Volunteers

VOLUNTEER WITH TRM

 Be a part of changing someone's life for the better! Volunteers are a vital part of the ministries at TRM. With the support of thousands of volunteers every year, TRM significantly affects change in the lives of people experiencing homelessness, hunger, and need in our community. 

As a volunteer you will be an essential part of our team as we reach out to those experiencing homelessness and others in need in our community. By volunteering you are part of the solution. We value your compassion, commitment, gifts, talents and time. Regardless of your abilities we will work to find the right opportunity for you. Your willingness to roll up your sleeves and help is invaluable to TRM and those we serve.

 

VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES

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MEAL SERVING

This is a wonderful opportunity to interact with TRM staff and guests. Volunteers will assist the kitchen staff to serve meals to the guests. Volunteers will follow health and safety standards and will need to wear closed toe shoes.  

3 Meals Served Monday-Friday 

 Breakfast - 6:45 - 8:45am 

Lunch - 10:45am - 12:45pm 

Dinner - 4:45 - 6:45pm 

2 Meals Saturday-Sunday 

Brunch - 9:15-11:15am - Saturday 

Dinner - 3:45-5:45pm - Saturday 

Breakfast - 6:45-8:45am - Sunday 

Dinner - 3:45-5:45pm - Sunday 

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HOPE CENTER

Hope Center Front Desk Support - Flexible on days and times 

-Assist with answering phones and door buzzers 

-Assist TRM Staff with administrative work if needed 

-Must be able to communicate with a variety of individuals 

Laundry Tech - Flexible on days and times 

-Fill guests supplies  

-Record supplies on ledger or 3x5 card 

-Put together bed rolls 

-Label all TRM bedding, towels, blankets, and comforters when delivered from the DC 

-Put away all supplies delivered from the DC 

-Responsible for laundering bedding after it is returned  

-Clean staff laundry as needed 

*Volunteers will need to be approved ahead of time by Director of Hope Center.  

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MEN'S SIDE FRONT DESK SUPPORT

Front Desk Support - Flexible on days and times 

-Assist with answering phones and door buzzers 

-Assist TRM Staff with administrative work if needed 

-Must be able to communicate with a variety of individuals 

*Volunteers will need to be approved ahead of time by Director of Men’s Services.  

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DISTRIBUTION CENTER

Food distribution days - Tuesday & Thursday from 9AM-2PM

-Assist DC staff with distributing food bags to community members 

-Food bag prep - Wednesday or Friday  

-Assist with making food bags for community distribution 

Food & Supplies Sorting - Monday/Wednesday/Friday 

-Assisting as needed with sorting food and supplies.  

-May include making food boxes, putting non-perishable food on shelves, cleaning, pulling orders for distribution. 

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MAP (MOBILE ACCESS PARTNERSHIP)

Tuesday & Thursdays  

(Morning shift 8:30AM-12:15PM & Afternoon shift 12:00PM-3:45PM) 

This is a beautiful partnership between TRM, Valeo, Topeka Police Department, Stormont Vail, KDHE and Shawnee County Health Department. Every Tuesday & Thursday, the MAP team is deployed to reach the unsheltered neighbors in our community. The team offers showers, laundry services, food, clothing, City IDs, Mobile Primary Care Clinic along with various other services. Most importantly, staff and volunteers are working diligently to build trusting relationships with our unsheltered neighbors. 

Youth must be at least 14 years old to help serve. This opportunity is all outside and happens during all types of weather. 

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HOUSING STABILIZATION

Housing Checks - Tuesday & Thursdays 10AM-2PM (Days and times may vary each week)  

-Complete home visits as needed to support program participants in performing the tasks required to maintain housing stability, including on-time payment of rent and household maintenance. 

-Work with program participants to resolve issues around lease and/or program rules with the landlord or any barriers to housing.   

SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES: 

-Familiarity with government housing programs on federal, state, and local levels. Specifically, HUD, ESG, and THA. 

-Excellent communication skills, particularly listening, mediation, and writing skills. 

-Ability to work independently and as a part of a multi-disciplinary team. 

-Ability to relate effectively and without judgment to diverse individuals.   

-Must be able to travel independently between multiple work sites within a day. 

Application Support - Monday-Friday 9AM-5PM (Days and times may vary each week)  

-Assist guests with filling out applications for housing or resources.

SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES: 

-Excellent communication skills, particularly listening, mediation, and writing skills. 

-Ability to work independently and as a part of a multi-disciplinary team. 

-Ability to relate effectively and without judgment to diverse individuals.   

 *Volunteers will need to be approved ahead of time by the housing team. 

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OTHER VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES

We have many more volunteering opportunities at TRM! If you're unsure where you would be the best fit or would like to hear about more volunteering opportunities, please call us at 785-730-8856 or email us at volunteer@trmonline.org. We would be happy to talk with you! 

 
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