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Volunteer

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...

Group Opportunities

  • Dinner Volunteer: During HomePlate's drop-in hours, a meal is served for 40-60 people (including volunteers). We rely on generous volunteer support to provide these meals and to interact with the youth by serving the meal. Dinner groups are typically served by 4-8 volunteers. 
  • Facility and Grounds Improvement: A few times throughout the year, we have groups come out to help us with projects around the office or drop-in center to paint walls, organize resources, perform yard work, and more.  

Short-Term Opportunities

  • Special Event Volunteer: We have fundraisers each year. We rely on volunteers to help us staff these events and provide other support. We have several other smaller events throughout the year which require support. You can volunteer individually or with a small group depending on positions needed.
  • Activities Volunteer: Do you have a special talent or skill you would like to share in a workshop with our youth? Do you have outdoor leadership experience? Activity volunteers can lead youth in short-terms projects to learn and explore new things like pottery making, bike riding, and more. 

Individual Opportunities with 6-month, weekly minimum commitment, ages 18+ 

  • Core Volunteer: Core volunteers come regularly to our drop-in nights or day space. Although we have staff present, we rely heavily on regular volunteers to have a successful 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.
  • Outreach Volunteer: Get into the community with our Outreach Workers to reach out to youth where they are at and tell them about HomePlate. Involves walking outside in all weather. 
  • Employment Volunteer: Support youth in their job searches and in developing their job skills.
  • Receptionist: When our office is open to the public, receptionist volunteers are there to greet youth, donors, and visitors in a friendly, professional manner. 
  • Keep Us Organized: Volunteers are needed to help us keep our resource closet tidy, provide data processing support, and provide help addressing envelopes when we have mailings. 

Task-forces, Committees, or Board of Directors

  • We are always looking for committed and talented volunteers to help us bring more funding, services, and vision to our work with youth experiencing housing instability. Typically persons interested in being part of our Board of Directors first serve on as a task-force or committee member. 
  • Opportunities include joining our ongoing small business or event task forces, marketing or funding committees, or providing short term support for special projects that come up throughout the year.

To get involved and discuss volunteer options, please contact: 

Amy Smetana, Volunteer Coordinator
(971) 238-3055 or amy@homeplateyouth.org


Process to getting involved as a volunteer with regular youth contact:

  • complete volunteer application
  • background check
  • reference check
  • interview
  • general volunteer orientation and training
  • position specific training 

Report Your Hours

Thank you for volunteering with HomePlate! There are a lack of services in this area for youth without these basic needs. We couldn't possibly do it without help from volunteers like you! Report your volunteer hours here.