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DCM's many meaningful volunteer opportunities include:
- Child care provider
- Homework helper
- Office assistant
- Tech center tutor
- Dinner volunteer
- Client mentor
- Financial literacy instructor
- and more
Expanding Horizons Technology Center
Located onsite with the Hagar’s House shelter and the DCM offices, the Expanding Horizons Tech Center provides computer and internet access for families living at Hagar’s House or people participating in any one of DCM’s housing or homelessness prevention programs. The center is used by parents to search and apply for employment, locate affordable housing options, and keep in touch with family and friends, while children primarily use the center to do homework and play games.
- Children's Tech Center Program
- Monday, Tuesday andWednesday, 7:00–8:00 pm
- Supervise computer use and interact with children.
- Adults' Tech Center Program
- Thursday, 7:00–8:00 pm, and Saturday, 9:30–11:30 am
- Supervise computer use and serve as a resource as parents create resumes, search for employment, increase computer skills, and seek housing.
- Helpful Links
- Guidelines for use of Tech Lab
- Service and Entertainment Websites
Hagar's House, DCM's emergency shelter for women with children, offers a variety of evening and weekend positions for those looking for a meaningful way to get involved. In addition to the ongoing volunteer opportunities listed below, there are also opportunities for individuals and groups to participate in special one-day projects.
- Child Care — Weekdays
- Monday through Thursday, 5:00–6:30 pm and 7:00–9:00 pm
- Provide child care while mothers participate in programs and daily activities.
- Child Care — Saturdays
- Mornings, 9:30–11:30 am
- Provide child care while mothers are in the tech center.
- Homework Help
- Monday through Thursday, 5:00–6:30 pm during the school year.
- Help school-age children with homework or, if needed, assist with other shelter tasks.
- Every evening, 6:00–8:00 pm, year-round.
- Purchase, prepare, serve, and clean up the dinner meal. Volunteers may schedule a single evening or multiple evenings throughout the year.
- Lead Volunteer
- Every evening, 5:45–8:00 pm, year-round.
- Greet and assist the dinner volunteers; hand out supplies as needed to residents; help direct new volunteers; enter nightly guest information and notes in log book; assist shelter manager with other shelter tasks, as needed.
Family House transitional program needs individuals able to make at least a 6-month commitment to becoming a mentor to a child, youth or family participating in the Family House program. Opportunities to participate in special one-day projects, such as painting, yard work, or social events for participating families, are available.
Project Take Charge
Project Take Charge is a homelessness prevention program that provides financial assistance and education to keep people stably housed. It provides financial assistance with rent, mortgage, and utilities as well as supplemental food through a food pantry and two food cooperatives. Occasional one-day volunteer projects are available in addition to these on-going opportunities:
- Office Assistant
- Monday through Wednesday, 9:30 am–12:30 pm or 1:30–4:30 pm; Thursday, 9:30 am–12:30 pm
- Help retrieve voicemail messages, return calls to prospective clients, help in the food pantry, and/or assist with computer data entry.
- Financial Management Facilitator
- Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday commitment, 7:00–9:00 pm; approximately quarterly
- Teach a financial management course for people receiving assistance in our programs. Classes are roundtable in format, and facilitators must be comfortable presenting basic financial material as well as encouraging and managing class discussion.
- Extensive training is provided.
Dedicated volunteers are needed to help in administrative and support functions. Office volunteers become familiar with all aspects of DCM operations and programs.
- Monday through Friday, 9:00 am–1:00 pm or 1:00–5:00 pm.
- Help answer the phone; greet visitors; assist with database entry; receive and sort in-kind donations.
- Monday through Friday, 9:00 am–5:00 pm, on an as-needed basis.
- Volunteers with trucks are occasionally needed to pick up donations and/or haul away items no longer needed. The ability to lift heavy objects is required.
Minimum Eligibility Requirements
- Be 18 years or older. (There are exceptions for service project groups.)
- Submit a Volunteer Information Form.
- Submit a signed Background Check Release Form. (Background checks are run every 2 years on long-term volunteers).
- Attend a DCM101 volunteer orientation prior to volunteering.
- Have no violent misdemeanor or felony convictions.
How to Apply
Please use our online volunteer application.
Contact Machelle Scandrett, Volunteer Coordinator, at 404.377.5365, option 5, or e-mail machelle at decaturcooperativeministry.org.