Volunteer

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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!

Volunteers

We are excited to announce we are hosting in person volunteer orientations at Lamb of God Lutheran Church (socially distanced and masks required). Please see dates below.

We will begin our training at 6 PM and be done by 8 PM.

With all that has transpired during this pandemic we are looking at re-incorporating volunteers back into our programs. We will be updating on our Covid policies and our future plans for volunteers. Please RSVP here and you will receive next steps in your email address. Looking forward to meeting you!

If you have questions, please email jessica@journeytodream.com

SIGN UP TODAY FOR ORIENTATION OR TRAINING!

Confirmation and details of location will be sent prior to training. ALL volunteers must be 18 years or older.

Upcoming Volunteer Orientations and Training

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.

Volunteer Groups

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 info@journeytodream.com 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.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Number of Opportunities: 2-4

Opportunity Description: Administrative Support provides data entry, data analysis, record keeping, phone calls, filing, and other administrative functions to JTD staff. Some activities can be done remotely.

Time Commitment: 1-3 hours per week

Responsibilities:

  • Enter data into software systems
  • Review reports and files
  • Create documents in Word
  • Analyze data for accuracy or trends
  • Other administrative activities

Qualifications:
Attend a general JTD volunteer orientation

Number of Opportunities: 3-5

Opportunity Description: The volunteer helps with projects by managing on site projects by outside groups.

Time Commitment: 2 – 4 hours per event up to 4-12 times per year

Responsibilities:

    • Be on site the day of the group volunteer event
    • Manage signup sheet and work release forms
    • Manage and distribute water, snacks, tools, etc
    • Provide guidance and answer questions about Kyle’s Place and Journey to Dream

Qualifications:

    • Attend a general JTD volunteer orientation
    • Complete all requirements for a Kyle’s Place volunteer as listed upon completing general orientation

Number of Opportunities: 2-4

Volunteer Description: The volunteer would trim/cut and style the hair of the residents of color at Kyle’s Place.

Time Commitment: 10-15 hours each session (Volunteer can choose how often and when they are available)

Responsibilities:

  • Provide own equipment
  • Consult with residents
  • Put in braids, dreads, twists, and other hair styles (KP will provide hair and product for styles)

Qualifications:

  • Attend a general JTD volunteer orientation
  • Complete all requirements for a Kyle’s Place volunteer as listed upon completing general orientation
  • Experience with ethnic hair styles

Number of Opportunities: 2-4

Opportunity Description: The volunteer would trim/cut and style the hair of the residents at Kyle’s Place.

Time Commitment: 3-6 hours monthly (could be broken up into shorter time periods)

Responsibilities:

  • Provide own equipment
  • Consult with residents
  • Trim or cut residents hair
  • Color, tint, or lighten hair as requested (KP will provide product for treatments)
  • Style hair for residents

Qualifications:

  • Attend a general JTD volunteer orientation
  • Complete all requirements for a Kyle’s Place volunteer as listed upon completing general orientation
  • Hair stylist certification, or retired status

Number of Opportunities: 15-20, or groups of individuals

Job Description: The volunteer helps with projects such as cleaning, landscaping, yard maintenance, and minor repairs of facility.

Time Commitment: 3-5 hours monthly

Responsibilities:

  • Provide gardening own tools (yard is mowed weekly by volunteer service)
  • Spring sprucing up and weeding
  • Flower box maintenance (New plants in spring and fall)
  • Add dirt and replant garden boxes
  • Trim and weed front and back trees and bushes
  • Clean out gutters
  • Repair window frames and screens

Qualifications:

  • Attend a general JTD volunteer orientation
  • Complete all requirements for a Kyle’s Place volunteer as listed upon completing general orientation

Number of Opportunities: 20-25 per event

Opportunity Description: Event Support volunteer provides help prior to, during or following a JTD fundraiser or community awareness event.

Time Commitment: 2-4 hours per event

Responsibilities: (not required to do all tasks but may sign up for individual tasks)

  • Help set up event venue
  • Help solicit sponsors/donations
  • Prepare needed items/materials for event prior to day of
  • Attend event and support staff with various tasks such as greeting, registration, support for guests, etc.
  • Help tear down decor, event materials, etc.
  • Help transport materials to and from the venue

Qualifications:

  • Attend a general JTD volunteer orientation

Number of Opportunities: 1-2 leaders plus 4-8 team members to support the total community

Opportunity Description: The volunteer contacts and engages local church and community groups to get them involved in projects, outings and events of Journey To Dream and Kyle’s Place.

Time Commitment: 1-3 hours weekly

Responsibilities:

  • Contact and engage with outreach leaders of area churches
  • Work with JTD volunteer staff to create activities for engagement
  • Manage relations with church administrators/staff
  • Establish relations with community partners and agencies
  • Attend church and community outreach events including speaking
  • Engage in and represent Kyle’s Place in community partnership/coalition/task force meetings.
  • Provide Kyle’s Place tours

Qualifications:

  • Attend a general JTD volunteer orientation
  • Complete all requirements for a Kyle’s Place volunteer as listed upon completing general orientation

Number of Opportunities: Multiple. A weekly activity would be ideal.

Volunteer Description: The volunteer would design a craft to do with the residents either on or off site. Gather the equipment and supplies needed (JTD will work with you to resource needed materials an equipment). Lead the residents in the craft or project.

Time Commitment: 1-3 hours each session

  • Volunteer can choose how often and when they are available.
  • Project can last one or over several sessions.

Responsibilities:

  • Come up with a craft or idea and get it approved by KP leadership.
  • Gather the necessary equipment and supplies (With help of KP Staff)
  • Schedule time to lead craft
  • Show up and lead the activity

Qualifications:

  • Attend a general JTD volunteer orientation
  • Complete all requirements for a Kyle’s Place volunteer as listed upon completing general orientation

Number of Opportunities: Multiple. A weekly activity would be ideal.

Opportunity Description: The volunteer plans and executes an outing for some or all of the KP residents.

Time Commitment: 2-4 hours per event

Responsibilities:

  • Plan (with support of staff) a fun outing for residents
  • Ensures needed supplies and or food is provided
  • Can Sponsor the event financially by raising support (not required)
  • Plans transportation (with staff support)
  • Attends outing and interacts with the residents
  • If a group sponsored event, manage the group interaction (with staff support)

Qualifications:

  • Attend a general JTD volunteer orientation
  • Complete all requirements for a Kyle’s Place volunteer as listed upon completing general orientation

Number of Opportunities: Multiple. A weekly activity would be ideal.

Volunteer Description: The volunteer would present in an interactive setting a special skill or career to our residents. (Example: dental hygienist – instruct on brushing, flossing, cleaning teeth. Provide insight about the education needed, certifications required, and working environment)

Time Commitment: 1-2 hours each session (Volunteer can choose how often and when they are available)

Responsibilities:

  • Provide own equipment
  • Be knowledgeable about the skill, or career.

Qualifications:

  • Attend a general JTD volunteer orientation
  • Complete all requirements for a Kyle’s Place volunteer as listed upon completing general orientation

Number of Opportunities: 5-10

Opportunity Description: Attend and participate in Fundraising Committee virtual or in person meetings. Provide support to the committee as needed.

Time Commitment: 2-4 hours per month

Responsibilities: (not required to do all tasks, but may sign up for individual tasks) These are just a sample of opportunities.

  • Provide admin support
    • Create meeting notes
    • Set meeting schedules and notify attendees
    • Follow up with attendees on tasks
  • Take leadership/participant role in event
    • Sit on fundraising event committee
    • Call and engage possible event sponsors
    • Network with community leaders
    • Actively pursue financial support for the event

Qualifications:

  • Attend a general JTD volunteer orientation

Kyle’s Place Team:

  • Mentor
  • Tutor
  • Facilitate life skills workshops
  • Host activities outside of the home
  • Driver
  • Prepare meals
  • Clean
  • 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 jessica@journeytodream.com for the next steps.

FAQ's

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.