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 has been temporarily suspended.
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 bags filled with everyday items, such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, dish soap, sponges, etc.  These items help people in need of food not have to between feeding their family and meeting other basic needs, such as hygiene and household cleanliness.

  • Shifts available:
    • Fridays  10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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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.