Volunteer with FPTV

Our volunteers make a real impact in our families' lives. Will you join us?

Volunteers are an essential part of our work helping homeless families attain sustainable independence. Family Promise of Tualatin Valley would not exist without the countless hours our volunteers have dedicated to supporting homeless families in our community. 

 

Family Promise of Tualatin Valley offers a wide range of volunteer opportunities, from preparing meals to fundraising to driving our van to planning events for our children and families.  Due to Covid-19 our volunteer opportunities are reduced right now. However, whatever your skills and interests may be,  there is something for everyone at FPTV!

 

Volunteering with Family Promise of Tualatin Valley is a great way to involve medium-to-large sized groups and organizations. As a team, you can finish projects, organize drives, and run events that make a tangible difference in our families' lives. Thank you to our volunteers!

Ready to get started? Check out these volunteer positions, then fill out our Google Form. After you submit your interests and information, our volunteer coordinator will reach out to you. Please note, due to Covid-19 our volunteer opportunities are limited right now. However, please get in touch as we can likely find a socially distanced way to work together!

 

Day Center Volunteer. Every day from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM, including on weekends, our families spend time at our Day Center — their "home base" while in the FPTV program. Day Center volunteers come to our Day Center to do any of the following:

  • Provide hospitality and support to children and their families. Bake cookies, tutor children with homework, play with the children (with permission from their parents), and talk with, listen to, and get to know our families. 

  • Provide resources and referrals to families. 

  • Perform administrative tasks. Depending on our current needs, this may include typing, filing, answering phones, etc.

  • Open and/or close the Day Center. 

Van Driver. In order to transport out families to and from the host sites the Day Center, we need a reliable, experienced van driver. The driver will pick families up from the host site at 7:00 AM and bring them to the day center, or pick families up from the Day Center at 5:00 PM and drop them off at the host site, where they will receive dinner and sleep for the night. 

  • Please note: to serve as a volunteer van drivers, a 30-minute training session and at least five-years of driving experience is required. A DMV report is run on each volunteer driver so they can be added to and covered by our insurance.

Host Site Volunteer. Each week, there are approximately 50 volunteer slots available. Some hosts have one member fill each slot, while other volunteers take on multiple roles. Volunteers come from the Host Site, where the families eat and sleep, from Support Hosts, who lend volunteers, food, and support to the Host Site as needed, and from the FPTV volunteer community at large. Families arrive at the week's Host Site on Sunday afternoon and depart for the next Host Site the following Sunday morning. For one week, families are at the Host Site from 5:15 PM to 7:00 AM. Volunteers can help every night of the week in the following areas:  

  • Pantry Needs (1+ volunteer per Host Site): supply orange juice, deli meats, lunch fixings, and other supplies, as needed. 

  • Dinner Preparation (2-3 volunteers, pre-6:00 PM): dinners can be prepared in the Host Site's kitchen or at the volunteers' homes. Dinner is a hot meal. Cooking dinner is a good opportunity to congregational groups to work together. Some Host Sites have a "night out" dinner where they serve pizza, fried chicken, etc. Dinner Preparation volunteers re-heat food in the kitchen, serve the food, eat with the guests, and clean up afterwards. 

  • Dinner & Evening Hosts (2 volunteers, 5:30 - 9:00 PM): some Host Sites combine dinner preparation and evening hospitality into one shift. Dinner & Evening Hosts open the building, welcome guests, lead the meal, ensure safety and timeliness, enforce program guidelines, and note needed pantry items for the rest of the week. These volunteers socialize with the guests and assist with the guests' needs. After dinner, they may conduct children's activities and help with homework.

  • Overnight Hosts (2 volunteers, 9:00 PM - 7:00 AM): overnight hosts spend the night at the Host Site. FPTV provides mattresses and volunteers bring their own bedding. Overnight Hosts are available in case of emergency.

  • Breakfast Hosts (1-2 volunteers, 6:00 - 7:00 AM): some Host Sites combine overnight hosts and breakfast hosts into one shift. On weekdays, breakfast is a quick, simple meal (cereal, muffins, yogurt, juice, and coffee) because guests must be ready to leave early. Breakfast Hosts also assist in cleanup. On Saturdays, schedules are more relaxed, so Breakfast Hosts can prepare something more substantial like bacon, eggs, and pancakes.

Other opportunities. In addition to volunteering at our Day Center and host sites, we also need your support in the following areas:

  • Supplies. Purchase and donate food staples, paper products, cleaning supplies, and other needed items for the Day Center. Please see our Wish List for our current needs.

  • Activities. Organize special activities and events (arts and crafts, games nights, parties, etc.).

  • Celebrations. Bring in a birthday cake and decorations for guests' birthdays.

  • Materials. We often need support stuffing and mailing envelopes.

  • Fundraising events. Help congregations/organizations fundraise for FPTV, volunteer at one of our annual fundraising events, provide outreach to other congregations/youth groups/organizations about FPTV, and ask corporations and businesses to support FPTV's work.   

  • Professional coaching. Host a session on financial literacy, paying off debts, planning for your future, or whatever you have expertise in.

If you want to volunteer in a different capacity, please fill out our Google Form and note your interest. If you have other questions, email our volunteer coordinator at volunteer@familypromiseoftv.org. Thank you for making our work possible!

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Family Promise of Tualatin Valley is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization.  EIN Number: 81-5297091.

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