ext. 3 with any questions.

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St. Francis House Food Pantry

Personal Shopper – Currently not in need of
  • Guide shoppers through the pantry, helping them pick out food for their household
  • Available Shifts:
    • Monday – Thursday – 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • 4th Wednesday of the month- 4:00 – 6:30 pm
Pack Away Hunger Volunteer

Help pack boxes filled with food.  These boxes will be handed out at our Fast Track Pantry.

  • Shifts available:
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

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Ongoing Opportunities

  • Join our team of event volunteers and be updated throughout the year with opportunities to volunteer for multiple events to support CSS programs
Moving Team
  • Assist individuals/families move to new home within the Anchorage area
  • Must have access to pick-up or large vehicle to assist with moving large items
  • Ability to pick up furniture from donors and deliver to individual’s home
Donation Team
  • Join a donation team and be updated monthly with the donation needs of CSS programs

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If you have any questions about volunteering, please call 907-222-7300.