We have volunteer opportunities at four of our eight programs. Check out our current opportunities. Please contact Laura Rice for more information.
Open Monday – Thursday 9am – 1pm
- Guide clients through the pantry.
- Shift schedule worked out with Community Engagement Manager after applying.
- Assist with meal preparation, service, and clean-up in our kitchen.
- Shifts available Monday-Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, 6:30PM – 8:30PM
- Orientation held every other Thursday at 5:45PM at BFS. Contact Community Engagement Manager for upcoming orientation times.
Caring Clinic-Currently Unavailable
- Provide basic medical care to BFS 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.
- Current hold on new volunteers
- While the clinic goes through changes and updates, we are unable to accept new volunteers.
- If you’re available on evenings and weekends, you can still apply and we’ll let you know when shifts become available.
- 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.
- Assist with the scanning of registration packets; assist in light filing or shredding.
- Shifts Monday-Thursday, 9:00PM – 3:00PM
- Assist shelter with special deep cleaning and maintenance projects.
- 2-4 hour shifts as needed.
- Sit one-on-one with a guest and listen to him or her share their story.
- Available evenings.
Brother Francis 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.)
- 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.
Family Mentor –Generally visit with family once a week for 2 hours.
- Assist family with getting established in Anchorage. For example showing them around their neighborhood, taking them to free events etc.
- Provide supplemental support for Orientation activities. For example, practicing bus routes with them that we have shown them, or practicing how to buy groceries
- Visiting the family and practicing English
- Providing advocacy and guidance for the family as they start to make Anchorage their new home.
- Required commitment: at minimum 3 months, although 6 months is optimal
Professional Mentor –Generally visit with individual once a week for 2 hours.
- The goal of the Professional Mentor program is to create career building plans specific to the refugee’s skills and to encourage, empower and execute the plans in an effective manner.
- Coordinate to meet with the client inside and outside the refugee’s home at least once a week to encourage, empower and execute career building plans
English Tutor –Generally visit with invidual once a week for 2 hours.
- The goal of the English Tutoring program is to support newly arrived refugees improve their English skills in a way they can communicate with their new community here in Anchorage.
- Coordinate to meet with the client inside and outside the refugee’s home at least once a week until
English levels improve
Client Assistant –Shifts available weekdays 9-5
- Accompany clients and provide transportation to clients for medical and other appointments
- Required commitment: once a week for at least 3- months
Front Desk Volunteer –Shifts available weekdays 9-5
- It is RAIS’ goal to establish an organized system of helping clients meet with the correct RAIS staff members
- Utilize and develop both client and administrative support skills
Donation Room Organizer – Shifts available weekdays 9-5
- Assist Reception & Placement team with preparing items to set up refugees first home in Anchorage
- Organize household item & winter clothing donation room
Meals Teams – Shifts available weekdays 9-5
- Volunteer time and resources to “fill the fridge” of an incoming refugee or refugee family for their first weeks living in Anchorage
- Teams are typically made up of 4 or more people and the group will contribute food for 1 specific month every 6 months (a total of 2 months of the year)
Welcome Teams Shifts available weekdays 9-5
- Crucial to the success of the RAIS program in the way the teams welcome incoming refugees to their new home in Anchorage
- Teams usually consist of 2-4 people who volunteer their time and resources to collect and arrange needed materials for incoming refugees in their new apartments
Moving Teams (flexible shifts depending on arrivals)
- Assist Reception & Placement team with setting up refugees first home in Anchorage
- Available to individuals or groups of less than 6
Fresh International Gardens Project Volunteer Shifts (Wednesdays or Saturdays from June- Sept.)
- Accompany clients of Fresh International Gardens at farmers markets across Anchorage
- Offer a field trip opportunity to refugee clients
- Volunteer for World Refugee Day, Friday June 17th 2-7 pm
Support On-Going Program Functions
- Organize Donation Drives – everything from winter clothing to household items
- Grant Writing
- Graphic Design
If you have any questions, please contact: