Volunteer Opportunities

Family Promise of Greater Johnson City (FPJC) assists families with children facing homelessness with shelter, food, and support services. Without the compassion and generosity of more than 1,200 volunteers who give their time each year, these services wouldn’t be available. Below are some of the ways FPJC volunteers get involved to impact the lives of FPJC guest and client families. To get involved email alison@familypromisejc.com or call 423-202-7805.

 

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IHN Weekend Volunteer at the Day Center: Saturdays and Sundays are the days that the guests in FPJC’s Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) program get to enjoy spending time with their children, relaxing, doing laundry, and resting from the work week. These are the only days that FPJC staff members are not present. On Saturdays, volunteers are needed to: open the Day Center at 9am, answer the phone, and to be available to assist with various needs of the families throughout the day. On Sundays, the volunteers arrive at 7 a.m. and proceed to assist the families throughout the day. On both Saturday and Sunday the volunteers will close the Day Center as the families leave at 5:30 p.m. to go to the host congregation for that week. Weekend volunteers can work partial day shifts as well as full day shifts. The first Sunday of each month, from 1:45-3:45 p.m., additional weekend volunteers assist with childcare during the monthly Life Skills course offered by FPJC guests and client families.

 

manwithdryeraseboardTransportation Volunteer: Transportation is crucial for guest family members to get to and from work, interviews, appointments, school, etc. Volunteers transport the families in the FPJC vehicles. Car seats and booster seats are provided for transporting children and the parents always accompany minors during the transportation. A valid driver’s license, online driving test and approval by FPJC’s insurance carrier are required.

 

Office Volunteer: FPJC relies on a team of office volunteers to help ensure that the resource center office and the day center run smoothly. Some of the office volunteer jobs that greatly assist FPJC staff include: copying documents, data entry, assisting with bulk mailings, sending out thank you letters, and other general office tasks.

 

Guest Family Assistance Roles: Interaction with guests and client families in the program is a valuable experience for both the volunteers and the FPJC clients. Providing care and attention to children is always appreciated. This might include: playing indoor and outdoor games; preparing, leading, or organizing creative arts and craft activities; watching movies; reading stories; feeding children; homework assistance or tutoring; conducting mock interviews; and assisting with resume creation and job searching.

 

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Miscellaneous Volunteer Tasks: Additional tasks include: cleaning, organizing supplies, shopping for needed supplies, repair and maintenance needs (i.e. carpentry, plumbing, handy-person jobs).

 

Donation Pickups & Client Family Moves: When IHN guest families are ready to move into housing, FPJC utilizes volunteers to assist with the move. This is always a happy and rewarding time to be with the families. FPJC provides a box truck for transporting the donated furniture and household items. Box truck drivers and individuals or groups willing to move furniture and household items are a crucial volunteer resource. Box truck drivers and volunteers also assist with donation pickups in addition to family moves. A valid driver’s license, online driving test and approval by FPJC’s insurance carrier are required.

 

Partnering Congregations: FPJC partners with 50 area faith congregations to provide overnight shelter, food, transportation, compassion, and support to homeless families with children. To learn more about the three congregational partner levels (host congregations, support congregations, and companion congregations) and the expectations for each partnership level, contact FPJC.

 

 

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