Give your time
to help some of the most vulnerable in our community
One of the most valuable commodities people have is time. Journey to Dream is grateful to work with so many caring and dedicated individuals, students, churches, organizations, and corporations in our mission to support an underserved population of teens. Whether you choose to join us on a weekly basis, or just a few times, there are multiple volunteer opportunities for you at Journey to Dream.
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with your time, talents, and skills!
Upcoming Volunteer Orientations and Training
Volunteer Orientation and Tours are offered once a month and are limited to 25 attendees. Please select an orientation and training from the dates below and register today to secure your spot.
The dates will be updated for the upcoming months, please watch our social media and check back.
Thank you for joining us, we look forward to having you on our volunteer team soon.
We love groups at Journey to Dream! There are many ways to volunteer, from serving and eating a meal with our residents, hosting a game or movie night, sponsoring a resident outing, and much more. If you’re interested in learning more or are ready to find a volunteer opportunity for a group, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
Matching Gift and Volunteer Grants
Many corporations match employee donations (or the tax-deductible component of your membership) to our organization. If you volunteer with us, your employer may also provide us with a grant as a way to recognize your ongoing support. Check with your HR department to see if your company offers these programs.
- Admin (in office) Support
- Community awareness events/table hosts
- Special event support
- Event Committee members: (Gala, Golf and more)
- Drop off meals/snacks at KP
- Host and/sponsor an outing for KP residents
- Help with shelter repairs
- Christmas Outreach
Kyle’s Place Team:
- Facilitate life skills workshops
- Host activities outside of the home
- Prepare meals
- Yard/Garden upkeep
** Volunteers at Kyle's Place must pass a criminal and FBI background check, drug screen, and a TB test prior to attending Kyle's Place Training.
** For groups wanting to volunteer, please email email@example.com for the next steps.
To become a JTD Volunteer, you must complete and submit a volunteer application, and complete a background check. Background checks cost $20.00/person at the Volunteer's expense. Sign up for Volunteer orientation and training. You may attend an orientation before receiving notice that your background check has cleared.
We will contact you when your background check has cleared, and you have been approved as a JTD Volunteer.
Volunteers often ask, “I’m happy to help wherever you need me. Where do you need help the most?” However, our goal is to find opportunities that are the best fit for our volunteers’ individual interests, skills, talents, and availability. That’s a “win” for everyone!
Volunteers can make a difference in the lives of others without making a huge time commitment! One-time projects and special events are perfect for tight, jam-packed schedules. Hosting a game night or a weekend breakfast at our Transitional Shelter creates a great feeling of helping others!
Yes! JTD offers service opportunities before work, after work, on the weekends and through offsite projects and special events.
JTD offers a wide variety of onsite and offsite opportunities for volunteers of all ages - there is something for everyone! However, since an exceptional volunteer experience depends on an age-appropriate service opportunity, we have specific age requirements in place for each placement or project. All volunteers who are in high school or younger must be accompanied by a parent, school sponsor, church pastor, etc. for the entire duration of the volunteer project.
A sincere, heart-led desire to serve the teens is the most important qualification, along with a bright smile and encouraging words. A few areas - such as teaching, mentoring and providing professional expertise - do require specific skills, degrees, licenses and/or certifications.
Our guidelines prohibit us from working with either adult or juvenile volunteers who must perform community service mandated by the court system. This also includes community service that is frequently recommended by legal counsel prior to court appearances.
You are always welcome to take photos of yourself, your group or the facility, and usually, staff members do not mind being photographed. However, volunteers are expected to respect the privacy and confidentiality of our teens and may not photograph any teen without the advance written permission of our staff. This includes photographs taken by camera phones and also includes both moving and still images.
We've Temporarily Suspended Our Volunteer Training
In light of recent events. JTD is taking precautions to protect our residents and our community. We are postponing all volunteer trainings until further notice. We also are asking that no visitors are present at the shelter. We appreciate your understanding and will post new training dates as soon as we see fit.