We could not be more excited that you’re considering volunteering with us. LIHI’s volunteer program provides an opportunity for community members to contribute their skills, expertise and unique talents. We invite all community members including LIHI residents, employees, board members and supporters, to help LIHI achieve its mission. The volunteer program creates strategic partnerships with educational institutions, corporations, private clubs, faith-based groups and individuals.
Together we will work to end homelessness one person, one family and one community at a time.
Volunteer Engagement Opportunities
New Doors Academy
Volunteer strengthen LIHI’s community and family support services by leveraging social capital to help residents of all ages build new skills and achieve their goals. Volunteers partner with residents 1:1 or in small groups to enhancing learning and achievement through computer, technology and communications training, after school programs and summer camps.
Volunteer teams are groups of co-workers, students, or other community members, who come together to do a one-day or multi-day volunteer project benefiting the low income communities. Yard work, weeding, painting, deep cleaning, organizing, sorting supplies are all great examples of projects a team of volunteers can enthusiastically tackle in one day!
LIHI sites often host events that require extra assistance. Volunteers help preparing, advertising, setting up, hosting and/or tearing down the event. In the past, volunteers have assisted with groundbreaking and grand opening events at properties, the annual LIHI Gala & Auction and the Upbeat on Jackson Concert Series. Events can range in scope from a fundraising dinner to a resident game night.
LIHI Volunteer Program offers civic engagement opportunities to residents, patrons, volunteers, and staff. Volunteers gain valuable experience and knowledge, to become effective advocates for ending homelessness. Volunteers attend Advocacy Day, participate in the One Night Count and help with our Resident Leadership program.
LIHI partners with local colleges and universities to host students in variety of degree programs to bring the real world experience of housing justice to class room studies. Students can be long term or short term from 1 quarter to all school year and can work onsite anywhere from 5-40 hours a week. In addition to students, we host Americorps and the Jesuit and Lutheran Volunteer Corps members, for 1-2 years.
Urban Rest Stop (URS)
LIHI volunteers provide critical support to keep the URS in tip top shape. We have 3 locations that accept volunteers: Downtown, U-District and Ballard. Volunteers help keep the URS clean, organized and stocked with supplies so that patrons are able to use the facilities hassle free and feeling welcomed and respected.