Volunteer at WeShine!
Thank you so much for your interest in volunteering with WeShine! We could not do this without your help. We know many of you expressed interest in volunteering in the past but were never contacted. We thank you for your patience and support as we worked hard to open our first village.
With the opening of the Parkrose Village, we have reassessed our current volunteer needs and have created new volunteer onboarding procedures. If you are interested in volunteering with WeShine, please review the volunteer job categories and complete the volunteer application below. For those of you who completed the application before, we humbly ask that you complete it again.
Volunteer Application Process:
Once your application is received, you will be contacted by the Volunteer Coordinator to discuss your specific volunteer interests and availability. Please note that, for the safety of our staff and village residents, admin jobs and positions that include working directly with the village residents WILL require the submission of references, a background check, and an orientation prior to volunteering. Other jobs such as building, painting, or other village construction may not require the above.
To help you more accurately complete the volunteer application, please review the job category descriptions and examples.
Volunteer Job Category Descriptions:
Guest and Community Support Volunteers: Tasks involve working directly with guests or members of the wider unhoused community and include but are not limited to: participate in daily outreach/clean-up patrols, help individuals to fill out forms (food stamps, health insurance etc); sit at a service desk or in misting tent on a regular basis to answer service inquiries and provide information and referral; accompany individuals to appointments via public transportation; attend meetings/appointments by phone and in person. Hours vary with village guest needs, but we are seeking a minimum of 4 hours a week during normal business hours Monday through Friday. Work to begin in November 2022. References, background check and orientation required.
Village Life Enrichment Volunteers: Tasks involve working directly with village guests to develop and implement social, educational, arts-related, and recreational group projects including: coordinating holiday events and celebrations; coordinating art and music projects; and, coordinating cooking demonstrations and classes. Both on-going and single events included. Hours will vary but potential for 8 -10 hours a month. Work to begin in November 2022. References, background check and orientation required.
Village development or improvement: Tasks involve providing skilled or unskilled labor on an on-call or scheduled basis to support basic construction of or improvements to sleeping pods, community buildings, or village landscape. Work to begin in November 2022.
WeShine Operations support: Tasks involve providing skilled assistance and/or training to WeShine staff in areas such as: communication, information technology, volunteer management, fund-raising, or serving on a board committee. Hours vary, but we are seeking a commitment of 4 hours a week during normal business hours Monday through Friday. Work to begin in November 2022. References, background check and orientation may be required.