HomePlate's mission is to support the positive efforts of youth experiencing homelessness through relationships. Much of what we do is listening, processing their situations, recognizing achievements, and providing guidance. Time, attention, being a positive role model, and providing support for youth to make positive choices is our goal.
Using a highly individualized and long-term relationship-oriented approach, HomePlate has met over 8,000 youth since opening in 2005. While our focus is with youth experiencing homelessness we welcome any hungry youth regardless of race, ethnicity, personal belief, sexual orientation, disability, or personal history.
In service of our mission, HomePlate provides a continuum of assistance that offers a wide variety of opportunities for volunteer involvement.
Core Volunteer: Core volunteers come regularly on drop-in nights. Although we have staff present, we rely heavily on regular volunteers to staff the drop-in. These core volunteers are critical to the success of the program which relies heavily on relationship building. Through these long term relationships, youth and core volunteers build trust to enable the exchange of ideas and referrals.
Dinner Volunteer: During HomePlate's drop-in hours, a meal is served for 35-65 people (including volunteers). We rely on generous volunteer support to provide these meals and to interact with the youth by serving the meal.
Interested in providing dinner? Check the calendar for open nights and menu ideas.
To get involved and discuss volunteer options, please contact: 
Erin Wilson, Volunteer Coordinator