Brother Francis Shelter Volunteers

We have volunteer opportunities at four of our eight programs. Check out our current opportunities. Please contact our Community Engagement Manager for more information at 907-222-7335.

Our current greatest need for volunteers is at Clare House as meal providers and personal shoppers at St. Francis House Food Pantry on Mondays and Tuesdays. See below for more details.

Join us Saturday, May 12th at 6:00pm for the 28th Annual Wilma Carr Charity Ball! This fun and elegant evening brings together some of Catholic Social Services’ most fabulous supporters.

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St. Francis House Food Pantry

Open Monday – Thursday 9 am – 1 pm
And 4th Wednesday of the month, 4 to 6:30 pm

Current needs: Monday and Tuesday mornings from 9am – 1 pm 

Personal Shopper
  • Guide clients through the pantry
  • Shift schedule worked out with Community Engagement Manager after applying
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Clare House

Current greatest need: 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
  • 2 slots currently available; 2nd Monday and 29th of each month
Childcare Services
  • Assist with kids activities such as arts and crafts, games, etc.
  • Shifts available weekdays from 10am-12pm and 2-4pm and weekends from 11am-1pm and 4-6pm
Administrative Services
  • Assist with answering phones and door; assist in light filing or shredding
  • Shifts Friday, 8-11am
  • Share your skills and interests with the women of Clare House. Lead an educational workshop or provide crafts/entertainment for the families.
  • Let us know the type of activity you’d like to lead.
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Brother Francis Shelter

Dinner Service
  • Assist with meal preparation, service, and clean-up in our kitchen.
  • Shifts available Monday-Sunday, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
  • Orientation held every Thursday at 5:15 pm at Brother Francis Shelter. Please contact our Community Engagement Manager about orientation at 907-222-7335.
Caring Clinic
  • Provide basic medical care to Brother Francis Shelter guests during clinic hours, evenings and weekends.
  • Must be licensed or certified in the medical field (CNA, RN, MD, PA, EMT) or studying to work in the medical field.
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.)
  • 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.
Administrative Services
  • Assist with answering phones, scanning of registration packets; assist in light filing or shredding
  • Shifts Monday-Friday, 9 am – 3 pm
Deep Clean
  • 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
  • Available Thursday evening, 5:30 – 7:30pm and Wednesdays afternoon, 1 – 3pm
Brother Francis Shelter Advisory Council
  • Join other community members who work to advocate and fundraise on behalf of the shelter (Requires a long-term commitment and special application process).
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Refugee Assistance & Immigration Services (RAIS)

Due to recent changes, refugee resettlement has slowed both locally and nationally. We welcome volunteers into the RAIS team. Please note that the following volunteering opportunities are on an as needed basis, as we identify individual needs in our local refugee community. We will keep your name on the list of interested volunteers and be in touch when opportunities become available. For now, one the most important things you can do for our current and future refugee clients is to advocate on their behalf. Stay informed about the ongoing political situation regarding immigration. Contact your elected officials and let them know your position on all aspects of the political debate.

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.

Other On-going volunteer options:
Volunteer Projects
  • Offer a field trip opportunity to refugee clients
Support On-Going Program Functions
  • Fundraising

If you are interested in volunteering, please complete a volunteer application below and contact Megan Moffitt at or 907-222-7390 with any questions.

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If you have any questions, please contact:
Clara Williams Community Engagement Manager •  907-222-7335